December 23rd, 2013
06:00 AM ET
10 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. Hopeless Fool

    I am ready for your apology.

    December 23, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  2. ricke1949

    Taking over the economy is difficult even for Utopians progressives.

    December 23, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  3. InMyOpinion7

    This poll shows very unfavorable support for the law. It is interesting to note that it was conducted by CNN and therefore in my opinion is skewed a little to the left, no different then similar polls run by the right are skewed to the right. So I conclude the truth, how the majority of America feels, is even more feel unfavorable. The truth lies somewhere between the two, and that is not good for the Democratic Party. If elections were held today I dare say the Republican Party would sweep Congress and The House – not even Hillary could win the White House. Sure makes for an interesting 2014.

    December 23, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  4. bob

    We just got coverage. Our bill (after subsidies) is about 1/3 of what it was previously.
    People need to actually check what it costs, not "predict" w/out hard numbers.

    December 23, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  5. Proud_I Fought_it

    I did all I could to fight the law. I had friends and family tell me to get a life Obama was trying to do some good, even though they didn't have time to read anything but the headlines. Today those people are shocked and disappointed that Politicians lie...LOL Most people still don't know what else is in this bill...get ready you wont like it and your life and your childrens will change.

    December 23, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  6. Namebob

    Repeal this crap and impeach Obama

    December 23, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  7. TYRANNASAUR

    Support for the country's new health care law has dropped to a record low, according to a new national poll......

    Just goes to show what a good job the CONSERVATIVES and their friends the INSURANCES COMPANIES have done to scare the public....you did notice the story said people BELIEVED or THOUGHT ..... it never said they KNOW....WHICH SAYS QUITE ANOTHER THING.

    December 23, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  8. Libdumb

    Like he cares what the majority things. Like Putin don't interfere with my taxpayer paid vacation in Hawaii. FO Democratic Majority.

    December 23, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  9. Carmen

    My husband paid $0.00 for his Medicare health Insurance for over 10 years, recieved a letter that he will be "dropped" from his health insurance, he had no choice but to continue with the same company after calling other Health Insurance companies, it was even more expensive, now he has to pay $153.70 a month with his minimum Social Security being his only income. Obama Care was no help to him.. Very upset, not fair to him or many others in the same situation.

    December 23, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  10. ned Needlemier

    The ACA could have been successful, if you could keep your existing plan(mine was canceled), the price of health insurance did not rise so much in the ACA programs(mine will double, if I go with the 6K deductible). That is where the real shame of this program lies. If you needed to provide 40 million people with healthcare insurance, you could have set up a program to cover them at an affordable rate, however with this law, millions lost their current health care(like us), so that we could go into a pool with the 40 million people. That is the stupid part. I now can get healthcare for twice as much with a new $6000 individual deductible and a 12,000 family deductible. I am worse off than I was with my old insurance.

    December 23, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  11. Les E. Yingling

    Does everyone not realize that the cost of health insurance has gone up every year since I started purchasing it for my company employees more that 33 years ago? Some years it went up 30%....are you kidding me? If everyone would have worked together from the time it was signed into law to fix and improve it instead to trying to get rid of it can you not see how much further along and better it would be?

    December 23, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  12. JohnRJohnson

    FOUR YEARS of right-wing propaganda attacking health care reform, seems to have worked. i wonder how many people responding in that poll had even been to any of the exchanges and seen what was actually being offered. What's sad is that everybody in this country should have medical coverage. This law tries to do that, but it obviously has flaws. If we didn't have the lowest rated, least productive and most obstructive Congress in the history of the republic, we might have been able to improve on it, rather than just see an ongoing effort to burn it down. People forget that this plan was patterned after a Republican governor's plan, and that it was enthusiastically endorsed by The HERITAGE FOUNDATION. Now, because a black president is supporting it, it's the worst idea in history. SOMETHING IS REALLY WRONG IN THIS COUNTRY.

    December 23, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  13. eddieb

    this all will change once we see the benefits from the law. Now can you tell me what it was that the republicans were doing to help the health care system?

