December 23rd, 2013
06:00 AM ET
12 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. manlian

    The rollout and website debacle is just typical Federal employee incompetence and inefficiency. These are the same people that you will be paying to run your healthcare also. That is why people don't like Obamacare. The Federal government can't run anything efficiently without running massively running into the red and having to rely on the taxpayers or borrowing from China to keep Federal run programs going. Just look at the Post Office, Medicare, Social Security, etc.

    December 23, 2013 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  2. Max

    @ Roger
    I agree with you people aren't too bright that's why they voted for Obama ,,,

    December 23, 2013 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  3. Tampa Tim

    The republican shutdown of government was forced down our throats at a cost of $24 billion.

    December 23, 2013 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  4. Sheila

    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. BAGGAS This amount of 1,035 people reps the 319 MILLION American people ? you on TV CROWING about & trying to PROPAGANDADIZE ? I Know YOU & FOX net work exchange news ancors like we don't NOTICE

    December 23, 2013 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  5. Dave Hawkins

    Now maybe the Dems will support repeal. At least if they want to keep their jobs come next election. It's better to admit to a mistake, fix it and move on than to perpetuate an error.

    December 23, 2013 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  6. NYVeteran

    Laughable statistics. Americans dont like to be told what to do. They dont like deadlines. They dont like negative news 24×7. but if they get sick, they also wont like being on the hook for life changing amounts of money. Ask old people if they want their medicare or social security changed? This is the sign up period. Given time, this will become as indispensable as they are. Thats why the GOP is trying to kill it now in the beginning. I am proud that my tax dollars are helping people, while the GOP asks, "are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses?" BAH HUMBUG!

    December 23, 2013 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  7. Jim

    I'm not sure people understand (1) it's the "law of the land" and (2) a lot of people lacked medical insurance before. When they understand all of that, I am sure the numbers will rise. A few more speeches from the President explaining this should go a long way.

    December 23, 2013 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  8. Tampa Tim

    If you stop giving 70% of the cost of premiums to health insurance execs! and put that money into health care the cost does not go up.

    December 23, 2013 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  9. Max

    If Obama had power he would turn the USA to Cuba or Venezuela ,,

    December 23, 2013 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  10. erin

    New poll: 75% percent of Americans in favor of the Affordable Care Act. It's way better than that horrible "Obamacare."

    December 23, 2013 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  11. just asking

    Minnie Mouse
    It's only right for everyone to provide for themselves. More people will come around in the future and be more favorable about the law. Many don't like changes and especially ones they have to pay for but this law is 100% necessary, and has been for years.
    --

    well which one is it? first you say people need to provide for themselves and then you say some are paying for the healthcare of others. as usual the leftist speak out of both sides of their mouth. their ridiculous statements about obamacare make very sense. at this point, they are just denying the existence of the train wreck millions are experiencing trying to convince people all is well. we've only seen this same tactic at least 10 times over the last 5 years.

    December 23, 2013 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  12. just wondering

    I thought the U.S. gov. outlawed pyramid scheme's ?

    December 23, 2013 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  13. yank

    The only way to properly implement national healthcare is for the government to take control of it or severely regulate cost. I am for regulation 100%.

    December 23, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  14. doc

    All the numbers, even going back to 2010, the majority of Americans oppose the law! Finally the truth is being told by the media. This is a harmful law to millions of Americans receiving cancellations of the policies they "could keep" but the truth is a different story when they are cancelled now! Let's change things in 2016 please

    December 23, 2013 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  15. Wazzup

    The only people who like obamacare are the ones getting subsidies.

    December 23, 2013 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  16. Rogers

    It looks like journalists also want this Law to fail because they keep mis informing the public with all these polls.

    December 23, 2013 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  17. Gene

    Well get rid of the ACA, and the next time a network news show does a piece on someone with a serious disease asking for donations from the public, ask them were they for or against the ACA. If they say they were against it, tell them to just shut the heck up and die.

    December 23, 2013 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  18. Uniquitous

    Wow, isnt that funny. Thats exactly what all those ultra conservatives kept saying before it was passed. Maybe they really were just trying to warn us of the catastrophic problems that they could see coming our way.

    December 23, 2013 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  19. Dave

    What is with your agenda, CNN? are you a political network like Fox now?

    December 23, 2013 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  20. Bostondan

    Well intentioned but horribly written and executed law. Vote out antone who voted for it.

    December 23, 2013 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  21. Sue

    That's a shocker

    December 23, 2013 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  22. glenview0818

    One of the biggest scams perpetrated by the news media, that insurance has something to do with the affordability of health care costs. Insurance is Insurance, and has nothing to do with costs. If you want to reduce costs you have to create an excess of service so competition will reduce prices. No other way to do it. Unless you have the program that our president ran for office under, single payer, then switched horses in the middle of the stream, and gave us ACA, the Republican plan.

    December 23, 2013 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  23. Nate

    Premise is great, but like many Americans all it did was raise my employer sponsored health care premiums at a rate I have never seen in 2014. So you are left wondering why I am again paying for others.

    December 23, 2013 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  24. Barry

    It is disappointing to realize how pathetically uninformed people are about Obamacare. In addition to the obvious social benefits of having most people with health insurance, the law will ultimately lower costs.
    If one looks at developed nations (Europe, for example) they have lower costs and better benefits for health care.
    It is too bad that the law did not provide for single payer as that would have (like MEDICARE) lowered costs for insurance.
    Getting people out of ERs for basic health care (at $1500+ a pop) seems like a very good idea.
    The "the sky is falling" behavior of the general public is both humorous and pathetic.

    December 23, 2013 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  25. Independent

    Most Americans are against the ACA, and most Americans supported and thought the Iraq war was a good idea....nuff said

    December 23, 2013 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
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