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. independant jim

    I know 3 people that have signrd up all three say they are getting a better deal

    December 23, 2013 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  2. J Bradford

    "According to the survey, 43% say they oppose the health care law because it is too liberal"

    Are you kidding me?

    The whole too liberal argument sounds like Fox/Rush / Crazy Church talk.

    Guess what people... Fox, Rush, republican politicians ..they all have great "liberal" health insurance and they would not deny themselves great "liberal" health insurance for you for all the tea in China.

    Wake up America.

    December 23, 2013 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  3. billy bob

    What a joke this president has become. Think before you vote people.

    December 23, 2013 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  4. larry

    Democrats are responsible.

    December 23, 2013 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  5. herbsuperb

    No *****. Government run health care sucks, huh? Who'd have thought? How about EVERYBODY WITH ANY ****ING BRAINS!!! BIG ****ING SURPRISE THAT THE GOVERNMENT CAN'T RUN SOMETHING LIKE THIS.

    December 23, 2013 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  6. jake

    The website has a new problem. Now that people can get it to work, they don't like what they find out. Several of my co-workers are freelance/self-employed and need to buy their own health insurance. They thought Obamacare subsidies would help them. They do not feel 'rich' yet not only do they not qualify for any help with the large payments, they face a stiff fine that will only increase in future years. Plenty of those in CA are making decent livings but with a high cost of living out here, even those families making 100K a year in combined income can be living paycheck to paycheck. Obamacare counts on people like that paying more to subsidize lower income folks.

    December 23, 2013 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  7. ShingoEX

    Then let's let America vote on whether or not to get rid of it. This is supposed to be a Democracy, right?

    December 23, 2013 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  8. Apex301

    So 50% prefer it to what we had before then, and 43% hate it. Why put misleading headlines out there?
    READ THE ARTICLE FOLKS. 15% think is does not go far enough.
    Republican misinformation is getting pretty bad out there, with so many paid posters claiming their insurance went up for the same plan due to the act. NOBODY is paying more for the same plan, as those "SAME PLANS" had little or not even close to the coverage of the AHA qualified plans do.
    THERE ARE NO "SAME PLANS". Did you plan before have no lifetime max? Did your plan have no pre-existing conditions? I guarantee you could get kicked off the old plan if you got sick enough, and that your plan would have gone up this year with or without the AHA.

    December 23, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  9. Housedoc

    As an outsider (Canadian) I can only say that the Republicans have demonized the plan for years and are reaping the benefits of their misinformation. Government healthcare is a right, not a privilegel. Only those who are wealthy enough to have personal plans are yelling and screaming about the "bad" healthcare program. Obamacare is bad but the Affordable Care Act is really great. This statement is real but emphasizes the need for more education. My healthcare is government sponsored and I know its great.

    December 23, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  10. Beatlegal09

    Mitt was right

    December 23, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  11. JO

    I wish everybody would just shut up and give this a chance. Even before the roll out debacle, the Republicans wanted it to be a failure and they just were thrilled to death by the gigantic, colossal mess the website turned out to be. But Dear God, just shut up already and let it work. There are millions of people in our country who need medical insurance and thanks to President Obama, now they have a chance to get it. So, SHUT UP!!!

    December 23, 2013 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  12. Duh

    What a mess!!! Dems are in so much trouble!!! I LOVE it!!!

    December 23, 2013 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  13. John

    And to think this the stuff that got him reelected. What this clearly shows is that being a cond escending smu g li beral is fun until it means you have to put up or sh ut up, then it's the he ck with that.

    December 23, 2013 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  14. William Bramblett

    What a surprise. Policies cancelled, and abysmal website, no cost savings as claimed, and still millions uninsured, all at a cost of hundreds of billions and overseen by the idiot thugs at the IRS. What's to like?

    December 23, 2013 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  15. Rogers

    The Media is responsible of creating this bad public perception about Obamacare because they don't report the facts of this Law fairly. They over expound on what they think is not good than what is really good for the Americans. They barely talk about good things this Law does but they are more interested in what is bad about the Law.

    December 23, 2013 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  16. Nick

    People don't like Obamacare? What a shock. About time CNN came around.

    December 23, 2013 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  17. jason

    The cost to deliver healthcare services is not going down. If you are paying less, it's because someone else is paying your bill for you.

    December 23, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  18. blf83

    No, the right-wing has been successful in repeating the lie that no one will like the IDEA OF Obamacare, when, in fact, and in practice, it works quite well.

    December 23, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  19. Tampa Tim

    I prefer to listen to the positives from those who actually have signed up, instead of the right wingnuts who are nothing more than petty domestic terrorists, trying to ruin our country.

    December 23, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  20. Chris

    Is this really a surprise? Here, let me restate the statistic the way it should read. Sixty-two percent of Americans were either smart enough in the first place or have now come to realize that ObamaCare is a pile of rubbish. In contrast, 35% of Americans who either believe Obama is their messiah or are so loyal to the Democratic Party that they will support this polished turd until they die from the poor healthcare it drives, believe it is still a viable option.

    December 23, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  21. Friends

    OMG Say it isn't so !

    December 23, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  22. srcactus

    A half a dozen smaller health law fixes might have worked just fine. This monster "Grand Bargain" is so large that there are more secrets yet to be exposed.

    December 23, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  23. Realty

    The title should be "The majority of the population doesn't like being FORCED to pay for other people's things".

    December 23, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  24. RP

    I was laid off from work in Nov and expect it to take a few months to find a new position. I had hoped that Obamacare would provide coverage so that I didn't have to buy COBRA for my family, including an infant.

    I signed up for Obamacare the first week of Dec, however the program did not inform me that I need to provide additional information on my wife until after Dec 15 (the last date to purchase coverage starting Jan 1). Now my whole family is without insurance for another month.

    The cost, is the same as if I had bought it myself and the ACA had never been passed.

    What a waste of a presidency. We needed (and were promised) health care reform, not health insurance reform and mandates.

    December 23, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  25. The Mex!

    I don't care if you don't like it, you're going to take it and like it, because the gov't says so!

    December 23, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
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