    December 23, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  14. Jason Jey

    Because of this stupid law, my insurance cost increased by 15%.
    If the government wanted to take money from the salaried class and give to the poor, they could have done in other ways

    December 23, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  15. Peg

    if 4 in 10 say the law will have no effect on them – then the poll is full of it because not only are employer rates increasing at record lows (0NLY 5%) for 2013, but 9 out of ten do not buy private insurance.

    December 23, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  16. James Flaherty

    "I hope that this makes people realize just how badly we are scr3w3d by health care being a for-profit enterprise."

    The previous comment sums up the real problem with the American Health Care System.....GREED.

    It is immoral to make a profit on some one else's suffering, We Americans have become the Greediest people in the history of the world.

    An obscure individual said, "The LOVE of Money is the root of ALL Evil." We ignore this advice to our own hurt.

    December 23, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  17. Tim

    I find it incredulous the people commenting here that are somehow trying to say that this failure is nothing more than "Republican propaganda". First of all if you think that CNN is some sort of Republican think tank, you have less common sense than our "brilliant" government officials. Further how can you watch something failing before your eyes and sit and make excuses because you really wanted it to work. Those of you supporting Obamacrap whilst you watch it screwing over American citizens are in a state of complete delusion.

    December 23, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  18. Rudolph Whitehead

    I really don't want to hear it!!! WE tried to tell everyone who supported this junk that it meant higher costs, less choices and more headache but NOOOO they wouldn't listen. Now we ALL sit in the corner together. Congrats to those idiots who supported this measure. You deserve everything you get.

    December 23, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  19. martinbay10

    I just signed up via Covered California yesterday. I'm saving just over $150 a month in premiums for the same, if not better, coverage I had with UHC/PaciiCare. I'm now with Blue Shield, paying full price for a full plan with no government subsidies.

    So much propaganda and lies from GOP. And CNN (liberal media?) has decided to feast on Obama with all kinds of negative reporting and skewed surveys with questions that drive negative answers. Who's in the survey sample on this poll? Stratified random? What's the methodology? Note I came out of the UCLA Survey Research Center. I do unbiased surveys. CNN is creating news with faulty polls...

    December 23, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  20. rodboy

    Two comments that will go done in history " Let Pass it and see what is in it", "You can keep your doctor", From one that is to old to serve and the other that is such a novice.

    December 23, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  21. ThankYou RedStates

    Maybe if the 25 states run by Republican legislatures would expand medicaid, at no cost to their state, things would be better for the people in those states. Yet such states refuse to do so purely for ideological reasons, sacrificing their constituents' health and well-being to make a rather benign point. It's clear that these politicians are not interested in what's best for the common people. They are only interested in making their rich donors happy.

    Health care is broken in this country. We can only dream that one day the Republican party will actually do something productive and stop obstructing any attempt at improving the situation. Either come up with something better, or give the ACA a chance to succeed.

    December 23, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  22. JimBob

    My insurance went up 91%. No joke. That's for the exact same plan as last year. Thanks Obama.

    December 23, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  23. JCS

    "...most Americans predict that the Affordable Care Act will actually result in higher prices for their own medical care."

    Most Americans believe in ghosts and watch Duck Dynasty. Just saying.

    December 23, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  24. shellacback

    What scares Republicans is that the real health care solutions are all on the progressive side: single payer (or at least public option) and government controls on medical device pricing. That's why you'll hear people like Senator Ted Cruz reciting Dr. Seuss before you'll hear him proposing ideas to fix health care.

    December 23, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  25. scm1954

    After I figure out how to re-finagle my small income to include a couple of hundred dollars that are just not there, I know that I will be able to go to a hospital somewhere and see a doctor I have never met before to receive treatment for being malnourished. I do not do fast food. I cannot afford the premium cost of healthier choices or organic food choices, so it will be just the basic sustenance items that get cut from my budget. No cell phone, no cable, no car, no frills. Just 'better' insurance than I had, and a lot less food.

    December 23, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
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