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. usagoingbroke

    It's amazing reading through the comments at the few people that think middle class America is being helped by Obamacare. They seriously believe since they got a good deal on the government website, the same deal is available for everyone.
    How naive. This new law isn't helping nearly as many as it is hurting. Which is why Obamacare's popularity continues to decline. It's going to keep huring people as it's unrolled, which is exactly why the administration continues to delay, push out, and othwise make temporarily less pain.
    There is a new war on Women brewing in our nation, and it's the working Women with families to care for that are being impacted. They work to keep their heads above water, but Obamacare comes in and cancels their insurance, and then makes them sign up for new insurance policies that will literally bankrupt them if they or their families go too the doctor.
    America derserves better than Obamacare. It's time to repeal and replace this terrible law with something bipartisan that actually lowers costs, not raising costs on middle class America!

    December 23, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  2. Darlene Jones

    We are again making the insurance companies rich and we are getting poorer. What are we allowing as Americans. Stop making the rich richer and start helping the one's we want to get good health.

    December 23, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. d

    I supported free healthcare, not whatever you call this debacle.

    December 23, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  4. Bob

    Amazing CNN isn't covering how Obama keeps changing the law as he wants to avoid political problems. Now he says oops, those with cancelled insurances can keep them....though 20 states including New York are being consistent with the law HE PUSHED and saying no they can't.

    December 23, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. Rachel

    Seems the American people are finally waking up and realizing what the Republican party has been saying for 3 years about this disaster called Obamacare.

    December 23, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  6. TM

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

    Wow. Way to bury the lead!

    December 23, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  7. James

    Obamacare is the worst legislation our government has passed in many years. It does very little to control rising costs and makes everyones insurance rates increase, unless you qualify for assistance. I lake many others would love to keep my old plan (like we were promised) but it is no longer available.

    December 23, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  8. Guido

    I am poorer now. I lost my healthcare and now i cannot even afford the defuctibles.

    December 23, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  9. mikey

    Wait till next October when Private employers start dumping health coverage.

    December 23, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  10. TKO

    darlene Jones, you are complaining because you now qualify for FREE HEALTHCARE???? And with Medicaid you do NOT get "inferior" healthcare. Do some reading, for crying out loud!

    This just goes to show how uninformed and reactive the public is the the ACA.

    December 23, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  11. Molsoar

    Why are insurance companies involved in medical care in the first place. Can anyone give any intrinsic value that insurance companies add to healthcare? Bueller?

    December 23, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  12. pappy

    The problem I have with it is it is not affordable. I looked thinking I might save and have a better plan than I do now, but it was worse. The only way this works for a family is if you don't work at all.

    December 23, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  13. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    I support Obama Care.

    December 23, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  14. Dennis

    For those who think it's free healthcare it is not, someone has to pay for for the cost.

    December 23, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  15. Maripil

    Obamacare helps people unable to get a decent healthcare!!

    December 23, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  16. Really?

    So maybe Obama now realizes that no one (or very few) wanted this law that he forced down our throat. He claimed that the majority of americans wanted it which was not true. We wanted jobs. This is must be an eye opening experience for him. So now we have health insurance options that we can't afford and still no jobs to pay for it. Merry Christmas!!!

    December 23, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  17. DrMantis

    Sooner or later a fraud is exposed.....

    December 23, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  18. Hogarth

    Note to America – your healthcare costs were going up without Obamacare. Obamacare is reducing the rate of increase, not stopping it. The only way to stop it is to get the insurance companies out of the picture.

    December 23, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  19. Wootings

    The only thing good about republicans/conservatives, and the venom they spew to infect the populace, is that they tend to all be pretty old...they're literally a dying breed. Sadly we'll probably just have to wait them out...

    December 23, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  20. tpaine1

    30,000,000 Americans – to date – have LOST their health insurance and Obama is bragging about half a million getting it from the government?? What was the purpose of the ObamaCon Tax again??

    December 23, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  21. Dale Garrison

    The cost of my healthcare premiums and co-pays have gone up dramatically with no end in sight. This endeavor known as Obama care has been a total disaster for every one. It should have been called the unaffordable health care act.

    December 23, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  22. ACH

    Currently (for another month or two anyway) have health insurance through my job and I have also been the administrator of our plan for the six years we have had it. Company pays 75% with a $100.00 deductible, $5000.00 copay, Office visits covered and good prescription benefits. Since we may have to cancel our plan because it may not cover minimum value requirements as indicated by law, I asked our agent to quote me a private plan comparable to what I have now. For my wife and I who is also employed in same business our total cost will go from 867.00 per month of which we are responsible for 25% to $1030.00 with 1500.00 deductible, 6350 copay, full price for office visits and horrible prescription benefits. He also informed me that at 309% (yes that's right) above poverty level we would be eligible for a substantial subsidy and I should apply for that. Went to Kaiser Family Foundation.org (KFF.ORG) and used a subsidy calculator which also stated that at 309% ( yes that is correct) my wife and I would be eligible for a 49% (Yes, that's right) subsidy. And the great part is that my new plan would only cost me $8996.00 yearly instead of the $11044.00 that is the total cost of the plan I currently have. B__llsh___T!!!!!! Does anyone really believe that at 309% above poverty level that anyone would get a 49% subsidy. It is now official. I have spent my life working and at age 51 am now being told to lose my plan and participate in the welfare role by taking a subsidy from the government. So much for "If your happy with your plan you can keep it." For the first time in my life I am writing my congressman and senators and letting them know that as a registered independent I will start donating my time and money to actively remove any and all democrats from office (not that I care for the republicans either but they did not vote this train wreck into law).

    December 23, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  23. Just

    The simples who voted for the O are getting what they voted for. Next time choose integrity and some experience.

    December 23, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  24. Robin Jones

    Several comments have mentioned "free healthcare". There is no such thing. Someone, somehow, has to pay for it all. The ACA is no more than an insanely complex scheme of insurance subsidies, taking money from many places and giving it to many others. It was put together in a rush with the insurance and pharmaceutical industries, organized labor (who now appear to regret their own participation) and a host of other special interest groups. No time was spent on anticipating its negative consequences. Lies were told to sell it. It is a scheme that appears far beyond the competence of the federal government to implement.

    December 23, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Surprise surprise! Middle class Americans getting screwed by their government and the rich and poor get over. The people that make this country go are the ones always footing the bill. I say make the country come to a stop.

    December 23, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
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