December 23rd, 2013
06:00 AM ET
4 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. Dan

    I have looked at the prices on the Obamacare website and found that there is no sense in it at all.
    I have been able to get insurance, which is nice, but the least deductible I can find for my self and wife are $ 10,000 deductible! And that is at $960/month! I would most likely be better off having a medical savings account and pay for it myself.

    The only people that I can see benefiting from this law are those that make very low income, and the insurance companies.

    Maybe we should look at how Canada deals with it and use that plan.

    December 23, 2013 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  2. Ken Smith

    For those of us who are paying modest increases for our healthcare, the expectation that we could provide healthcare for the poor and needy without some increases personal responsibility was naïve. We all have a responsibility to make sure the poor are fed and have medical coverage. This does not come without a cost. Some have had unrealistic increases in the cost of their insurance while some have had their existing policies cancelled. Hopefully this is something that can be rectified. If the Republicans had been willing to work with the President, many of these detrimental side effects to the AHA might have been avoided.

    December 23, 2013 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  3. Richard Long

    Built and passed into law on a lie: "You can keep your policy. Period."

    December 23, 2013 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  4. Name. G

    It was shoved down our throats by the Dems, it has been miserably administered and now the Dems want to distance themselves from it. Once again, the joke is on the middle American taxpayer.

    December 23, 2013 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  5. El Lobo

    The dems are in big trouble next year. We are going to see a wholesale wipeout of in congress and the senate. This stupid and lame program is just another example of slime ball politics. The real tragedy is the republicans are waiting in the wings with blood lust revenge. Which means more wars and death.

    December 23, 2013 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  6. RTCTECH

    Well, from first hand experience, I can tell you that my new plan will cost me 50% more, and the deduct for my fam (of 4) will be 12k. The plan is catastrophic thus I will have to incur all costs until I reach the deduct. It is the only plan I can afford for my family, and because of my income, I do not qualify for any subsidies. I have always worked hard for what I have, and I am a strong believer in self reliance. I am now being punished for my own success. WAKE up people. This is not what this country is about, and we can not allow this to continue. I am confident however that the unintended consequences of ACA will cause an uprising this country has not seen in many years. The program will collapse on itself, and those fools in Washington who supported this plan will be booted off. GOD BLESS US

    December 23, 2013 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  7. Johndedon

    Does this really surprise anyone? Liberals wanted it now they can live with it, until it is repealed after 2014 elections, maybe sooner if democrats get a backbone?

    December 23, 2013 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  8. pmavv

    This reminds me of that old song "You ain't seen nothing yet" or "How lo can you go" it is almost time for patriotic American conservatives to form a conga line while singing "Parrrrty"

    December 23, 2013 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  9. DWEBSTER

    FRAUDBAMACARE built on a massive foundation of lies that keeps crumbling as each lie gets exposed. Ooops, hold on folks, Chuck Schumer says we have to change the subject and discuss other failures of the Dem party,this one is too hot

    December 23, 2013 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  10. Doug

    We. Told. You. So.

    Too soon?

    December 23, 2013 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  11. mom

    What would be best for everyone in the entire country ?For Obama to finally admit he has lied about everything, including his own origins, and PLEASE, sir, RESIGN IMMEDIATELY.
    Tell the truth, even if it is the most painful thing you have ever done. You are an embarrassment and a disgrace, a terrible example in almost every way. So don't ever point that wagging finger at any of us again. Just go sit in the corner for the rest of your miserable life!
    Oh yeah, there was that one time he said he would make a terrible commander-in-chief (around 2005.)... oh yeah, and that other time, when asked if he would consider running for president back in , say 2004 or 2005, he said, "well, I think you have to know what you're doing with something like that."

    December 23, 2013 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  12. justbeamensch

    My wife and I have now have health insurance for the first time in 5 years due to pre-existing conditions. You might call it Obamacare. We call it Obama cares. Thank you, President Obama.

    December 23, 2013 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  13. DWEBSTER

    Apparently Mr. Obama is not a very god insurance salesman either

    December 23, 2013 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  14. Margie Burns

    Many people don't like being forced to buy insurance. That's not a good reflection on the insurance industry. Wonder when the news media will report that those canceled policies were canceled by the insurance companies?

    December 23, 2013 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  15. allan

    When you guys go to the hospital and dont pay your bill, the hospital just spreads your costs over the rest of us who do have insurance. So, the HELL with you all who dont like having to buy insurance. The rest of us are tired of paying YOUR bills.

    December 23, 2013 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  16. Forrest

    These numbers seem to put us well into the position where many who are not happy with the ACA are the same ones who voted for Obama, twice. To them I'll ask, "how's that workin' out for ya"?

    December 23, 2013 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  17. Brett

    "We don't like Obamacare"

    A weeee bit late to the party CNN, but welcome aboard none the less.

    December 23, 2013 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  18. T

    .Polls done in RED states have shown a VERY CLEAR DIVIDE..............
    .
    ....Those that OPPOSE Obamacare.......................68%
    ....Those that much rather enforce the Affordable Care Act.....................72%

    December 23, 2013 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  19. Doug

    This just in: taxes and broccoli unpopular.

    December 23, 2013 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  20. Pierre Y. Cote

    BCBS of Florida notified me that my policy was being cancelled because it did not cover me (a 54 year old male) for maternity. My new policy with BCBS of Florida which is equivalent to my old policy with the addition of maternity and mental health coverage is costing me $275.00 more per month. I have also read that due to the fact that many young people are not signing up for coverage that the rates may go up an additional 25-50% in 2015. At least I'll have mental health coverage should I loose my mind by then.

    December 23, 2013 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  21. The don

    Obama does not care about polls, he said that the other day. So now the American people will continue to suffer under the atrocity of this bill.

    December 23, 2013 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  22. Candace M.

    Seriously – Our (healthy!) middle-class family's health care costs will DROP in January from the monthly cost of rent for a nice 2-bedroom apartment to the cost of only a fancy dinner for 4, all thanks to the ACA. For us, it's a Godsend, after seeing our premiums hiked and over all these years for apparently no good reason (remember; we are HEALTHY, and rarely go to the doctor; both parents and college-age children.) Our ACA plan WILL be comparable to our old plan in coverage, too. Oh, and I'm the mom in this family – THIS woman is very, very thankful for the ACA. I WISH this country had Single-Payer like other 1st-world nations, but I suppose we have to start somewhere.

    December 23, 2013 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  23. carlin123

    We don't care if you like it or NOT it's for your own good so pay-up.-Signed President Obama.

    December 23, 2013 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  24. Balanced99

    Could you imagine how much worse the numbers would be, both for the favor-ability of Obamacare and Obama if the press actually spent time doing some real journalism. It may be too late already, but if we don't start moving away from these far left policies and actually start addressing entitlements and big government (vs. creating more) – we're doomed. Just like the housing market and the sub-prime mortgages – only worse.

    December 23, 2013 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  25. Richard

    Of course, Obamacare is going to cost US citizens more money – insurance companies wrote it.

    December 23, 2013 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
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