March 11th, 2014
07:32 AM ET
5 years 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. David Fish

    As more people learn what Obamacare really is, the numbers will keep increasing. We were told that there would be death panels. Wrong. We were told that it was unconstitutional. Wrong. We were told that the government is providing our healthcare. Wrong. We were told that all the problems we had with the economy were the fault of Obamacare. Wrong - it hadn't even been in effect. We were told that the website would never work. Wrong.

    March 11, 2014 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  2. humtake

    Obama said the first few years would be expensive for everyone involved. So now we are in the middle of that. I'm not for the plan at all, but it's at least worth a shot to see if it gets any better. Give it until 2020. If it's not better, we take the parts that were good and incorporate them into something else. Then, we keep doing that until we have come up with enough good parts to make it effective.

    Oh, wait...this is the government we are talking about...

    March 11, 2014 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. sly

    I'm shocked only 51% of Americans favor Affordable Health Care for all. There are actually Americans who are in favor of prohibiting health care to 50 million of their fellow citizens.

    Anyone who likes banning people from health care is an evil person – pretty much not worthy to be an American.

    Shame on you selfish Americans. I hope you get a serious injury and are prohibited from obtaining care. Goes around, comes around.

    March 11, 2014 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  4. Jo

    Ask the same people who dislike Obamacare but approve of the Affordable Care Act what they think about ACA throwing out the pre-existing conditions in their households, saving them the financial futures – if you want to be honest about it. I don't think those people have a clue about the subject, period.

    March 11, 2014 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  5. ghostwriter

    Me.....you can't be a conservative and support socialized medicine. You are not part of the 12%.

    March 11, 2014 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  6. Logictox

    Only on CNN polls is Obamacare support up. Face it, the American taxpayer hates it.

    March 11, 2014 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. Me

    heather

    I don't support Obamacare because I don't think it goes far enough. We need a single payer system. Obamacare is only good for the insurance companies.
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    100% agreed, it reguires everyone to buy insurance from a PRIVATE company, funny how liberals cry about the GOP being in the pocket of big business, Obama is the worst then the GOP, he is in the HUGE insurance companies pockets!!!

    March 11, 2014 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Me wrote:

    "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."

    LOOK AT THE NUMBERS Rudy, that is NOT a fact, net out all the people that LOST insurance and you have NEGATIVE amount of people who have insurance, Obamacare has HURT the number of insured not increase it!!! There was a story here on CNN pointing that out a few weeks ago, pay attention!!
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    What numbers? All that I see are a bunch of caps. Are you trying to sell that old, ridiculous line that insurers sent people letters that cancelled their insurance, and now those people are out in the cold with no coverage at all? Do you really expect those of us with the slightest amount of common sense to actually believe that insurers would simply drop millions of customers?

    Do you know how absurd the concept even sounds? That insurers would cut off billions and billions of dollars in revenue. If they were, then shouldn't your story line also include anecdotes about insurers losing billions and billions in revenue?

    March 11, 2014 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  9. Celebrity Dictator

    Support is up because this clown keeps delaying the mandates until after the election. Wait until it kicks in and then see how many people support it.

    March 11, 2014 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  10. Celebrity Dictator

    Hey "if you like your doctor and healthcare, you can keep them, period". The tools on here who are supporting this now are lemmings headed for the cliff or paid to be dishonest.

    March 11, 2014 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  11. Me

    ghostwriter

    Boy....the excuses you conservatives spit out when polls don't go your way. These numbers aren't too different from the ones from previous polls. Most people don't want Obamacare repealed.
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    LMFAO, too bad the actual data disagrees with you!!! 61% are against it, here I will do the math for you, 39% are in favor, therefore 100-39 = 61%, wow wasn't too hard now was it! LMFAO

    March 11, 2014 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  12. Alan

    The real stat is that 61 percent disapprove of the law!

    March 11, 2014 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  13. flcpa

    Keep in mind that they are comparing the pole to Dec when the webpage was a disaster. Only gaining 3-4 points since then is nothing to write home about. Also, most people have not yet felt the real impact of this law as the business mandate has been pushed off to later years and individuals have received a 2 year reprieve on their existing policies. Also, no one has been charged the Obamacare tax yet. Wait until the law is fully implemented then take a poll.

    March 11, 2014 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  14. danomite

    Funny thing is when you change the word "Obamacare" to "Affordable Health Care Act", the percentage of people who support it increases dramatically. Isn't ignorance bliss!

    March 11, 2014 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  15. Me

    Rudy NYC

    Me wrote:

    "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."

