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. Daveincincy

    Not included in poll = millions who lost their insurance. What a joke

    November 27, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  2. obawendon

    There are plenty of glitches to be sure. The intent of the program is the right thing. Provide medical care for all and eliminate discrimination for preexisting claims and such. The insurance companies are the problem. Their rates and deductibles have gone through the roof. For most of the middle class the assistance on the premiums is not enough to prevent bankruptcy or people not seeking care due to the high deductibles. Why would you want to pay $5000 per year with a $6500 deductible when you make 40k a year before taxes and already live from check to check. Where would the money fit in for the premiums let alone the deductible? I think once insurance companies sell plans at a reasonable monthly cost with reasonable annual deductibles, the ACA will work wonderfully. The point is to have a healthier America, which is a really good thing!

    November 27, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  3. Graeme from Ottawa

    most Americans want obamacare or medicare for all, smart country

    November 27, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  4. sonny chapman

    All these folks rooting for failure; 46,000 out of vitro American dying per year w/out health insurance; and some of them claim to be Christian(Better check out Pope Francis definition of Christian;it follows closely the WORDS of Jesus, that Sarah Palin Liberal).

    November 27, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  5. current state of the union

    Kills me, CNN slams Obama everyday, yet the conservatives claim their in the bag for Obama every time the story doesn't say what they want it too, how can any.intelligent person think you can operate in this way, the truth is what it is, you plan on trying to deal with other countries basked in your own opinion of truth, when reality is in direct contradiction, how's that going to work? You can play that way in your own bubble, but the world is lodged in a reality you can't comprehend

    November 27, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  6. Obamasmamma

    What's shocking to me is that all these GOP leaders are not only calling it a failure, but their sheep are lapping it up as well. Anyone with a quarter of a chimps brain would see that it's too soon to deem the thing a failure or a success.

    November 27, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  7. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    CNN/ORC Poll:
    Are Obamacare's flaws fixable?

    START with BOLD FACED lie
    It's "The LAW"
    Exemptions for Congress & UNIONS


    Is a MUST……...…. for thee
    NOT for "ME"

    NOT "ME"
    NOT "MY" UNION buddies
    NOT "MY" White House Staff
    NOT "MY" White House Czar's
    NOT "MY" Democrats in Congress
    NOT "MY" PUBLIC UNION buddies
    It's called EQUAL protection under OBAMA

    TRUST "ME"
    It's GREAT !!!
    YOU................... Will LOVE it !!!

    "I" have THOUSANDS of newly minted IRS AGENTS
    You know... PUBLIC UNION MEMBERS loyal to "ME"
    with brand new shotguns to make sure that YOU
    LOVE OBAMACARE as much as "I" do!

    Yes WE Can
    Hope & Change
    It's called The NEW FREEDOM of Fundamental Transformation

    Did "I" not TELL YOU that "I" am just too AWESOME !!!

    November 27, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  8. John Holmes

    Spin, Spin, Spin, Spin......... Pelosi said "you have to vote for it to find out what is in it" when asked if she had read the legislation. Sorry, Nancy, but read the damn legislation prior to voting for it – it would of saved us all a lot of time, money, embarrassment and 800,000 policies that are being cancelled!!

    November 27, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  9. Truck

    The CNN spin machine is spinning faster than a speeding amphetamine.

    November 27, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  10. Silence DoGood

    "Obama told us early on and in no uncertain terms that the law is not perfect and some changes would be required. When that proved to be true, the holier-than-thou crowd cried: "My GOD! Obama has destroyed the country!"
    Wow – thanks Dan! It is tired pattern of conservatives and those opposed to progress. At least once a year one of these rocket scientists will predict that something progressive will absolutely positively destroy the country and life as we know it. Possibly the world. Maybe the fabric of space and time.

    Example – from way back when as women were about to be granted the evil right to vote:
    "If women could vote, they’d divorce their husbands. They’d leave their children and maybe turn criminal. They’d hide ballots up their sleeves and commit voter fraud."

    We should treat this last round of doom and gloom with some good humor.

    November 27, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  11. anonymous

    "It took YEARS to work the kinks out of Medicare and Social Security"
    In fact, it took 17 years for Medicare to be implemented in all 50 states.
    Yeah well, when it was deployed it didn't destroy what most of the country had in terms of healthcare like Obamacare is doing. And if Obamacare takes 17 years to implement like Madicare, how many millions are going to die in the process because their health insurance/doctor/hospital has been screwed up by Obamacare?

