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. @, Father in pain...

    It wont happen to Obama's daughters because Obama, won't put himself on his own plan. Praying for your daughter!

    November 27, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Me flipped out:

    "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!
    Millions of people have been getting dropped out of one policy, and placed into another for decades. It's called re-enrollment, and sometimes you get shoved into a different plan with a different company. Employers do it all of the time, whenever they feel that they can get a better deal with a different company.

    November 27, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  3. Just Saying

    Rudy NYC,

    You were the one that was trying to point out that the Democrats in Congress that pushed this through knew exactly what was in it in direct response to another person's barb about Democrats admitting they didn't know what was in the bill. My questions were meant to show that either they didn't know any of the things that I questioned, or that they knew and continued ahead anyways. Neither option really is acceptable. So, simple question, in your mind, did the Democrats in Congress that pushed this through know about all of the ramifications that I mentioned?

    November 27, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. Democrat nomore!

    What is that old saying??? Fool me once shame on you... Fool me twice shame on me!!! I will be voting Republican for the first time in 2014!

    November 27, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. tom l

    "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? ๐Ÿ™‚ "

    He received taxpayer money subsidies and is now still paying twice as much. How's that grab you? ๐Ÿ™‚

    November 27, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. Namebadtobone

    If aca-obamacare is so great why is the president out campaigning ?
    Why is people in his on party running from it?
    If aca helps so many as president stated then why the need to defend it?

    November 27, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC


    for Lynda โ€“ I live in MN. MNSURE is fabulous!

    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.
    As you wrote that, I'd bet that you laughed and some foam came out. Some of you folks on the right sound like you should be wearing straight jackets.

    November 27, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  8. Me

    Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    It's funny that the party of stupid, the GOP campaigns AGAINEST healthcare for all Americans and thinks their going to win in 2014 while the GOP idiots have nothing to offer and lost 24 billion dallars in the world record time of 16 days and cry about the defict????
    Oh now you are back to 24 billion instead of 30 something billion you stated yesterday, LOL too bad the majority of Americans are waking and see that it was Obama and the Dems in the Senate that caused the shut down!!! Hmmmmm Dems want to delay the individual mandate now JUST LIKE THE REPUBLICANS WANTED ALL ALONG.....hilarious, you brain dead blindly following the liars, simply hilarious!

    November 27, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  9. southerngent


    The difference here idiot, is that with car insurance , if you don't own a car you don't have to have insurance. With obamacare All have to have insurance and it must be based on his criteria.

    November 27, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  10. Silence DoGood

    @Hayden Davis,
    " 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.."

    Forget – you cannot buy better progressive advertising then unfiltered Right Wing delusion. I looked out my window after this one to see the voters stampeding to the left like a cattle drive out west. There is no conspiracy Right Wingers – people are running away from YOU.

    November 27, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  11. Cynical

    What was the breakdown politically of those who took the survey. Bet there were more Dems pooled, this minimizing those apposed to this mess of a plan.

    November 27, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  12. Name

    IiI hate the obama aII think the obama care is great because it helps slot of stay in the and get from violence

    November 27, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  13. Mike

    Theyโ€™re still actually trying to spin this. Pathetic.

    November 27, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  14. Tom1940

    Polls are all over the place on "Obama Care" and "fixes" of same, etc. It's broken, according to some, and cannot be fixed. It will bankrupt the nation, according to some, and with the cut-outs, exemptions, subsidies, and assistance to FOB (friends of Barach), and "the young" not signing up in droves – it appears there will be a lot of opinions all over the place, and all will be correct and all will be wrong, depending upon their point of view. 2014, around Nov 5th should be the proof of the pudding and reflecting what the Voters "Really" think about this whole mess.

