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. DWEBSTER

    Apparently Mr. Obama is not a very good insurance salesman either

    December 23, 2013 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  2. Pocahontas

    Who is "we?" I love Obamacare. It is saving my family a lot of money next year.

    December 23, 2013 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  3. Charles

    Moms don't like being screwed by their government and being lied to at the same time.

    December 23, 2013 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  4. CBO

    Regarding this poll: I read the survey that was used. I note that the surveyed individuals were asked to respond to questions about ACA "based on what you have read or heard". I found no attempt to investigate either the respondent's estimation of how thorough they understood ACA or whether they were basing their responses only on what they had been told by others. I found no attempts to elicit from respondents whether they themselves felt their understanding of the law was adequate enough to consider their judgment a comprehensive and factually based one. I found no attempt to ascertain how independently respondents had fact checked their opinions.

    Without this important issue being addressed the survey can only be viewed as an interpretation of how well anti-health care reform groups have succeeded in their disruptive messaging. Your use of this survey becomes a multiplier of that negative messaging.

    I urge you to investigate how messaging has impacted the popular understanding of how the ACA is intended to work and how negative and deliberate lying as well as official obstruction has misled the citizens about the ACA.

    If you do not I fear the tactics used to destroy this reform attempt will be taken as permission to obstruct any reform law which special interest groups dislike. The bulk of citizens are watching how that game can be played also. Where will obstruction as an acceptable form of lawless behavior take us in the future?

    When Insurance Commissioners of State Governments can brag publicly about their obstruction tactics and go unpunished, all elected officials must be wondering whether that same behavior is not also correct for them. Is this what you want to be a part of?

    This type of survey may help you keep a story running, but not necessarily the story that you want. It matters.

    December 23, 2013 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  5. Charles

    CNN doublespeak – "That means half the public either favors Obamacare, or opposes it because it's not liberal enough."

    December 23, 2013 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  6. Anonymous

    "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."

    "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."

    Most Americans. lol

    December 23, 2013 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  7. perrymyk

    Obamacare Bronze Plan (Single):
    Annual Premium: $4,500 – $5,800 estimate Jan 1, 2014
    Deductible per year: $5,081 per year
    Covers: 60% of the bills you pay 40% of bill
    Cap per year: $6,267 per year

    Obamacare Bronze Plan (Family):
    Annual Premium: $12,000 – $20,000 for a family of 4 – estimate Jan 1, 2014
    Deductible per year: $10,386 per year
    Covers: 60% of the bills you pay 40% of bill
    Cap per year: $12,569 per year

    The deductible and cap are 42% higher than similar non-Obamacare plans
    The premium is 40% to 400% more than the similar non-Obamacare plans

    You can't keep:
    Your old plan
    Your doctor
    Your hospital
    Your prescriptions

    A family is going to have to pay $22,000 MINIMUM C-A-S-H
    before Obamacare takes over.

    $22,000 A YEAR!!!! ALL CASH!!!!!! MINIMUM!!!!

    This is going to happen to 120 million Americans in 2014……...

    December 23, 2013 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  8. cmml

    That's because it's a BAD law. Americans didn't know that when they "bought it" because they had to "buy it" in order to read it.

    December 23, 2013 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  9. Peter

    Let;s not lose sight of this important data point:

    " .....Half the public either favors Obamacare, or opposes it because it's not liberal enough"

    December 23, 2013 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  10. ConcernedCitizen

    Eventually people get tired of all the half truths, partial truths, and withholding of information, Mr. President. Just be straightforward with us from the beginning. We liked your idea of transparent government during your campaign, but it just seems that in practice, you've been just about as opaque as possible. Honesty and full disclosure would have built our trust and we would have supported you on this Healthcare project all the way. But now, I feel like I'm getting scammed.

    December 23, 2013 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  11. Tampa Tim

    It appears that 32% of people only believe what Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, CNN, or Fox tell them. The three year assault on the ACA continues.

    December 23, 2013 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  12. Jim37015

    THey need 7 Million healthy young to pay for this. They have what? 1 Million.?

    This crap will be repealed before it over with and the business's that got a year delay haven't even weighed in yet. Hows that gonna hit?

