December 23rd, 2013
06:00 AM ET
4 months ago

CNN Poll: Health care law support drops to all-time low

Washington (CNN) – Support for the country's new health care law has dropped to a record low, according to a new national poll.

And a CNN/ORC International survey released Monday also indicates that most Americans predict that the Affordable Care Act will actually result in higher prices for their own medical care.

CNN/ORC International survey full results

Only 35% of those questioned in the poll say they support the health care law, a 5-point drop in less than a month. Sixty-two percent say they oppose the law, up four points from November.

Nearly all of the newfound opposition is coming from women.

"Opposition to Obamacare rose six points among women, from 54% in November to 60% now, while opinion of the new law remained virtually unchanged among men," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. "That's bad news for an administration that is reaching out to moms across the country in an effort to make Obamacare a success."

According to the survey, 43% say they oppose the health care law because it is too liberal, with 15% saying they give the measure a thumbs down because it is not liberal enough. That means half the public either favors Obamacare, or opposes it because it's not liberal enough, down four points from last month.

Sixty-three percent say they believe the new law will increase the amount of money they personally pay for medical care, which may not be a good sign for a law known as the "Affordable Care Act."

The survey also indicates that 42% say they will be personally worse off under Obamacare, with 16% saying the law will help them, and four in 10 saying it will have no effect on them.

Just over six in 10 say they believe they will be able to receive care from the same doctors that they now use, with 35% saying they will not be able to see the same doctors.

The Affordable Care Act, which is the signature domestic achievement for President Barack Obama, was passed along party lines in 2010, when Democrats controlled both houses of Congress. Since that passage, Republicans have fought to either repeal, defund, or severely restrict the law. A push by congressional conservatives to defund the law was the catalyst for October's 16-day long partial federal government shutdown, the first in nearly two decades.

The roll out of the law was extremely flawed, from the rocky startup of HealthCare.gov in October to the controversy over millions of Americans being told they would lose their current insurance plans because they didn't meet standards mandated by the new health care law.

Despite all the problems, the President said things are starting to improve, adding that more than 500,000 Americans enrolled in the Affordable Care Act through HealthCare.gov during the first three weeks of December.

"So all told, millions of Americans, despite problems with the website, are now poised to be covered by quality affordable health care," he said at a news conference.

The poll was conducted for CNN by ORC International December 16-19, with 1,035 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

soundoff (1,206 Responses)
  1. William

    "Thumbs down for Obamacare"? What kind of headline is that? Sounds like a opinion/hit piece. So much for just reporting the facts.

    December 23, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  2. Pete

    What's hilarious here the presidents plan of helping Americans is running much like the other two democraticly instituted plans in SocialSecurity by FDRoosevelt and LBJs Medicare and look how many of our citizens like myself depend on those now,you also...Remember people it took two long years for Bushs Medicare Part D to work and it doesn't cover the amount of people this ACA plan does so back off because republicans never had anything good to say or do for Americans and that's fact except cause chaos and economic strife.....Hey for laughs ask any senator or congressional rep to give up his government health benefits which were also created by democrates...Typical uninformed ,ignorent republican sheep led to the cliff by their incompetent masters...Remember too how you pay into SocialSecurity and Medicare and you idiots still consider them entitlements,what's morons ...And most of you republicans would of followed Bushs idea of investing your retirement in Wall Street like he wanted,you remember that,where would you be now in the soup line ,right!!!

    December 23, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  3. citizenatlarge1

    The ACA is NOT affordable to most working Americans and it removes many healthcare decisions from the hands of the patients and their doctors. The focus of any law intended to help the uninsured should have been the expansion of services already available to them and paid for by taxpayers. Instead, this law disrupts the lives of the majority of Americans who had and were comfortable with their healthcare coverage. The official line from the President and his supporters that, "what you had was junk and this is much better", smacks of government intrusion into the lives of the people under the guise of "I know what's best for you". It is insulting and condescending.

    The negative impact on most working people and by extension the economy likely will fully be felt in 2015 when employer mandates and many of Obamacare's changes go into effect. It will then become abundantly clear just how flawed this law really is. Logic dictates that the needs of the many out weigh the needs of the few. Forcing a heavier burden on working Americans who must pay for everything in their lives including taxes and do not qualify for any type of government relief that the people who benefit the most from Obamacare do, is inherently unfair.
    Cause and Effect. The more people understand the effects of the President’s policies, the lower his approval rating will become.

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    December 23, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  4. msdom

    "500,000 Americans enrolled in the Affordable Care Act" . Now how many lost their insurance because of the Affordable Care Act? How many are uninsured now versus prior to october first?

    December 23, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  5. Joe Biden

    If you like your plan you can keep it – obama

    December 23, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  6. Jeff Lowden

    They did nothing to actually reduce the cost of healthcare itself... a Tylenol at the hospital is still going to cost $15, Service providers will still charge different amounts for the same procedures depending on state and facility. Healthcare for my family of 4 is still over $1000 per month in premiums let alone the cost at the Dr. office... so most families are still spending over $12,000 per year for health care before they even see a doctor. They let the insurance industry write the healthcare laws? Why would they do that? and why would they write a law that was not favorable to their interest instead of the American peoples?

