March 11th, 2014
07:32 AM ET
5 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. Sandalwood

    You mean there is still 39% of the public that think he is doing a good job! Geeeeeez!

    March 11, 2014 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  2. Shierl

    This is a meaningless poll at this time. By the time November rolls around, folks will have seen how Obama care is, or will be affecting them and will then participate in the only poll that has any meaning. It's certain that that 'poll' and this one will bear no resemblence to each other.

    March 11, 2014 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  3. Joe

    Sad that 39% of Americans still believe in this fool.

    March 11, 2014 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  4. jayh

    It actually means more business for the insurance companies. More people to insure... This is a good thing – I should know I work for an insurance company.

    March 11, 2014 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  5. rennea81

    When the government controls your health, they control every part of you.

    March 11, 2014 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  6. If you believe THAT...........

    39% support Obamacare....................................yeah right when they polled 7 liberals for every 3 republicans ........of COURSE it showed 39% and even THAT is pretty dire!

    March 11, 2014 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  7. GTS58

    Despite the continual flow of lies and obfuscation coming from the White House, Obama care is still only at 39% approval. Thirty-One changes have been made to this turkey in order to lessen the detrimental affects of the ACA – all by executive orders from Obama! With the intent of lessening the damage that will be done to Democrats in the upcoming 2014 election! Obama really bit a hog in the rear end with the crappy piece of legislation and the Democrats are now in the pig sty eating swill with their leader.

    March 11, 2014 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  8. Melody

    Taking from those that have to give to those that don't, is the same as stealing. If the giver is being forced to give then nothing is gained. It's just welfare in it's purest format.

    March 11, 2014 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    John Illinois

    This gigantic socialist, welath redistribution welfare program must go! For all you people out there that will say it is not a welfare program....end all subsidies and see how it goes!
    ---------------------------–
    I think if we "end all subsidies" then:

    1, Oil companies would be quite upset with us.
    2. Many farmers would be quite upset with us.
    3. Many moms would be most upset with us over the higher prices for a gallon of milk.
    4. Many colleges and universities would have to close their doors when their research grants are cut.
    5. Many hospitals would go bankrupt because they would still have treat Medicaid patients for free.

    March 11, 2014 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  10. mark

    How about.."Anti-Obama campaign by right wing extremists failing despite millions spent in media..." The ACA IS a republican plan, written by the Heritage Foundation. Obama proposed it thinking the right would actually support it , seeing as it was THEIR IDEA to begin with...but the hate Obama extremists who own the GOP could not be bothered. Actually,Medicare for everyone would be a far better system...maybe after the GOP kills itself, we can get that going.

    March 11, 2014 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  11. Rick Shoestock

    It will increase as time goes on and rational people stop believing GOP lies. It's a good thing for people to not have to pay for others hospital bills. History will prove in time that Obama is doing good things. Once we all get covered the costs will begin to drop. Keep moving forward.

    March 11, 2014 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  12. Gurgyl

    Koch idiocy needs to end. ACA is a Law.

    March 11, 2014 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  13. henry

    I am in favor of the ACA because I know two families now have health insurance for themselves who could not afford it before.

    March 11, 2014 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  14. sly

    Unbelievable that 49% of Americans want to ban health care for 50 million of their fellow citizens.

    Ugly Americans.

    Hope those selfish folks that want to prohibit others from health care get in a real bad accident and get prohibited themselves.

    Goes around, comes around.

    March 11, 2014 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Melody wrote:

    Taking from those that have to give to those that don't, is the same as stealing. If the giver is being forced to give then nothing is gained.
    ---------------------
    Taxes, global rapid deployment forces, all men are created equal, that's how this country works. Many folks are moving out.

    March 11, 2014 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  16. Wake up People!

    Eventually even those with sub-par educations are going to realize the Koch's are doing nothing but shoving lies down their throats. If the ACA was that bad they wouldn't have needed millions in ads to prove it. And as time goes by, people will see those ads are nothing but bare faced lies.

    Also don't get upset if your GOP Governor is denying you health care. Just die like they want you to. After all, if you're not rich, it's your own fault.

    March 11, 2014 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. Tommy G

    Now it comes out that incarcerated criminals are signing up for Obamacare... And you don't think illegal aliens aren't? Next joke. Every day this disaster gets bigger and bigger. And all of this is going to paid for buy the middle class. More Obama lies on top of more Obama lies.

    March 11, 2014 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  18. TSRVT

    The more educated you are, the more likely you are to favor this. Educated people tend to be Liberals. Uneducated people tend to be right-wingers. It's no surprise to me that there are more uneducated people polled here than smart people. All you have to do is read the comment boards to see that.

    March 11, 2014 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the majority repub/tea bag members

    @John Illinois: "This gigantic socialist, welath redistribution welfare program must go! For all you people out there that will say it is not a welfare program....end all subsidies and see how it goes!"

    Go to the Kaiser Family site and use their calculator; also note in the description below the broad outlines of who would qualify for a subsidy. I just used the calculator and it's very simple and fast.

