December 23rd, 2013
06:00 AM ET
8 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. The Good Old Days

    I am not surprised. The Rethuglicans have been very focused and persistent in their messaging against the ACA. The poor roll out of the program gave them more fuel. However... do we really want to go be to such things as having people denied care for pre-existing conditions, and women paying more than men for insurance, and young people not being able to stay on their parent's insurance? Do we want to go back to insurance companies routinely denying coverage for treatment that our doctors recommend, because of the cost? That is how it was before Obama took office... do we really think that was better than the changes that we already seem to be taking for granted???

    Those were the good old days?

    December 23, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  2. Jolat

    Why is this headline news? America never wanted it in the first place. Obama spent almost a full year trying to sell us on it and still couldn't get all the democrats to vote for it.

    December 23, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  3. pete veslocki

    Obamacare is a prescription for socially liberal, fiscally concervative Republican control of the Senate and Congress in the next 2 election cycles.

    December 23, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. sf

    oh give it up already CNN! geezuz

    December 23, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  5. Citizen

    The royal family will soon issue another decree.... A free Obama pass to Obama land if you sign up for Obama care.... Our bank accounts are headed to " Target Land " !!!

    December 23, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  6. Brian Heavner

    They are worried that healthcare will cost more, because it will. A large portion of them will pay more, simply because they don't pay anything now.

    December 23, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  7. Bob

    My insurance is going way up thanks to the law. And now Obama even gets rid of the individual mandate temporarily due to all the cancellations, making an even bigger mess.

    December 23, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  8. Stuart Fleishman

    My 42 year, previously uninsured, son called yesterday and said that the exchange was a "rip-off." He finally went on line... at the last minute... and found a $750 deductible plan for $300 a month. Never having had any experience with insurance, of course he thinks it's a bad deal.

    All Obama has done was to implement the Republican plan. He created a market for insurers to sell their wares. If the plan is a "rip-off" it's because insurers have made it that way. Americans pay twice per capita what the rest of the world pays and we live 5 years less than anyone else. And, with or without Obamacare, the situation becomes worse every day. And, what is the alternative. It's bad enough to have failing health...it is infinitely worse to pay for it. It's easy to say the plan is bad. It's far, far more difficult to offer a meaningful alternative. Just what is the Republican plan? Could it be (gasp!) that they have none.

    December 23, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  9. EdL

    Know less than I know about ACA. bit it seems to me one will be spending less than their deductible each year, so they will be paying for services each time they see their doctor. They will pay their premium as well as paying their doctor. But as I said I know less than I know about this.

    December 23, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  10. Anonymous

    "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."

    AHAHAHAHAHAHA

    December 23, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  11. truth hurts but reality bites

    Obamacare is nothing more than another leftwing entitlement program designed to transfer wealth from one group of people in this country to another group of people. Obamacare had 21 NEW taxes. The high cost of premiums and deductibles for items people don't need or cannot even use, goes to help pay for others. And as usual, it will be the middle class that ends up getting screwed over the worse and at a time they are seeing their wages go down and jobs disappearing.

    Obama and the Democrats have really screwed over the middle class and at the worse possible time as we are all struggling to get by. Thanks a lot.

    December 23, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  12. RandyNewnan23

    I support Obamacare. I rely on it.

    December 23, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  13. bearitstrong

    "Nearly all of the newfound opposition is coming from women."

    Wondering why?

    December 23, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  14. Walt

    "the Affordable Care Act will actually result in higher prices for their medical care."

    This is by people who traditionally not paid a penny toward their medical care. They had a "free ride", and now see that free ride is going to end.

    December 23, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  15. sonnie3

    To add the government in to the mix between the patient, the doctor, the clinic or hospital, the insurance company and not to expect the cost to sky rocket?? It is a program to take from some who work and are responsible and give to those already on entitlements who refuse to work as the entitlements are lots higher than if they had a job. The systems is stupid and irresponsible. democrats and obama own this fiasco 100%.

    December 23, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  16. Paul

    Paying something is a lot more than paying nothing and mooching off all the others who do pay.

    December 23, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  17. what

    "Where are the polls did cause most Americans don't have landline unless there in mostly red states with poor cellphone reception"

    Wow....this is what American education is churning out

    December 23, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  18. wendel

    it does not help that the repos are sending out messages to not buy the insurance and telling everyone how bad it is. These are the same fools that love duck dynasty so you think they will buy insurance? Even if they need it once the GOP has told them no, they will not. Instead of working to improve the insurance so all can have coverage the repos would rather tear it down replacing it with nothing. Ya gotta love a party that really looks out and cares about its members. instead they are looking for homos under every bed and shutting down woman's clinics.

    December 23, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  19. Wayne

    "Predictions" by the general public and $3.00 will get you a coffee at Starbucks.

    December 23, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  20. observer1776

    Permanently blocked

    December 23, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  21. sonnie3

    wow my post don't even show up. Truth sometime just don't cut it.

    December 23, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  22. chet

    Of course the price will be higher.. anytime you introduce a 3rd party the cost goes up and in this case so does our taxes.
    Instead people should be able to buy insurance from the open market and CHOOSE FOR THEMSELVES what they can AFFORD.

    December 23, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  23. David Stephenson

    I've signed up and saved a ton of money. Cut this scare tactic crap out, CNN. Dang.

    December 23, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  24. observer1776

    The USA medical system ranks 46th in the world in efficiency but highest in per capita cost.
    The poorly designed ACA is NOT the solution.
    Do it like Sweden does

    December 23, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  25. Tiffins

    "It appears that 32% of people only believe what Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, CNN, or Fox tell them. The three year assault on the ACA continues".
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Is this all you lib loons ever have? To blame conservative media? What about MSNBC? Huffington? Media Matters? Mother Jones?

    Imbecile...

    December 23, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
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