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. Shawn

    Listen up sheep! You love OsamaCare. If the media tells you something, it must be true....especially if it is on the internet.
    I guess I am the only lost soul the is not for OsamaCare.

    March 11, 2014 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  2. Polar Bear

    Sad that liberals consider 35% an overwhelming mandate and endorsement of Obamacare.

    March 11, 2014 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  3. more2bits

    Obama this = Obama that. Pushover this = Pushover that. Obamanomics = Economics for Dummies. Obama = Napoleon = (both Tyrants). Poll 39% = par for the course his overall rating is about 40% if that. Voters elected a Tyrant which his allowing 'green cards' for all legal citizens to marry illegals and they become automatic citizens is just plain wrong–it's a shove in the face of all those who come to this country legally. Wrong wrong wrong.

    March 11, 2014 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  4. Independent Thinker

    Where are the liberals protesting that the ACA isn't fully implemented, crying for the implementation of the employer mandate? Why would that be? Why is it postponed until after the elections?

    This is the last month for enrollment. Let's see how many signed up. Remember, if they don't get enough young and healthy, the Government is on the hook to pay insurance companies for losses...and they will raise the rates next year.

    This is the best the Democrats could do with two houses and a president? lol!

    March 11, 2014 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. Peach

    The law is a disaster (hence all the delays)-– get rid of it.

    March 11, 2014 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  6. TEK

    The headline should read: "39% of American Technically 'Brain Dead'"

    March 11, 2014 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. Wake up People!

    Well Fair, I'm not sure if you're aware of our politics so I'll enlighten you. First we have a republican governor who has been under steep pressure from our uber-wealthy Tea Partiers. Snyder was going to expand the Medicaid program when he was told if he did, he would be primaried by a Tea Party candidate. So many in Michigan are in trouble.

    Thanks GOP! You're aces!

    March 11, 2014 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. Koryr

    I think 800 people is a good sample size for a groundbreaking survey

    March 11, 2014 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  9. barryinlasvegas

    Of course it's up. Gallup polled prisoners and illegal aliens who Obama is now recruiting to sign up.

    March 11, 2014 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  10. Earle

    I voted for David Jolly yesterday and it looks like Sink should be Sunk in a very close election... The Obama brown noser and outsider who moved to Pinellas County this past year just so she can be elected vs the Conservative insider with an excellant NRA grade of an "A" is the better choice no matter what the Tampa Times Pravada says.... I always vote opposite of their preferred candidate since they always push Democrats. I would use their paper for a cat pan liner and that's it.

    Well I guess I'm not one who barely makes above 50k that changed my mind about Obamacare still being awful. The law is Bad, mandates are for Communist countries and this law will fail on it's own.

    March 11, 2014 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  11. The Carnivore

    Nice attempt at propping up this stupid law. But here is the reality: No Democrat running for office is going to campaign by publicly announcing their support of Obamacare. To do so would mean instant defeat, even in the more liberal areas. That tells you all you need to know about this train wreck.

    March 11, 2014 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  12. angus

    I would love to know where the samples were taken...and of course 801 respondents REALLY gives a clear view..(dripping with sarcasm...)

    March 11, 2014 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  13. SeanZ

    Um, Hmmmm, This is a CNN poll....... CNN's Limited/Little audience is liberal....... Hmmmmm.

    March 11, 2014 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  14. okfine

    Gotta love the lady in Michigan who is being demonized by the left for saying she has cancer and can no longer get the same doctors or coverage under ACA that she had before and is now forced to accept a plan that won't help her
    ---–

    Apparently factchecking is now called demonzing. If you are referring to Julie Boonstra, the story is false. She herself in an interview stated her premiums had been cut in half. Her new Blue Cross/Blue Shield plan does cover her existing doctor, and her $6300 max out of pocket is almost entirely offset by the savings in the monthly premium. Worst case, she is at a break even. Gotta love Americans for Prosperity and Fox News for using a woman with cancer to spread their lies.

