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. Bill

    Might be interesting to see the figures of who voted for Obama's 2nd term, versus who's unhappy with their Obamacare. You voted for him, now take your medicine!!

    December 23, 2013 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  2. John

    It's simply too soon to draw conclusions. Some costs went up becasue companies cant drop you after your first heart attack, and they actually haev to pay claims instead of denying for some obscure pre-conditional crap. The entrie picture must be examined down the road to rwealize how it affected healtcare as a whole. But most people cant think like that and concern is oinly for themselves.

    December 23, 2013 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  3. Me

    This president really doesn't care about freedom, only dependence. Once everyone relies on democratic policies for their existence, they know who to vote for...

    December 23, 2013 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  4. PtBarnumBoy

    Our old system was failing everyone but the very wealthy. We were too worried about socialized medicine to let congress pass a single payer system that would work so now we have to live with the ACA until we get it right.

    December 23, 2013 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  5. ObamaCares!

    Most of the critics of President Obama are fools, uneducated, and uninterested in learning and knowing what ObamaCares! is all about.
    There are dozens of provisions that will (1) Save the country enormous amounts of money by driving down healthcare costs, as they already have begun to, (2) Greatly improve the overall health, and therefore productivity of ALL Americans, (3) Greatly benefit children, (4) Greatly benefit CHILDREN!,(5) Greatly benefit the poor!! (WhooooHooooo!!), (6) Change the landscape in American healthcare towards preventative measures, especially for chronic debilitating diseases like diabetes and obesity, (7)prevent lifetime limits and annual limits, thus benefiting SENIORS!!!!
    The small glitches in the website, affecting less than 15% of the eligible population are nearly corrected. In the BIG PICTURE, 1 year from now, nearly every American (except the neo-confedertae, skin-heads) will know what this LAW is all about and be thankful.
    There is, however, lots of work to be done to help educated the common folks. As a tumor biologist and insurance agent, I plan on devoting full time to this effort.
    Nothing will stop US!

    December 23, 2013 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  6. ObamaCares!

    Notice the decidedly SICK folks criticizing a plan they have NO UNDERSTANDING regarding the actual provisions.
    They are simply Obama haters. They also purport to be "christians."
    Christ would be ashamed of you racist folks....

    December 23, 2013 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  7. Gary Richards

    The survey is asking for opinions based upon what you've read or heard. With all of the disinformation from the GOP and Fox including death panels and others, I'm sure a lot of people will be wary of the act. Why don't you offer up facts about the program instead of writing about how people feel. Is it your intention to add more negativity regarding the act? The roll out was a dismal failure. Have you done a investigative reporting about the Canadian company responsible? Do they have any ties to the GOP or any of their rich donors? Give is good information,not feelie bad stuff.

    December 23, 2013 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  8. A concerned doc

    Just wait until after the New Year when people who thought they were enrolled will be in for a rude awakening when they find out they weren't because of poor data collection. Obama will try to force insurers to cover these folks anyway and of course, they will refuse. It will get very ugly, very fast.

    December 23, 2013 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  9. Robert N. constant

    ORC International which conducted this poll is owned by Lake Capital. Lake Capital is controlled by Terence Grunke who is a major Tea Party Contributor who refuse to support Mitt Romney because of his stance on health care. That CNN would use such a poll should make it clear to all that CNN is no longer to be trusted with reporting political news objectively. The game is rigged.

    December 23, 2013 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  10. Martin

    The ACA has been a bit of a non-event for me because I've got coverage with my employer. When all is said and done all the ACA is trying to do is get people covered by insurance so that providers don't keep getting caught by indigents (which we all pay for) and making sure that what's sold as health insurance actually works when you need it.

    I'm also now eligible for Medicare - government sponsored insurance. Signing up for that took about 10 minutes. For those that don't know it is not government run health care, its insurance and most of us are still covered by our regular providers using their Medicare plans. Insurance companies have been falling over themselves to get me to sign up with them but I'll stick with my present provider for a seamless transition when I retire.

    December 23, 2013 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  11. Tally

    The comments all prove the GOP lies and misinformation the Kochs have paid for has worked. I've never seen more uninformed people – or outright trolls telling lies commenting on a website. I'm a licensed insurance agent who is signing people up for Covered CA, and every single person's premium has come down by 50%. So those of you that refuse to have coverage remember this: it's not a flat $95 penalty for the first year. It's 1% of your gross income, or $95, whichever is more. Personally, I'm tired of paying for the deadbeats out of my tax dollars, and sick of hearing lies of the ignorant. The insurance companies have greeded themselves into this position. The money they continue to pour into misinformation about the ACA wouldn't fit into most people's heads. The CEO of United Healthcare is mad because he can no longer make $12million + bonus annually because his company now has to pay claims, and spend 80% of premium dollars on actual CARE or issue refunds to their customers. I don't feel one bit sorry for them. And for all of you thinking Healthcare is a privilege of those who can afford it and not a right for everyone? Karma. Pray you're never too poor to afford healthcare, or to every get sick to the point of monetary ruin.

