CNN/ORC Poll: Are Obamacare's flaws fixable?
November 27th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
9 years ago

CNN/ORC Poll: Are Obamacare's flaws fixable?

Washington (CNN) - Despite the flawed rollout of, a majority of Americans still seem to have an open mind about whether Obamacare will work, and more than half of those surveyed in a new national poll believe the current problems can be solved.

A CNN/ORC International poll also indicates nearly six in 10 Americans oppose the national health care law, but some give the Affordable Care Act a thumbs down because it isn't liberal enough.

According to the survey released on Wednesday, four in 10 say they support the law, with 58% opposed. Those figures are little changed from a CNN poll a month ago, just two weeks into the rough start up of and mostly before the controversy over insurance policy cancellations due primarily to the new health law.

But 41% say they oppose the law because they think it's too liberal, with 14% saying the measure doesn't go far enough. That means that 54% either support Obamacare, or say it's not liberal enough.

Is the new law a success or failure?

Nearly four in 10 say it's a failure, with 53% saying it is too soon to tell.

Will the current problems faced by Obamacare be eventually solved?

Fifty-four percent express optimism on this question, with 45% saying that Obamacare's flaws will never be fixed.

Younger Americans are much less likely to express negative views of the new health care law.

"Only 25% of 18-to-34 year olds say that the new law is a failure, compared to more than four in 10 in any other age bracket. Seven in 10 younger Americans think the current problems faced by Obamacare will eventually be fixed. Senior citizens are split, and most people between 35 and 65 years old think that the system is permanently broken," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

The poll was conducted November 18-20 for CNN by ORC International, with 843 adult Americans 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 story.

Filed under: CNN/ORC poll • Obamacare • President Obama
soundoff (488 Responses)
  1. John Holmes

    @ Firedown.
    Such a great law that Congress, WH Staff, Unions, Private Liberal Universities, Big Corporations, Liberal Think Tanks, and big Democrat Political Action Committees all applied for and received exemptions.

    November 27, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  2. Gabbo

    Obama is incompetent. No surprise here !

    November 27, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  3. Joi Gibson

    So if I understand correctly, most folks are rational enough to wait and see instead of automatically crying the sky is falling. Maybe if the Republicans would wait a minute before going off the deep end folks might have some clarity instead of the all the "OMG we are going to die" crappola. Good things come to those who wait. It will work out in the end. Let's get it fully implemented and then work on what needs to be tweaked. Kind of like how the Democrats worked with Republicans on Medicare Part D when that rollout was a disaster and how they helped their constituents with the law instead of trying to impede it every step of the way.

    November 27, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  4. Me


    Here we go again – only 843 adults surveyed by phone. And if you have a cell the number is not listed (or pay to get it). So just who are the 843?
    If you actually take the time to read the details of the poll, is clearly states that 595 were from landlines and 248 were from cell phone calls. If you choose not to list your cell phone then that is your choice not to take these types of surveys!

    November 27, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  5. texasnotea

    The ACAPPA IS THE BEST SOLUTION so far. Why don't the republicans come up with a solution? They don't have one.Except to discredit and slander this one out of fear and hate. The tea party says they want to stop big government from interfering in our lives but what they really want to prevent is the things THEY don't like from happening, America be damned!

    November 27, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  6. critical thinking

    "I used to think CNN was neutral in its news coverage. Now it seems they are following in the footsteps of FOX News Channel. Everything you cover about Obama is negative."

    Duh, it called reporting the truth. Some have been so coddled into believing based upon soft reporting of Obama in the past. Now that the actual news of his policies are being correctly reported, so many are now complaining about it as bias and unfair. Here are the basic facts, he has had the longest honeymoon period of any recent president but now it's time to put up or shut up on all of the promises. And don't expect help from Republicans who have been upfront and have clearly communicated that they will not support these liberal policies. It's the policies, not this President, not his skin color, just his policies. Get it?

    November 27, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  7. bibleverse1

    The law could be better but no one is trying to make it better.

    November 27, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  8. Let's be real

    @ Bayhuntr, Oh, now it's the ACA? I thought Obama, and you guy's on the LOONEY LEFT used to love to call it Obama Care? LOL!!!!!

    November 27, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  9. Silence DoGood

    Before ACA insurance companies dropped millions of policies due to greed and profit.
    After ACA insurance companies dropped millions of policies complying to a new law benefiting customers.
    Oh my – how awful.

    November 27, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  10. Brandon

    "Undecided"? Is that what we are calling it now?

    November 27, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  11. T

    ...........YES.........1.50% of people will LOSE their crappy substandard "insurance".............and the vast MAJORITY of voters will GAIN............
    .....Kids on parents policies to 26 years old if needed.
    .....80% MINIMUM that corporations MUST SPEND ON HEALTH CARE and NOT bonuses for the CEO's
    .....No CANCELLED POLICIES if and when you GET SICK.
    .....No cancelled policies for PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS......

