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. Tina

    The health care problem in the US has nothing to do with the health insurance industry.
    It has to do with the fact that the doctors' lobby control the entire system and how many doctors
    are produced and how many students are accepted into the medical schools.

    It is not a competetive system and has nothing to do with the free-economy principles of this country.
    The health care costs will continue to go up and they bankcrupt America by the end of this decade.
    In my city of 200,000 people there is only a hospital. Where is the competetion? This is called monopoly.

    Back in the 80s and 90s I used to pay 2 $ per minute to make an overseas phone call. Then, the telecommunications were controlled entirely by AT&T. After the federal government broke up AT&T the prices due to competetion started to come down and now I pay 2 cents per minute to place an overseas call.

    No American seems to be aware of the absense of any trace of capitalism in the health care system. It is a sad
    story. Even Obama never attempted to touch the doctors lobby and their club. What is wrong with allowing many doctors to graduate and create competetion?

    November 27, 2013 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  2. Uncounted Voter

    The problem with this poll is that CNN is not letting readers here take it.

    Obamacare is certainly repairable, if you just let us VOTE


    November 27, 2013 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  3. abnguy

    Next year when the employer offered coverage changes will be the big hit. That is why enrollment have been pushed back to the second week in November. The Dems who supported it would get slaughtered. This year about 15 million could be affected. Next year it will be around 80 million.

    November 27, 2013 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  4. Mightyduk

    I would say pretty much everything is repairable. Much more so if they all worked together like true leaders they claim to be.

    November 27, 2013 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  5. gee

    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?

    November 27, 2013 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  6. Janice Solomon

    I Feel We Should Give Obamacare a Chance !! I also feel the Technical Problems of Obamacare are Too Much of a Convenient Coincidence for the Republican Tea Party not to be an Act of Sabotage ! !!!

    November 27, 2013 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  7. Zondar

    "most people between 35 and 65 years old think that the system is permanently broken"

    People who have been around long enough to know how the system is supposed to work and what the real world is like. "Free" things from the government aren't actually free, and you can't create something from nothing (it has to come from somewhere).

    And yet CNN still spins support into the article, even though the majority OPPOSE this disaster of a law.

    November 27, 2013 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  8. Tampa Tim

    What a difference a day makes. It looks like the Kochs have wasted several hundred million dollars in negative advertising.

    November 27, 2013 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  9. Tampa Tim

    Republican healthcare, "If you have a junk policy you can keep it."

    November 27, 2013 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  10. revmlo

    The president must understand that the age with the most pessimistic view is the 35-65 year range according to the report. This is also probably the biggest percentage of people who have dealt the most with insurance premiums and concerns. I doubt there is a large percentage, relatively speaking, so who are concerned about insurance and health care costs in their early twenties, so it doesn't say much when they have a positive response to the act.

    November 27, 2013 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  11. liberal disease

    I am happy with my employers health care, i am not happy that Obama is running health care, when he has no clue with whats going on with anything and spends his time at magic Johnsons house and other hollywood phonies….
    if it is not evident to you that he is not capable of running most anything except a campaign then you haven't been paying attention and should be ashamed of your ignorance.

    November 27, 2013 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  12. Anonymous

    This will trigger another Republican collective hysteria spectacle. After their huge misinformation offensive, if people are still undecided, it means their smear campaign is not working as expected. What we can expect is more tears, swooning and chaos in their Fantasyland.

    November 27, 2013 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  13. larry

    Answer: NO
    It needs to be repealed and then both parties need to sit down and work out a good plan. This POS that was shoved down our throats by Democrats is not going to work and it's a bad plan.

    November 27, 2013 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  14. current state of the union

    Polls huh? The polls have been abused to the point of irrelevance, the gop decided to use it as a tool to conjure support for their narrative, just sad. Now, they carry much less influence, Romney in a landslide, OK

    November 27, 2013 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  15. 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?

    November 27, 2013 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  16. Brian in DC

    Another BS poll trying to convince the low information voters who voted for the potted plant we currently have in office to follow him over the cliff, despite what their lying eyes tell them.

    November 27, 2013 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  17. William

    Has anyone seen the sickening Thanksgiving ad pushing OBamacare?
    Does this administration have any class at all? Will they use any occasion to push their agenda? No Happy Thanksgiving, no, talk to your kids over dinner about Obamacare.
    What will they put out for Christmas? Whatever it is we can be assured they will never say "Merry Christmas." Thats too christian.

    November 27, 2013 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  18. Tony Harrison

    The problem is that it does not matter how many people believe it can be fixed. What maters is if it can be fixed, and it can't. It can't be fixed in a way that keeps Obama's promises that it will make healthcare cheaper for everybody. that was just a lie. That you can keep your plan, that was another lie. Those things can not be fixed with this law.

    November 27, 2013 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  19. tkid

    Next there will be a poll showing what a success Obamacare is. The old German propaganda theory; "tell a lie three times and it becomes the truth."

    November 27, 2013 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  20. Steve- Illinois

    The old "not liberal enough" vote. Use that type of questioning on every poll to get the "results" you want.

    November 27, 2013 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  21. John Dillinger

    Obamacare obviously has nothing to do with heath care. This is about the government taking more power.

    November 27, 2013 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  22. Stanton Allaben

    If every insurance company in the country was allowed to sell you a health policy, the prices would come down. As of now, it appears that no matter what state you are in you are restricted to about a half dozen companies. I have never understood why that is.

    November 27, 2013 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  23. Carl Grant

    Of course Obama Care can and will be solved. And that is great, because the Republican alternative is no Health Care solution for millions of working mothers and fathers and their children. They say to us tough crapola – you should have been smarter or known better enough. They have no clue about life's circumstances. They are happy about the rough start for the ACA, and the more people that don't have it yet because of the program that is being fixed, the happier they are. They love our circumstances and misery.

    November 27, 2013 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  24. JohnnyFive

    I would've expected the number still supporting this to be closer to 47%. At any rate, this just goes to show about half of Americans are morons. I see the media is STILL covering for our failure of a President. Do you guys ever learn?

    November 27, 2013 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  25. callmecrazy

    It is obviously too early to tell. Anyone calling the ACA a failure now before the coverage even starts never wanted it to work in the first place. I know this law is helping people, but I wished they would have worked more on bringing healthcare costs down by regulating the medical industry.

    November 27, 2013 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
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