    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.

    November 27, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  12. critical thinking

    "Young people are like dominoes, once it gets around that their friends are signing up the rest will follow."

    You don't know anything about young people, they might keep up with their peers when it comes to iphones but trust me on this, they will only buy when the need exist and now they can.

    November 27, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  13. Graeme from Ottawa

    all Americans receive government assistance, either directly or through the customers they make money from. Do not play the "My money game", you will lose

    November 27, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  14. bizsale

    Common sense alone tells you ObamaCare is going to be an abysmal failure for the following reasons: 1, it was passed with solely democrat support (you can't have a law that regulates 1/6th of the US economy that is so biased that one major political party alone supports it, without buy-in from any portion of the other party); 2, the law was rushed through and nobody really read it or understood it when it was passed (in my opinion this should be criminal – particularly on a law that has such significant impacts on nearly every US citizen); and 3, the level of complexity – I don't care what the legislation is about if you have a 2,000 – 3,000 page law it's bound to be too complex (not just too complex to understand but to write administrative rules for that don't contradict each other, and to oversee and regulate). The original stated intent was to expand coverage and lower cost, there is scant evidence that either will occur, and, in fact, early information indicates that the opposite will occur. We definitely had pre-ACA challenges with uncovered individuals and escalating health care costs that need to be addressed, but this law is not the answer. It's time to repeal the law and replace it with a variety of smaller, simpler, more easily-managed market-friendly laws that will truly improve coverage and lower costs. The ACA is part of the problem, not the solution.

    November 27, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  15. John Holmes

    Graeme, is that why every Canadian poll shows Canadians overwhelmingly want privatized health care in their country????

    November 27, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  16. kaneda

    We have nope hope for the future. Other countries advancing. Our people don't want to work for it.

    November 27, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  17. Ctrygrl

    It is interesting the 18-34 year old group think it can be fixed. That is good because they are the age group that is most desperately needed to make it work. Insurance is a group effort and at the heart of the matter ACA is about expanding the group. Yes I know the younger and often healthier end up paying more but they wont always be young and healthy, and I am betting the republicans base appeal to their selfishness is not going to work.

    November 27, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  18. Independent Voter

    Not one Republican voted for Obama Care, because they knew it was a horrible bill. And now the Democrats want the Republicans to fix it? Really??!! If you want to fix it... Just scrap the whole thing!

    November 27, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  19. Rudy NYC

    John Holmes

    Spin, Spin, Spin, Spin......... Pelosi said "you have to vote for it to find out what is in it" when asked if she had read the legislation.
    "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.

    November 27, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  20. Bayhuntr

    "That means that 54% either support Obamacare, or say it’s not liberal enough" so shy us this not the headline CNN?

    November 27, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  21. Christie

    What crap...real polls show that the vast majority of Americans, as stupid as we are for electing this joke of a President, think Obamacare will further destroy the middle class. Oh, nice try to divert attention away from it with the Iran nuclear deal...another joke because everyone knows they will lie and cheat.

    November 27, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  22. Independent Voter

    Not one Republican voted for Obama Care, because they knew it was a horrible bill. And now the Democrats want the Republicans to help them fix it? Really??!! If you want to fix it... Just scrap the whole thing!

    November 27, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  23. The Genius

    I used to think CNN was neutral in its news coverage. Now it seems they are following in the footsteps of FOX News Channel. Everything you cover about Obama is negative. I expected that to come from FOX. You will be ruining your reputation. Be neutral where there is no news stay silent instead of negativity all the time. This turns people away.

    November 27, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  24. Rachel

    So now the media starts the apology toward Obama by running stories like these because they dumped on him so hard when it comes to Obamacare. And it's funny that the white house is now spending money like crazy to try and sell this program too. More spin from the liberal media and CNN trying to put even more lipstick on a pig.

    November 27, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  25. Independent Voter

    My family and I are long time devoted Democrats, and not only did we vote for Obama and Dem's across the board every election but we campaigned and donated for them as well. President Obama and the Democrats LIED to us! Not only did we lose our Doctors and our personal health Insurance, but our premiums went threw the roof! We feel so betrayed! Pay back is a BIT*H and we will follow them all the way to the ballot box in 2014 and 2016!

    November 27, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
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