    December 23, 2013 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  13. Bert974

    The required insurance law is an implied tax on the top 50% of income earners to pay for low cost or free healthcare for those with lower incomes. It is a required donation to medical charities of $5 – 10,000 per year when normally I just don't donate that much. The United States in general is just not that economically successful anymore and the healthcare delivery system is very inefficient. The government needs to vastly reduce their expectations and stop living in a dream world.

    December 23, 2013 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  14. Mac

    Remember folks....this was passed in the middle of the night with not a single Republican vote.

    You can only get rid of O'care if you vote out Dems. In the meantime, it's cheaper to pay the fine of 95 bucks then sign up for it.

    December 23, 2013 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  15. mutantsubhuman

    Don't read or discuss the law prior to passing it and this is what you get.

    December 23, 2013 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  16. mike

    People discovered it wasn't free! Even if people do sign up for this disaster it will be interesting to see if people pay their premiums every month.

    December 23, 2013 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  17. Mike Lansen

    Guess what CNN? A vast majority have always been against it but that does not stop your continued advocacy for it. The real travesty is the way CNN and other networks have tried to report the opposite hoping the polls would change. The only thing they have done is polarize more Americans at the expense of their credibility.

    December 23, 2013 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  18. DrDanno

    Maybe it's simply that the people who are most in favor of it can't afford phones and so don't participate in polls.

    December 23, 2013 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  19. Eleanor Fitzgerald

    The Affordable Care Act may not be perfect but is far better than what was available previously, especially if you were deemed by the private for profit insurance providers to have any kind of pre-existing condition. They could exclude you or charge you much higher premiums. Personally, I would like to see a single payer system/ improved and expanded Medicare for All. The thirty to forty percent that corporate providers spend on administrative overhead, profits and high salaries, lobbyists, advertising, etc. could be reduced to about ten percent. The difference could go toward medical care improvements. Most other developed nations in the world have seen the light. Health care should be a right not a privilege.

    December 23, 2013 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  20. Jay

    See, this is what happens to sheeple. When our logic goes something like this: "Well, Obama came up with it, and Republicans hate it, so it must be great! Yay Obamacare!", then this is what we get. Instead of looking at this thing objectively people jumped on the bandwagon. Now we are most likely stuck with this garbage, and it's probably just gonna get worse from here. Pass it, then fix it, does not work. This thing should never have been enacted until we knew what was in it and could fix some major flaws.

    December 23, 2013 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  21. rs

    Ya think? 2 solid months of GOP lies (many still on late-note TV thanks to the RSCC) whining about "millions" losing insurance (untrue); Congressional "exceptions" (untrue); special deals for Congress (untrue); higher costs (untrue); calling it "socialized medicine" (untrue- it isn't medicine at all- just the Republican demanded exchanges and the individual mandate); losing doctors (untrue), etc.- all aided and abetted by trash reporting on CNN and FOX- and the GOP's fake ACA web sites.

    Here's a concept- how about a "how to" article CNN so that people might actually understand the ACA, and learn how to sign-up?

    December 23, 2013 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  22. someoneelse

    from story:

    "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."

    Same info, but I think its message is different, yes?

    62% of those questioned in the poll say they oppose the law health care , a 4-point raise in less than a month. Only thirty-five percent say they support the law, down five points from November.

    December 23, 2013 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  23. Bruce F

    The government does best when it levels the playing field rather than creating a politically based (and biased) system mandating coverage that we don't need and can't afford. The polls show that people are smarter than the politicians who would create a nanny state give them credit for.

    December 23, 2013 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  24. lauradet

    Another skewed poll.

    #1 "Most Americans predict . . .," yet only 1,035 adults were questioned, what about the rest of the population?
    #2 "Nearly all of the newfound opposition is coming from women." (Hmmm. The Dem's largest voting block).
    #3 "43% say they oppose the health care law because it is too LIBERAL." (Just the mention of it being Liberal is a buzz word for conservatives to hate the ACA)

    December 23, 2013 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  25. Josh

    A lot of people are just now finding out what the rest of us have been saying for years.

    Takes a long time to pull your head out of the sand, I guess.

    December 23, 2013 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
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