December 23rd, 2013
06:00 AM ET
9 years ago

CNN Poll: Health care law support drops to all-time low

Washington (CNN) - Support for the country's new health care law has dropped to a record low, according to a new national poll.

And a CNN/ORC International survey released Monday also indicates that most Americans predict that the Affordable Care Act will actually result in higher prices for their own medical care.

CNN/ORC International survey full results

Only 35% of those questioned in the poll say they support the health care law, a 5-point drop in less than a month. Sixty-two percent say they oppose the law, up four points from November.

Nearly all of the newfound opposition is coming from women.

"Opposition to Obamacare rose six points among women, from 54% in November to 60% now, while opinion of the new law remained virtually unchanged among men," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. "That's bad news for an administration that is reaching out to moms across the country in an effort to make Obamacare a success."

According to the survey, 43% say they oppose the health care law because it is too liberal, with 15% saying they give the measure a thumbs down because it is not liberal enough. That means half the public either favors Obamacare, or opposes it because it's not liberal enough, down four points from last month.

Sixty-three percent say they believe the new law will increase the amount of money they personally pay for medical care, which may not be a good sign for a law known as the "Affordable Care Act."

The survey also indicates that 42% say they will be personally worse off under Obamacare, with 16% saying the law will help them, and four in 10 saying it will have no effect on them.

Just over six in 10 say they believe they will be able to receive care from the same doctors that they now use, with 35% saying they will not be able to see the same doctors.

The Affordable Care Act, which is the signature domestic achievement for President Barack Obama, was passed along party lines in 2010, when Democrats controlled both houses of Congress. Since that passage, Republicans have fought to either repeal, defund, or severely restrict the law. A push by congressional conservatives to defund the law was the catalyst for October's 16-day long partial federal government shutdown, the first in nearly two decades.

The roll out of the law was extremely flawed, from the rocky startup of in October to the controversy over millions of Americans being told they would lose their current insurance plans because they didn't meet standards mandated by the new health care law.

Despite all the problems, the President said things are starting to improve, adding that more than 500,000 Americans enrolled in the Affordable Care Act through during the first three weeks of December.

"So all told, millions of Americans, despite problems with the website, are now poised to be covered by quality affordable health care," he said at a news conference.

The poll was conducted for CNN by ORC International December 16-19, with 1,035 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

soundoff (1,206 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    GOP garbage is this one. Read WSJ of December 16th. Enrollments have surged to 200,000. My company kicked bobs out. True. These bobs lost close to 4 million dollars yearly.

    December 23, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |

    Obama Disaster Care will be repealed it is Un American and it will not work. This is the best thing to happen for Republicans, they will increase the House, take the Senate in 2014 and take the President in 2016. Happy Days are coming.

    December 23, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  3. rs


    A healthcare system is not rocket science. There are 26 countries with better healthcare than the USA. Just choose any one of these 26 better systems and implement it. Why will America not buy a better mousetrap? It makes no sense. You pay more and get less. It is unbelievable that you have put up with a most unacceptable status quo for this long.
    Agree completely. But the GOP would not support a single payer "socialist" system. So we got Romney care with the demands of the Heritage Foundation thrown in for good measure. As far as I can see the ACA for all purposes might as well have been a GOP bill.

    December 23, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  4. gigi

    blf83 did you read the article??? It is about a pool CNN has conducted...

    December 23, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  5. Mike

    The GOP has convinced people that the U.S. can't accomplish the same thing that most other developed nations have accomplished. If you don't think FOX and the Koch brothers are powerful, you're kidding yourself.

    December 23, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  6. BD70

    Works for me! 106 a month and copayments at the office if I should go. 3k deductable..... I am happy if I should be hospitalized.

    December 23, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  7. Deist

    CNN is now bottom feeding with Faux Noise. Tell the lies about Obamacare often enough and even other "News" agencies start spreading the same "malarky."

    December 23, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  8. mkuske

    Again CNN, this time through Paul Steinhauser, trots out the ridiculous notion that most of us would like the law if only it was more liberal, completely ignoring the fact that those who are now comfortable with the law in its current state would not be comfortable with it if it were made more liberal. Move the law to the left to appease that 15% and you push another 25% off on the right. It's insulting the low opinion Paul - and apparently the rest of CNN - has of our intellect, trying to pass that off as "reason"..

    December 23, 2013 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  9. Dave Hawkins

    There does seem to be a significant relationship between the increase in people signed up for the ACA and the number of people that hate the ACA. Both numbers are increasing. Sorry Dems, QED (the facts speak for themselves).

    December 23, 2013 09:50 am at 9:50 am |

    No real surprise...."negative propaganda" always has an effect – doesn't mean it true, but it does negatively persuade many who prefer to 'listen' than to 'research' what some naysayer spews! The ACA hasn't fully gotten into motion yet – let's see what this poll says in a year or two!

    December 23, 2013 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  11. irock

    One thing he did not lie about. It will cost more, Next year it will go up as well and the year after it is going up even more. Alot of people simply chose to not hear what he was saying. If your insurance cost has not gone up or you got a better deal right now, Next year it WILL go up and not be so much the deal you think it is. It is going up no matter what it is right now. Now what he did lie about on this subject is it will not effect the middle class, The middle class is PRIMARILY who it effects since the working class are footing the bill. One of the many many lie`s he has spoon fed us all.