    December 23, 2013 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  12. ggggg

    Its time for taxes to pay for healthcare and not corporate wars.

    December 23, 2013 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  13. LB

    The ACA has made it possible for me to have health insurance for the first time in my life. I don't really care what the naysayers say, this is a fantastic law. Obama took an incredible political risk putting it together, and as a result I'm finally able to go to a doctor without being afraid. Tell me, what's your alternative plan?

    December 23, 2013 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  14. SaraD

    The middle class will be hurt the most by this law. The Affordable Health Care is anything but affordable. My friends have been telling me how much more they must pay, and I am floored. Some will pay the penalty only because it comes down to paying for this unaffordable insurance or their house payment. The middle class is disappearing. But perhaps that was the plan...

    December 23, 2013 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  15. MarcTheDuck

    Thanks for getting us into the mess, liberals and independents. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! My employer plan for next year has gone from good to nearly nothing. Thanks!

    December 23, 2013 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  16. Budley

    What a rotten POTUS trying to help people with their health care.Lets just send our young off to the Middle East to die for no reason instead.

    December 23, 2013 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  17. tnworkingmom

    So if your lifestyle falls in between the cracks – and you make just enough to have the insurance be 'less than 9 percent of income' but the family plan is 25% of your income.. you just take the fine and stay as you are with less money in your pocket for the same amount of work and the same amount of medical care. There should be something better out there...

    December 23, 2013 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  18. TexDoc

    Obamacare is a failure, it needs serious redesign. Maybe if the Democrats had compromised with Republican's a better plan could have been generated. Remember, Obamacare was rammed through with 100% democrat support, and nearly no republican support.

    December 23, 2013 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  19. Dan

    So more than 16 million people are losing coverage due to Obamacare.
    Depending upon who you listen to, 500,000 or one million have "signed up" on the HealthCare.gov site.
    OK. Let's be generous and say that a million have "signed up".
    That is still a net of 15 million people LOSING coverage.
    Yes, a brilliant success!

    December 23, 2013 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  20. Simple Jack

    Ladies and gentleman, you all do realize there is a finite amount of resources left on this planet, don't you? It doesn't take a special needs individual to understand that this is the beginning of population control. Makes sense when you think of how the NSA knows everything we say and how we act. Put that together with this affordable care act nonsense, and you have a government that has everything it needs to decide if you're worth keeping or getting rid of. Say you have a genetic disorder they find out about. Yeah, you're in trouble. What if you have a mental illness or are just old? If the resources aren't there, they're going to use any, (NSA), and every( ACA) means necessary to keep the most genetically stable individuals. Far fetched? You're not very smart if you think it is.

    December 23, 2013 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  21. Fish

    Now if the average American were brutally honest, the insurance companies and Wall Street in general have taken us to the cleaners on everything from Gasoline to medical costs. We know this yet Wall Street minions would rephrase the issue in their favor. Obamacare rises or falls upon Wall street nothing else, Obamacare doesn't understand neither does America!! This is life, get over I or change it!!!!

    December 23, 2013 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  22. ssetadnama

    NY exchanged deemed me not eligible. I'm a full-time student on unemployment – which is ending soon. I thought the ACA guaranteed coverage for every citizen with a pulse, isn't that what we were told?

    December 23, 2013 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  23. Aamaantick

    Obama needs reinforce his grasp on the messaging of the issues and define the opposition in a way that the American People run away from the Republicans / Tea Party yelling and screaming . Only a strong media push can do this . If a hearts and minds campaign is being ignored , Obama needs to punish those who are his political enemies in a public in a visceral way to get American's attention .

    December 23, 2013 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  24. Shubbery Skye

    Obama needs reinforce his grasp on the messaging of the issues and define the opposition in a way that the American People run away from the Republicans / Tea Party yelling and screaming . Only a strong media push can do this . If a hearts and minds campaign is being ignored , Obama needs to punish those who are his political enemies in a public in a visceral way to get American's attention .

    December 23, 2013 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  25. Geton Em

    Polls will continue to drop because of all the LIEs the Democrats told to get this passed. Also, they did not pass it with the popular vote. Also, they passed the law with a controversial nuclear vote which the founding fathers never intended on us using to get things passed. Everything about this law is a bad joke....

    December 23, 2013 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
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