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. flames

    Anyone else rejoice in seeing Obama go down in flames?

    December 23, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  2. Obama - Liar of the Year

    Obama and the Democrats thought Obamacare was going to be a poison pill to our healthcare system. Instead, it looks like it will be a poison pill for the Democrat Party. They deserve everything they will get in 2014. It is going to be far far worse than 2010 for the Democrats. Thank cards can be sent to Obama, Red and Pelosi, aka the Three Stooges.

    December 23, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. Tony

    Diane, if you made $4,000 last year and is unemployed, you cannot afford any insurance, with or without Obamacare. Georgia does not expand Medicaid, so you cannot get Medicaid for free, but you don't need to pay a fine either. Obamacare's individual mandate, which requires people to get health insurance or pay a fine to the government, exempts people with low or no income.

    December 23, 2013 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    obama's war on women. this is how muslims do it.

    December 23, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  5. Big_D

    The sick part is that healthcare was more expensive every year already. How are the insurance companies going to spend 80% of this on healthcare if they are raising rates higher than ever? I see big refunds and drops coming after the initial scare period.

    December 23, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  6. TmX

    So good that Government and many private sector union workers are exempt. They dont have to take it and of course we're going to give it away for free to our base. But it's good enough for those people over there.

    December 23, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  7. Tommy G

    If you think this is currently a disaster, just imagine how bad things would be if Obama had actually followed his own law and implemented everything with delays, waivers, exemptions, etc. He's only made these changes for political reasons. But time is running out on how long he can continue to shield the true size of this disaster from the American people.

    December 23, 2013 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  8. J G

    I'm a fiscal conservative and social liberal – two seemingly inconsistent positions. But the ACA is not fiscally reasonable. It's just bad law. All of the hilarious over the top comments from some of the extremist liberals and extremist conservatives on here are a sad testament to our politically charged environment today. Neither side makes any sense – it's all about ideology. Instead of working to get the healthcare law right, Obama pushed it through along party lines and we're now paying for it.

    December 23, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  9. Eagle0831

    Doesn't matter much what any group thinks about Obamacare. The verdict will be decided by millions upon millions making individual decisions based on budget and value. If too expensive and high out of pocket they may not buy. The young may not buy. Those with preexisting conditions will buy. The older adults will buy if they can afford it. Only time will tell. It is difficult to believe Obama when he says 50,000,000 are uninsured and ACA is affordable and a good value. If this were true why only about 500,000 to 1,000,000 signed up? Makes no sense! Obama said the uninsured were clambering for insurance. Appears not so much.

    December 23, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  10. Russell

    Mine went up 40% with no realized benefits and I feel as if we are just being forced to pay huge profits to gouging insurance and pharmaceutical companies. If we went straight national we'd save 30%, so I vote we cut the middle man out.

    December 23, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  11. Dennis

    I was able to get health coverage through Covered California at a cost that I otherwise would not have been able to. Since I am leaving my job I need the health coverage. And the Deductible for health coverage at my former Employer has gone up every year, Yes the ACA is not perfect we all know that but the Nay Sayers have not given one other choice or plan, all they do is condemn. Let them supply a better plan ot shut up.

    December 23, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  12. Busted

    Everything this president does is an epic failure. Maybe he needed more experience in politics before running for prez....

    December 23, 2013 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  13. Cosmo

    Now the left-wing wants to make things even worse with single payer. Not satisfied with disaster, they want ruin.

    December 23, 2013 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  14. Dean

    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.--------------How about the people that oppose it because it is no good? 35% increase in premiums with a substantial cut in benefits.

    December 23, 2013 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  15. etiendelamothecassel

    I cannot imagine anyone is surprised by this.

    December 23, 2013 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  16. reality check

    If you REALLY want to lower healthcare costs, get government OUT of the healthcare market. Large pools of government money, OUR money, funds the fraud and ever increasing costs. Same goes for college loans.

    December 23, 2013 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  17. Average Joe

    Obummercare: Punishment for being young and healthy

    December 23, 2013 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    All you people attacking Obamacare are just doing it because you are racists and hate the black man in the White House. Admit it. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the law and everything is going well. Any and all reports to the contrary are false and posted by racists.

    December 23, 2013 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  19. nyfoodhistorian

    I am 52 and I haven't seen a doctor for 5 years, it will probably be another 5 years before I do, for that matter: Everyone I know says their doctors are always urging them to take more pills, even when they feel just fine. Sounds like legalized dope pushers.No thank you. I'll take my chances without that kind of "help".

    December 23, 2013 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  20. Tony D

    I hope Obama enjoys his taxpayer funded Hawaii vacation while millions of Americans wonder if they have or can afford healthcare insurance thanks to him. Somehow, I doubt he is losing any sleep over this debacle.

    December 23, 2013 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  21. Organic1

    It's okay to not take the law seriously but the penalty is going to sting a little.

    December 23, 2013 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  22. Chuck

    Obamacare is 100% FAIL, Americans kick this law to the curb before it brings our country down

    December 23, 2013 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  23. Jeanine

    Why did Obama and the Democrats do this to us???

    December 23, 2013 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  24. karrie

    I tried to sign up and at this time am unemployed looking for work, making very little on unemployment. I went online and it stated that I would have to pay over $600 a month for full medical care with a 2,000 deductible. Affordable, don't think so. Where is the lower price to be adjusted to your income? The care for a lower price than that, why bother having insurance when your deductible is 10,000. It just makes no sense at all. Hopefully I will get a job soon and they will offer benefits at a more reasonable rate. yeesh

    December 23, 2013 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  25. Jack 2

    We just need a better program because all Americans need health care. Ones with pre-existing conditions need insurance more than anyone. My problem with Obamacare is they didn't think it outr well enough as with most of Obama's policies.

    December 23, 2013 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
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