March 11th, 2014
07:32 AM ET
7 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. Rodboy

    The number of people getting taxpayer paid freebies would more than account for the change, plus the other rotten mandates were delayed until after the election. In my circles of people with jobs NOT A PERSON likes it. At the rehab center where I volunteer they ALL like because now their drugs are paid for and when they go to rehab it is a free ride not matter how many times.

    March 11, 2014 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  2. Malory Archer

    Enough is Enough

    The uptick is within the margin of error....

    @Malory Archer " the money you save is coming out of the pockets of the health insurance industry."

    Are you really that naive? Do you truly believe that? All costs get passed along either through higher costs or larger government subsidies. There is no such thing as a free lunch – no matter how badly you want there to be one.....

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    I never said what you attributed to me, so I'm not exactly sure what you're talking about.

    March 11, 2014 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  3. Namecw

    Be careful what you wish for...cuz you just might get all...the whole socialist movement that this country is on..put it to the people..let Americans vote for or against ACA

    March 11, 2014 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  4. sly

    Thank God President Obama is providing the basics to up to 50 million more Americans.

    I am fed up with our government providing corporate welfare for the Republican/TeaKKKlan states, who take more federal assistance than any other states.

    Toss is the Oil Industry billion dollar tax credits, and the Military Industrial complex federal welfare, and American is basically giving our tax dollars to the rich.

    Health Care and Education are the winners under President Obama, and that means all Americans win.

    March 11, 2014 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  5. Malory Archer

    Tommy G

    Now it comes out that incarcerated criminals are signing up for Obamacare...

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    Why? They get FREE care in the slam! Sounds like more silliness from the koch heads!

    March 11, 2014 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  6. Malory Archer

    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!

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    At least low income people now have SOME skin in the game whereas prior to the passage of the ACA the taxpayers were footing the ENTIRE bill!

    March 11, 2014 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  7. Malory Archer

    Rodboy

    The number of people getting taxpayer paid freebies would more than account for the change, plus the other rotten mandates were delayed until after the election. In my circles of people with jobs NOT A PERSON likes it. At the rehab center where I volunteer they ALL like because now their drugs are paid for and when they go to rehab it is a free ride not matter how many times.

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    Dude, if your post is any indication of the "compassion" you have for your patients in rehab, you REALLY need to find a new profession.

    March 11, 2014 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  8. Thomas

    It's good my brother in law retired from the insurance business when he did . He say's it's harder to ripoff people now with Obama care. At least he can keep his three vacation homes, 4 Porsche's and his membership at the Olympic club .

    Life is good

    March 11, 2014 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    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)
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    If you're using your personal vehicle for work, then your direct travel expenses should be covered by your employer, or tax deductible for you if your employer does not. It can also depend upon how much personal use you get out of the vehicle, too.

    March 11, 2014 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  10. Really?

    I;ve got new for the supporters here. According to the CBO the country will still have over 30 million people still uninsured. So stop with the constant lies that all 50 million unisured will be insured. Obamacare will not cover everyone. Secondly, we were lied to repeatedly that those of us, the 80% of the country, that has h/c will not lose their coverage or that Obamacare will have no impact on them. Not true and that is why we have had over 28 delays/changes to this law so far. Every single insurance plan will be impacted by Obamacare regulations and rules. Now the latest was to delay the individual mandate till after Nov elections. If the media was reporting this accurately there would be even less support. But what do u expect fr a dishonest media in the tank for this Admin. So lets get the facts striatgh. 30 million Americans will still be uninsured even with Obamacare. period.

    March 11, 2014 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  11. Really?

    I see the libs here have gotten there marching orders fr the DNC. "Attach Koch brothers. Call them what we are...liars."
    Tell me do u bow or salute your marching order?

    March 11, 2014 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  12. sly

    Congressional Budget Office on the deficit: "The federal budget deficit has fallen sharply during the past few years, and it is on a path to decline further this year and next year".

    Looks like Affordable Health Care, and the rest of President Obama's economic policies, are eliminating the federal deficit.

    Record stock markets.
    Record 401k.

    Good job Mr. President – you will be viewed as one of the most successful Presidents in our lifetime. (And thanks for being the only President in 25 years to NOT start a war!).

    March 11, 2014 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. UnbelievablePeopleDon'tSeeTheTruth

    *Health Care and Education are the winners under President Obama, and that means all Americans win.*

    No, both are losers. All that so-called wonderful insurance you get has horribly high deductibles. People like me can't afford insurance *AT ALL* because the premiums jump astronomically for those who seem to make more money before expenses, like FedUpInSeattle. My premiums, either through my employer or from the exchanges, would be nearly equal to my MORTGAGE now – jumping over 80% from what they were for a piece of junk 10000 deductible plan. It would be THOUSANDS of dollars cheaper for me to have no insurance, pay my way, and pay the fine. Fortunately I found Medishare and get out of both insurance and the fine.

    All thanks to that joker in the White House and those idiot Democrats.

    Oh, those people who get massive subsidies for a $50 a month plan – well not only do you still get little benefit because of the massive deductibles – but the rest of us have to pay the balance of $950+ per month for that same plan. Very few people win with Obamacare, not when you look at the reality of what you're getting.

    Never before has a single party or a single person so completely screwed this country.

    March 11, 2014 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Really?

