December 23rd, 2013
06:00 AM ET
9 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. tim

    The 'Affordable" Care Act is NOT a HEALTH care act. Everyone is granted health care- this only deals with who pays for it. It is very possible to pay for insurance and still not be able to afford the proper CARE. This entire act was created because no one has the political backbone to tackle SS and Medicare. They are trying to backdoor that and it will cost EVERYONE dearly. Health Insurance is NOT needed by everyone- health care is. Easier to hide money movement going through the INSURANCE rotating door. Now that everyone is required to have health INSURANCE...maybe someday CARE will be addressed to be BETTER and not worse. This bill can only reduce overall CARE.

    December 23, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  2. Unemployed1

    Obama and his administration know that a LOT of people cannot afford to pay these premiums a month. For those who cannot afford to pay these costs, the government will just simply take it out of our hard earned taxes come the end of the year. Sneaky crooks!

    December 23, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  3. ptw

    America needs to get to a single payer system and fast. It would solve so many of the problems. Except, of course, the problem of so many people's incredible (and very profitable to manipulators) fear of the government.

    December 23, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  4. jr

    We are seeing the gap in a noble idea vs the actual result and real world experience. Besides a few good provisions, this law helps the poorer folks that didn't qualify for medicaid get a taxpayer funded stipend...the rest of us see higher deductibles or higher monthly premiums. It does not address the cost of medicine and certainly doesn't help our medical professionals.

    December 23, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  5. frankieworks

    It’s hard to believe any rational person would defend this train wreck. The plan is so flawed it will never work. Besides the fact that this whole train wreck had very little to do about healthcare and everything to do about income redistribution it’s just a terrible plan! But there are some good points to this mess, the liberal dream of social control is now DEAD and the Democrats will pay a severe price for this!

    December 23, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  6. A&E is bigoted

    t's ridiculous that A&E wants to ride the coat tails of a Christian family displaying Christian values but completely abandons ship at the first sign that some loud mouth liberals are upset because someone exercised their freedom of speech to speak TRUTH about God's word. And then allow those liberals to say Phil is speaking LIES. It's in the Bible people.

    December 23, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  7. midwestmatt

    Of my more than 600 connections on Facebook, only one has complained about the ACA and that was because of a quote of $450 a month for insurance for a family of 3 in the state of Texas. Three others have said that they'll get good coverage for a decent price and have already signed up. I also have many conservative friends who hate Obama and not one of them has complained about high rate quotes or other problems and that speaks volumes because many hate him and the policy so much that they'll complain about anything about him. That's hardly a scientific poll but this article seems about as well grounded as my "research" is.

    December 23, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  8. WerreDesigns

    bombastus,
    I got news for all the people out there who claim that a law has to remain a law. Do non property owning people have the ability to vote? YES, yet there is a LAW on the books from the 18th century that says only persons who own property are allowed to vote. Do blacks get a full vote? YES, but it wasn't until the LAW was changed that said blacks only counted for 2/3 of a vote. Are you able to Drink alcoholic beverages? YES, yet in the 20s a LAW was enacted that said alcohol in any form was illeagal. Do women have the right to vote? YES, yet if it weren't for womens sufferage that would not have happened because there was a LAW that stated only men could vote. In short many LAWs have been written that are no longer in place because congress and the states have struck down laws that were unjust or unfair. Now another LAW has been made that is unfair to the job crators, skilled workers, and thoes of America that are doing their best to raise a family and make ends meet. It is called Obama Care and was totally proposed and passed down party lines.

    December 23, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  9. Victoria

    The number of ignorant opinions is astounding. I would venture to say that most of those who hate the ACA have most likely never been in my situation. I had inexpensive insurance (because I was a contract worker) which I thought would cover me no matter what. That was until I was diagnosed with cancer. I found out very quickly that my insurance covered very little. After my surgery and treatments my total was close to $130,000!!!! And once you've had cancer or any major illness, until the ACA, you could forget about ever getting insurance again (unless you worked for a large company). I just don't understand why anyone would be against this. Perhaps if one of you who thinks this is such a bad thing had gone through what I'd gone through, you might not be so quick to criticize. And someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I do believe a type of healthcare exchange was actually a republican idea and that John McCain, for one, was a proponent to being able to buy insurance across state lines which would allow for people to show for the best plans and not be turned down for pre-existing conditions.