    March 11, 2014 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  15. sten deadio

    Yup, we all know Obamacare is a mess, but there is NO WAY we are going back to a time when a woman who paid decades of premiums is abruptly dropped the day after a cancer diagnosis* people...NO WAY.
    Great article in Time mag recently about a RWNJ who told her insurer she wanted "nothing to do with" Obamacare. He basically lied to her and signed her up anyway (he would otherwise have been denied coverage under the old "pre-existing condition" garbage), and O'care saved his worthless life.
    Saving lives AND making RWNJs unhappy? I LOVE you Obamacare!
    Go cry now, America-hating CONservatards.

    *Because yes, there are people who care about profit over lives...they're called Republican campaign donors, and they don't lose a minute of sleep taking money for services they fully intend to never deliver.

    March 11, 2014 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  16. spudnik56

    Yeah....uh huh...

    March 11, 2014 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  17. ghostwriter

    Ken.....premium costs have risen at a slower rate since 2010 than in the years before. In other words, you insurance has probably gone up every year....but since the ACA was passed, it has not gone up as much. Insurance companies MUSH indicate what causes their increases and the ACA was listed as only causing about 5% of the increase.

    March 11, 2014 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  18. Ken

    Wake Up People – Seriously, do you really think the Obama adminstration will allow negative reports of the ACA to be released? I work in IT and was LMAO when the website glitches were occuring and the HHS was saying with a smile on their face that millions of American's are visting the site while at the same time they couldn't tell you how many people were signing up. So, they could mysteriously tell you how many people were visiting the site, but they couldn't count the dozens of people who actually signed up. I think the American people deserve to know how many people have signed and are paying their dues. Also how many have cancelled after signing up and why are they cancelling. Of course none of these questions will be asked let alone answered by the Obama administration or the overtly Democratic controlled media.

    March 11, 2014 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  19. onlymho

    current percent is within the original margin of error so no real change at all

    March 11, 2014 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  20. sten deadio

    Yup, we all know Obamacare is a mess, but there is NO WAY we are going back to a time when a woman who paid decades of premiums is abruptly dropped the day after a cancer diagnosis* people...NO WAY.
    Great article in Time mag recently about a RWNJ who told her insurer she wanted "nothing to do with" Obamacare. He basically lied to her and signed her up anyway (he would otherwise have been denied coverage under the old "pre-existing condition" garbage), and O'care saved his worthless life.
    Saving lives AND making RWNJs unhappy? I LOVE you Obamacare!

    *Because yes, there are people who care about profit over lives...they're called Republican campaign donors, and they don't lose a minute of sleep taking money for services they fully intend to never deliver.

    March 11, 2014 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  21. ShawnDH

    The uninsured rate is dropping quickly. This alone makes Obamacare a huge success.

    More and more people will approve of the law as they and people they love get covered. Obama was incredibly courageous and too the long view on this. This is leadership.

    March 11, 2014 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  22. Madison

    Poll is asking wrong question. Should ask about support for the Affordable Care Act. When asked that support soars.

    Or could ask about the specifics of the act, in which case there is overwhelming support. A hundred million or so in false advertising from billionaire superpacs, and 24/7 lies and fake horror stories on fox take a toll on public opinion.

    March 11, 2014 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  23. cnet

    Alright! Almost up to 4 out of every 10 people! Unfortunately, out of the almost 4 out of every 10 people that say they favor it, less than one out of every 10 people actually have it.

    March 11, 2014 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  24. Anonymous

    For the people who say they want a single payer system: Go to a hospital in pretty much any country with a single payer system. Try to get an MRI etc... You will very quickly find out that the US has the best hospital conditions and care etc.. All all of this came to be before any ACA... I can only see it going down from here

    March 11, 2014 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  25. Steve Miller

    when the poll only contacts ObamaPhone users, the poll probably does show an increase.

    March 11, 2014 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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