March 11th, 2014
07:32 AM ET
8 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. Harold Read

    That means 61% still thinks Obamacare is horrible.
    Probably got the upswing from illegal immigrants who can register their anchor babies and having their ILLEGAL status withheld from US Law Emforcement.
    Not only will US Tax payers will have to pay for Obamacare not even coming close to the "sustainable" quotas, we will have to pay for people who have no regard for US immigration law.

    March 11, 2014 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    Any one that has brain will support this Obamacare except Ted Cruz having bribed from insurance thugs, GOP bribed from Hospitals, pharmacy. Listen, ultimately, your premiums and deductions will be down. Hospital Organizations take over insurance companies and buy patients insurances from government-run-healthcare-exchanges, drop premiums with deductions. True.

    March 11, 2014 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  3. Tampa Tim

    6% oppose the law but don't know why. Like sheep, Hannity, Fox and the Koch brothers told them, that's why. The number of uninsured is shrinking, just like the size of the Republican Party. Remember, the GOP has no accomplishments to run on in 2014 (other than the government which cost $24 billion), no plans to move us forward except attack women's rights, and will do everything to start world war 3.

    March 11, 2014 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  4. Tampa Tim

    Oops, I meant to say republican government shutdown which cost $24 billion.

    March 11, 2014 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  5. Biff Jergins

    This is great news for those of us who support this law. Of course the "rebound" is within the margin of error, so it really doesn't mean anything, but it's at least something I can cling to and will make me feel slightly less embarrassed about having voted for Obama.

    March 11, 2014 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House

    "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."
    ------------------------------–
    It's going to be hard for republicans to run their smear campaigns against the ACA when it's steadily gaining support. The law isn't liberal enough is a good reason why those on the right should be happy. It's not surprising to me that college educated people are favoring the law. Which is all that you need to know. Non college educated people, mainly those on the right are the one's who are misinformed about this law. They don't even know the difference between the ACA and Obamacare.

    March 11, 2014 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  7. Bill from GA

    So, "Thirty-nine percent say they oppose the law because it's too liberal ", "39% of Americans say they support the health care law". and "12% say they oppose it because it's not liberal enough".

    Repubs at CPAC all vow to repeal it. They're no smarter that they were two years ago.

    March 11, 2014 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    Wait for the Daffy Duck response from the Right:

    Its a lie! Its a lie!

    March 11, 2014 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  9. Al-NY,NY

    If you really look at it, it's 39% approval plus the 12% (not liberal enough). If the tightie righties and their insurance puppet masters want to use the 12% for their "it needs to be repealed because it's terrible" drivel) they are being disengenuous at least.

    March 11, 2014 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  10. Dean

    In this case, opinion means nothing. The ACA is a disaster and will implode in a short time.

    March 11, 2014 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    -Harold Read

    That means 61% still thinks Obamacare is horrible.
    Probably got the upswing from illegal immigrants who can register their anchor babies and having their ILLEGAL status withheld from US Law Emforcement.
    Not only will US Tax payers will have to pay for Obamacare not even coming close to the "sustainable" quotas, we will have to pay for people who have no regard for US immigration law
    *******************
    You forgot to throw in the Freemasons and the Illuminati as well.

    March 11, 2014 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  12. jinx9to88

    And remember GOP supporters that can read, of the people that disapprove the law 12% say its doesn't go far enough. So if you do your math less people oppose the law. Its a crying shame that we have a few people wasting millions of dollars on lies but yet they do whatever they can not to pay taxes.

    March 11, 2014 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  13. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    How can the GOP be AGAINEST healthcare for ALL Americans , oh yea, the GOP IS the party of STUPID, they should be helping out if they were concerned about the American people and not about their GOP party of stupid. The DUMBEST voters in the USA are republican teaparty SUCKERS that vote AGAINEST their own best interest for the GOP RETREADS. By the way, I invented the term in 2012 , not CNN yesterday????

    March 11, 2014 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  14. Tim

    OK...so the college educated (usually wealthier) and wealthier Americans show the greatest support. Of those, I wonder how many actually have to PAY for it or have their insurance affected by the ACA at this point. I would suspect this group largely has their insurance supplied through their employers who have been granted more time to remain on their current plans. Hmmmmm.....

    March 11, 2014 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  15. james

    Even though I don't need the ACA. I still support it . Why not ? I only hope that the people who are being denied health coverage in some of these states would get out and vote !! I f they don't vote they deserve what they get !!

    March 11, 2014 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  16. Dan

    Root canals at my local endodontist that cost $550 last year, are now $1100...thank-you Obamacare for making dental care more affordable!!!

    March 11, 2014 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  17. NYOMD

    This is a dishonest article. Half of those that oppose Obamacare are liberals who think it is too weak! Enough with the half-truths already CNN! Who do you think you are, Fox News?

    March 11, 2014 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  18. Nonname

    Is anyone actually looking at those numbers?

    45% think law goes too far
    39% think law is good
    12% think law does NOT go FAR ENOUGH

    ... hello? Earth to GOP? Come in please, over? Majority likes law or wants it to go even further over too far by 6% margin.

    Whatever... ignore these numbers all you want if you think it will change your situation. Gerrymandering has thus far managed to change voting to match your perceived majority... keep it up. Keep on being a party of fewer people trying to exert more influence... keep on pretending that strategy is going to pay off in an age where information is more readily available... I dare ya.

    March 11, 2014 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Republicans oppose the ACA, despite the fact that it brings health care coverage to millions who could not get it before. If they want to run against the ACA, then I invite them to do it. It's not what most Americans are most concerned about.

    March 11, 2014 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  20. pintodw

    The news here is that less than 40% of Americans still don't support this travesty. Just further proof that this was a colossal mistake. No one can argue that this is was a good idea. Americans hate it.

    March 11, 2014 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  21. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    It's ONLY the GOP pushing the anti healthcare law and obstructing it at every turn for six years that gives SOME people a negitive outlook on obamacare when it is well known that the law will lower costs and INCREASE EMLOYMENT but we all know that the GOP IS WORKING AGAINEST anything to help the economy for the past SIX YEARS. The GOP is losing the house in November because of their stupidity and obsession with the healthcare law at all of our expense!!!!!!

    March 11, 2014 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  22. TOM GA

    Really you guys read to much in to polls.. ORC International is partnered with CNN. He who controls the polls controls the news.. Funny how the polls are not open and transparent for the public to see how it was conducted, number of people, how selected, and how calculated.. These polls are worth about as much as a chocolate tea pot, sound good but once you put some heat to it then it a complete melt down mess.

    March 11, 2014 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  23. Bob

    The change in the approval rating is within the sampling error of the poll which means that there is no statistical significance to the change from December. Anyone with a basic understanding of statistics knows this. CNN, how about some honest journalism on occasion? Instead of spinning a story to get people spun up, why not just honestly explain the facts...you know, like journalists.

    March 11, 2014 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  24. quidestveritas

    the uptick is within the margin of error which means that there may have been no movement at all, and possibly it moved down. and the possible increase in support came among people who won't benefit from the law anyways. great piece of work here CNN.

    March 11, 2014 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  25. louenglish

    You mean the delay of Obamacare is edging its support up slightly. If it was fully implemented as defined by the law its support would be in the basement.

    March 11, 2014 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
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