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

    All you need to know as far as whether Obamacare is a good thing or not is Obama had to lie to get it passed and the ones who passed it into law made themselves exempt from it.

    November 27, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  2. Me


    So the ridiculous, desperate and hyperbolic GOP War on Healthcare has failed. More and more people will benefit from the new law and more and more people will see that it's a good thing that helps them. GOP FAIL.
    Another liberal with reading comprehension problems......58% OPPOSE THE LAW!!!!

    November 27, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  3. John Geheran

    Few problems are insoluable. The real question should be "at what cost". At this moment, the answer is unknown but almost certainly "very high". If true, then the next question is: how much of a drag will this very high cost be on the US economy? Time will reveal the outcome but it is not looking good so far.

    November 27, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  4. TONE

    The Gop has taken on the job of being vaginal probe police. Their only alternative to health care.

    November 27, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  5. foxghostwriter

    Republicans are a laugh riot! They actually think that the 5 million that had their plans dropped will not get new plans before next year. They look at the polls and say, "there's no way MY way of Rush-approved thinking can be wrong". They scream about what's wrong with Obamacare.....and then support the republican plan which has all the goodies of Obamacare, with no means of paying for them.

    Guess what the republican plan has? Exchanges, gives money to those who can't afford it...some things conservatives absolutely HATE about Obamacare. Pre-existing conditions and kids staying on their parents plan till 26....Oh....the socialism......!!!!!

    Sooner or later, you guys will realize that your team is worst than democrats right now...and that's saying a lot.

    November 27, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  6. cantabman

    Looks like the collusion meeting at the white house on Nov 22 when Obama personally met with liberal reporters to discuss how they should cover the positive side of Obamacare is paying off. Too bad it comes at the expense of the truth.

    November 27, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    "I do hope you are keeping a sharp crease in that brown shirt there shill. Your master is very proud of you posting such propaganda. Well done shill well done there will be rewards in the regime some day for you."

    Governor Mark Dayton? A "regime master"? Best laugh of the day.

    November 27, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  8. abcd1

    Yes everything is or can be fixed , But not with this congress we have in power .After all ,they do make the laws or fix when they deem to do so .

    November 27, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  9. Clarity

    At least CNN is presenting some numbers instead of simply saying "THE American people oppose it" which is what every presenter on Fox says. This blatant generalizing makes my blood boil and is nothing but brainwashing the masses of ignorant people that watch them.

    November 27, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  10. Rose

    My 5 year old son has Cancer and his health Insurance was canceled. And now we can not afford the new premiums! We trusted you Mr. President and now my son will die a slow death because of you. I hope you ask God for forgiveness in what you have done to us good people!

    November 27, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  11. Lars

    BTW, don't be dissuaded by those who have decided within their own minds, to hate President Obama for whatever reason.

    When it comes to the ACA, resolve within yourselves to do what is best for you and your families, and not operate in lock-step with some political ideology that does not have yours and your family's best interest in mind; and give thanks that you have a President who really cares about us little people.


    November 27, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  12. Norma Vessels

    Most of what the GOP had said HAS NOT been proven true. Boy, some people need to clear their befuddled minds, and start over again! Every time the GOP starts a scandal, it blows up, way up .. then poof, where did it go? The Republicans realize there's nothing to prove, so they go on to another 'scandal' until it goes "poof' . . then they go on to another ..........,

    November 27, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  13. southerngent

    No matter how any of us perceive obamacare failures or benefits, this law is a fundamental change in democracy. To force ALL Americans into a program to distribute wealth under a penalty that could lead to jail time is against the constitution and morally wrong.

    November 27, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  14. Dan

    Take this same poll next year when the massive wave of employer insurance cancellations hit. Probably won't see much optimism then

    November 27, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  15. Me

    Rudy NYC


    Its only going to get worse. 80 million more expected to lose insurance
    A decade ago, most people were losing their insurance every year because they had to renew every fall. Guess what? It's still happening. TAA-DAA. You've just now noticed it.
    NOT ONCE have we EVER seen millions of policies cancelled at once!!! You are a flat out liar on this one Rudy!!!! I have had insurance for over 15 years now and had to renew EVERY year and NEVER have I or the 60K+ that work with me had our policies cancelled and then replaced with policies that cost a TON more, NEVER!!!! Same with every person I know! Yes a SMALL amount of policies have been cancelled each year but guess what, they were usually replaced with similar policies (cost and coverage) unlike now where the cost has double or tripled or more for millions!

    November 27, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Just Saying misleads:

    "Nice try." Republicans knew exactly what was in the bill. Why do you think they filibustered it for their lobbbyists? BTW, the Senate filibuster was broken in December 2009, which was followed by TWO MONTHS of debate over the content of the bill on the Senate floor before it was passed in March 2010. Once it passed in the Senate, then it moved to the House. Pelosi was being wickedly sarcastic in her response.

    Rudy, so you're saying that all of Congress knew that people would not be able to keep their plans, even though they were told they could?
    That is not what I'm meant or wrote, and any fifth grader could see that you're being willfully dishonest. You have a really bad habit of taking words completely out of context, and applying an entirely new meaning to them.

    November 27, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  17. TheRightisSOWrong

    I find the "He lied" tag line just so disingenuous. We can't choose car insurance coverage that doesn't meet some bare minimum requirement, so that any grown up would not understand that the plans that could be met would have to at least follow the law. Please. Then you're admitting you're soft as a grape if you claim you didn't realize that, especially if you own a car and have been very well versed with the term "compulsory insurance" since you were 16. Just another drama fest from the teaparty to freak out about anything Obama.

    November 27, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  18. Norma Vessels

    John, no one is exempt. John Boehner went to a computer, fiddled around with the HealthCare entries, and was told that he was now on the new HealthCare plan. How's that grab you? 🙂

    November 27, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  19. John Illinois

    Obama and his liberals lied through their teeth to get this steaming pile of crap welfare program passed.....that is all anyone should need to know! Obama and his liberals need to go!

    November 27, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  20. ChrisM

    Of course Obamacare is fixable, just like all the flaws in Medicare part D when it rolled out not to mention Social Security and Medicare. The difference in then and now is that the Democrat and Republicans worked together to fix it. Now, all the republicans have is their "palybook" to try to destroy the ACA because of President Obama. I have news for you republicans, The Majority of Americans can see right thru your Obstruction and the reason for it.

    November 27, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  21. Father in pain...

    Dear Mr. President, I voted for you and believed in you. My 8 year old daughter needed a liver transplant. Under her health plan, she was 2 months away from getting her transplant but our insurance was canceled last week and we lost the transplant. How could you do this to us? I pray this never happens to you daughters...

    November 27, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  22. SW

    Repeal would fix it.

    November 27, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  23. VJ

    Yes... I think they should only include Public option. There is no fix needed.. Only website should be up and running..

    November 27, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    Flawed thought process on so many levels. First, the young that will pay will ALWAYS be young, it may be a different young person but it will always be a young person who will rarely ever use the insurance you have no made them buy. Secondly, what could be more selfish than your premise? You want someone else to pay for something another person needs. That is selfish.
    Straw man argument on every level. That's how the industry has always worked. You talk like someone a few years out of high school talking to other younger, misinformed people. You admitted you were young the first day you showed up around here, and realized that you were outmatched, outwitted, and entirely out of your element. You still are.

    November 27, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  25. edmundburkeson

    If by liberal you mean violently taking away freedom of choice and getting something far less than promised – I doubt they think it isn't liberal enough anymore. It was far more liberal than originally sold.

    November 27, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
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