December 23rd, 2013
06:00 AM ET
11 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. Roger Huguez

    Why don't you poll how many people are in favor or equality in living standards and higher wages, lets see what your polls reveal there?

    December 23, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  2. JB

    Many people have been paying for years for useless policies which allowed insurance companies to drop them if they became ill or refuse even legitimate claims to be paid. Those without insurance have depended on the taxpayers to bail them out for emergency care. Care in the US does not even compare to that in Europe or the Scandinavian countries. The real "lies" are being offered by old republican males. Let them start shopping for coffins if they refuse health care.

    December 23, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  3. Nutzzz

    Why is it so hard? Every other western country manages to do universal health care pretty well.

    December 23, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  4. Canineok

    This is unfortunate for the President. His signature legislation is failing. Even worse is his being viewed as not being truthful. Once you loose trust, it is very difficult to recover. Now he is trying to by pass Congress with Executive Orders. If Congress did it's job (both Republicans and Democrats), they would defund all items the President EOed and maintain their place in Constitutional design. Moreover, The SCotus would do the President a huge favor if they found the ACA unconstituional. That would give him shelter and a place to hide.

    December 23, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  5. victorchics

    It's working for us we are saving $350 a month, deductible went from 5,000 to 2,000 with better coverage and same doctors and, it was very easy to sign up. People need to give it a chance.

    December 23, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  6. Chris

    Overall, I believe the President means well, most do on topics affecting the American people. But the mistake I see... is why is health care mandatory??? And if We The People don't think this new healthcare is something we want, the government is going to fine me because I elect not to get anything? And if I don't comply the following year, the fine doubles? Doesn't sound like a democracy type government we're used to having... sounding more and more Socialistic leaning into Communism to me... I was all for the program until the government decided to set fines for not cooperating. My opinion as gone from the support side over to the shovel it somewhere else side now.

    December 23, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  7. Floretta

    "(IF OPPOSE) Do you oppose that legislation because you think its approach toward health care is
    too liberal, or because you think it is not liberal enough?"

    Really?? Why not ask if the legislation's approach is "too conservative" or "not conservative enough"? Seriously flawed and badly worded poll. Garbage in, garbage out.

    December 23, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  8. Mistro

    President Obama – Empty Suide

    December 23, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  9. Tom Ottinger

    It's disappointing that a news organization is more concerned with reporting what people think than whether their beliefs are true. Have you done any investigating to determine what percentage of people will ACTUALLY have higher costs? You might want to look into it.

    December 23, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  10. gary

    GOP lies have cost us so much .. perhaps a good health plan. It should have been single payer from the start. GOP alternative is all poor to just die off early. The America I once knew and loves is long gone. Peace.

    December 23, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  11. Bobby the Greek

    The ignorance of statistics is an issue when it comes to US polls. Questions are always skewed to get the result desired by those funding the poll. When dies cnn plan on hiring journalists that can think and analyze the results independently?

    December 23, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  12. Lamar

    CNN, you are way behind on what is going in America aren't you? Of course it is a thumbs down for this ridiculous law that will crush the middle class of America.

    December 23, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  13. Akatalinich

    Because of this, my healthcare went up 430.80% from last year, this is from a private company, the ones listed on healthcare.gov are even higher. I failed to see how this helps low income people, paying $160 per month and a $6,345.00 yearly deductible? What's the point if low income Americans can't afford the deductible but are still paying the mandatory monthly cost? Hey fast food employees, you couldn't afford healthcare before, you still can't but now you have to pay a penalty.

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

    To James Flaherty:

    I agree 100% – though that "obscure individual" was a guy named Paul. You will find it in 1 Timothy 6 I think.

    December 23, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  15. ryan london

    Millions or a million? I thought 400,000 + 500,000 is almost a million. I guess to Obama, that does come out to one out of ever 3 american's instead of the .001% of our population!

    December 23, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  16. lmason

    This just proof that too many American's are just stupid

    December 23, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  17. AK

    How can making people pay for things they will never need or use be right?

    December 23, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  18. Ed

    The Republican propaganda machine seems to be working yet again. Low information voters may once again dictate a policy change that works against their own interest.

    December 23, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  19. Blue Dog

    The biggest hit to ACA is coming from the companies who were providing insurance for the employees before and always wanted to increase employee contributions to the health care. Like in my company where we had premium increase almost every alternate years. This year they could use ACA as an excuse.This is the single most negative PR for the law.

    December 23, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  20. I Can Read

    My premiums went up over 50% plus higher deductibles. The only people possibly experiencing lower premiums are those that qualify for government subsidies. I think this pretty much sums it up. I really cannot afford any more of these 'successes' from Washington!

    December 23, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  21. glj

    I read the comments and some people are saying they are wanting Single Payer. Who do you think is going to pay for the single payer system? I am paying about 30% in taxes now and am in no way wealthy.

    December 23, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  22. Edston

    The news heading is wrong of course; it should read thumbs down for Obama.

    December 23, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  23. Anonymous

    Hidden within the article is the fact that 15% of the people asked said it wasn't liberal enough, meaning they want more health care coverage from the government. Add that to the 35% who favor the law and that equals 50%. There are 43% opposing it, so that leaves 7% undecided. Split that 7% equally and that would make 53%, more than half of this country, who want the ACA rather than nothing.

    December 23, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  24. Ron

    I don't mind paying more 'if' everyone was efficiently covered....this would result in less govt spending elsewhere and, in theory, lower taxes. But HA HA. Wont happen. Obamacare stinks!

    December 23, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  25. Perry

    How much credit do you give a negative poll when 85% of the people don't have insurance under the Affordable Care Act? For all practical purposes, Obamacare doesn't even concern them. What kind of shyster pollers are you using? Poll the 15% that don't have it and you will see gratitude.

    December 23, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
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