December 23rd, 2013
06:00 AM ET
8 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. Indy63

    I thought this law was supposed to get the 14,000,000 people without medical insurance covered. So according to the president, 500,000 people have signed up. The last report I saw said that 7,000,000 lost their coverage since Obamacare...that means there are 6,500,000 MORE people uninsured now then before the law. So we went from 14,000,000 needing insurance to 20,500,000 total. It doesn't seem that the law is doing what it was intended to do...can't say I'm surprised though.

    December 23, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  2. Argent Defender .

    Obama needs to have a stronger control of the messaging on Obamacare . His opposition needs to be sanctioned and their voice suppressed , so we can hear all about the good things Obamacare is , and does and will do in the future .

    December 23, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  3. BobD

    What do you expect, when at any given time of day you can turn on Fox News or Fox Business News and they will be bashing the ACA, Relentlessly, and constantly! We should have a single payer system… EVERYBODY, and that includes the Politicians pay the SAME percentage of their pay into it, and EVERYBODY gets the SAME HEALTHCARE! But the Republicans and Insurance Companies Fought Tooth and Nail to have the Law written this way, to Keep the insurance Companies Racking in their profits from our Health coverage! TAKE THE PROFIT OUT OF HEALTH CARE AND TURN OFF FOX (FAKE) NEWS!

    December 23, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. M Knight

    The Obama administration claims the number of people enrolling in Obamacare are improving like it's some kind of victory and that people are happy about it. Has Obama and his administration forgotten that the citizens of this fine nation are being FORCED to enroll because if they don't, it will be against the law and subject to an annual penalty! How dare they gloat! And this penalty, no less, will be controlled by the IRS. Now, this is the scariest part of all Obamacare ! ! !

    December 23, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  5. wonfish

    If they're asked about the individual parts, I'm sure there are many who like the part that benfits them. Most people, who have health insurance, like some of the added aspects from Obama care - like having adults kids upto age 26 included. But with all the negative publicity from the right, I'm sure people don't see the whole picture.

    December 23, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    I suspect most of the rabid anti Affordable Care Act crowd are comfortably enjoying employer provided health care.

    December 23, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  7. Jim

    Here is the lesson: NEVER listen to what comes out of the mouths of those in government,especially those in washington. Lies lies lies and nothing but lies.
    Hopefully the american sheep don't buy into this particular lie and the program, along with those who put it together, just go away.

    December 23, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. ECONOMYSTIC EXTRAORDINAIRE

    Basic economics will lead you to understand that the health insurance industry holds "monopoly power". The Healthcare INSURANCE Industry is a monopoly industry characterized by absolute inelastic demand-Everybody must have health insurance.

    Understand, a company does not have to own 100% of a market to have monopoly power. Just as an individual does not have to own 100% of a company to rule a company. Usually 20% is considered a reasonable amount of voting stock to control a company. If everyone else doesn't agree with you then you just threaten to sell all of your stock tomorrow and watch the other stockholders fall in line.

    Obamacare confronts the monopolistic Health Care Insurance INDUSTRY and corrects it's bully position. The INDUSTRY only allows certain people admittance-the healthy or employed. And what other industry only allows people to purchase its product or service for one month out of the year? In economic we call these unreasonable limitations.

    Maybe you don't remember the lessons on lobbyists. Who do you think wrote these thousands of pages of the Affordable (Health) Care Act? The Lawyers who are hired as lobbyists for the health care INSURANCE industry. So what makes you think the INSURANCE companies don't understand it? It is a stall tactic by the Health Care INSURANCE industry. They know if they make it look as bad as they can then they may be able to put off competition in their monopolized industry. If that happens then their Price Discrimination practices will be jeopardized hence their paychecks will be smaller.

    December 23, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  9. longfisch

    sammy750 posts "With all the LIES and mis information from the Republicans"

    And then posts "Gov. Perry has made it a crime to get health insurance"

    WOW

    December 23, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  10. SAMIAM

    I'm a college student and with no job I can get it free. So I got off my dads work policy to save him a couple bucks and jumped on Medicare. Who knew? Thank Obama

    December 23, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  11. marian

    I wish you guys had polled me! I am self employed and have been paying for my own healthcare for years. I am a cancer survivor, and my insurer has left me high and dry for years. I have a 7500 dollar deductible and over five hundred dollars in monthly premiums. Basically my insurance pays for nothing. Now I was able to sign up thru the phone with healthcare.gov and find a plan that reduced my deductible by five thousand dollars and monthly by a 100 dollars. The people on the phone were patient and explained everything to me.

