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. bob

    obama is a joke. this is his `legacy`. abysmal opinion numbers. duh' the only thing shocking about that is that it took soooooo long for most to see it.
    this is not an opinion!! its basic mathematics. there is/was NO way this would ever work

    December 23, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  2. Matthew

    If people are unhappy, that means it's a good program. The slap dash stuff that everyone 'likes' are the ones that do nothing good and are just there to give lip service. Changing your health care system for the better requires this kind of change and while it will be uncomfortable at first, once the program is fully in place, people will start to see the advantages. This has been true of any health care law in just about every country. People inherently resist change.

    December 23, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  3. fedupwithla

    "People don't want a hand out from the government. They want a hand up." – President Ronald Reagan.

    Well, we have come a long way since such noble ideals, haven't we? If people can't take care of their own health care, then they expect the government to do so? These are the same people who brought you billion dollar deficits and the DMV? Good luck America in 2014! Three more years of Obama to go!

    December 23, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  4. Dr Tod Policandriotes

    This really needs to be a single payer system where if you want extra coverage you can get your private health insurance to pick up the difference if any. Everyone should have good prescription coverage considering Canada pays less even at retail prices for their pharma.

    December 23, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  5. LogicBomb

    If only Democrats had a super-majority in the House and Senate when this legislation passed we would wouldn't have this problem. It must be the Republicans who wanted to find out what was in the bill before it was voted on who are to blame. A pox on you minority Republicans in the House and filibuster-proof Senate! It's your fault!

    December 23, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  6. don in albuquerque

    Has anyone noticed that CNN no longer reports the news. They invent the news.

    December 23, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. doncampbell101

    The simple solution – NOBODY should sign up...then repeal will be rushed through.

    December 23, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  8. Frederic H Young

    What is needed now is to make employer provided healthcare taxable to the employee. Then you'll see an abrupt about face when everyone realizes what a deal they have. Nothing in life is free except when you go the e-room to get treated and the rest of us have to pay for your care and treatment.

    December 23, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. Carl

    Gee, and ya think the Democrats won't lose the Senate?

    December 23, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  10. Namechina

    Anyone who working should have insurance that a lots of bullshit that no one wants it. If the republican stop pointing fingers maybe they can get something done. It's not about Obama it's about all American.

    December 23, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  11. becky

    what would happen if nobody signed up? hmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!

    December 23, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  12. RomneyWho

    What do "We The People" know? America the fickle and the bipolar politicians who love them . . . :(

    December 23, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  13. clarinet

    We're going to pay a lot more for a lot less coverage. It's that simple. Way too many voters out there have slept through it all and as they get hit with the financial reality in person they are going to get really really mad.

    December 23, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  14. Freedom Storm

    IMAGINE WHAT THE POLLS WILL REFLECT WHEN ALL KNOW THE TRUTH.

    The Six Primary Intentions of Obamacare … by Wayne Allen Root

    #1) Obamacare was intended to bring about the Marxist dream- redistribution of wealth.
    #2) Obamacare was intended to wipe out the middle class and make them dependent on government.
    #3) As a bonus, Obamacare is intended to kill every decent paying job in the economy, creating only crummy, crappy part-time jobs. Why? Just to make sure the middle class is trapped, with no way out.
    #4) Obamacare is intended to bankrupt small business, and therefore starve donations to the GOP.
    #5) Obamacare is intended to make the IRS all-powerful.
    #6) Obamacare is intended to unionize 15 million healthcare workers. That produces $15 billion in new union dues. That money goes to fund Democratic candidates and socialist causes- thereby guaranteeing Obama’s friends never lose another election, and Obama’s policies keep ruining capitalism and bankrupting business owners long after he’s out of office.

    This isn’t a game. This isn’t tiddly-winks. This is a serious, purposeful attempt to highjack America and destroy capitalism. This isn’t a trainwreck. It’s purposeful suicide. It’s not failing, it’s working exactly according to plan. Obama knows exactly what he’s doing. So do Pelosi and Reid, and all of their minions and supporters.

    December 23, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  15. JFS3

    Is this surprising? No. Sure, it would be great for everyone to have health insurance and costs to decrease. But, we can't have 1 new healthcare sign-up for 10 that are dropped. That isn't success. That's stupidity. Time for Plan B.

    December 23, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  16. Peter

    35% favor the law, 15% say it is not liberal enough – which means they are in the side of government having more health care – so that makes 50% who would rather have the ACA than no healthcare coverage. 43% oppose it. That leaves 7% undecided. Split them down the middle for each faction and that gives us 53% of the country (a majority) who want the ACA.

    December 23, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  17. BoFo

    That's what happens when you pass a law so you can find out what's in it. Period.

    December 23, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  18. Joe

    Wow, what a surprise that most of the American people have realized that socialism sucks and have decided that this crap is not for them. Hopefully this sentiment carries over to the other crap this administration is trying to "impose" on the country.

    December 23, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  19. Joe Blow

    Eliminating the law will not prevent increased personal healthcare expenditure.
    The portion of overall economic expenditure on healthcare will continue to rise with or without the law.

    December 23, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  20. valerie j

    So after trying to get Obama care online, and it not being completed, I will now be fined? I am so happy that someone cares if I have access to medical care (sarcasm) this entire debacle should have been prevented. This is going to blow up in the faces of the right and the left.

    December 23, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  21. PROPHET ELI

    This is true ("FACT") when Listened to! In March 23, 2010, The President said in 36 months from dates of: 3/23/10 Thru 3/21/2013, that the Requirements for ObamaCare is that every American will be Required to get a MICROCHIP in their Right hand or in their Forehead! WARNING! ObamaCare, is the ("MARK OF THE BEAST") and President Obama is SPIRIT OF (ANTI-CHRIST)! ALL MUSLIMS ARE ANTI-CHRISTS!!

    December 23, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  22. sundownr

    The real problem with America is this kind of irresponsible journalism. Get it through your head... there are millions of Americans who need Obamacare.

    December 23, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  23. marvin the martian

    this whole thing stinks.. the government mandating purchases in private commerce. the universal health car problem was an EASY fix... we haeve social security, everyone has a number.. so there is your registration and account number. we already have in place medicare, all that had to be done was expand it, then raise the social security tax to cover the anticipated costs of basic medical care for everyone. the staff, the offices and the infrastructure was already there. as an added bonus, laws limiting what health care facilities can charge are already there.
    it looks like ACA was written to force those who could not afford medical insurance to pay it anyway, to benefit the bottom line of the insurance companies.
    if you had 3000 a year in basic medical care you had to pay for out of pocket, you now have that 3000 plus the monthly amount of your insurance. we all know, if you don;t have insurance when you go to dr or hospital, they will cut the bill by 50-75% and give you time to pay it.
    what i suggest everyone does, is go to the dr or hospital, get what you need, and tell them you can;t afford a payment plan, because you have to pay obamacare, and just don't pay them.

    December 23, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  24. MajorMajor

    With only 14% of the general public confessing any knowledge of the word deductible, I have the feeling some folks are in for a surprise. LOL

    shellacback....LMAO Single payer huh? You're not in the medical field are you. The government is a prime example of inefficiency. YOU trust them, I choose not to.

    December 23, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  25. Trainwreck

    "I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." Thomas Jefferson

    December 23, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
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