December 23rd, 2013
06:00 AM ET
9 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. Leland

    This article is essential dishonest because it frames the argument in a way that makes readers believe that most do not support government regulated health care. By their own numbers this is false. While only 35% support Obamacare, per se, another 15% opposite because it is not liberal enough. That means 50% support some form of government regulated health care delivery system. The article says 43% oppose it because it is too liberal (although it was originally devised by a conservative Republican think tank). These numbers mean that Obamacare is, at present, the logical and reasonable compromise for our country.

    December 23, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  2. Bhawk1

    I would vote it a no for not being a single payer system.

    December 23, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. BinFL

    It's amazing to hear the folks who say they should have just made it law for insurance companies to accept people with pre-exisiting conditions and be able to keep your children on policy until age 26 as these same folks actually believe that those two things alone would not have raised premiums and costs. This is what the Repubs are now saying that they would keep the good things but never say how they would pay for them...that is their typical approach to everything. This law will get ironed out as time goes on just like Social Security did. Also, if one state (Florida) can't get their website to work just for unemployment insurance, then it is not so unbelievable that a NATIONAL website has issues.

    December 23, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. don in albuquerque

    Oh "Truth" your such an animal.

    December 23, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  5. Eric

    I will never put money in somewhere together with all of you, especially for healthcare. Look in the mirror! Most of you are the most repulsive, disgusting, dirty, selfish, hater enraged, idiots I have ever imagined could be. I have been just fine paying for my own healthcare, like a normal human being, for the past 10 years since I was 20 years old.

    I will never EVER pay for your healthcare.

    December 23, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  6. grace

    Yo we need a single-payer program, trust Obama to control all the money it's ok he ain't gonna lie to us or nothin.

    December 23, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. John Hruban

    For Heavens sake, how about giving it more time. CNN began criticizing within a day or two as did the idiot GOP Party. Let's hear from you next year and see how it's going.. Then there might be more credibility or not.

    December 23, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. glaird

    In the late 70's, my wife and I had mediocre high tech incomes. That threw us into the 55% Federal Tax bracket. We could barely afford rent on a run down duplex, let alone buy our first house. (Had to wait until our 40's) Inflation was being fueled by a run away federal reserve, who was desperately trying to spend their way, on borrowed money, out of a great recession.
    It was then, that I went from politically ambivalent to ultra conservative, overnight. I suspect sticker shock will cause a great shift in the younger generation, this year. Too bad it took 2 presidential terms for them to figure it out, when we did it in less than 1 term (Carter).

    December 23, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  9. destroyerofeconomies

    When is Obama holding the press conference for his sign-up?

    December 23, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  10. Hannah

    There's a difference between a success because people are signing up vs. people signing up because they feel they HAVE TO. Most I know who are signing up make around $60k a year and so do not qualify for subsidies, so they are signing up knowing that they can't afford to pay the higher deductibles and the premiums without having to cut back on other household expenditures. One couple I know are talking about divorcing so that their combined income will be split and they will each qualify for free health care. This thing is a trainwreck and there will be negative impacts for 85% of Americans while the 15% who needed help before this whole debacle started will reap the benefits. Thanks Obama for nothing.

    December 23, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  11. Tom

    A thank you to the Republican politicians that tried in vein to put a stop to the disaster of the unACA before it became mandated. Although the liberals call it obstruction, anyone with half a brain knows you were just trying to keep the country from this horrible predicament that the democratic party has put us in. Good luck getting us out of this ugly mess you put us in.

    December 23, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  12. Insurance Choas

    Ignoring the spin, I just look at what is happening to me personally. First, my individual policy was dropped. The "improved" plan is about 40% more expensive after a 50% increase last year. So, in two years I'm expected to pay 100% more per month premium with a terrible deductible. Then Pharaoh, says thats delayed. But California says nope plan is cancelled because it does not meet the ACA requirement. Now I'm told by Pharaoh, there is a "new" low cost plan for catastrophic! I guess I need to wait again to see what the California commission says. Anyhow, the best thing to do here is nothing. I will not have insurance. Time for the penalty. Maybe this law needs to be scrapped and we go cash only. Not surprising to see women upset - all those sex workers might have found out about the high deductible. I guess they got played again.

    December 23, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  13. Chuckles

    Nancy Pelosi :"We have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it.”

    It appears then-Speaker Pelosi was a lot more savvy than we had all realized.

    December 23, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  14. Jimmy

    Here is your answer "ThankYou RedStates"
    If Obama had passed a bipartisen bill this would not be a partisen issue.
    The Republicans were frozen out of any particpation in the ACA.
    Why would they want to be on the crash landing if they were not in on the take off!

    December 23, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. gregor1971

    There are already too many middle-income Americans that are finding that their health care options are significantly more expensive under Obamacare. It's not the web site problems, it is the expense increase.