    November 27, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  12. junior

    The American people will fix this mess in November 2014, then again in November 2016.

    November 27, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  13. angryed

    Oh sure, everyone loves Obamacare. That's why Obama's approval rating is at 40%. It hit a new low of 34% in Ohio today.

    November 27, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  14. Noel Mariam

    To the people putting down those under 30 - as a mother of sons who served in Iraq and Afghanistan when they were under 30, I really resent the argument that people under 30 have no brains. We put them in uniforms and arm them and send them into harm's way and ask them to make real life and death decisions on a daily basis, but you think we can't trust them to make judgments about health care? Please - go serve in the military yourself before you make such statements.

    November 27, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  15. angryed

    Obama's approval is at 40%. In Ohio it reached 34%. CNN Conclusion: Everyone loves Obamacare. LOL

    November 27, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  16. Just Saying

    The typical Obama supporter response boils down to this: OK, so this thing isn't working at all like we had hoped. However, things aren't supposed to go at all like we hoped for many years, since "these things take time". You guys are all jerks because you should just wait a few years and then try and figure out what band-aids we can use to patch it up enough to make it viable.

    What they don't hear from alternative responses: We're not all against every principle included in this act. However, we don't think it's unreasonable to expect our lawmakers (and President) to actually put enough thought into this BEFORE enacting it so that they know the true consequences, and not to LIE to the public when they know the consequences won't be well-received. There were enough people warning of the likely pitfalls and problems that would happen well BEFORE this was enacted. It turns out that they were right. However, instead of apologizing to those people for belittling these people and demeaning them for speaking what turned out to be the truth, you point the finger at them and try and blame them?

    November 27, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  17. Me

    Tampa Tim

    What a difference a day makes. It looks like the Kochs have wasted several hundred million dollars in negative advertising.
    Reading comprehension problem?? It clearly states that 58% OPPOSE the law, just because CNN tries to spin it in a positive light for their beloved leader does not make it fact. I don't care why 58% oppose it the fact is that the majority DO! I am one of those that is against this bill but would be OK TRUE socialized health care, I still don't think insurance is the real issue since 85% of America was happy but if we are going to do something DO IT RIGHT. I can't stand that one population of America that works hard has to support another that does not want to work, but if you provide healthcare for ALL not just one segment I would be OK with that! (And yes I understand that we would still be paying the way for some but if everyone is on the same playing field and paying the same amount like 2 or 3% of their salary or something similar it makes it more fair)

    November 27, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  18. Not voting Democrat anymore!

    It's horrible what President Obama, and my so called fellow Democrats did to us! We believed in you sir. Now my family and I lost our Health Insurance and Doctors that we liked. We can't afford thew new premiums. I hope your happy Mr. President. SHAME ON YOU!!!

    November 27, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  19. Jack 2

    When a loved one of yours can't get retreated for a cancer because a government death panel says so you liberals will understand why many are against Obamacare.

    November 27, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  20. Strummer

    The ACA, which is an insurance-run system–was a Republican idea that came out of the Heritage Foundation. The better solution was obviously a single payer system, as we can see from the success of Medicaid both in delivering services and controlling costs. The expansion of medicaid under the ACA is a very good thing. Hopefully, that will be expanded further and further creating de facto single payer.

    November 27, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  21. Average American

    Know how to tell if Obama is telling a lie? His lips are moving.
    Know how a Democrat / Liberal is lying? They write articles trying to justify Obama's lies.

    November 27, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  22. mike

    I would love to know where you people poll. Because your results and the word on the street seldom are in agreement. Word on the street is almost ALL that are being forced into this farce are very, very unhappy. Yet you come up with junk polls like this. Amazing.

    November 27, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  23. Silence DoGood

    All those adamantly opposed to Obamacare – you are in the minority!!!! And 14% more thing ACA doesn't go far enough. Read again – MINORITY! Get over it because you LOST the war and there is no way to stop it.
    Mike – give it up – I think most conservatives feel the same way about math as they do evolution.

    November 27, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  24. current state of the union

    Man some of you are just dense, why would congress accept healthcare offered to the public? Their plan is much better, just like it had been for decades, but spin it to your liking, and wonder why your uninformed, you only believe what you want, and aren't mature enough to admit it. Are you saying we were better off losing hundreds of thousands of jobs every month for over half the year, how do you dismiss this just because it doesn't fit the opinion you have, small minds are a terrible thing to voice, but you do, all day.

    November 27, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  25. Dan Bowen

    You'll be undecided until you get your cancellation notice and sticker-shock like I did...83% rate increase and 2x deductible increase along with only one option for a plan that the only doctor my 4 & 6 year old girls have ever known will take.

    But hey, it's all the Republican's fault right?

    November 27, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
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