March 11th, 2014
07:32 AM ET
9 months ago

CNN Poll: Support for Obamacare slightly edges up

Washington (CNN) - Support for the country's new health care law appears to be rebounding slightly, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/ORC International survey released Tuesday indicates that nearly all of the increased support comes from upper-income and college-educated Americans.

The poll's Tuesday release comes on the same day that a special election is being held in Florida's 13th Congressional District to fill a vacant U.S. House seat. Obamacare has become a major issue in the competitive contest to fill the remainder of the term of the late GOP Rep. Bill Young.

According to the poll, 39% of Americans say they support the health care law, up from 35% in December, a record low in CNN polling. The uptick of four percentage points is within the survey's sampling error. Fifty-seven percent of those questioned say they oppose the measure, down five points from December.

"Not all of the opposition to the health care law comes from the right," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Thirty-nine percent say they oppose the law because it's too liberal, but 12% say they oppose it because it's not liberal enough."

That means half the public either favors Obamacare, or opposes it doesn't go far enough. Roughly 6% oppose the law but don't have an opinion on whether it is too liberal or not liberal enough.

The poll indicates that the rebound in support for Obamacare has come almost entirely among upscale Americans. The law made no headway among people who make less than $50,000 - 35% of them supported it in December, and 35% support it now.  But among people who make $50,000 or more, support rose from 36% to 46%.

"The same pattern holds true for college education - virtually no change among people who never went to college, but a nine-point change among those who did," Holland adds.

The CNN poll was conducted by ORC International from Friday through Sunday, with 801 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

– CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

soundoff (441 Responses)
  1. onlymho

    thank godness for all the delays and temporary exemptions – just image how much worse it would have been (will be)

    March 11, 2014 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  2. onlymho

    the "reduction" in disapproval is well within the margin of error (of just 800 people polled) – so no real change

    March 11, 2014 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  3. Crystal

    Wooo, up a staggering 4 percent.

    March 11, 2014 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  4. mickinmd

    Really? wrote:
    uh duh the country is broke. Why don't we just tax u even more to pay for this.

    Uh, DUH! The CBO calculated it will save the government $109B over the next ten years because Medicare and other savings will more than offset subsidies. Additionally, people like me who pay for insurance are tired of getting whacked an extra $934 per year to pay for the uninsured after providers raise their rates to compensate for them.

    Finally, the country may be broke, but it doesn't close schools because it knows an educated populace helps the economy. So do healthy workers! Too bad we don't have Medicare for ALL – it's a 13.3% BETTER bang for the buck than private insurance.

    March 11, 2014 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  5. mickinmd

    Note that only 45% oppose Obamacare because they'd rather be ripped-off by the previous rigged system where insurance only spent 67-71% on actual health care compared to 93% in other countries.
    12% oppose it because it doesn't go far enough.

    March 11, 2014 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  6. Craig

    Hey CNN. How about we wait until all of Obama's delays of parts of the ACA are over. You know, some time in 2016. Because I am sure Obama only delayed the BEST parts of Obamacare, and not the worst. Not for politics or anything . . .

    March 11, 2014 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  7. Vicki

    More people are signing up for the Affordable Care Health Care. The web page in working now and it is time that anyone who is not a right wing crazy person who has no health insurance to check it out. They can get help signing up. This is wonderful for this country to have health care improvements that are so great for so many people. The hate and lies come from the republican party of corruption and greed.

    March 11, 2014 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  8. Vicki

    The Affordable Care Act does not cover dental work you right wing loser.

    March 11, 2014 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  9. Big_D

    Koch's lies only work on the stupid after a while.

    March 11, 2014 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  10. Big_d

    Socialize it and it isn't business problem. Just say'n.

    March 11, 2014 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  11. jamesc

    Republicans haven't had a good idea or a plan in decades. Other than criminalizing more behavior, building more prisons and increasing criminal penalties for everyone except the ultra rich sociopaths they allowed to devastate our economy. After defeating the Clinton healthcare plan with the same lies and half truths more recently used against the ACA, they went for 10 years without even bringing it up. That's 10 years * 30,000 American lives lost needlessly to preventable and curable disease. Most of the problems with the ACA resulted from Republican hate, resistence and belligerance. They don't care about people or America, as everyone can plainly see now. Right to life party. Yeah right.

    March 11, 2014 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  12. MB

    So where is the poll for those who want to go back the way things were

    March 11, 2014 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  13. Name

    Preferably to pay the citation per year than pay $10,000 a year on insurance that would not use. I need to feed my family &fills that's more important.

    March 12, 2014 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  14. gdylan1

    Just like every other new program, if its a Republican idea the Dems oppose it and vice versa. Bush rolled out HSA plans and it was a problem, now I LOVE my HSA plan, Obamacare is like having the FDA monitor our food, you don't realize how much your plan doesn't cover until you need it, Obamacare offers mandatory coverage and true out of pocket cost, so you don't have to spend countless hours trying to appeal to your insurance company about the specialist your doctor sent you to who wasn't in network. It offers a lot of coverage for those who need it now and for those of us who may not need all the safety measures right now, just hold on, if you live long enough you will.

    March 12, 2014 05:24 am at 5:24 am |
  15. Name Ray

    The Government Is Going To Have To Increase The Penalty On Those Not Having Health insurance into the thousands of dollars to make it work.
    Then see how many people approve.

    March 12, 2014 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  16. bells noel

    I'm for it and then some. I live in oregon. No one is helping people get signed up. It took us 5 months of going to OHP , dr.'s clinics , internet use. We finally found info. through a coworker of an insurance agency that assists. We live in a small town and they are not advertising coveroregon. We are self employed but don't make a whole lot. I don't mind paying because in the end its cheaper than all the stupid medical bills plus insurance premiums. People who don't like obamacare either never had to suffer without insurance or are too healthy to need it right now.(they think) People didn't like it when they mandated car insurance and now everyone accepts it. Yes at first the system can be faulty, but that has more to do with people and companies not wanting it to succeed. Was America a success at conception? Is anything worth doing perfect the first time round? We can make things work but we must want to make it succeed not fail. And peoples attitudes stink and the people that are for it are not being heard.

    March 12, 2014 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
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