    December 23, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  7. Udo

    the libs are mad because they are finding out that they have to pay a lot more for this "free" healthcare than they thought!!

    December 23, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  8. Jenny K.

    I LOVE ObamaCare/ACA!

    My company just announced that due to the low cost they're getting through the ACA, the company will now pay 100% of our insurance (it was 50/50)! If you don't want health insurance, don't get it. Pay the fine and if you get sick, pay your hospital bill...Period. As things stood before the ACA, if you went to the ER and couldn't/wouldn't pay your bill, those costs were passed on to people with insurance by charging us $25 for one Tylenol, $10 for a small box of Kleenex, etc. The republicans keep saying repeal and replace, replace with WHAT? If the republicans really want me to listen, they have to say something worth listening to!

    Happy Holidays!

    December 23, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  9. Anonymous

    "That's bad news for an administration that is reaching out to moms across the country in an effort to make Obamacare a success."

    Much bark, no bite CNN? The good news is, CNN is no longer even trying to sound unbiased. The other good news? None of this matters. Obama isn't running for a "third" term. The even better good news? The MSM has done such a thorough job of convincing people that the ACA is a flop before it is even implemented that there is no where for the polls to go but up in the coming years.

    December 23, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  10. Toomuch

    Time to put a fork into this mess and punish all Politicians who rammed this "train wreck" down our throats....

    December 23, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  11. RyanC

    My wife and I are expecting our first baby in March. We have our own health insurance that we pay out of pocket because we are self employed. We got a letter in November saying that our current heath insurance that we've had for almost 10 years is going to be canceled do to obamacare. We could reinstate a similar plan, but now instead of $296 a month, its now $424 a month, and newer plans we are going to need for the baby are substantually more. Thanks alot obama

    December 23, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  12. GI Jane Rambo

    What percent of the uninsured thinks ACA is a good idea? This is the question CNN should be asking. The insured people which are paying low premiums because their employer and the government are subsidizing their insurance are complaining about higher premiums. They want to have employee and government support but detest Americans that will be provided similar insurance under the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act. Wow! more than 50% of Americans are against health care for all Americans because they think there is a chance that their premiums will increase a few dollars. Are Americans that selfish? I am amazed, so many Americans so much greed.

    December 23, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  13. qwerty101

    Let's see... so our guv-ment hires 'private' companies to set up our health insurance online? 'Private' companies drive it into the ground... yea capitalism!

    December 23, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  14. Joe

    Bashing the Health Care Law seems to be selling copy these days. Is it because the Law is really that bad,...or because that's what selling to a certain crowd. ? CNN has also taken a decided swing towards the right lately,...both in print (Web) and on the Screen. It's not really about News,....it's all about the $$$$,...really !

    December 23, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  15. lmc3

    And the next law to get passed will be that everyone must eat government grown spinach at least once a week. Except the government has never grown a field of spinach nor marketed spinach, but knows that it is for our own good.

    December 23, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  16. Charles

    "[B]y conceding that the individual mandate can and should be delayed for one group, the administration has opened a major can of worms. For starters, this exemption is going to strike many Americans as blatantly unfair and arbitrary. It comes at the 11th hour, after millions of people, including those with canceled plans, have already made their choices based on the rules they thought would be in effect." James C. Capretta

    December 23, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  17. rs

    Do the Kochs own CNN now? I missed that story on the blog....

    December 23, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  18. allen

    at least a majority of americans finally agree on one thing.

    December 23, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  19. columbus

    I can see from the comments, most people still don't understand the real problem with this law. IT IS NOT government run healthcare, IT IS government mandated healthcare, that's two very different things. Insurance companies were the problem before, and gives them even more power under Obamacare. Costs are spinning out of control and employers are not going to pick up any more costs, WE ARE. It's a winfall for insurance companies. If the original intent was to improve access to healthcare and control costs to the system, it has failed miserably. According to the CNN poll, only 16% of the population benefit from it, that's poor legislation when a law does damage to 84% of the population.

    December 23, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  20. Franky

    Most Americans also say Obama is Tax and Spend, yet, the US actually has had the lowest tax rates in almost 70 years, under Obama.

    December 23, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  21. rick

    Its really funny that people really don't like Obamacare, but they love the Affordable care Act. Go to youtube and search obamacare vs affordable care and watch its on jimmy kimmels page.

    It's all about marketing and the right wing has done the better marketing job.

    December 23, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  22. dnokc

    The administration needs a catchy slogan...you know...something like "If you like your plan...you can keep your plan!""PERIOD"

    December 23, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  23. Kyrle88

    So this is actually a thumbs down for the ACA, which as we know, was originally put forth by the conservative Heartland Institute and Mitt Romney.

    December 23, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  24. rs

    Suzy Mack

    Liberals can praise it all they want.....it isn't going to change the fact that it is going to be a financial disaster.
    ________________________________
    Sort of like having 50% of your annual budget going to the military? One so bloated it's costs are bigger than those of the next ten nations combined?

    December 23, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  25. loyalright

    The Democrats war on the American tax payer continues. You cannot trust a liberal and now they have ramp up the war against women. Vote all Democrats and Rino Republicans out in 2014 and stop the bleeding. Americans deserve better.

    December 23, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
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