    November 27, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  15. Just Saying

    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.
    What you don't seem to grasp is that in an effort to try and sell the people on his plan, he bluntly and clearly stated that if people liked the plans they were on, they could keep them. However, in using your analogy, he changed the law of what the "bare minimum" requirements are. By doing that, he knew that there were millions of people on individual plans that would no longer meet his new minimum requirements, but continued making the public proclamations that he felt necessary to gain public support of his plan. And all of the Democratic sycophants that blindly parrot the idea that those were "junk" plans and that Obama was doing them all a favor, are the ones that are being disingenuous. Why does a young single male need maternity coverage on his plan? For that matter, why does a 60 yr old person need a maternity coverage on their plan? And, the idea that pediatric dental coverage is a new "minimum requirement" on a health care insurance plan, as opposed to a dental insurance plan is just plain ridiculous. The point is that there are many legitimate reasons for people to choose plans that may not have one or more of the president's "minimum requirements". Why should people be forced to pay higher premiums for certain coverages that they won't ever use?

    November 27, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  16. JJ

    Obamacare is a disaster. Obama and the Democrat Party have destroyed the US healthcare system, the greatest in the world. Tens of millions of people are losing their current policies, seeing huge insurance premium increases and losing their doctors. This is a travesty. Obamacare was originated, written and passed only by the Democrat Party and they should be held accountable. Obama should be IMPEACHED for lying to the American people (and Fast & Furious, Benghazi, IRS & NSA), every Democrat should be voted out of office in 2014 and 2016 for creating this catastrophe of a law and all should feel the wrath of the American people. Someone needs to publish the names of all the Democrat lawyers and activists like Ezekiel Emanuel and Jonathan Gruber (MIT), who wrote this 2,600 page disastrous bill so that they can also feel the wrath of the American people.

    November 27, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  17. sam

    Wait until the 18 to 24 years olds parents lose their insurance from large companies or large companies drop family coverage.

    November 27, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  18. bear

    The sampling error is + or – 8.5% ROFL. What a joke survey. Apply this error to any of the percentages given in the article and the results are all over the map. The 58% opposed could be less than half or a whopping 66%. Same with all the other "stats". If you are not going to sample enough people to get the error down, then do not waste time doing it.

    November 27, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  19. bear

    The sampling error is plus or minus 8.5%. The actual percentages could be all over the map. The percent opposed could be under 50% or over 66%. Survey enough people to make the poll accurate or do not do it at all.

    November 27, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  20. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Data

    Yeah. I got the memo. It's making the rounds on today's ticker and certainly becoming quite a tear jerking right-wing commentary.

    Where is Sniffit and that darn crying tissue of mine he promised he'd return to me after Boehner's last act of blabbering incoherence?

    November 27, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  21. southerngent

    @, Father in pain...

    I feel your pain!

    Obama is rich ( liberals tend to forget ), so he doesn't even have get insurance. He can afford the penalty, and still pay a hospital bill.

    November 27, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  22. Ceswho

    The law itself is un fixable. If polls don't look good now, wait until EMPLOYER mandates kick in and tens of millions of workers find their policies cancelled and they have to join ACA at much higher cost with much higher deductibles. This law is nothing but wealth re-distribution from the middle class to the do nothing's. even the Obama lover sheep will be
    Baaing for some relief. Why do you think they delayed Employer Mandates until after the mid-term elections? So Dem
    Middle class voters won't realize how they are getting screwed.

    November 27, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  23. outawork

    43% of all statistics are worthless

    November 27, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  24. Me

    Data Driven

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

    Kinda flies in the face of those conservative critics who keep telling us that young people will never sign up for health plans, doesn't it?
    How many you people have signed up for the plans?? Polling is one thing, action is much stronger and they seem to be doing anything but signing up!

    November 27, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Me wrote:

    Oh now you are back to 24 billion instead of 30 something billion you stated yesterday, LOL too bad the majority of Americans are waking and see that it was Obama and the Dems in the Senate that caused the shut down!!! ........
    Sen. Ted Cruz proudly took ownership of the shutdown shortly after it ended. He wears it like a feather in his cap. Remember that speech of his when he blasted his fellow Senate Republicans for caving in, and voting TO RE-OPEN the government? Please try to keep up.

    November 27, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
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