December 23rd, 2013
06:00 AM ET
9 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. RUTTER

    I find it funny, that the ones who like ACA talk that the poll is rigged or some other line, yet when a poll favors there view, its all good, and I told you so.. (by the way, i would have prefered a single payer system vs what we got) Its just too funny...will stay entertained all day by this one..

    December 23, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  2. Sam

    I was a supporter of the law myself and now I feel that the Web site issue is a peripheral/short term issue BUT it is just the tip of the iceberg. I have my doubts of the effectiveness of this law now!

    December 23, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  3. John

    Could it be that people are realizing the word "affordable" isn't a good description?

    If I bought through the website, I could keep the same coverage if I paid about $100 more per month and gave up vision. That doesn't sound very affordable to me.

    December 23, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  4. bill ball

    Everyone should boycott Obama care this should be the young peoples protest of overreaching govt which will enslave them for years . You will not want socialism once you relize what it really is .Total control of your life zero opportunity for success as we no it.Go read animal farm again.

    December 23, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  5. michaelt

    When a huge number of people voted for obama and other democrats, they voted for, what they thought was going to be, FREE HEALTHCARE. Now that many of those same people are finding out that it is not free and will cost them to enroll, guess where they will place their vote in 2014 and 2016. They will either stay at home and look the other way or they will vote for conservatives. That is human nature and get used to it.

    December 23, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  6. Al MacAdam

    C'mon, people! Exploding premiums... Unreachable deductibles... Disappearing doctor pools...

    What's not to like?

    December 23, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  7. Matt

    What ever! It's the same song and dance from socialist leberals. I want somethign for nothing. Rich people need to pay for my services. Its the republicans fault, its Bush'es fualt or if onyl the republicans would just do what we want. The program sucks simply becuase millions of Americans are being "FORCED" into something they dont want, just so the few are taken care of. Does that sound like democracy? Your Socialistic approach to fixing America is going to be the downfall of this country.

    December 23, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  8. sonnie3

    Once more plain and simple so cnn can do there thing. When we add another layer of red tape between the patient and the doctor and the clinic or hospital and the insurance company and now aca. Guess what we will see much higher cost and in some cases higher deductibles also.

    December 23, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  9. dean morse

    Giving this new legislation time to develop would only be fair. No part of this program is written in stone and it can be adjusted in the future as needs change, input from citizens experience, etc. Polls that show dissatisfaction from the public are likely generated by those who have a interest in seeing it fail, now guess who that would be?
    Regardless, till now, no one has done anything to address the huigh cost of healthcare, the needs of the uninsured and the elderly. This is a start. Things simply could not continue as they have been. And since hospitals can not refuse treatment, someone has to pay for people who are not insured, so it is to everyones benefit to make insurance available to all citizens, who otherwise be unable to qualify for benefits.

    December 23, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  10. pat

    There have been some pretty silly poll about this subject, but this is the silliest. 60% of Americans really are not impacted by the law at all – the either get their insurance through their employer, already are on Medicaid or are on Medicare....So asking random people is a pretty silly way to do a poll. A more meaningful poll would be polling people who will actually purchase insurance on the open market. Ask THEM whether the prices are better or worse than they used to see. They still might not want to fork out the money to pay insurance (I don't know of anyone who has a spare $500 a month lying around that they do not know what they want to do with).... but I seriously doubt that the prices are worse than before – unless you are a young male that used to be able to get minimal insurance and now has to pay for a real insurance policy. Nobody liked mandated insurance coverage when it came out. People do not like mandates in general. It does not mean that this is not a necessary requirement to end skyrocketing insurance costs because so many people are uninsured or underinsured.

    December 23, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  11. Sniffit

    " I hate to argue with you, but my insurance costs have not only increased, but so has my deductible and out of pocket expense! My insurance company was "grandfathered" in, so they do not have to offer the "benefits" of Obamacare."

    How predictable. The GOP/Teatrolls complained that the "grandfathering" was not sufficient and made enough stink that Obama extended it and now the GOP/Teatrolls are complaining he extended it. And BTW, your own post admits that your plan is grandfathered, which means the insurer can continue to screw you as if the ACA doesn't exist, and you say you're mad that you're not getting the benefits of the ACA...so which is it? You don't want it to apply (your current situation) or you DO want it to apply (you'd probably be paying less and getting more)?