    "This tool illustrates health insurance premiums and subsidies for people purchasing insurance on their own in new health insurance exchanges (or “Marketplaces”) created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Beginning in October 2013, middle-income people under age 65, who are not eligible for coverage through their employer, Medicaid, or Medicare, can apply for tax credit subsidies available through state-based exchanges. Additionally, states have the option to expand their Medicaid programs to cover all people making up to 138% of the federal poverty level (which is about $33,000 for a family of four). In states that opt out of expanding Medicaid, some people making below this amount will still be eligible for Medicaid, some will be eligible for subsidized coverage through Marketplaces, and others will not be eligible for subsidies. With this calculator, you can enter different income levels, ages, and family sizes to get an estimate of your eligibility for subsidies and how much you could spend on health insurance. As premiums and eligibility requirements may vary, contact your state’s Medicaid office or exchange with enrollment questions."

    March 11, 2014 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  20. John Illinois

    Sadly, according to this poll 39% fools are still to dumb to realize that this garbage is a total disaster! To people posting how people now have insurance but could not afford it before.....guess what, they still aren't, the taxpayers are with subsidies you doofus!

    March 11, 2014 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  21. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the majority repub/tea bag members

    @Tommy G: "Now it comes out that incarcerated criminals are signing up for Obamacare... And you don't think illegal aliens aren't? Next joke. Every day this disaster gets bigger and bigger. And all of this is going to paid for buy the middle class. More Obama lies on top of more Obama lies."

    I can tell by your post, you didn't actually do any research on this; you're just parroting a RWNJ lie, like a good little dweeb. Here are some FACTS:

    Jails and prisons around the country are beginning to sign up inmates for health insurance under the law, taking advantage of the expansion of Medicaid that allows states to extend coverage to single and childless adults — a major part of the prison population.

    State and counties are enrolling inmates for two main reasons. Although Medicaid does not cover standard health care for inmates, it can pay for their hospital stays beyond 24 hours — meaning states can transfer millions of dollars of obligations to the federal government.

    Health care experts estimate that up to 35 percent of those newly eligible for Medicaid under Mr. Obama’s health care law are people with histories of criminal justice system involvement, including jail and prison inmates and those on parole or probation.

    “For those newly covered, it will open up treatment doors for them” and potentially save money in the long run by reducing recidivism, said Dr. Fred Osher, director of health systems and services policy for the Council of State Governments Justice Center.

    March 11, 2014 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the majority repub/tea bag members

    @Melody: "Taking from those that have to give to those that don't, is the same as stealing. If the giver is being forced to give then nothing is gained. It's just welfare in it's purest format."

    Really? So all those taxes you pay that support our military is just "stealing" because you're forced to do it?

    Grow a pair and admit that you don't have a problem paying taxes for things you like and hate it for things you don't. But guess what, Sister? It's called living in a society and part of that means you sometimes pay for stuff you don't like.

    Move to Somalia where there's no pesky government to "infringe" on you if you so despise our country!

    March 11, 2014 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  23. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the majority repub/tea bag members

    @GTS58: Spoken like a true RWNJ who trolls all the rightie websites. BTW, when can we expect your refund check for all the assistance you've gotten from the Federal government – everything from publicly-maintained roads, bridges, highways, airports; not to mention the security offered by our military; public libraries, public schools; police, fire and EMT service; hydroelectric power; the grid for that same power; all the scientific advances that resulted from federally-funded basic research; the list goes on and on and on and on.

    March 11, 2014 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  24. FedUpInSeattle

    So here is my question for all those people getting free Health Insurance bashing those who don't like Obamacare.
    My wife and I make and adjusted gross $60,000 combined. I'm in sales and she has a home business. I have to use my vehicle to see clients daily and that payment on that vehicle is $360 a month ($4320 a year) along with an annual average of $11,000 in travel expenses (gas, insurance, parking, bridge and ferry cost) It is not feasible to see client all over Seattle taking the bus. We have a mortgage, credit card payments, business loans, etc. I could go on and on with our expenses but at the end of the day we struggle to just make it month to month. We don't have the extra $4800 to pay for insurance (at discount price) right now until the economy improves and we are making more money. How is it fair to us that we punished with a fine by the Gov. in addition to paying thousands in Federal taxes, thousands in Washington State and local business taxes (B&O)? So where does one go when they make too much for free Obamacare and don't have any money left over to buy their own. And to add insult to injury we anti-Obamacare people are made out to be evil people who hate the poor or we are racist and just hate Obama by close minded people on the left. My wife and I paid over $11,000 in State and Federal taxes, not including local sales tax, property taxes, etc. and to thank us for working hard, and not having to be on the government dole (welfare/unemployment) the Gov. is going to now penalize us for not having insurance we can't afford.

    March 11, 2014 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  25. Kenman

    Wow, what a lame liberal attempt to put lipstick on this pig! On the heels of that painfully embarrassing interview stunt by the President, this is really freaking disgraceful!

    March 11, 2014 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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