    December 23, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. norma jean

    What is an "" 'ALL TIME LOW' "' in something that has only been in the works for several months???...

    December 23, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  11. cleareye1

    No news here. The numbers are simple party line opinions.

    December 23, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  12. dave

    Well, he did go to Hawaii, so maybe he's just practicing for the limbo...how low can you go? We will see in 2014.

    December 23, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  13. Jim8

    If you are poor or couldn't get insurance, it's great, if you aren't either, you now pay too much for coverage that covers nothing. A $5000 deductible, and a policy that does not cover specialists, imaging and emergency rooms is NOT great high quality health care.

    Who would have thought Obama would do this to the middle class? If you make a dollar over $45,910, you make too much and should pay for others who have less.

    Got news for you, Mr. Obama, $46,000 is where a lot of your support was.

    Now, if only we had someone honest enough on the other side to make real complaints instead of the made up ones.

    December 23, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  14. dave

    @Tim – It is good to see someone actually understands the difference and the real issues facing affordable healthcare.

    December 23, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  15. T E X A S

    Healthcare costs are out of control in America. You have to give credit to those who TRY. Which is more than can be said about the GOP solutions....which are non-existent...and they know it.

    December 23, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  16. Dave

    The conservative media (Fox or Faux news, etc., Koch brothers, Repugs) et. al. want the focus to be on Obamacare and the rollout problems while they slash food stamps, nutrition programs, head start and delay any reform on immigration. In other words the real war is on the lower class while the middle class is otherwise occupied.

    December 23, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  17. not a fan!

    My wife and I don't have insurance because we are self employed and can't afford it; with the plans on OBAMAcare I have a 12,000 family deductible and a monthly payment of around $500.00 a month... if I get sick I dont have the 12,000 for teh deductible and there is no way I can afford 500 per month for a plant that would be better to die than to get sick

    December 23, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  18. docdeb27

    People are against it because of the moronic headlines like CNNs "We don't like Obamacare." CNN has become so afraid of being accused of liking Obama they print EVERY accusation by the GOP then slink away like FOX when the
    charges prove bogus. Where are the stories CNN of "now I have insurance" or "now I can get care" as your headlines?? STop being the tool of the GOP. Americans are too stupid to do more than read headlines. Remember Benghazi? All lies nut headlines for months accusing; 1 headline saying oops. No headlines demanding investigations into the lie and the false testimonies and false bs in congress.

    December 23, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  19. MrT

    This statement does not agree with the other article content, "That means half the public either favors Obamacare, or opposes it because it's not liberal enough, down four points from last month.".

    Correctly worded, it would read,"That means half the public either favors Obamacare, or opposes it because it is either too liberal or not liberal enough, down four points from last month.". I hope the error was due to sloppy editoral effort and not political bias.

    December 23, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  20. pbcalif

    CNN just can't say enough. They don't dare call it the Affordable Care Act. That would show that they aren't "conservative" enough. The ACA will succeed and people will have health care.

    December 23, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  21. Brandon

    The poll also showed that 90% of Americans are spoiled whiners.

    December 23, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  22. JeniW

    Too bad that the long standing issues related to health care were not dealt with before Obama became president. If the Republicans and Democrats had not catered to the insurance lobbyists, and not pretended that the issues did not exist, we would not be where we are now. Why did the past presidents and members of Congress fail us?

    December 23, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  23. Big_D

    Obamacare had a public option. This is what the Senate gave us after they greased all the palms they usually do.

    December 23, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  24. Darla44

    An erratic, insecure website, overpriced premiums, cancelled policies and a Christmas Eve deadline! Did anyone think this through?

    December 23, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  25. sly

    This is the same American public where a whopping 94% of you favored the invasion of Iraq and Shock and Awe.

    94% of you wanted to fight in Iraq for 10 years. I know all 94% of you are happy with the results.

    6% of us warned y'all about going to Iraq but you didn't listen. Your opinions on providing health care for 50 million veterans and others who are prohibited from obtaining it really don't matter to those of us who know better.

    December 23, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
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