    I;ve got new for the supporters here. According to the CBO the country will still have over 30 million people still uninsured. So stop with the constant lies that all 50 million unisured will be insured. Obamacare will not cover everyone. Secondly, we were lied to repeatedly that those of us, the 80% of the country, that has h/c will not lose their coverage or that Obamacare will have no impact on them. Not true and that is why we have had over 28 delays/changes to this law so far. Every single insurance plan will be impacted by Obamacare regulations and rules. Now the latest was to delay the individual mandate till after Nov elections. If the media was reporting this accurately there would be even less support. But what do u expect fr a dishonest media in the tank for this Admin. So lets get the facts striatgh. 30 million Americans will still be uninsured even with Obamacare. period.
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    Uh, duh. That was known when the law was passed. It's why so many feel that it "doesn't go far enough."
    Uh, duh. Health insurance policies never last as long as four years. It would have changed with or without the law.
    Uh, duh. The media doesn't talk about the fact that not everyone is covered because everyone is supposed to know that already.

    March 11, 2014 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  15. MJ

    The only reason support of obamacare might be up, if it is, is that Obama isn't giving us a choice. If you need coverage you MUST get it from an Exchange. You can't get your own private coverage anymore. There's no choice. And further, he will be extorting a tax from us if we don't get the coverage. Nobody likes obamacare, but the dictator has made a free society impossible.

    March 11, 2014 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  16. loops808

    The headline should read that Obamacare remains very unpopular. Not this gibberish that a four point swing changes its outlook. There is still an 18 point deficit to unapproved. Also, no mention that statistically significantly more Democrats were polled, again. If someone was to write that Congress' job approval is edging up, which it has 4-6 points in some polls since last years lows, people would laugh and think it was a joke. The fact is that Obama has delayed this law so many times because of politics and it hurts Americans and jobs. Wait until people start paying fines in 2015.

    March 11, 2014 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  17. just asking

    what is this lie the left keeps spewing about 50 million needing healthcare? they have barely signed up 4-5 million people, mostly for medicaid, horrendous healthcare. where are the other 45 million people?? if obamacare is so great, why aren't the other 45 million storming the gates to get their free healthcare or exchange plans???

    right now more people have lost their healthcare than have gotten it because of obamacare. and for that, we have spent hundreds of billions, had our healthcare system wrecked, lost our plan, lost our doctor, lost our hospital, taken $700 billion from medicare and piled on another trillion in taxes on the middle class.

    and the democrats think this is some sort of great success??? wow... it is scary that a major political party in this country cannot tell the difference between total failure and success. i guess that is why they think a high unemployment rate and $10 trillion in new obama debt is a great success too. wake up america.

    March 11, 2014 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  18. rs

    Hmmm. 4 points shift in 3 months with the same margin of error as in December. That is a significant gain that, if continued at this rate puts the approval of the ACA at more than 50% by this next December. Quite a few ifs there, but that is what is keeping Republicans awake at night- and holding the 50th meaningless de-fund the ACA vote last Friday. Symbolic gestures by a largely symbolic party.

    March 11, 2014 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  19. really

    well, it validates that at least 39% of the population are m-o-r-o–n-s

    March 11, 2014 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  20. rs

    right now more people have lost their healthcare than have gotten it because of obamacare [FACT FREE]. and for that, we have spent hundreds of billions [FACT FREE], had our healthcare system wrecked [IT WAS 37th IN THE WORLD 4 YEARS AGO BEHIND COSTA RICA], lost our plan, lost our doctor, lost our hospital [DID YOU LOOK UNDER THE BED?], taken $700 billion from medicare and piled on another trillion in taxes on the middle class [USELESS GOP LIE-SEE POLITIFACTS].

    March 11, 2014 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  21. John

    The right has nothing to offer, no accomplishments and no plans for the country. They have decided that the healthcare act is their campaign marketing program and have no choice but to continue to spread their hate and disinformation no matter how successful the ACA is or is not. Poll like this include these people and are heavily skewed to the lowest common denominator of our voting public. Parroting Faux news talking points back and forth to each other like they have figured it all out, these people are a cancer to our country and our ability to improve anything.

    March 11, 2014 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  22. Tommie Gunn

    Stop all the whining America. Our nutty supreme court has ruled that our government. thanks to the Democrats, can force us to buy anything and if we don't impose and onerous tax on to force compliance. If Obamacare is allowed to stand, then you are going to see a lot more of this in the coming years.

    Not buying a government approved green car and contributing to the nutty lefty climate change? Pay a hefty tax, or comply.

    Weigh too much and costing the government too much in healthcare? Pay a hefty tax, or comply with their weigh restrictions.

    And if all of you think this will never happen, all I can say is nobody ever thought the federal government would be allowed to force us to buy a private product. But it is now happening.

    March 11, 2014 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    MJ

    The only reason support of obamacare might be up, if it is, is that Obama isn't giving us a choice. If you need coverage you MUST get it from an Exchange. You can't get your own private coverage anymore. There's no choice.
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    The exchanges are supposed to be one-stop place for you to shop all companies offering plan in your state. Most of the red states that are not participating in the expansion of Medicaid have far fewer options than the states that set up their own exchanges. If you only have a choice of one of two choices, it is most likely the fault of your governor opting out. Some states have as many as seven or more companies offering plans the last time I checked.

    March 11, 2014 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  24. Me

    The REAL Truth...

    @Jerry – Lets see, if...
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    If the Republican Party approval rating were even CLOSE TO HALF of the "46%" overall approval ratings of the POTUS, then you might have a point. Just saying.......
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    Man you liberals are like children, I know you are but what am I, but but he did it first, ect!!!

    March 11, 2014 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  25. Josh

    It has just been out of the news for a bit so people are calming down about it. Wait until all the mandates Obama and pushed back kick in. He is just trying to keep his party limping through the Midterms. Once all those those come into play approval will drop again.

    I wonder what all of those people that don't think it's Liberal enough want. "There should be a clause where all of my expenses are paid by someone else that makes more than me. That's only fair." Seems pretty liberal to me.

    March 11, 2014 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
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