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. uncdig

    Yes his flaws are fixable – to fix the flaw of lying, just tell the truth. Opps, then again maybe he can't fix that one – he's been doing it to long

    November 27, 2013 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  2. hhhhder

    did you folks really land on the moon? talk about stoooopid!

    November 27, 2013 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  3. truth hurts but reality bites

    One does not fix a tangled train wreck of a bill. That is a fact. It is a ball of deceit and treachery wrapped in many layers of lies. Every day brings news of even more Americans LOSING their healthcare. Who the heck writes a bill that has tens of millions of Americans LOSING their healthcare?? Obama, Reid, Pelosi and the Democrats, that who. They knew better than you what you wanted and could afford.

    The average American was shafted in order to pay for others to get free or heavily tax payer subsidized healthcare. They can only make their displeasure known by voting out every single Democrat in 2014, just as they did in 2010. The American people must show the Democrats that there is a heavy price to pay for all of these lies and the destruction they have caused.

    November 27, 2013 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  4. ShawnDH

    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.

    November 27, 2013 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  5. NYVeteran

    Anything to distract us from the fact that government is dysfunctional. People have access to healthcare. We should be dancing in the streets. Retired old tea party gasbags with nothing but time on their hands answer the only home phones remaining in America to skew poll results. They also spend way too much time on real journalism sites making it appear as though there is appeal for kooky right wing ideas. The internet being the great equalizer it is, has given the appearance of validity to a bunch of wing nuts and extremists and wholly owned subsidiaries of the GOP like Faux News try to make it appear as though there must be an evening out of ideas for both sides. RUBBISH. Bad ideas and fools need to be exposed in the tradition of Sinclair Lewis and Teddy Roosevelt. The tyranny of the right cant succeed in the long run s the racial profile of the USA changes – the GOPs biggest fear and the reason they want to return to the days of Jim Crow, 3/5s rules, gerrymandering and other forms of voter suppression.

    November 27, 2013 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  6. Steve

    Stupid can't be fixed!

    November 27, 2013 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  7. Anonymous

    14% say it is not liberal enough...translation they want it 100% free/paid for by someone else.

    50% of those polled thought it was a Reality TV poll. 70% can't name the 3 separate branches of the Federal Government. 80% don't know the difference between the House and the Senate.

    Yes, I'm sure any poll about the Government and/or Government program is accurate. They only know what their beloved media feeds them.

    November 27, 2013 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  8. Janice Solomon

    I want to correct my previous posting in case there was a misunderstanding !
    I believe the Technical Problems with Obamacare are Too Much of Convenient Coincidence for the Republican Tea Party

    November 27, 2013 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  9. Dean

    These aren't "flaws" in the sense that he means well but makes mistakes. These issues he's now encountering speak to the content of his character. It's not a flaw that he repeatedly lies about everything. It's something he does willingly and knowingly. You can't fix that, nor would he intend to. It's how he maintains power. It's how he got elected – twice!

    November 27, 2013 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  10. Sonny

    Its only going to get worse. 80 million more expected to lose insurance

    November 27, 2013 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  11. Bill

    This poll is meaningless, can they fix the flaws? Of course they can fix the flaws, but then people have to start paying for the Obamacare. Once that happens then ask – Are you happy with Obamacare. It seems most people are not aware of what these plans will cost them out of their pocket, even those who are subsidized. the new taxes that will be coming, the out of pocket expenses they will be liable for. Once fully implemented it will have a huge negative impact on the economy, huge. Jobs will be lost and it will make the last recession look like a picnic, lives will be changed. Obama and the Democrats can't look beyond their noses, bad times are ahead folks.

    November 27, 2013 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  12. CNeder

    This is true desperation on the part of Owebama's news manipulation agency.

    November 27, 2013 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  13. Joe M.

    And who would know better if the laws are fixable than the omniscient American public! That proves it for me! Obamacare will be a raging success!

    November 27, 2013 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  14. KCinKansas

    Yes, it's fixable and will improve over time. Anything this complicated is dependably difficult to roll out. The biggest management failure in all this is due, sad to say, to our own Ms. Sibelius, who should have known to be testing this system behind the scenes for months, and to have hired people with experience in successful rollouts in other states, to make sure it was as seamless as possible on D-Day.

    November 27, 2013 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  15. jerryrigger

    One can't fix...what was NEVER there to begin with...!

    November 27, 2013 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Are Obamacare's flaws fixable?
    The law doesn't need fixing. It's the federal web site that needs the fixing. Stop building the false equivalence. I'm surprised to hear the right wing complain about the costs of some policies. Especially when it is the market forces that are driving prices up or down in different markets. The best part about it is that it seems to be the red states that are not participating in the expansion of Medicaid are the ones seeing the highest prices.

    November 27, 2013 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  17. George Dixon

    ‘Non-partisan’ group paid $1 million to produce positive Obamacare stories"

    With most of the news services licking his boots...this says "more" than a lot...because they already shill for him...and they can't find a truth or plausible lie?

    November 27, 2013 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  18. Tom Legare

    The law can't be a failure yet because it hasn't even got going yet! What's wrong with you people anyway! AND it's The Affordable Care Act not Obama Care!

    November 27, 2013 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  19. jsmoulder

    Anything can be fixed, but you have to have an open mind to ideas to fix it. There in lies the problem, this president an Congress don't have open minds to fix anything.

    November 27, 2013 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  20. 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.

    November 27, 2013 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  21. Just Saying

    So, according to their poll, only 25% of the 18-34 year old group are against it. The amusing part is that this is the group that will see the most extreme increases in premiums compared to the previous health care system. Of course, since a good number of them are going to be paid by the rest of us middle class folks to buy their insurance, it appears they don't care. What that shows is that the next generations have already bought into the idea that the good of the ENTIRE nation doesn't matter, as long as they get "free stuff". However, the other way to read that poll question is that they must not be asking the "right" people in that age group, since the number of younger people signing up for Obamacare plans is miniscule. If all of the people in that age group really liked Obamacare so much, then why haven't they signed up for it?

    November 27, 2013 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  22. Joe in Florida

    It's funny reading all the negative dire posts of those who hate the ACA and hate the president even more. Economic doom will soon be visited on the people because of this, they say. Well, those with opposite opinions, namely that it will have a positive impact for both people and business include Warren Buffett among their ranks. That is a man who knows about profit and prosperity. Personally, I'll choose his side. The glitches in the ACA will be fixed and the people will be all the better for it.

    Have a nice day all!

    November 27, 2013 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  23. foxghostwriter

    The funny part is the republican's plan is eerily similar Obamacare. No mandate and no regulations on plans, adds tort reform, selling across state lines. It still raises taxes, offers help to the those who can't afford it, etc.

    So then a few questions: Why, if you were going to suggest darn near the same thing would you protest so mightily against Obamacare and why not just offer the changes as opposed to getting rid of the whole thing?

    I know....too much like right......

    November 27, 2013 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  24. thinking outside the box

    "That means that 54% either support Obamacare, or say it's not liberal enough." Is this statement a result of a specific question by the poll or a "CNN' injection of their opinion.

    Specific question. There is a link in the article that takes you directly to the poll. The question was: "If you oppose the law, do you oppose it because it is too liberal or not liberal enough".

    Now, were you really asking the question or were you injecting your talking points?

    November 27, 2013 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  25. larry

    Ineptocracy (in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) – a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

    AKA: The Obama administration.

    November 27, 2013 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
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