December 23rd, 2013
06:00 AM ET
12 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. Dennis

    First, the name needs to be changed since it it not affordable. I had to drop my existing plan since the premiums doubled. There is no way I want a single payer system. The government messed this implementation up. I can't imagine how bad a single payer system would be. We as a nation need congress to start over.

    December 23, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. Steve

    Using the arguing point that the Republicans had no alternative to offer as support for passing a bad law is not that persuasive. In other words, a bad process is better than no process at all? That's like telling your boss that sloppy, incomplete and inaccurate work is better than not working at all.

    December 23, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  3. Name

    My family cant get helth care. Cant $12,000 a year deductible and $367.00 a month is not what we can aford.

    December 23, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  4. SDCinNS

    All you comrades need to shut up and sign up – like our fearless leader tells us to. Comrade Obama would never lie to us!

    December 23, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  5. Gurgyl

    ACA is a Law. GOP garbage, fox bs needs to be stopped.

    December 23, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. magicpanties

    c'mon, wait one year, then do a poll

    polling every month on same thing is just silly

    December 23, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  7. Sniffit

    "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."

    You pay federal taxes, no? You pay state taxes, no? You pay inflated medical treatment costs because of the uninsured who never pay their bills, no? You pay for insurance, which pools all the premiums and risk for the entire insured pool, no? You realize that "Obamacare" is not a product and that if you buy health insurance on one of the exchange websites, you're buying private insurance that pools your premiums and risk with that insurers' entire insurance pool, no? Methinks someone doesn't really have a firm grasp of what's going on here.

    December 23, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  8. Tom

    People need to be educated as to where we were going before the ACA. The Democrats did a good thing stirring up the pot. We had 30M people going to ER's at 10 times the cost of an insurance plan to the tune of $150B a year that taxpayers and people who were insured were paying for. The healthcare system was headed for bankruptcy. Uninsured people and the cost associated with using insurance companies as a middleman is what's driving up the cost of healthcare. The USA is #1 in the COST of care and #39 in the Quality of care. If you don't insure those 30M people somehow, cost will keep going up and the system will collapse. The ACA was a good idea, but needs to be tweaked. Single payer and cut out the middle man, who are useless to begin with.

    December 23, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  9. coy4one

    I support the healthcare law 100%. I have so many friends who could not get insurance who will now get it. Besides, I am very tired of paying for the uninsured in my property taxes every year. The number two highest part of my bill behind my local school district and makes up nearly 40% of my taxes. I signed up three days after the website opened and had no problems whatsoever. I have helped 4 other friends sign up and at no time did we incur problems. Not every website in the country is 100% compatible with every computer, tablet, or other device. I believe that a lot of the issues were not healthcare.gov related, but yet they were blamed. Yes, they had problems. Yes, there is confusion. However, this is a massive program and for it to go flawlessly is asking too much. The point is that people who could not get insurance before, can get it now.

    December 23, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  10. Maureen

    Considering recent events around my neighborhood, I wonder if the numbers of enrollees are massaged. Amazon is hiring people almost as fast as they can walk through the door around here, immediately making them sign up for the Affordable Care Act, letting them work two weeks, and then letting them go. All while they continue to hire new people by the droves.

    December 23, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  11. jon wilson

    If you like your plan you can keep it. Thanks Obama,

    December 23, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  12. Mike

    These poll results just affirm that most Americans are dumb. When asked about the individual components of the ACA they overwhelmingly love it. When asked about Obamacare as a whole they hate it. If an open ended question was asked of the majority of Americans to name the principle components of the ACA, I am sure about 5% of respondents would get them all right. Asking if they think it will control costs in health care is an extra special question. It's already working to bring down costs but the majority of Americans don't think it will work. So that question essentially proves that Americans don't pay attention to anything including the news. But we already knew that.

    December 23, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  13. Guest

    obamacare is not about healthcare, it is about gov't control.

    December 23, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  14. Mancee Grayce

    The ACA is a huge giveaway to the insurance industry. Obama sold out the people when he took single payer off the table. It is, however, hilarious to watch the GOP get all twisted up over a plan that exactly mimics one they proposed not long ago... If it makes John Boehner unhappy, then it's good to me!

    December 23, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  15. Tom

    Anyone who HAS healthcare insurance, is paying for the ones that don't. Anyone who pays any kind of taxes is paying for the people with no healthcare. Best to get everyone covered or everyone's' taxes and premiums will keep going up every year. There is NO WAY around it people. ER's cost us 10 times as much for them to go to at a min of $3,000 a pop. My daughter had stomach cramps and the bill was $16,000 at an ER. Best smartin up............

    December 23, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  16. Norm

    @Mike
    "These poll results just affirm that most Americans are dumb.

    Typical liberal response. Keep up that arrogance. We saw how well it worked for Romney last election. If there's one thing the American people love, its a politician that talks down to them.

    December 23, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  17. Andybinga

    CNN actually writing a true story about Obamacare?

    December 23, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  18. Tim

    My health insurance now cost more and covers less. My girlfriends health insurance also cost more. In plain truth, Obama should be jailed for defrauding millions of Americans. He willfully lied to us just to get his Obamacare passed – that is a criminal act. Why isn't he held legally accountable?

    December 23, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  19. FEDUP

    ACA...The "Acme Care Act" being enforced by Barry E Coyote is a running gag featuring outlandish products that fail catastrophically."

    December 23, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  20. Tom

    HEALTHCARE and HOSPITAL CEO's are the highest paid CEO's in the Country, across the board. Their pay AVERAGES $11.1 M each. NO ONE and I mean NO ONE deserves that for such an easy cush job. Then you wonder why are premiums are so high. GOOGLE it.....and their Bonuses will make you sick. Will are lining their pockets.

    December 23, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  21. destroyerofeconomies

    I love all the people who act like healthcare experts all the sudden.america is not rejecting public healthcare,they are rejecting liberal thinking in general.

    December 23, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  22. CryBabies

    Spin this any-which-way you choose liberals....very bad law, no common sense used in its drafting, no attention to detail in its implementation, back pedaling to compensate for incompetance.....sure, why would anyone complain??? Alot of lefties on this blog are still drinking the koolaid. This law is destined to implode and will.

    December 23, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  23. Margaret

    It is interesting that the act has not fully gone into affect and with the glitches in the computer system I can understand the upset, but lets see what happens when they get it up and running. There are still a lot of people who are uninsured and people going bankrupt because of huge medical bill. Many states have refused to do their part. Other countries manage to get care to their citizens. Time we do.

    December 23, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  24. Clarity

    ObamaCare – DEMOCRAT designed, passed and pushed on unwitting American with falsehoods.

    December 23, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  25. Mopery

    ...and that government of the Corporations, by the Corporations, and for the Corporations, shall not perish from the Earth.

    December 23, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
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