    December 23, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  16. dave

    and had the press been doing it's job we wouldn't be in the mess

    December 23, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  17. Sniffit

    "I voted for him in 2008 and, since I am fairly intelligent, figured out quickly I had made a mistake. The reports of Obama being socialist bordering on communist turned out to be true."

    It's hilarious that you make the first statement after complaining about lying. The second statement gives your lie away. It's just more of the hairbrained, mentally deficient, entirely incorrect Teatroll nonsense about socialism and communism, which you clearly haven't the faintest idea how to define. It's not even remotely believable that anyone voting for Obama in 2008 would suddenly come to believe the misused labels of "socialism" and "communism" the GOP/Teatrolls have been spewing since day 1. They are absurdities. Moreover, your obvious tone when you speak of "liberals" is another dead giveaway. It's amazing to me that you guys think the "I loved Obama until I didn't anymore because [insert GOP/Teatroll talking points]" faked anecdotes are at all effective.

    December 23, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  18. Bob

    All B.S. I have not had anything change since Obama became President! Have you really or are you just listening to the cry baby GOP. The guy has done a good job thus far but some rich folks aren't happy about it. Even Obamacare has not fired up yet and the GOP, drug and insurance company push to do away with it are effecting polls but think I will wait and see how it works. (web signup is a nothing).

    December 23, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  19. KateAZ

    Give it a chance. I wish someday in my time, I will see single payer. This is just a step forward. Let's not go back.

    December 23, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  20. MakesYouThink

    How many times do we have to take polls to confirm this is a horrible experiment? Shut the thing down!!! All of the millions of dollars and 3.5 years of preparing and we still have lees people insured than we did to start with and barely a scratch of the hidden 30 million people we supposedly did all tis for have even singed up, and they already had that coverage available to them in Medicare.

    When a business is failing, you shut it down and quit throwing good money, tax payer money after bad. There are too many inflated egos involved and they are going to keep pushing this train wreck up hill.

    It should have never become a law without anyone understanding it let alone not reading it.

    Wake up America this is not about helping you or providing AFORDABLE Health Care. Neither are even being talked about any longer and none will ever happen with this method of government control.

    December 23, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  21. More truth.

    The only people remotely happy with it are deadbeat losers, who have no guilt riding on the backs of others. This bill was the last straw. I will never be honest with this government again. I am looking out for me and my family. Work cash as much as possible. No donations, no charity. To anyone. Good job driving the wedge, Obama. The damage is irrepairable, and we are no longer a nation united.

    December 23, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  22. Freedom Storm

    Obamacare is the tyrant’s Trojan Horse “gift” to America, out of which will drop the slave masters.

    Obamacare is the intended, categorical ultimate of the liberal/socialist “welfare of humanity” mindset.

    “The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants.” …. Albert Camus

    It’s the alibi to destroy liberty.

    December 23, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  23. Sniffit

    "The Republicans were frozen out of any particpation in the ACA."

    Not hey weren't. They refused to participate for the most part at first, and then deluged Congress with hundreds of proposed Amendments, all of which were considered and most of which did not pass because they weren't the majority. Claiming that voting that doesn't get you what you want because you're the minority party is "being frozen out" is nothing more than whining that you didn't win the election.

    December 23, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  24. Eardley Ham Woodbury, MN

    The ACA is doomed to fail because its business model is flawed. To expect masses of young healthy typical American adults to sign up or face a slap-on-the-wrist penalty is ludicrous. They will simply do whatever their sense of economics tells them to do. Face it, what would you do if your options were a $400/month health care policy or a "fine" that at most amounts to 1% of your taxable income (to rise to 2.5% over the following years).

    That this country needs to fix the healthcare system is undeniable; contrary to the Tea Party moobs and their ilk, our system ranks criminally low compared to nearly all other developed industrial nations and abysmally below some second-world nations. The system will never be fixed until and unless we adopt a single-payer model that is administered by the federal government.

    Tax every individual and corporation a reasonable amount to pay the freight. Combine all drug purchases to negotiate the lowest price and enforce the use of generic drugs in all cases. Put hospitals and clinics on a price-controlled system similar to the way we handle energy (gas/electrical) suppliers who enjoy a monopoly. Pay bonuses to doctors who can substantiate that their care is proactive and is reducing the incidence of disease/illness. Offer steep discounts on the health care tax to non-smokers (including marijuana in those idiot states that are making it legal for recreation).

    Require annual physicals as well as requiring scheduled well-establised diagnostic tests (mammograms, colonoscopies, etc.). Ban the use of antibiotics in all but known bacteria-caused diseases.

    December 23, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  25. dcobranchi

    " That means half the public either favors Obamacare, or opposes it because it's not liberal enough..."

    Shouldn't this have been the lede?

    December 23, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
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