    LOOK AT THE NUMBERS Rudy, that is NOT a fact, net out all the people that LOST insurance and you have NEGATIVE amount of people who have insurance, Obamacare has HURT the number of insured not increase it!!! There was a story here on CNN pointing that out a few weeks ago, pay attention!!
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    What numbers? All that I see are a bunch of caps. Are you trying to sell that old, ridiculous line that insurers sent people letters that cancelled their insurance, and now those people are out in the cold with no coverage at all?
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    Did you read this article???? Did you read the article a few weeks ago regarding cancelled policies?? LMAO you are getting desperate Rudy, it is pretty fun to watch though! I would love to see you tell this face to face to someone that had their policy cancelled! They had their policy cancelled and MANY of them could NOT afford new policies from the exchanges so YES they are "out in the cold with no coverage at all"! Sorry but you seem to not get it so maybe if I use caps you can see the text enough to actually read it. Numbers don't lie, only people do! Go ahead Rudy, spin spin spin away! LOL

    March 11, 2014 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. PJ

    healthcare is now semi-affordable for the country,.Most people can get in to see a doctor at a good cost but, God forbid, a doctor finds that you need a medication that an employer has cut the reimbursement for in order to provide the affordable basic care. I have gone from $100 per month to $1000 per month in prescription copay for my blood disease med, I face bankruptcy by August if I make it that long. The sad thing is that this med has saved my life and can keep me in a remission for up to 30 years or more. Obamacare is now making it impossible for me to afford this med, even after my bankruptcy, I can't afford the med. I'm being left to die, without my meds, I have 3 years or so left after my meds run out. So many companies are doing this and so many pharmaceutical companies are not backing down on their outrageous costs, where is their regulations? I think he forgot to consider this. Thank you Obamacare for shortening my lifespan.

    March 11, 2014 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  17. ArchieDeBunker

    Ah, but what would it matter if 0% of the people supported Obismalcare? After all, Obama, Pelosi, Reid and the rest of the Democrat nitwits think it's a great thing, so what other people think of it is absolutely of no importance! And since none of the people who vote for Democrats connect Billary Clingon with that same kind of "thinking" they'll go ahead and vote for her anyway.

    March 11, 2014 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  18. NeedAVacay

    If this were FoxNews, the headline would've been "57% still oppose Obamacare." Spin is everything.

    March 11, 2014 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  19. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Me: "Funny thing is, I read a few other blog sites and it is only the liberal gang on here that act like this, liberals on other site are actual liberals, accepting of other people's view and kind hearted, not the case for the liberals on here!"

    I would be interested in knowing what those other blog sites are. I'm ready for a venue change. Any recommendations for me?

    March 11, 2014 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  20. John Smith

    Tell that to the 85% of American's that were HAPPY with their health care prior to Obamacare!!! It would not have been too hard to simply address the lifetime limits, pre-existing conditions, and the uninsured but no Obama had to ruin it for everyone!!!
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    Really? You think they were happy with their healthcare or happy they could get healthcare? Let's get real. Healthcare in the US is a license to print money, there is no room for the patient as money is #1 in the US! From the outside looking in when will the vast majority finally wake up and realize everything they do is for the 87 super rich people that could care less about any of them. Republicans wine and complain about King Obama but have no issues being serfs to the US Billionaire Royalty! Hypocrisy anyone!

    March 11, 2014 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  21. Ken

    Ghostwriter – Don't you think the Federal Site should be linked to the other portals so they can report accurate data and not have to worry about "Guestimates" from a third party? If the Federal site is not setup as an MDB with each of the individual exchanges reporting up to it then one would have to wonder how Sebellius is still employed.

    March 11, 2014 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  22. Me

    Stop wasting time

    The responses on the board are hilarious as it seems most people didn't even read the article. 51% either support the law or want it to go further! Only 39% actually oppose it outright. READ THE ARTICLE RIGHTIES!
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    No you read the article, this is NOT what it says!!! Right from the article, "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. " It goes on to state that of the 61% that oppose the law, 12% do so cause it does not go far enough, doesn't matter why they oppose it, THEY OPPOSE it!!! Further more, 6% didn't list a reason why they oppose it so you are spining the numbers even more not including them! Once again, spin spin spin!! LOL

    March 11, 2014 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  23. Peter K

    This story seems to indicate that middle class and people who have been college educated are benefiting from Obamacare. Undoubtedly, these are the people who don't just accept the word of Conservatives and decided to investigate and discovered they could actually be covered and save money. Its the people who just accept the talking points about what a "disaster" Obamacare is who are still complaining. Well, its not a disaster and if you would just take the time to go over the ACA with someone to help (if you are incapable of using a computer) you just might save money too. And the money you save is coming out of the pockets of the health insurance industry.

    March 11, 2014 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  24. Vince

    Maybe the article headline should be "Compared to Congressional approval numbers...Obamacare takes the cake!"

    March 11, 2014 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  25. maryd

    I always felt the initial polls started the negativity about ACA due to the way the questions were asked. Most Democrats wanted single payer so would respond to the 'do you like the ACA?' with no as they felt it was not as good as it could be. But republicans said no just because it came out during the Obama presidency and they oppose anything because of that reason.

    March 11, 2014 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
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