December 23rd, 2013
06:00 AM ET
9 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

    And of course this is startling revaltion to everyone. People in this country should have to take an IQ test and register over 50 before they vote.

    December 23, 2013 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  2. michael

    CNN, turn into Fox news! We all knew this! When you look at the screening, reporting, analysis and rightwing necon talking heads getting major time slot to purport nonsense these poll are hogwash! Looks like 65% repuglicans were polled, when 42% say its too liberal Americans are not fooled! Just what we needed some more obamacare thrashing against a law of the land upheld by a conservative supreme court! I have less confidence in the news media than I do lawyers, insurance agents and automobile salespeople! Now there's a poll I'd like to see the results! Not that I would trust CNN, Fox or ABC with their results!

    December 23, 2013 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  3. DJones

    It is aggravating that the law is so complicated. I still don't know if I qualify for health care in my state. I called the help line and spoke to a "trained" individual and asked him several questions all of which were answered like this,"Well sir, that is a good question, let me ask my supervisor, no he doesn't know either, no there is no one else in this office who would be able to answer that, maybe you could go talk to your accountant you know the one who does your taxes maybe he would know." All of that in response to simple questions like " if I didn't make enough last year to qualify but I am going to make enough this year do I still qualify for insurance, if I do qualify this year and get insurance but if I fail to make that much next year do I loose my insurance, and, what is 'adjusted gross household income'".

    December 23, 2013 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  4. myway

    Why is the media wasting money on polls about laws that haven't gone into full effect? They make people look stupid because the outcome is anyone's guess right now. That means such polls are meaningless and only serve to make headlines on a slow news day. In other words, the media is creating news for itself.

    December 23, 2013 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  5. Gltmidwest

    Obamacare was a significant voting issues for Obama. These voters are getting what they voted for.

    Best

    December 23, 2013 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  6. patw2100

    Obamacare will be repealed in January 2015 after the new veto proof Republican Congress takes office.

    December 23, 2013 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  7. john

    I need spinal surgery on two of my lumbar vertebrae. I was in my surgeon's office last month and asked his opinion of Obamacare. He looked at me and said, "Unprecedented disaster for the provider and the patient".

    Amen to that.

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

    According to this poll, I'm in the minority because the ACA has benefited me and my family. My husband and I are self-employed and have 2 young daughters. We found a plan through ACA that is better coverage than what we had before and saves us $300 a month even though we do not qualify for any subsidies. So I give it an enthusiastic thumbs up. Maybe I have this opinion because I've crunched the numbers and they work for us - many people are relying on the media to make up their minds on this one instead of just doing the research.

    December 23, 2013 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  9. Ed

    The guy needs help with the new Health Care Program. It's obvious he has incompent people running the program. We may not like it but we have to come together a find a way to fix it so those who need it can have it. I'm an Iraqi veteran, and if we Soldiers acted like most Americans we would have failed from the beginning. There are plenty servicemen & women who didn't agree, disliked each other or orders that were handed down by superiors but we all came together an accomplished the mission. My point being- it's the LAW so let's work together and fix it so we can move on to the other issues.

    December 23, 2013 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  10. carlos suazo

    All the Democrats have done is to create another bloated out of control government agency that will waste billions of our taxpayer dollars. Please remember that this upcoming congressional elections. I am a registered Democrat but will not be voting Democrat in 2014.

    December 23, 2013 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  11. kelly

    This ACA was a huge mistake for the democrats

    December 23, 2013 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  12. Fred Beloit

    The Dems in office don't have much time to save themselves from the disaster that is the ACA from top to bottom. They need to vote with the GOP to repeal this terrible mess of a law if they want to save their chances of being re-elected.

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

    What a surprise! People are finally realizing just how bad this is. Let's hope its no too late.

    December 23, 2013 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  14. Guest

    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 that justifies the millions of people who lost their insurance?

    December 23, 2013 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  15. Joe

    Insurance has become more expensive and you to little the way it stands. We are required to have it, but there is not any or very little restrictions on the insurance companies themselves. People are paying more and getting less for it. Also it should have moved eye care and dental under the plans.

    December 23, 2013 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  16. Guest

    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 that justifies the millions that lost their insurance?

    December 23, 2013 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  17. dave

    Children who don't have health care should have made sure they were born with parents who had health care. Why is it my problem?

    December 23, 2013 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  18. Chuck

    Poll... Americans don't like Obamacare but they like the Affordable Care Act. That pretty much sums up the public's misled view on the law. Millions are currently being poured into misinformation campaigns so that Americans who don't verify what they read blindly believe what they are told. If the GOP have their way, then insurance companies will go back to the unregulated days of charging you whatever they want instead of the 80% MLR rate mandated by the upcoming law.

    December 23, 2013 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  19. Joe M.

    Again, "enrolled" doesn't actually mean "enrolled" when Obama says it. All it means when Obama says it is that they "checked out" the policy on the website. They haven't paid a dime towards an insurance policy, which is the industry standard measurement of when a person has "enrolled".

    December 23, 2013 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  20. Justin

    And the chickens come home to roost, lol.

    This President now has a legacy, right up there with "no new taxes".

    When even your biggest cheerleaders are turning against you, you know it's over. Adios, Obam-amigo!

    December 23, 2013 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  21. frank

    Americans haven't liked obamacare since day one...but CNN finds this out now!

    December 23, 2013 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  22. McBob79

    Shocking! Higher prices, switching insurance companies, losing your doctor.... priceless! Mr. Obama has created a disaster for our country and the "affordable" care act is only part of it. His policies continue to stifle the economy and now, after blowing a ton of money on health insurance he wants to allow 11 million illegals into the country. Where do you think they will go right after they get into the country? They will run for government assistance which will cost those who actually pay taxes even more. This guy will go down as one of the worst presidents in history.

    December 23, 2013 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  23. JOhn

    The simple fact that the affordable care act polls so much higher than Obamacare does, means that these polls are completely and totally meaningless.

    December 23, 2013 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  24. Paul LeBlanc

    I have mixed feelings about this law. Without question it is not as affordable or compatible with the policy I still have for for myself which I pay for fully on my own, with no tax credit, being retired. I married two years ago and my wife was originally denied at that time coverage due to pre existing conditions. Now she is still ineligible because the company cannot insure any new clients in the state of Colorado.
    The plans available in Colorado for her are more expensive than what I pay for myself, even factoring in the tax credit. I may sign on with this plan for myself next year but would have to sacrifice the flexibility of having a network outside of Colorado to choose from, which I use for some of my healthcare. In any event, the savings would be minimal. Besides, I have a moral objection to taking advantage of the tax credit that we would both be eligible for, which is four times as much as the tax credit she alone is eligible for. The coverage offered in the Colorado plans is very good, and there were 59 plans for us to choose from, although it was narrowed down significantly when filtering for PPOs.
    The biggest objection I have with ACA is with the whole notion of tax credit. This is a huge debt for the nation to absorb. It seems like it replaces the cost citizens presently pay for emergency room abuse by the uninsured. I wholeheartedly support making health insurance available to more people, and I expected that this initial roll out would be painful to bite into. I hope that changes will develop over the years to make it cheaper to buy without having to be relegated to the notion of "catastrophic coverage".
    I also agree that there was a lot of false information out about ACA prior to its being implemented.

    December 23, 2013 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  25. John

    These polls would mean something if people actually knew what Obama Care was all about. Almost no one understands it, for which I blame the administration. But it is nothing like what the Tea Party and the Republicans have sold it to the public as.

    December 23, 2013 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
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