December 23rd, 2013
06:00 AM ET
10 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. annieL

    Who'd ever think turning 65 would be so wonderful? I qualify for Medicare Jan. ! so I don't have to worry about insurance of any kind ever again! Love my Medicare and love my gray hair! Just wish my children could enjoy the peace of mind and affordability of Medicare. Both work for employers who don't offer subsidized health insurance and both work very hard so Obamacare is their only option for coverage. For one, who has Type 1 diabetes needing daily insulin to stay alive, it is a godsend for reasons of cost and accessibility. For the other, who is a healthy, not so much. She would get a subsidy but her premium would still be too much for a high-deductible policy when she is unlikely to meet the deductible. She has found a hospital-based clinic that charges her according to income and it would cheaper for her to go uninsured, pay the penalty, and pay out of pocket for her routine visits (annual physical, minor sickness, birth control, etc.) She is lucky to live where this clinic operates. She knows she needs catastrophic insurance against the major injury and illness possibilities and an unplanned pregnancy, but she simply can't add any monthly bills to her budget. As it is, she has very little savings for the rainy day and paying ANYTHING for insurance would wipe that out. I hope somebody in Washington understands the real life situation of many younger working adults. And BTW, she's still paying off her college loans.

    December 23, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  2. peterz

    So shutting down gov was a 100% disaproved if polling ?

    December 23, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  3. grace

    It's ok we can trust Obama he ain't gonna lie to us. That's why we need a single-payer health system so we don't have to choose what kind of health insurance to get cuz Obama will decide for us. He gonna spend all that money on our healthcare don't worry we can trust him.

    December 23, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  4. Graeme from Ottawa

    When so many people lie about the ACA is there any surprise. What the right is not telling you is that if the ACA goes down so does coverage of pre-existing conditions, extended coverage for children and the ban on mandatory caps. They could not keep them with out exploding premiums or the government budget and the underlying cost of emergency room visits will remain. Understand you all pay for the uninsured with or with out the ACA, you might as well do it in a distributed more rational way with the ACA rather than the wasteful indiscriminate way it is done now.

    December 23, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  5. miguel

    Obama didn't want to compromise. He could have gotten bipartisan support to prevent insurance companies from dropping you if you got sick. He could have gotten bipartisan support to allow kids to stay on their parents insurance policy. He could have moved the ball forward with EVERYBODY, but he pushed forward ALONE and SCREWED it up!

    December 23, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  6. DH

    Next year this time this enrollment disaster will be all but forgotten as 6 million plus or more will have health insur, some for the first time.
    Medicare D, romneycare and regular Medicare back in 1966 faced the same backlash from the same groups (right-wing).
    Now you can sign up for any of the 3 with your eyes closed!!!!!

    December 23, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  7. Jimmy

    Dear pbcalif:
    The ACA is about health insurance not about health care.
    Like other countries with single payer system we will eventually all have the same level of rationed health care.
    Unless of course you are rich and they will always have superior health care. (like Canada and England)

    December 23, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  8. R

    Anyone that's gullible enough to belive Obama was no doubt gullible enough to vote for the con man. Please people get your news from someplace other than CNN

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

    I think I can solve two major issues with one bill. Medicare is going bankrupt so why not open medicare to everyone under 65 and have them pay half of what they would pay under ACA. If this is done Medicare won't go broke and people will have their health insurance and best of all the republicans can't complain because most of the old white people always say, "keep your hands off Medicare" It's a win win situation.

    December 23, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. MJ

    You bet thumbs down to this awful, awful obamacare. When are the people of this country going to just say, no we're not going to be forced into this mess ?

    December 23, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. Diane

    "Affordable?" How about "Unaffordable." I made $4000 last year and am unemployed. The best deal I got under Obamacare has a monthly premium of $369 and a deductible of $6300. This is for an individual policy, based upon no iincome, in Georgia.

    December 23, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  12. sifto

    this was not passed by the senate and house–it was 100% liberal–they own the mess and, hopefully will pay for it in 2014...

    December 23, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  13. Eric

    I don't understand why the citizens and the media still seem shocked that the ACA is not lowering insurance costs, but increasing them. Granted, low wage earners and the unemployed should now have coverage, which is a good thing and what this project was intended to accomplish. Having more people using healthcare services while doing relatively nothing to bring down the cost of those services, yet somehow expecting net costs to go down is laughable. Add more bureaucracy into the mix and you have a recipe for spiraling healthcare costs. The insurance companies are getting just what they wanted out of this bill, not the consumers.

    December 23, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  14. sean journot

    everyone I know that hates the ACA hasn't signed up for or even looked at the market place. Everyone that I know that loves it has signed up for it on the market place, and most of those people now get free insurance or pay very little. If you hate it I DARE you to go through the sign up. So much propaganda has been spewed out about the ACA that most of us don't even know which way is up or down. And if you live in Texas and can't get free coverage even though you are only making 15k per year that's not the ACA's fault, that's Texas's fault for not taking the medicare expansion.

    December 23, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  15. blakenaustin

    The fact that 35% of Americans still support ObamaCare indicates that we have some true morons in this country. No doubt these 35% were a large part of the naive and foolish 51% that re-elected Obama to a second term. These mindless fools need to be neutered so that they cannot reproduce. It is frightening that they are able to vote.

    December 23, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  16. If Obama care is so Great

    why does obama have to beg to get people to sign up?

    Wal-Mart runs a sale and people show up and fight over the bargains. Instead you can't give obamacare away.

    December 23, 2013 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  17. bdby

    America is coming for you democrats at the polls come November for what you did to us.

    December 23, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  18. OK...

    So, let me get this straight...this story is about how the majority of Americans are opposed to ObamaCare, but if you break it down, 15% are opposed because its not liberal enough? Y'all are actually reporting that as opposition? Nothing like a little spin to make news out of thin air.

    December 23, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  19. truth hurts but reality bites

    Welcome to the Make It Up As You Go Unaffordable Healthcare Disaster Act. Panic is clearly setting in. Obama and the Democrats have discovered that the bill had no lifeboat provision for them and they will be going down with the USS Obamacare in November 2014. You just can't help people hell bent on self destruction.

    December 23, 2013 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  20. Joey

    One disaster after another with this administration. Not that the Bush Administration was any better...

    December 23, 2013 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  21. George

    I supported the new healthcare law because of getting rid of pre-existing conditions but the premium for my wife and I went from $424 to $988 per month. We are self-employed and do not make a lot. How is this an "Affordable Care Act"?

    December 23, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  22. Yucca

    500,000 enrolled, millions will be covered. How can that be when 6 million lost their policies? Obamas fuzzy math. What a scam.

    December 23, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  23. Painful Truth

    I am always amused by liberal attempts to spin this disaster. I see a guy ("Sly") is claiming that the 5% who support this know so much more than the rest of us...

    December 23, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  24. Michael

    It's for your own good. Get over it.

    December 23, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Oh for the love of God CNN. Shut down the right wing lying. Just shut it down.
    VERY FEW of these comments are steeped in truth.
    You know it and it know, so why, oh why, allow their lies to continue?

    December 23, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
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