    December 23, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  12. OBG

    When will Obama "do the right" and agree to officially repeal the law that he is unofficially and illegally changing day be day?

    December 23, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  13. Pete

    So let's recap. The Democrats pass Obamacare without one Republican vote in 2008. The Democrats lose the House because of it in 2010. The Republicans hold the country for ransom and say Obamacare must be delayed. Obama will not give in. Then just a few months later Obama himself delays Obamacare. The Senate will be lost by the Dems because of this in 2014. Obama is slowly slitting the throats of the American people as he sings them soft lulabyes.

    December 23, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "The last report I saw said that 7,000,000 lost their coverage since Obamacare"

    You never saw that unless you were fishing around on World Net Daily or some other conservative conspiracy website. That number is insanely exaggerated.

    December 23, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  15. Taken4granted

    OBAMACARE should be not biased on age and income level. If you are making $63,000 and above, you are not entitled to healthcare tax credit, then you are toast! A difference of $710 on Bronze, Silver, Gold & Platinum. So what do you think earners will do? (1) go out of the grid (2) make concessions with employer (3) pay the penalty and pay as you go. Remember that before the insurance companies cover anything, consider the bulk of the out of pocket expenses (including the deductible). Who can really afford this ACA?

    December 23, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "500,000 people have signed up."

    That's the figure just for the first 3 weeks of December and just for the federal website. State websites have been enrolling people at an accelerate rate as well.

    December 23, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  17. CryBabies

    @ Anonymous ... Employer provided health care that I pay for out of my paycheck every month. Right now $$768.00 per month with a $4000.00 deductable. So what is your convoluted point? Obama has a better way? Sure....we'll see what next year brings . If this debacle survives I'm sure I will have a MUCH higher premium and deductable. Like one blogger wrote, I don't know how much more of Obamas "successes" I can handle.

    December 23, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  18. Bill Carson

    Throw out ObamaCare and throw out all the lying Democrats who tricked people into voting for them and this "law" .

    December 23, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  19. bluesjordan

    What part of "No" does president Obama not understand?

    December 23, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  20. frankiesweep

    What does he care. He's off in Hawaii on vacation during the final week of signup. Don't you think he'd want to be around to make sure this thing goes off wo a hitch?

    December 23, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  21. Paul

    Obama/Democrats lied about everything. They lied about the number with pre-existing condition who were Uninsured.
    There were 37 States who already had State pools for those with pre-existing conditions.
    It would have been simpler to require the rest of the States to offer the same for those with pre-existing condtions, rather than turn the entire country upside down, and result in Millions of Americans losing their existing insurance!

    December 23, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  22. sherry

    with all the bad publicity i can understand–there needs to be more positive publicity and people need to go to educational seminars set up to explain the program. Everyone deserves good health care but it should not be free. People do get health care free now and it is draining our system and the care people get that do not have insurance is not as good as those that have health insurance. i have gone to several presentations regarding what is available in my area and i have been very impressed and i know many people who have signed up and are very pleased. i don't need it because i have good health care, but there are many people who do not have health care and they are treated differently in the system. i know because i am a health care provider and take care of those that can't afford health care and do get it free at the expense of the citizens where they live via taxes etc. Something has to be done and though there may be flaws in the program it is a step in the right direction and if people would become properly informed maybe they would understand the program better and how it can help them-and no one should expect it to be free-if it remains free we will soon not be able to offer health care to those in need at all.

    December 23, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  23. G. T. Simpson

    Even these numbers are too high! Anyone (except Obama and his minions) with an IQ over 75 know this law is a mess from top to bottom. Written in the middle of the night, backroom deals, payoffs, etc. are not the way to write a piece of legislation that takes over 1/6th of the American economy! Save the good parts – scrap the rest! The sooner the better!

    December 23, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  24. Talys

    What click-bait. 35% like it and 15% polled no because they would like more. That's 50%, versus 43% who think it's too liberal.

    December 23, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  25. lajmh

    I know some who refuse to go without together because there is zero way to determine what is covered and what isn't. I will not buy into this fiasco.

    December 23, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
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