December 23rd, 2013
06:00 AM ET
7 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. pauleky

    And, of course, the media will continue to report the controversy instead of the truth. Shameful.

    December 23, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. Marcia

    All of you screaming you don't want the govt telling you what to do must not remember taxes are paid directly from out of your paycheck for meidcare, Social security and even your taxes-you want screaming-let Obama end Obamacare and see what happens how many go into bankruptcy for health care and getting denied any healthcare and watch premiums skyrocket-you REALLY want that???

    December 23, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  3. Tony

    35% of people support the law, and 15% say that the law is not liberal enough. That is 50% who oppose the Republican plan: repeal and replace with nothing, or return to the previous system. On the other hand, only 43% oppose the law because they say the law is too liberal.

    This means out of the 62% that oppose the law, 43% say the law is too liberal, 15% say it is not liberal enough, and 4% have no idea/opinion on whether the law is liberal or conservative. In other words, Republicans have support from at most 47% of Americans. Gee, that is not a surprise. Romney got 47% of the vote in 2012.

    December 23, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  4. Mr.M

    So funny how millionaires in Washington can decide what's best for those who make 5 figure salaries. This healthcare sham and the fine for not buying it is the biggest robbery of the U.S. citizens that our country has ever seem. Obama and ALL of congress needs to be removed.

    December 23, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  5. Larry in Houston

    @Molsoar
    To show expensive medical care is I can illustrate very quickly. I had a cyst on my stomach. I had it removed. A 30 minute surgery under local anesthesia. Hospital charge: $21,000, Doctor: $2,500 Anesthetist: $800. Now the anesthetist did nothing at all during surgery. Does anyone call that affordable? If I did not have insurance I could not have paid that bill off in less than 10 years.

    You are Correct – I see this – and Hear this many, many, many, many Times.......I still stand by what I said....The Doctors in this country done it to themselves.....Remember one thing : When you Price Yourselves "above" what "other people" can do the Job for – then the correct word is : "indispensable" IF you "think" you are The Only One Who Can do – whatever it is you do – well, think again – you will find out there are many, many, many Others who can ( and will ) do the same thing

    December 23, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  6. Namewhodat

    This is a obamanation.

    December 23, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  7. Larry in Houston

    for a much cheaper price....

    December 23, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Reply to Molsoar, I don't know where you were when the Democrats push this law down the country throats when they used 50 votes vice required 60 in the Senate to pass Obama care with no Republicans voting for the bill, but your perception that Republicans didn't offer any soultions is dead wrong, They did offer alternatives that insurance be sold across state lines, tort reform, tax incentivens for low income and health saving plans. Obama at the Congressional meeting (televised on C-Span) just prior to voting on the law with both Democrat and Republican leaders refused to consider any Republican ideas that were presented as he said in the meeting election has conquences and you lost. Just like the lie Obama said you can keep your health care plan and doctor that you Democrats keep lying that Republicans had presented no soultions, quite the lying I beleive the American public now understands that Obama care was sold as lie and if the Democrats and Obama had told the truth about the increased costs invovled, can't keep your doctors or plan this would have never passed. This was the biggest fraud committed against the American public and ranks right up with what Madoof did.

    December 23, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  9. John

    Reply to Molsoar, I don't know where you were when the Democrats push this law down the country throats when they used 50 votes vice required 60 in the Senate to pass Obama care with no Republicans voting for the bill, but your perception that Republicans didn't offer any soultions is dead wrong, They did offer alternatives that insurance be sold across state lines, tort reform, tax incentivens for low income and health saving plans. Obama at the Congressional meeting (televised on C-Span) just prior to voting on the law with both Democrat and Republican leaders refused to consider any Republican ideas that were presented as he said in the meeting election has conquences and you lost. Just like the lie Obama said you can keep your health care plan and doctor that you Democrats keep lying that Republicans had presented no soultions, quite the lying I beleive the American public now understands that Obama care was sold as lie and if the Democrats and Obama had told the truth about the increased costs invovled, can't keep your doctors or plan this would have never passed. This was the biggest fraud committed against the American public and ranks right up with what Madoof did.

    December 23, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  10. Miguel

    I think a big storm brewing for the states is the flood of new Medicaid recipients the monstrosity has created. When that demand starts hitting state coffers, look out. There will also be somewhat of an aftershock on that front too as more and more doctors refuse to take Medicaid patients because of the paperwork and decreased payments.

    December 23, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  11. nita

    We have found the enemy "it is us". Obamacare is the right thing for America. Let's not be ungreatful.

