December 23rd, 2013
06:00 AM ET
7 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. BB

    My group of friends are middle to lower class. All of them either had their monthly expense go up from 100 to 600 dollars a month. Two of my children work had to quit providing it because it became to expensive. How is this good. I can't see it.

    December 23, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  2. rcpreader

    This is a buried paragraph in this article:

    "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."

    Your headline, therefore is totally misleading. And its another reason no one listens to CNN anyway.

    December 23, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  3. Lou

    blakenaustin - figured someone from TEXASS would make such stupid remarks. You would benefit from Obamacare so you could sign up for mental health treatment. I bet you've never been out of the COUNTRY of TEXASS so you get a pass for being as ignorant as a cow patty. I apologize to the cow patties of the world for comparing you to this single brain-celled dolt.

    December 23, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  4. CauseANDEffect

    Another example of just cause it's popular doesn't make it right. The law of No Such Thing As Free Lunch always proves true, sooner or later.

    December 23, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  5. Linda

    I'm not at all surprised with the problems with the website. Nothing works perfect when it first starts. The website WILL work. Millions who couldn't affford or even get insurance before will get it. Let's just see how this thing all works out before we condemn it.

    December 23, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  6. edmundburkeson

    Add another 80 divided by 300 equals 27% of the population which will lose their employer provided healthcare in 2014. The 42% plus 27% will equal 69% who oppose it plus the 15% is 84%. That's a mandate to make some serious reversals.

    December 23, 2013 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  7. Anastasia Beaverhausen

    I don't know if the insurance will actually be any good or not. But I know trying to get enrolled has been a nightmare. I've done everything I am supposed to, but the insurance carrier says they still have no record of having received my application.

    December 23, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  8. geraldine

    too liberal not liberal enough....lets see how the polls look 3 years from now!

    December 23, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  9. joe

    why is this law so unpopular? my insurance cost doubled, i lost all my doctors but it is a dandy plan, i get free breast implants

    December 23, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  10. msjt

    You Awholes are so stupid this is the best Obamacare !!!!!!!! you don't like it be cause Pres. Obama did something that none of the so called president could do and you hate it GET A LIFE !!!!!!!!!

    December 23, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  11. Jim Michaels

    Ted Cruz was right. Its ok to admit now liberals. He has our best interests in mind, unlike LibProgessives who will stop at nothing to preserve their power and control.

    December 23, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  12. Unknowian

    It's the new Obama we met in 2013 that has us losing respect for him, and doubting everything he says. That is now carrying over to the Healthcare reforms we once thought held our best interests.
    I voted for the man. Twice.
    I've lost all respect for the man.
    I don't trust the man.
    He lost me by opening his mouth about the Zimmerman Case, where he used the race card, and questioned a verdict by an American Court, even though I do believe that Zimmerman got off too easy, Obama did not belong in the debate.
    Also, he sounded like a child on TV during the Syria conflict. I was embarrassed to be an American after his comments. Between Him and Kerry, the only Stooge missing, was Curly.
    These are the reasons folks don't believe his Healthcare plan will work. It's the new Obama we all met this past year, and we don't like him.

    December 23, 2013 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  13. Dave

    Joy to the World;

    December 23, 2013 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  14. RPS

    Big government is awesome!

    December 23, 2013 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  15. b0bc@t

    We need cost control, not cost deferrment and rationing of end of life costs from cradle to grave. Make healthcare truly a right, and exclude the profit to insurance companies. A mandated 10% cap on a multi trillion dollar industry is still hundreds of million or trillions of dollars guaranteed to insurance companies for what? paying in advance for something ineveitable, instead of making the inevitable affordable to begin with? There will be no market correction in health care costs so long as everyone can pony up ten thousand dollars a year, funded partly back from the government, rather than make the costs hundreds of dollars, instead of millions? I will agree to insurance mandated profits, after the government mandates we need food, like we need insurance.We need to eat even more than we have to die, so why make food our responsibility and dying the governments to manage and mandate?Who will tell the medical industry to take a 20% hit across all costs like the housing or stock market took to make market adjustments? No one will, because they will nudge the prices to cover that and more, keeping a (phe)nominal fee for themselves as administrators.

    December 23, 2013 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  16. ermentrude

    I am still in awe of talking heads who claim that some people who couldn't get healthcare insurance before are the only people who matter, the rest of you, just go with the flow, suck it up, don't ask questions, and please don't propose any changes that might unbalance this. Any changes will come from the President, as he see's necessary, from his multiple advisors. If I were President Obama, right now, I would make those catastrophic plans, the only required plans to avoid a tax penalty.

    December 23, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  17. Larry in Houston

    guess it's all going to boil down to November, 2014 – for some odd / unknown reason, it's going to be an "Epic" Vote, and a "Dandy", at that – more Voters in this country will be "paying attention" than ever before. This thing is going to be a huge Issue – come 2014. and – the Voters are going to "air" their views, through the "Vote"

    IT IS – what IT IS – or, IT Will Be, what it will be

    December 23, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  18. Dan

    The reality is that most people in the individual market are seeing much higher premiums, even if the White House only mentions subsidized numbers and CNN publishes very little content negative to the ACA. Democrats will lose the independent vote with Obamacare and will lose big in 2014 when another round of cancellations occur right before the election.

    December 23, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  19. cnrski

    SHUT IT DOWN!! REWORK IT!! NO BROKEN PROMISES!!! THEN and ONLY THEN when it is FAIR FOR ALL, make it law!!

    December 23, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  20. DB

    Miguel has it exactly right...just think: if he had pursued health care in a bipartisan way: no tea party; no midterm election debacle; no government shutdowns; both parties invested in the success of the program. c'mon CNN: tell that story....

    December 23, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  21. Larry in Houston

    """ Democrats will lose the independent vote with Obamacare and will lose big in 2014 when another round of cancellations occur right before the election"""

    Answer: I've been saying this all along.....and yes, I'm an Independent.....AND, when you say "right before" the election, that means, about 2 to 3 weeks before....It will be on the "Top Shelf" NEWS for at least 2 weeks before the election, so it will be "imprinted" in the Voters foreheads

    December 23, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  22. Big_D

    To be honest I am sorry so many people had problems. I on the other hand have seen my rates drop for the first time in decades. I have had two refunds in two years from Anthem since the ACA started. I know Anthem is a good company that came into compliance early so I wonder how bad those other companies really are. Would you want their insurance?

    December 23, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  23. Parker

    Obama care will destroy Americans health care. We all will get less coverage and significant increase in cost. Get rid of it.

    December 23, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  24. sam

    Without the lies obamacare would not pass and Obama might not have been reelected. The web site isn't the problem.

    December 23, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  25. Harry

    Stop the communisms! Obamacare makes people sick and dying, don't trust the fear mongers, take Vitimum C and you don't need the Obaombama Care!!!

    December 23, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
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