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. Gene

    The ACA is nothing more than a "wealth redistribution" program... taking from the poor and making the top 1% even more wealthy. Avoid!

    December 23, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  2. RL

    Strangely many people who dislike Obamacare like the ACA. It is a lot of spin. It is also a lot of uncertainty. Things are changing, it's scary. The amount of misinformation that is out there, which is what most people know, is ridiculous. The insurance companies are scamming people and jacking up the rates in fear of actually having to cover sick people. In the long run, costs will go down, our health & our life expectancy will go up. Maybe we should be polling people to see how happy they are that we pay significantly more on health care than the rest of the developed world, dollars to their cents, while being sicker with a shorter life expectancy. We have a broken system, any fix is going to have the same reaction, and it has to gotten to the point where it HAS to be fixed.

    December 23, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  3. srcactus

    Judging from comments here, it becomes abundantly clear that the only supporters of Obamacare are doing it for pure partisan political reasons and not because there is evidence that ACA or Obamacare or whatever new and nifty name that may appear is either, affordable care, or better care, or the correct coverage needed, by the buyer for their family. .

    December 23, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  4. Tim

    We should have just expanded Medicaid and left insurance as is. And we are just in the enrollment stage, what until next year when actual health care stories come into the equation.

    December 23, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  5. glenview0818

    It took this long for the average American to discover that ACA was going to cost them money? Some will benefit, but most will pay. I wonder why people thought they were going to get something for free. Logic should have prevailed here, even with the media selling the idea.

    December 23, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  6. Rob

    Sniffit.
    Its only true and the media is only on the right page when the democrats are passing the word?
    So these fact checkers are living the life of the 5 million who lost insurance due to Obamacare?
    It is hard for me to believe that in today's world where you have people checking stories that these people on Hannity would lie. I guess they wouldn't be lying if they were on Rachel Maddow?

    What ever, sink with your Obama ship.

    December 23, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  7. Michael SC

    Heath-Insurance provider were raising the premiums by 20++% and more during the Bush years.
    Why does BCBS sponsor a party-tent at the RNC convention? Is that healthcare?
    Make them NON-PROFIT just like hospital and stop the dumb lawsuits.
    Only GREED makes healthcare so expensive in the US. Nowhere else in the world is it that expensive.
    appenix in the the US = $40,000 in Germany: 7,000 !!!! And they stay longer in the hospital

    December 23, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  8. ob

    I'm Shocked

    December 23, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  9. bdby

    The only thing I plan to pick if anythng is my nose. Obama can go scratch his praverbial ....

    December 23, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  10. Robert

    Well lots of Americans have no foresight, but at least they have hindsight.

    December 23, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  11. Michael SC

    Heath-Insurance provider were raising the premiums by 20++% and more during the Bush years.
    Why does BCBS sponsor a party-tent at the RNC convention? Is that healthcare?
    Make them NON-PROFIT just like hospital and stop the lawsuits.
    Only GREED makes healthcare so expensive in the US. Nowhere else in the world is it that expensive.
    appenix in the the US = $40,000 in Germany: 7,000 !!!! And they stay longer in the hospital

    December 23, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  12. 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 public possibly 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 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  13. toohip4u

    Nobody said health care for all would cheaper for people. Because the only way to get there, was to require the insurance companies to buy into the plan, where they get more policies and more $, the risk must be spread among all of us. My Fed retiree ins. one of the best around and it went uo 22%. Not happy, but it's not about me. . it's about all of us. That's the way a society is supposed to be, and it requires gov't to make it happen. In this case it's the private ins. companies that are making it happen, and they're responsible for raising prices, not the gov't, not Obamacare. While the topic here is how many people are unhappy with higher rates, where are the stories of the people who couldn't get health ins because of pre-existing conditions, or to cover their kids in college, or had sky-high premiums and now are affordable because of high risks? This was a foot in the door toward universal health care, but the door of private controlled health care is heavy with high profits and greed. Health insurance for all isn't cheap, as will be universal health care. It comes with progressive society.

    December 23, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  14. Anonymous

    "ORC International, (the firm that did the polling) is owned by Lake Capital, a firm that supported Mitt Romney and donated tens of thousands to his campaign. Can CNN find a little less biased firm to do their dirty work?
    The main owners have strong ties to the insurance industry so it is not a surprising outcome for their work."

    Very interesting. Thanks for the heads up.

    December 23, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  15. 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 public possibly favors Obamacare? Three times 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 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  16. Justathot

    Wait until these naysayers start using the program. They'll change their tune and VERY quickly. At that point, the GOP will point out the pieces of the ACA/Obamacare that THEY insisted be part of it. Wait and see.

    December 23, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  17. Jim McDonald

    When will CNN apologize to the Tea Party people?

    December 23, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  18. Hugh Golightly

    I don't know why this surprises anyone. the federal government couldn't find its way to the toilet and you expect it to run a health system? And President Clueless continues to live in his dream world.

    December 23, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  19. Logictox

    And this poll surprises who?

    December 23, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  20. bob

    Time heals all wounds.

    December 23, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  21. NotImpressed

    Our premium has shot up from $650 to $1100 per month with no subsidy for a very high deductible plan. Where are we going to find the extra thousands per year?

    Going to be cheaper to self insure and pay the fine.

    Thanks for nothing.

    December 23, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  22. Amy

    Americans are seeing the ACA put into action and do not like what they see. We were told a few years ago that we could keep our current plans if we wanted to (which was blatantly false, as millions of Americans are seeing their private plans cancelled due to new laws governing health care), and that plans would be more affordable– claiming that the average household might see a reduction of over $2,000/ yr. Look at RyanC's testimony of his plan being cancelled, expecting a baby in March and in order to receive a similar ACA plan, he will have to pay around $125/mo. more. With a new baby on the way, I expect spending an extra $125 each month isn't just pocket change. Please don't stop fighting for our rights,Congress, in order for us to choose our own health plans! This is just one more example of how the government is certain they know what's best for all of us, and you don't get a say.

    December 23, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  23. Amy

    The cnn anchor (philips) says the law is so confusing!
    Wow for an ignorant (there are plenty in this country) may be so difficult to understand that you need to go on line or call and fill an application to get insured if you are uninsured or if you just want to compare what you have now with what you can get with Obamacare. Also there is a deathline to do that (today) What is so difficult about that? Do you need to go to Harvard to understand that? Then you have those funny polls they talk about everyday, most people opposed the law they say but then you realized that in that number you have a 15% that says the law isn't liberal enough, really?

    December 23, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  24. mike

    here is a word to you all, from a hard working american that has struggled through most of his life, is a veteran of a foreign war and is only 31 years old and works near minimum wage because job oportunities are nill around where im at..... I CANNOT AFFORD NONE OF THE INSURANCE PLANS THAT IS BEING OFFERED FROM HEALTHCARE.GOV! THANKS TO THE ACA, I CANT QUALIFY FOR TRICARE AS WELL. I live in the state of florida and insurance around here is extremely costly. from $380ish to $480ish a month for my age.... thats more than a new car payment! I honestly cannot afford it unless I decide to live in my car and ditch the apartment i live in. I hate to say it, but the ACA is the worst law ever made!

    December 23, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  25. CNN_Tagger

    I will sign up and enroll once the president and all the democrats sign up and enroll. In the meantime I refuse to pay a fine.

    December 23, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
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