December 23rd, 2013
06:00 AM ET
11 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. mcp123

    "tax people whether they like it or not"

    We are sorry you don't like taxes... but they do pay for things the country needs... like a justice system ... the defense department et cetera.

    No one likes to pay taxes... but sometimes they are necessary for the common good.

    December 23, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  2. Rosa

    Did you poll what people want to do instead?
    Prices will not go down if Obamacare is repealed.
    Are people starting to lean toward a single payer type system, eliminating the middle man all together?

    December 23, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  3. marv

    What will happen when the HACKERS from CHINA and IRAN and elsewhere get important peoples info
    and publish it ? We all know the site isn't safe. I think thats when the S- hits the fan.

    December 23, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  4. TommyT

    So much for the "liberal media" myth. This is a pro-corporate "story" 100%.

    December 23, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  5. Tony Kaye

    I have no intention of signing up. I'll just pay the fine. Why anyone would sign up for something so mismanaged and unorganized is beyond me. Obama care is failure just like his presidency. Nothing has "changed" since Obama took office. He's just like the other clowns in a different suit.

    December 23, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  6. Martin L.

    I don't know whose water Steinhauser is carrying but the article flies in the face of an enormous surge in signups and relief to millions of un- and under-insured Americans. Even at face value it is simply ridiculous to lump the 15% "not liberal enough" category in with those who consistently fight the law.

    December 23, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  7. mcp123

    "boondoggle government operated crap will be a miserable failure and increase costs across the board."

    For the last time... it's not government operated healthcare. You still get a plan from a PRIVATE insurer. Fear mongers.. and people who can't listen. Geez...

    December 23, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  8. Bhawk1

    If Obamacare fails its a failure for capitalism. Time to socialize the whole thing.

    December 23, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  9. Bill

    Get over it you extremist teatard trolls! The ACA is law, just like the sequestor! Ummmm, wait a second....

    December 23, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  10. Bob

    Don't worry about deadline, fines, etc. Everything will be put off until after the 2014 elections.

    December 23, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  11. mcp123

    ""boondoggle government operated crap will be a miserable failure and increase costs across the board."

    BTW Medicare and Social Security are both government operated and enjoy OVERWHELMING support.

    December 23, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  12. Jay

    @Rogers, It's hard to report facts when the president himself was constantly lying about details within the ACA. When a law is built on a lie the people with lose faith. The media isn't responsible, the president is responsible. Bush was a mess and Obama is just as bad. We haven't had a good president since JFK and Reagan. Pretty sad.

    December 23, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  13. Anonymous

    UH OH. The hills of CNN are alive with the sounds of lobbyists.
    (A) Humana?
    (B) Blue Cross/Blue Shield?
    (C) Other?

    December 23, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  14. Tutuvabene

    It's a bad law overall. The prohibition against denying preexisting conditions is the best part but asking multiple insurance companies to carry out the job is a disaster and thus, there are no economies of scale to negotiate better pricing from providers, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies. Sok, no impetus to cut cost.

    December 23, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  15. pjoe

    Americans were sold a lie with Obama-care. Democrats / Progressives will have some very tough election cycles if they can't get it fixed.

    December 23, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  16. dwayne

    One payer system is on the way. yes.........

    December 23, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  17. Phil

    "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." – How does CNN spin this to say half the possibly public favors Obamacare? Three time more people have "liked" the Boycott A&E Facebook page in the last week than have signed up for Obamacare since it went into effect!

    December 23, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  18. Harsh Realities

    A lot of people who supported Obama and Obamacare are just now learning that it is taking a lot of money out of their pocketbook. Cue in Gomer Pyles "Surprise....Surprise...Surprise!"

    December 23, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  19. Medici

    To GI Jane Rambo
    And how sanctimonious and arrogant of you to call on Americans greed and selfishness. What gives you the right to opine on someone else's private life and pockets? How do you know the impact or struggle that a family whose premium has doubled will phase now? Will you run to provide or pay for them for the things and obligations they will have to find money to pay for? This is why I have come to abhor liberalism. It's not because they love gays and abortion, but because they feel it is their holy duty and entitlement to tall others what to do.

    December 23, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  20. John Dundee

    How can there be so many people seriously telling themselves and others that "Obamacare works quite well"? I'm really curious to hear the EVIDENCE. Here is my real life encounter with Obamacare, and how it does NOT work "quite well," bimbo.

    My wife and I live at 135% of the poverty line, and guess what "Affordable Care" offered me for health insurance? The exact same insurance coverage, not "better insurance," for 2.5 times greater cost.

    I have one of the best coverages my health insurance company can offer, and under Obamacare, this is considered their "gold" insurance, or something to that effect. If I took the crappiest insurance they offered, with virtually no coverage (isn't that what Obamacare was supposed to get rid of?), my premiums would STILL DOUBLE, from $78/month right now (Gold coverage, independent insurance price tag) to $150/month (Crappy Coverage, Obamacare price tag). This is for my insurance alone. My wife is on insurance with her work (it would cost more for me to join her on her insurance; their spousal insurance is extremely expensive). I don't know what's going to happen to her insurance.

    So this "Affordable Care Act" to help the poor will literally push my family deeper into poverty, and we're already on the fringe.

    What is wrong with this country? What self-righteous jerks can actually commend themselves for this unrealistic, hurtful garbage? It blows me away how blind this "great country" is. The only ones I can imagine supporting this are those who are the lazy poor and want to be further supported in their lifestyles (accounting for a lot of voters where I live), and the rich liberals that live in a bubble and don't FEEL THE COST of these increased premiums (accounting for a lot of voters in Washington).

    December 23, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  21. Gunderson

    Nothing new to report. The Liberal's and Democrats want to run the country but they want the Conservatives and Republican's to pay for it. Big problem. now Peasant's also have to pay. Peasants have no money. Can't pay. Careful how you vote, no?

    December 23, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  22. BudW

    The people pushing Obama care exempt themselves should tell you how bad it is

    December 23, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  23. Mark

    I'm a sma business owner who had to cancel my insurance pre-obamacare because my rates kept going up and my insurance provider wouldn't pay. My un subsidized rates for my health insurance has gone from over $800 per month for my family down to $523. And that is for $1 copayment, $500 deductible, $2000 max out of pocket for our family. Our old insurance was a $20 copayment, $2200 deductible and $10k out of pocket. We used to have 3 plan choices available in our area, now we have 22. Works for me.

    December 23, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  24. Cass Blaine

    How can people who pushed this idea through Congress manage to screw up the rollout so horribly. This is like making it to the Super Bowl and then not practicing for the game.

    December 23, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  25. Namelinda

    I wonder how many minorities are included in this poll and why people don,t want Health care. One way or another in your lifetime you need a doctor and more than once. Keep on living. My tax dollars shouldn't have to pay for freeloaders draining the Medicaid system. We all needto pay something for health care because before we die – guarantee you will need it! Stop the criticism Republicans and remain as u are, a Do Nothing Organization with no solutions to America's problems.

    December 23, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
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