    December 23, 2013 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  12. Doug Lynn

    As with any government program, there are going to happy winners and sad losers. The important question is whether the country is better or worse off as a whole. I don't know, but basic logic dictates that adding another layer of government overhead to existing insurance company overhead means medical care costs will go up unless the level of care goes down.

    December 23, 2013 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  13. Ken

    It's incredible to watch the liberals writing on this forum, spouting the same stuff over and over, despite all the facts. They claim the ACA plans are better than what the 15 Million Americans LOSING their current insurance had .. yet they constantly ignore all the stories of higher premiums, higher deductibles, and fewer doctor choices these same people are finding when they look for insurance. They proclaim the ACA will be good for Americans, then ignore all the stories of businesses changing their policies so part time workers work 30 hours or less and so do not qualify for mandated ACA insurance, resulting in millions of Americans working fewer hours, earning less, and having no insurance to top it all off. They beg to have people give the law a chance, even as small businesses around the country are begging for relief as insurance companies raise premiums on their plans so they can include all the extras the ACA mandates. Heck, I remember Obama himself talking about some women in Washington who got insurance through the site, saying she was a success story. But the liberals refuse to talk about how this same person soon after got a letter from the government saying there was a mistake and the subsidy she would get would be less, followed by another letter weeks later saying there were more mistakes and she would get no subsidy. And then this poor women, the success for Obama, gave up looking for insurance as even the cheapest listed she couldn't afford.

    Everywhere you look and read is one disaster after another all due to the ACA .... aka Obamacare. Pull your heads out of where the sun doesn't shine and look at the pain and suffering the law is causing. Stop trying to support a bad law merely because Obama your chosen one put it into effect. Please, for the love of God, stop hurting Americans and ignoring it as the facts do not match your fanciful dream.

    December 23, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  14. Joe Mahma

    Don't blame me. I voted for Ron Paul.

    December 23, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  15. Dave Hawkins

    blf83: Nuclear bombs work well too, but very few people actually like them.

    December 23, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  16. George

    Couldn't help but see this article as part of a larger effort by CNN not to be labeled "liberal media" by Fox etc., well, that's never going to happen because even if CNN was to the right of Fox, Fox will never ever give up labeling all other sources of news as "Liberal" to maintain their demographic and ratings. It's all about selling old people gold, reverse mortgages, and their constant stream of "books". It's an Info-mercial posing as a 'news' channel.
    Thing is, no one likes change, it's in our DNA. 20 years from now people will look at this chatter and scratch their heads, that and wonder why marijuana was ever illegal!

    December 23, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  17. Joe

    My partner just signed up and he got a better deal as well ! Not to mention that his carrier dropped him last year because of his diabetes. If you are a small business owner, health insurance can be very costly. If you have previous conditions, you can be refused. But now the Affordable Care Act has made it possible for all Americans to get health insurance and not be gauged by greedy Health Insurance Companies. I am thankful that we have Obamacare ! We actually have a President who is looking out for the people he serves. And I am sick and tired of the negative articles about Obama like this one from CNN !

    December 23, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  18. Vicky

    Apex301, I hate to argue with you, but my insurance costs have not only increased, but so has my deductible and out of pocket expense! My insurance company was "grandfathered" in, so they do not have to offer the "benefits" of Obamacare. Yes, Obamacare is NOT a good thing for lots of people who were employed and insured before. And no, this is not some small insurance company, all the state employees and the county employees are covered under it. At least I can LOUDLY and PROUDLY proclaim that I did not vote for this president either term!

    December 23, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  19. Gurgyl

    Sorry my company practically kicked Blue Cross Blue Shield out. BCBS lost 4 million dollars.

    December 23, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  20. Jay B

    It amazes me how CNN puts up these polls about what Americans think and want. Yet, it all depends on who they are asking. So, what is the alternative for the millions that have no insurance? Where is the report on that? We act as if the old system was better. Either we as Americans repeal Obamacare and shut the hell up about healthcare or work and make it better. I guarantee no other politician after Obama will even bring healthcare to light and we will still be complaining about medical cost.

    December 23, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  21. Danzig

    Elections have consequences.

    December 23, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  22. David

    After 40 years of insurance, I may now go unisured. It's not that it's too expensive, but it covers so little. I can be financially wiped out even paying insurance. This fiasco is only designed to wipe out the middle class. Stalin once said Socialism is the keystone for communism. I hope you join me in boycotting it

    December 23, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  23. sumguy2006

    They need 7Mill to sign up to have a chance of paying for all the handouts in this bill. They are around 1mill and many of those were medicaid recipients. Now that the deadline for people that can get subsidies has passed, how many are going to be signing up to pay full boat for a plan??? This is headed towards becoming a financial disaster.

    December 23, 2013 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  24. Suzy Mack

    Liberals can praise it all they isn't going to change the fact that it is going to be a financial disaster.

    December 23, 2013 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  25. Lou

    Nice to see that the Koch Bros. have bought and paid for media along with their partner Murdoch. CNN....this is total BS! Hey all of you who just love seeing this....What are the solutions of those who are uninsured? Still love paying increasing premiums to cover their butts? Do young people think they are immune to chronic disease or broken bones? What are the answers to health care in this country? So, instead of reading all the whining about how this won't work...where are your solutions?

    December 23, 2013 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
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