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. Il

    is this thing a joke? My premium is around $400 a month with the income of $1.000 a month. Really?

    December 23, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  2. Publius Novus

    This is the result of a "Harry & Lousie" redux, this time thanks to the Koch brothers and their ilk, abetted by a constant drumbeat from the the right-wing and main stream media. The American public wants healthcare, the American public needs healthcare, and if they're smart enough, they will have healthcare. They simply need to tell the Koch brothers where to go.

    December 23, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  3. Natrldiver

    So the social math is that as more people are signing up for the program, the greater the numbers are the informed and finding out that this program will cost them more out of their own pockets in the end.

    December 23, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  4. Todd

    Mine is $110 cheaper per month than it was when I was paying as an individual. Who are the people who don't like it? The ones who listen to the right-wing propaganda without investigating for themselves?

    December 23, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. paul

    Well, I have no complaints. I live in Florida. Premiums of $70 a month with a $900 deductible. Sweet.

    December 23, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  6. erick magan

    impeach Obama and down with AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT

    December 23, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. Robert

    The problem is, everyone who was pushing for this was expecting THEIR rates to be lower, instead they are finding out that THEY are the ones who will be paying more to subsidize other peoples insurance.

    December 23, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  8. Tom

    I am confused. Is it the process of picking up a phone and signing up, or is the idea of having secondary insurance, or is it the idea that this law was passed four years ago, and only now is in its final implementation. This is a dumb CNN poll.

    December 23, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. Mr. Obumble

    DARN IT! IT IS MR. Obumble's legacy! Have NSA find out who is complaining about Cool-Aid Care!

    December 23, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  10. Michael Q

    Victory goes to the Republican propaganda machine that has poured billions of dollars to defeat the black man's attempt to insure the people with an affordable health care system (created by the Republicans). And for that matter, anything those liberal fools think is good for all the people, not just a few of us privileged. Of course, the fear among the drug manufacturers', the health insurance providers, and the politicians themselves is they will not make as much money as they have in the past. It is simply protect what you have and let's not change a thing. The same happens with gun control, immigration and jobs lost to offshore manufacturing. The Republicans have once again proved the old saying, "You can't fool all the people all the time, but you sure can con them into believing that greed is good!". Pity!

    December 23, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  11. Niels

    Did you know the government changed the definition of enrolled?

    Before ACA enrolled meant covered by a health plan, usually meaning you have your ID card.

    Now enrolled means you have entered your personal demographics and income levels. It has nothing to do with being covered.

    Pathetic. The ACA is so far from affordable that it is a laughable name for a garbage plan.

    December 23, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  12. John

    Talk about a Government going aginst the will of the people. Yes we know the liberals will follow anything the President want but the vast majority of people do not want this law and it should not be shoved down our throats. It was wrong how the dems passed his law using procedural tactic to get is passed and using back room deals. Fact is most people do not like it they do not want it and we should not be stuck with this law because some President with an ulta Ego wants to make a fricken name for himself.

    December 23, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  13. DonkeyTDong

    Oh NO, OMG!!!

    Please say it ain't so, Joe, please say it ain't so!!!!

    December 23, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  14. Vegas Smitty

    Obamacare like Obama = Epic fail!

    December 23, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  15. o

    Hopefully Obamacare will be repealled by the next president. Think of all the money that was wasted in creating this diaster and recreating a new health care system that works.

    December 23, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  16. ora pike

    now-susan rice on cbs 60 minutes says Libya "false controversy"-we had americans killed and this so and so says it is a false controversy-HOW DOES THAT MAKE YOU FEEL MR. AND MRS. AMERICA-LIKE OBAMA SUPPORTED OUR PEOPLE WHEN THEY WERE KILLED??? LIED AND SAID-RICE WENT ON ALL THE NETWORKS BECAUSE IT WAS PRIOR TO THE ELECTION--IT WAS A VIDEO. How do you get this group of ______________(fill in) out of government before it is too late???

    December 23, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  17. Anthony Talbert

    So! How are the leftist elitist snobs who favor foisting this law on an unwilling majority going to spin this? If Fox had done the poll they would be saying that it is biased. Are they now going to accuse CNN of being a "right wing" organization?
    I'm not a fan of CNN's reporting but I give them kudos for at least reporting this (despite the pro-Obamacare spin at the end).
    Or, will the leftist elitist snobs just say that "you don't understand" and "it is for your own good" as they are wont to do?

    December 23, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  18. American Worker

    High Deductibles.
    High Premiums (For those who don't get subsidies.)

    What Health Care?

    We pay high premiums and High deductibles.
    By the time we get through the deductibles the ACA doesn't do anything for us but rip us off.

    December 23, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  19. Larke Marie

    It was based on a lie, had this president told the truth about it he would not have been re elected. Shame on the democrats who passed it, my insurance costs just went up by 38% even though I increased the deductible.

    December 23, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  20. OldSchool

    I support most of the ideas behind the ACA, and the previous system was obviously not working and needed to be addressed. That being said, I hope that this makes people realize just how badly we are scr3w3d by health care being a for-profit enterprise. I hope this makes the average person wake up to the fact that we need a single payer universal coverage system like every other civilized modern country, even those who apparently vote against their own self interests because they have been deluded into thinking that they are rich and are somehow propping up the "takers".

    December 23, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  21. RightWinger

    The only people who like Obamacare are the parasites who are using it to legally steal from the rest of us.

    December 23, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  22. Tim

    Hey Liberals, are you finally ready to admit that this policy was a really bad idea and needs to be repealed?

    December 23, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  23. GB

    My employer already had pulled thousands of us into meetings before open enrollment, which just finished, to explain about many of our ages-old perks that we used to get and how they'll be cut in order to keep from raising our premiums and deductibles. While the perks were minimal, like annual longeivty (with the company) bonuses and 403b matching (about $500 per year) it still stinks. On top of that, my large employer cannot complete negate the impacts of Obamacare on our health insurance and for the first time is going to be charging extra if you wish to employ your spouse and then we've been informed of premium and deductible increases for 2015. My CEO has directly attributed this, in words to us, to Obamacare....Thanks alot Prez. Who knows where this is gonna end...????? I should not have to be my brother's keeper – he should get a job and pay for his own insurance just like I do.

    December 23, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  24. MADHAVAN BALAJI

    The complaint about Affordable Care Act increasing the amount people would normally spend on health care could be because it is forcing people to buy health insurance who would not be spending any money on health care other than preventive and very basic care through self medication. If the goal is to help every one with affordable health care the focus should have been in reducing the health care costs overall. It is a fact that the health care community sets costs at unreasonably high level for every thing under the sun (care, medicine, procedures etc). with the idea of charging lower negotiated price for people with insurance of medicare. TIME magazine had recently published a 30 page cover story about this. In my own case for an MRI costing around $4000 I paid a negotiated rate of around $350. It is interesting none of the political parties and politicians talk about reducing the basic cost of health care at the same time when they criticize Affordable Health Care Act. Hope the politicians will take note of that and address the root cause (s) for this pricing disparity. There could be many .. liability issues, high cost of medical education, R & D and manufacturing costs for medicines/equipments etc. Beyond all these the health care community should check their conscience and ask themselves .. are they being too greedy and if not how they can help reduce the medical cost for every one and not just one who can negotiate or ask for charity. Hopefully the next phase of Affordable Care Act would pay attention to reducing health care costs and guiding health care community in focusing on holistic and preventive care instead of focusing on individual diseases and conditions.

    December 23, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  25. calliTLikeIseeIt

    Is The Site Working yet??

    December 23, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
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