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. Lynda/Minnesota

    "I live in KY – to say that it's working here is a gross misrepresentation..."

    I live in Minnesota so am not familiar with what is happening in KY. Your statement interests me if only because it lacks details. Perhaps you can give examples as to what isn't working, and why.

    November 27, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  2. ora pike

    no-CNN is still promoting obamacare–Fox News was voted the most reliable news coverage of obamacare--a president does not lie to you unless it is really bad-YOU CAN KEEP YOUR INSURANCE COVERAGE-this is the biggest form of taxes ever to hit america-what he has done is this-–he delayed businesses from having to comply until after the elections-then 80,000,000 people will find out "their insurance does not meet the obamacare standard" which forces everyone into obamacare-young and old. This is socialized health care and the first major step is losing our freedoms. think not-when the government tells you what you can buy and what you can't you have lost a freedom that we vets served our country to protect. This program will cost around 3 TRILLION per year-taxes go up, we loose doctors and hospitals that "don't meet the standards of obamacare". WHEN OBAMA LIES AND HE DOES ALL THE TIME--ASK YOURSELF WHY???

    November 27, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  3. Ray

    watch every single incumbent lose in 2014 and see how fast this bs tax/law is history!

    November 27, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  4. Data Driven


    "You just gotta leave these ridiculous and irrelevant comparisons thrown out by the lefties. Basically saying, yeah but this failure is no worse than our last failure"

    Basically saying, you think current events happen in a vacuum of the Here and Now, and historical context is not allowed if it doesn't help your argument. Perhaps this why you're wrong about stuff.

    November 27, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  5. Strummer

    The good news is that sick people will no longer be denied insurance. So when a loved one has cancer, they can get treatment. Not like in the old days when people died because they had no insurance.

    November 27, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  6. Wade

    WOW CNN you really need to learn how to take a poll. 71 % now appose Obama care.

    November 27, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. Lt.

    LOL, so now CNN has to ask irrelevant questions that have nothing to do with people's actual experiences in order to generate fake "good news!" for their president. Today we also get the story of liberal groups like Families USA (who lies to you by calling itself "nonpartisan') being paid to 'find' positive stories (ie, propaganda) and feed it to sympathetic ears in the press (who themselves are panicking at the thought that they backed a bad horse).

    Disgraceful. The media is an arm of the Democrat party, and this is just another example of push-polling to try to shape public opinion.

    November 27, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  8. Strummer

    The results of this poll are no surprise: the American people voted for the ACA in 2008 and in 2012.

    November 27, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  9. m123

    In 2010 Obama knew, according to WH documents, that tens of millions of policies will be cancelled for not being Obamacare compliant.
    Of course, his constant lying, the increases in premiums that represent the biggest tax increase in many people's lifetimes, and all the obfuscations from his brain dead drones don't concern the majority of hopelessly ignorant Obama drones.

    November 27, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |

    It's a website flaw! BIG DEAL! I signed up my family and we will save over $1,100 a year and have great coverage. We have been screwed by blue cross for years! Move on people and get health insurance!

    November 27, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  11. Namedrive bye

    Stop the establishment in DC.. this means every american must stand up and vote.. listen to ehat these idiots in DC are saying .. they have no common sense.. use the water hose.. lets was OUR house clean of establishment mentalities.. we own the goverment buildings their chairs even their pens..
    This is just so sad so many of us just sit home and watch it all happen .. Stop being a spectator..

    November 27, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  12. JoeThePimpernel

    When does government EVER do anything as well as the private sector, other than kill people and break things?

    November 27, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |

    for Lynda – I live in MN. MNSURE is fabulous!

    November 27, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  14. ouldbollix

    Well done CNN you are being a very good little shill for the regime you will get extra interviews with your masters for such a well spun article. Great job boys great job.

    November 27, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  15. tom

    I don't understand this rational of adding those that don't think it is liberal enough to those that support the law. What percentage of people supported the previous system? What percentage thought the previous system wasn't liberal enough? Now add these two percentages and I'm certain it will be a larger majority than Obamacare is getting. But does that even make any sense?

    November 27, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  16. Joe Hakos

    Oh Lord help repeal this insufferable law and assuage our Nation's fears and forgive us from straying from you. Amen.

    November 27, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  17. ProudDem

    This is silly....every day the top CNN story is a CNN poll....who cares? Polls go up and down, back and forth. How about some real news?

    November 27, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  18. Dave T

    Speaking as somone who has worked n healthcare for the past 30 years, there has been a lot of misinformation from both parties. I've found NPR to have the best and most objective coverage, CNN has had decent coverage, Fox News and MSNBC mostly just repeat talking points and with Fox News just uses pundits and rarely interviews people who actually work in healthcare

    November 27, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  19. Data Driven


    ". Perhaps you can give examples as to what isn't working, and why."

    Haven't you got the memo, Lynda? REAL Americans don't have to prove; they merely assert! 🙂

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

    @Jack 2 "government death panel "

    Yes and Darth Vader was just made Czar of the Death Panel. I think I heard it on an angry AM radio show. Please tell all your Tea-Hat friends to spread this rumor as quickly as possible.

    You cannot buy progressive political ads better than the unfiltered radical right wing.

    November 27, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  21. Hayden Davis

    Who are they polling as the "majority" Did these pollsters go to some hole in the wall dark dungeon where no one has the news and everyone has a death sentence so not to need to care whether this LAW is good or bad.. The majority of the folks in my circle think this is the financial brick that will break this already wounded elephant of a nations back. We need to trash, repeal, discard, OUTLAW this Obamacare and quickly. We also need to trash every legislator who voted for it as many of them voted without even knowing what they were voting for, it's contents, and consequences. What kind of peple do we have in congress who vote on things with their eyes closed or blinders on. What kind of pressure is Obama and his administration pressing on people to agree with his destructive actions. Maybe only the whistle blowers know and it is too dangerous for them to come out into the open. Say hello to the new Nazi Germany and Hail Obama... We will be burning books, especialy the Bible, soon and genetically manipulating the new order in the coming years mark my words..

    November 27, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  22. Maria Delaluz

    Obamacare must go! Punish the Demoncrats and Republicrats in 2014 and 2016!
    Rand Paul – President
    VP ?
    Allen West – Secretary of Defense
    Roy Moore and Andrew Napalitano – Supreme Court Justices (May be Ginsburg and some other lib (?) will be too old to be around by then.)
    I can dream can't I.

    November 27, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  23. Me

    Tampa Tim

    Have you noticed that a majority of republicans (30% of our population) do not want immigration reform, do not support women's reproductive rights, oppose social security and Medicare, are Birthers, oppose the ACA, are against a peaceful solution in Iran, and want a government default?
    Please site your sources for these rediculous claims!!!! What you can't, that's because you are LYING! STOP spreading lies Tim, just because they don't see your way as the best way to fix issues does not mean they are against doing something! And you liberals wonder why your and the president's ratings are going down hill and you have NO credibility anymore! What is Obama's approval ratings, oh that's right, just about the same and BUSH'S during the same time of his presidency!! LOL

    November 27, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  24. Kyle Guthrie

    wow, I'm so outside the mainstream i guess. I dont think it will work, dont want it to work, live in fear that this legislation will not be scrapped, and basically detest everything about it!

    November 27, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  25. SteveInMN

    All that TORRENT of Republic weeping, wailing, crying, complaining and tooth-gnashing - and the American public's opinion of the ACA remains completely unchanged - "Let's see how it performs".

    Congratulations, Republics, for continuing to spin your wheels on a settled issue and accomplishing absolutely NOTHING positive for the American people. Par for your negative course.

    November 27, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
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