December 23rd, 2013
06:00 AM ET
7 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. Mike

    And this is his single most important, signature piece of legislation...

    December 23, 2013 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  2. al

    Guess Cruz was right!!!!!! To all you low information liberals!!!!!!!!!

    December 23, 2013 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  3. Kenneth C. Krieger

    The Democrats are not backing down. They are not listening to Americans. The Democrats have been lying on almost every issue for years and getting away it. They believe if you tell the lies long enough it the lies will become the truth. They will not back down. Will the last Democrat please turn out the lights. Kenneth Krieger Cape Coral, Florida

    December 23, 2013 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  4. Name

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

    December 23, 2013 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  5. nc_mike

    So half the country wants Obamacare or something even stronger, sich as Single payer, while the other half doesn't. Seeing that ACA is already law, then I see no reason to dismantle it based on the 50%.

    December 23, 2013 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  6. Bobloblaw

    Now Obama has shafted those who went to the exchanges and bought insurance by allowing for Catastrophic Plans (Just last week those plans were inadequate).

    December 23, 2013 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  7. MrsFudd

    Of course people don't like Obamacare. No one wants the government forcing them to pay for something that provides less coverage,less choice, and making them worse off than they were before. We are Americans. We relish our freedom in this country. Obama and the Democrats have taken away the fundamental right of choosing our own healthcare and offered us a piece-of-crap law that was written by lawyers and is laughably inefficient and poorly conceived. This administration has spent millions of tax dollars on obscene advertising – encouraging binge drinking, casual sex and given us visuals like "pajama boy" and half-naked "men-elves" dancing around that make me want to burn my eyes out. Obamacare is a joke – and the reality sets in when doctors start refusing to accept it or start dropping out of med school because they refuse to adhere to this horrific legislation. It's time to dump this garbage and let people go back to having the freedom to choose. Let the states handle the uninsured as individual states – don't make it federal law.

    December 23, 2013 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  8. sean

    Why don't they ask a real question like what is the black opinion. Seems to me anything that involves Obama, the backs are in favor of even if they know nothing on the subject itself.

    December 23, 2013 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  9. Thomas Nichols

    "..."So all told, millions of Americans, despite problems with the website, are now poised to be covered by quality affordable health care," ..."

    "So all told"? Really? And this demonstrates the true level of intelligence of the US president, speaking on the level of a four year old. That also explains the 90 second cartoon style "Everything you need to know about Obamacare" commercial level of intelligence.

    December 23, 2013 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  10. are122

    Affordable Care Act? It might be less of a joke if they changed the name.

    December 23, 2013 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  11. yolanda

    This should surprise no one. This was(and continues to be) forced down our throats by one party without caring about the overall impact on our economy. It will get worse. A big thank you to Nancy Pelosi...maybe she will have a chance to read it now. A "win"for the Democratic Party, a "loss" for working Americans.

    December 23, 2013 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  12. Smellferd

    How many of the people who enrolled HAD quality affordable care and lost it because of this law thus forcing them to enroll?

    December 23, 2013 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  13. aztekman

    It is good to see that more people are realizing the load of crap the government sold them.

    December 23, 2013 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  14. penguin

    Since 43% oppose it because it is too liberal and 15% oppose it because it is not liberal enough, that indicates 57% favor a national health law. Since faux News is constantly denigrating the law, it is amazing the AFC isn't less popular. It also shows peoples view of reaality is more a function of what news people tell us than fact. Our journalists today are lazy and do nothing to find and report all the salient facts

    December 23, 2013 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  15. 82ndABNVET

    This is why the Republicans should just let this ride. No extensions, no breaks, no delays.

    This law is bound to fall apart on its own. I say let it go.

    December 23, 2013 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  16. FLrunner

    Everyone I know has been affected negatively by Obamacare. Insurance premiums are increasing dramatically. People who supported this disaster were fools if they didn't
    see this coming. I didn't vote for government mandated healthcare but my coverage as of January is going to cost my family an extra $1200 per year for "affordable health care". Another family member is seeing an increase of $5000 per year. That's just the beginning. Fasten your seatbelts folks, it goes downhill from here.

    December 23, 2013 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  17. srcactus

    Obama's trust is gone and the promise of "affordable" and "better" don't seem to be truthful any more that keeping a plan or a doctor were truthful. The objection is the government takeover of a private industry. Government cannot be trusted.

    Laws to reign in out of control insurance companies or to insure coverage for pre-existing etc. would be very acceptable. Families want the right to specify what coverage is needed and will not accept a government mandate of what they must buy. Is it any wonder that this law is not received well by a majority of people.

    December 23, 2013 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  18. sosdn

    Those who bothered to look at how it worked in other countries, knew years ago that this would happen.

    December 23, 2013 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  19. jw

    Wow reality from CNN for once?

    December 23, 2013 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  20. Fatgreg

    The president also said, "I would save $2,500 a year", "I could keep my plan," "I can keep my doctor," and this mess won't add a DIME to the national Debt. If you believe anything he says you are a fool.

    December 23, 2013 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  21. Dan

    One disaster after another with this administration.

    December 23, 2013 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  22. Stephen

    The "quality, affordable healthcare" is coming at a steep cost to middle class Americans. The price of our insurance has gone up 20% for catastrophic coverage. Affordable is the key here. Until insurance companies are forced to rein in profits and offer affordable coverage, Obamacare is doomed.

    December 23, 2013 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  23. Padric2

    Just finished with the whole thing this morning. It's a process and there is a lot of repetition in the sign up. Now to see if any of my doctors take the plans that I can afford. If not I'm in serious trouble having had cancer and open heart surgery in the last year. We'll see.

    December 23, 2013 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  24. jw

    At the 500k monthly rate it will only take 55 years to get everyone on board and signed up!!

    December 23, 2013 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  25. bob

    "most Americans predict that the Affordable Care Act will actually result in higher prices". LOL
    it doesnt take predictions for that. its called basic mathematics. those that havnt had the kool aide have been saying that for a LONG time now.

    December 23, 2013 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
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