    December 23, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  12. jason

    As a part of the agreement the company that received the contract for the ACA website was republican owned....and the rest is history

    December 23, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  13. CB

    Wow you mean a law that attempts to manipulate the healthcare industry and 1/6 of the economy written by people who understand neither had unintended consequences? The laws of economics were correct? Say it ain't so! You mean to tell me that mandating that a plan pay for hundreds of services someone may not need or want may cost more than what they bought previously? Who could have seen this coming, aside from anyone who has ever taken a basic course on economics?

    December 23, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  14. Biglifter

    Predict they go up? How about already enrolled in my employer's plan and saw a $1500+ premium increase. That was some change I can believe in.

    December 23, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  15. 52pan

    Pres. obama. We're not stupid. Some of us may be blinded by the color of your skin. We're not stupid, at least not all of us. We know it when we see crap. ACA is crap.

    December 23, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  16. John Q

    Oh, what tangled webs we weave, when first we practice to deceive. The ACA/Obamacare law was a LIE from day one, an exercise in the abuses of political power, and no amount of perfume is going to make it smell any better. Everybody knows it, but the charade goes on to try and sell it by a corrupted political party and an administration blinded by its own self-aggrandizement. How pathetic they all are, still convinced if they dictate it by mandates, Americans should all like and accept it willingly on their say-so... Makes me ill just thinking about it.

    December 23, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  17. Craig in Pa.

    This is the opinion of 1035 people polled....so it must be correct!!!!??? What Red state did you conduct this poll in CNN????

    December 23, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  18. Jemaka

    This is an opinion poll. It is about people's feelings. CNN should be ashamed of itself for even doing this poll instead of one that asked questions like: Do you have Obamacare? Does your insurance cost more? Do you have better coverage? And so on...

    December 23, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  19. rey

    Repeal Medicare was the montra when it first started. Can you imagine the USA without it now. Six months from now, Obamacare will be the best thing since sliced bread. The media, talk show host on radio and TV, fill-in host trying to make a name for themselves, and guest on these media outlets need try and fill 24×7 of news. So they go off on rants to either try and make a name for themselves or embarrass others. Obamacare will be fixed when the President wants it fixed. Not sooner, not later. So keep your pants on, watch, listen and learn. He dicho!

    December 23, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  20. Lynn

    The public has been so dumbed down watching garbage like Duck Dynesty, they can't figure out how to sign up for insurance.

    December 23, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  21. This System Sucks!

    This new law already costs me 387.50 more per month and I only get 50% coverage compared to the 80% coverage I had before. Before this mess, I was paying $310 a month, $15 co-pays, $150 ER visits, 80%/20% coverage... all with a $200 deductible! $200!!! So to keep the same type of deductible, I now have to pay $697.50 a month but only get 50% coverage. Yeah this already doesn't work for me. I'm already seeing an increase in health care. This president makes me want to leave the country, but I can't afford to save the money to relocate because of the increase in health care! BLAH!!!

    December 23, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  22. tmc

    Just called the NY help #.. it takes a whole business day for them to call you back.. no they don't have you wait on hold.. seems to be run like many other social programs where your given a "ticket" number and the hurry up and wait for the call back... and if you don't happen to be available when the call comes in... wait again!

    December 23, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  23. Too K Cho

    Just another thing to think about, for 2014 employer sponsored plan the premiums went up almost $140, plus i now have a 1k deductible, max oop at 3k. Yikes

    We can just wait till next year, they will either skyrocket or will lose all together.

    December 23, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  24. Andrew White

    They timed the sign up deadline perfectly...in order that people miss signing up and thus have to pay the penalty to the IRS...honestly, the week of Christmas? Who is thinking about buying healthcare right now? Perfect.

    December 23, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  25. Mikeko

    You know I have to agree that ObamaCare is a Flop: However at least he is trying to do something for Healthcare. No other President we have had has done anything for the American People in regards to healthCare. I think he deserves an aplause for his effort. Maybe it can be redone with better clarity and organization and without Penalties .
    Its like writing your resume for the first time and has to be rewritten over and over again until it shines.

    December 23, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
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