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. rodboy

    This funny ,since women helped elect him by a wide margin – goes to show you, be careful what you wish for you may get it.

    December 23, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  2. Peg

    the article says that 43% oppose the law – but an additional 15% say it is not liberal enough – that means 57% either oppose it because it is not liberal enough or support the law or are indifferent to it. This is certainly NOT a win for conservatives

    December 23, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  3. Joe

    Numbers and more: $2.7 trillion in national health costs. Now that we are all insured this big number will be covered between the sum of everyone's deductibles and premiums. 315 million of us. Division gives you $8571 a year. Unfortunately only 85% can pay so we carry the rest with subsides. $8571 divided by 0.85 = $10,000 each. Monthly this is $840, so figure out your best way to hide this number with your deductive and premium. It's expensive but that's the way it goes. Hopefully most people pick high deductibles. Then people will finally start putting some supply and demand forces on the health care market and start bringing prices back down.

    December 23, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  4. What a waste!

    Enjoy that vacation Obama!

    December 23, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  5. Frank

    Why is everyone's opinion so low? How much insurance could you buy with $2 Million dollars? Thats what it is costing us, and no one has used the insurance yet. 312 Million people in the US, cost of the website...$680 Million dollars, and it's STILL not efficient. This plan was cobbled together by people with no clue what an undertaking it would be to get the HHS, IRS, and all these other agencies to coordinate and interact would entail. And they think if you HAVE insurance you are better off. I have a friend,28 years old, paid about $300 last year for 2 Dr. Visits plus meds. Now he has to pay $174 a month ($378, but he gets a subsidy) and has a $1000 deductible, which he will never be able to use. So now he pays $200 for the Dr. Visits (because he hasn't hit his deductible) AND $174 a month in premiums....WHERE is the AFFORDABLE in this plan? Why is it there are 16000 new IRS agents and not a single HHS or other Government agency getting an increase in Personnel? Maybe it's a "Thanks for Harassing the Tea party from 2008-2012 so I could get re-elected?"

    December 23, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  6. Randy

    The ACA wasn't designed to fix all of the nation's health woes immediately. These things take time, and no doubt, there will be mis-steps and adjustments that will need to be made along the way. That being said, the previous system was broken and something had to change. It would have been nice if the GOP would have worked w/the President, instead of trying to stop him at every turn, but they did not.

    December 23, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  7. Jerry

    I never thought I would see the day the WH would support such a failure!

    December 23, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  8. Anonymous

    Obama is Stalin light. Obamacare is going down in flames because the people rose up against government taking away more Liberty. President Obama has been a bad joke and has hurt a lot of people in an effort to make himself look important. Socialism is failing in America too. We need to remove the big government Corporatism and Crony Capitalism as well. Term limits on Congress will go a long way. Bye, bye BO.

    December 23, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  9. Roger Huguez

    Ok, old news is no news, Let's move on to more important matters already. Or, is this how we avoid the issues that people really do care about, by regenerating "bullshit" items like the ACA that everybody knows is "the law of the land" that isn't going anywhere fast? You see, this is the power of the media that a lot of people underestimate. Ask yourself, what could actually get done in this country if the media focused as much time and energy on the issues that people like me really care about, like higher wages? Write about that, put that front and center everyday for a year and I'm willing to bet that we would actually get somewhere. But do you think they would do it? No because, it's not in there best interest to see something like that get done. It's doesn't rank close to their interest of seeing the ACA fail.

    December 23, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  10. Molly

    They will be negative UNTIL they or their friends and family get good coverage for the fist time.

    December 23, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  11. phantom235

    Not a surprise

    December 23, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  12. Voseystone

    Duh! Thanks for finally reporting the obvious.

    December 23, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  13. sixthromeo

    One does not need to cover and report the news if one creates the news. This is creation of news, manipulation of the uneducated masses. "If I have to buy health insurance then the cost of my care is higher! I rather it were free! I cheat on my income taxes and that will be more difficult, so, YES, my health care costs are higher." I am sick of this mess as I am sick of all those people who have health insurance but still weigh in with a lie that says that they do not and now have to 'Pay a penalty," I am sick of people on Medicare that use doctor appointments as social events instead of for physical health reasons; they cheat others. 99.9% of the complaints come from people who are already covered and are just venting bile for the sake of their own hatefulness.

    December 23, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  14. Kevin

    Truly one of the greatest CFs of all time. Thank you Democratic Party! I will remember your good work next year.

    December 23, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  15. TheBloch

    You can polish a turd, but in the end it's still a turd

    December 23, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  16. Molly

    scm1954: grow your own greens. They grow like weeds. Best nutrition in the world

    December 23, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  17. omeany

    It's a first attempt at something our country has needed for a long time. It is irresponsible to ignore the fact that 15% of our population could not afford or obtain health insurance.

    It is also cruel that insurance companies until now had the right to decide when you have had enough coverage and cut you from their program or hike rates up every year to make sure stockholders profits would continue to be good.

    It's easy to complain when the only other plan is more of the same but this is not going to work either because even with no ACA medical costs continue to increase.

    We should start taking a hard look at how other countries manage to cover their citizens and I do not mean look for only the bad stories to win political points, find out what is working and do it.

    Healthcare should not be a political tool. Too many people suffer in the "Greatest Country In The World" not having regular access to health care.

    Also, don't tell me it's too expensive. we always have money for the things we want to do as a nation like wars, giving billions to other countries etc...It's time some of that money did less killing and more healing.

    December 23, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  18. geno marcello

    thanks, CNN, for using your journalistic integrity to report the results of your survey in a straightforward fashion. FOX NEWS needs to do the same. citizens are tired of listening to biased spin-control 'experts' who are simply throwing out their personal political beliefs to the masses, like someone would toss a dog a bone. americans need facts, not opinions. we have enough opinions of our own.

    December 23, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  19. kestar

    The number probably represent financial reality. 60% will pay more so 16% can get on board. if you are one of the 60%, you aren't happy. If you are one of the 16%, then you probably are. Luckily, mine did not change dramatically this year, although there was a new tax added on to our premium ( $16.00 per person covered = 80.00 ) to defray the cost of Obamacare.

    December 23, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  20. bill39

    We'll see how this shakes out with time, but if costs go up, I think it's a sign that Big Insurance is more of a money gobbler than Big Government. The health insurance industry knows how to take advantage of every new "opportunity".

    December 23, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  21. MaRGE

    Boy another asinine poll CNN took on the republican side of the House of Representatives. Why oh why oh why do they try to push crap down out throats. Kinda reminds us of all the wonderful accurate polls they took in the run up to the 2012 election. Aren't they cute. AND they just can't pan the health care enough. Trying to say the people of this country do not want health care. BS.

    December 23, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  22. DaveNYUSA

    SO, how is that Obama vote working for you NOW, folks?

    December 23, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  23. Allison

    Well it sure has helped me...100%. I am just getting on my feet and instead of having to pay over $200 a month for insurance I am now able to pay a MUCH lower rate on ObamaCare. I thank God for this bill because if it did not exist I would probably not have healthcare right now.

    December 23, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  24. Sam Alexander

    Affordable my a$$. Since when is 900 plus dollars affordable for one person to be covered???

    December 23, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  25. Jimmy

    Come on folks!
    Get with the income redistribution plan.
    Sure, some people will pay more!.
    That's the plan so other can pay less.

    December 23, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
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