    December 23, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. yolanda

    @Rudy NYC...I hope that you are wrong about people on the right turning cartwheels. Yes, the economy is much slower recovering than anyone foresaw, but I can't imagine people of any political bent celebrating bad times. I think you are reading too much evil into people who don't agree with you. I disagree with many of your opinions, but I don't demonize you.
    Happy Holidays. Let's hope for a good 2014 in which we can disagree on who's responsible for the (hoped for) recovery.

    December 23, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  13. Jean

    Doctors, family physicians, pediatricians, brain surgeons, general surgeons all should be making very high salaries base don thir eduction (and thier bills for that education) and the service they provide. Unlike baseaball, football, basketball players doctors actually are heroes and save lives. IMO the income scales of the groups I have described, doctors and sports figures, should be reveresed compeletely. IMO it's a disgrace to complain about doctors salaries when they are there to save your life, the life of your child, husband, wife, etc., if, God forbid, you need them but so many of these same complainers willingly pay through the nose to watch a ballgame, idiocy reigns.

    December 23, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  14. Merle McClung

    You want to declare that America is down on Obamacare, you need to poll more than 1,000 people. Heck, you had twice as many on landlines as cell phones - most of the people you called had to be retirees.

    December 23, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  15. woody

    Wait until senior citizens find out that their Medicare Advantage IS GONE as of Oct 2014.

    Seniors will lose their "supplimental Medicare" and go on regular Medicare with Medicaid doctor reimbursement schedules. Ask your doctor if he takes a new "Medicaid" patient! LOL!!! And seniors voted for Obama??

    December 23, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  16. sammy750

    With all the LIES and mis information from the Republicans it would poll low. People have to be smart and disregard the Republicans as they want the heath care to fail. They don't want the working class to be insurance. They think only the rich should have insurance like that provided to them by the tax payers. In TX, Gov. Perry has made it a crime to get health insurance, that shows how radical he is. Even D. Issa was in TX, using tax payers money to say how bad health care is. Ask those Republicans what kind of insurance they have and who pays for it.

    December 23, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  17. Simple Jack

    Duh I think I got it! Get rid of the blood sucking lawyers and then it won't cost thousands of dollars to get three stiches, or fifty for a Tylenol. We Americans are as stupid as my name.

    December 23, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    The costs to my employer for healthcare went up significantly. I am part of the management team and to offset the increase we had to cancel the cost of income allowance this year and increase the employee contribution amount and we are still having to pick up part of the increase.

    We have had several employees who were on spouse plans which you can no longer do if your employer offers healthcare. The folks who were forced to switch to ours now have to wait 60-90 days for the "new" healthcare plan to become available.

    December 23, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  19. Brian61

    Obama is a classic limousine liberal with a twist – his ride is painted "Socialist Red". He makes millions each year, and after he leaves the White House he will never make less than $5 million per year. So none of his stupid policies and laws will affect him. As for the rest of us . . . we are all significantly poorer for his wealth redistribution schemes.

    December 23, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  20. Kimo

    I hate saying I told you so; but every fiscal conservative said that this bill won't work; and it doesn't. Everyone I know including myself has seen a huge rise in premiums and unaffordable deductibles. I suppose I ought to thank the Dems for uniting the country against progressive thinking...

    December 23, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  21. Paul

    56percent say it will help them or have no effect. Not bad numbers for this early in the roll out. Remember final enrollment isn't required until march 31.

    December 23, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  22. Gloria in NW

    All this says to me is that extreme right groups and individuals with deep pockets have been successful in controlling most of the media and the House of Representatives in order to further their anti Obama, anti ACA, anti worker agenda, and people have fallen for it in large numbers. If you follow these folks' talking points and wonder why the country is going downhill, look in the mirror, because you have been convinced to chop off your own feet so a relatively small group of people with giant piles of money and no ethics can have your shoes to add to their walk-in closets.

    December 23, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  23. barryinlasvegas

    Of course it has dropped in the poles – guess what Nancy Pelosi – we can now read the bill. What we see is high premiums with higher deductible and co-pays than we had before. Affordable Care – not hardly.

    Obamacare has been exposed for what it is – government take over of the health care system.

    December 23, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  24. sempdog

    Unless this poll was a survey of only those eligible for the ACA and people without health insurance, the results won't be accurate to any percentage for or against.

    December 23, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  25. DARLENE JONES

    I have worked and paid for health insurance since I was a teenager. I have 5 children that have always had good health coverage. Under Obama care we now only qualify for Medicaid. I do not know why I became so poor according to the government. I do not qualify for Food Stamps. I now can not have good quality of care. Medicaid does not give the care or doctors that the other plans give. I will now be deprived of the care I have always bought. When kind of sense does this make? We should all have equal care. I would be happy to pay into the system more if we are all getting the same quality of care. I work, Why am I now punished with getting less care? Stupid.

    December 23, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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