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. Franky

    Hey, let's try a new study , the one that actually points out actual facts versus what people believe?

    December 23, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  2. lord Kubota

    I have a heath condition perfectly suited for Obamacare. Chronic, severe, pre-existing and deadly. I don't want it because I know it is not right for the vast majority of the people. Liberals = me me me me me losers; Conservatives = us us us us taxpayers

    December 23, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  3. melanieb.

    Does it not seem very clear that the majority of the people do not want this horrific plan? Who can afford it? The young are not signing up for it and Michelle is begging them to do so. They have spent millions in promoting this with tv ads that are just embarrassing and having his wife, him & a few actors begging for people to signup. They even want us to sit around during the holidays and have a chat about it; REALLY? The majority of the people really know what type of plan this is and are not buying it. This is socialism 101 at it's best. Need to get rid of it and leave the health system alone.

    December 23, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  4. Dave


    Just got my notice raising my existing healthcare premium $100 a month! Nothing new in coverage. Thanks for nothing Wasington.

    December 23, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  5. TmX

    So good we have to lie about it and give our supporters a pass on being subjected to this mess.

    December 23, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  6. Eddie

    Unfortunately, the news media reporting is all negative. I have yet to see CNN or any other news media interview an individuals or write an article about individuals/family that had savings and a positive experience.

    There negative coverage and reporting by the news media 24/7 is partially responsible for the negative feeling by the public.

    My brother in law signed up and he is paying less and has better coverage.

    Several weeks ago a couple was on Fox and were interviewed and they were complaining that they had their policy canceled. A few days later they publically stated that they checked the healthcare website after the interview and had better coverage for a better price but again no one picked up on it except Yahoo.

    December 23, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  7. PSYmuffin

    Even with the majority opposing ACA the law still stands. What is wrong with this political system? It appears unrepresenative of the public wishes. They should report poll results that reflect those that are paying for ACA (the federal income taxpayers) seperately from those that have no skin in the game (the non federal income taxpayer).
    I believe we would quickly see the demographic supporting ACA and BO.

    December 23, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  8. TmX

    Obamacare is uniting this country.

    December 23, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  9. Dufus Dingleberry

    I don't need a government to tell me how to run my life.

    December 23, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  10. victorygin

    Dems had years to implement this and make sure it was ready. Not surprising for a bill they passed but didn't bother to read. The repubs should stop fighting it and hold the Pres and dems to the letter of the law they created. "If you like your lies, you can keep your lies." Period.

    December 23, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  11. Marc

    Does CNN have anything else to report???? For the past 3 days nothing but AHA, Obamacare hounding. Report other news please.

    December 23, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  12. Citizen

    OBAMASCAM....Add this to the 2014 dictionary!

    December 23, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  13. Franky

    And the next law to get passed will be that everyone must eat government grown spinach at least once a week. Except the government has never grown a field of spinach nor marketed spinach, but knows that it is for our own good.


    Wow, above comment couldn't be more ignorant. Medicare/Medicaid s administered by the US government and is considered one of the most efficient healthcare coverages one can have. The Affordable Care Act programs are not administered by the government , it's actually plans created by private insurers and is administered by state. But you are right, maybe if the government ran ACA insurance as it ran Medicaid and medicare , things would be better. You know the same insurance, elderly republican voters get up and say the government better keep it's hands off my Medicare???

    December 23, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  14. Shutupalready

    Majority who are now opposing are women. Easy answer, most women pay the family's monthly bills and they are now seeing the financial repercussions of this disaster.

    December 23, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  15. Brian

    Housedoc: "My healthcare is government sponosored and I know its [sic] great." Well don't leave your homeland without shelling out for coverage on the open market cause you'll be hung out to dry by that same government-sponsored healthcare. I represent several hospitals that treat a steady stream of Canadian travelers and if they don't have self-purchased expat (i.e. travel) health insurance, the goverment gives them $75/day in inpatient benefits. So when these patients end up in one of my ICU's, incurring thousands of dollars per day in cutting edge intensive care, they're on the hook for all billed charges above the $75/day the Canadian government pays. Great healthcare, indeed.

    December 23, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  16. yes we can

    we should demand a different plan for men, women already in menopause and those without children!!! Do these men and women already in their late years need maternity benefits? NOPE! Do individuals without children or children who are already adults need coverage for child dental? These benefits are causing premiums to skyrocket. There should be a set of plans which are across the board throughout the entire nation. Think of it as paying into a general pool. One payer system. People can choose whatever insurer they want but that one payer will distribute the funds and payments. The cost will significantly drop. Right now, I'm looking at 3x the cost to be insured than before. Is that affordable? No.

    December 23, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  17. ThomasE

    I would rather pay a higher tax and have a public option but since Dino Max Baucus made sure that didn't happen along with the lobbyists we are stuck with the abysmal unaffordable care act. I'm self employed and have a great healthcare plan with 2000 deductible and a 80/20 split including dental for $390/month. Under ACA the 80/20 plan is $495 with $6000 deductible and no dental. I cannot even qualify for a subsidy. How is this supposed to be better for me?

    December 23, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  18. Jay B

    America's the only place where you can convince the working poor and middle class they don't need help but steal their pensions, keep them uninsured, outsource their jobs, and all gov't programs are welfare including VA benefits. The GOP have a hell of a marketing strategy.

    December 23, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  19. George

    At this point why is public opinion an important news item? Why hasn't CNN done investigative reporting of actual real people where ACA is good and bad.

    As a volunteer EMT I take a lot of people to the Hospital Emergency Department that do not have insurance and will probably never pay anything for the treatment the receive. The reason is health insurance is too expensive. All of us that currently have health insurance pay for their FREE health care one way or another. With ACA a lot more people will be paying insurance premiums every month into the system, which should help reduce everyone's health insurance. That is unless the insurance companies don't just pocket the profits and give out even more ridiculous bonuses to health insurance company CEOs.

    December 23, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  20. George and Louanne

    It seems that if Obama were running a business where he had to win customers and turn a profit rather than a country where he could sell a bill of goods and then tax people whether they like it or not, his business would have failed and he would be bankrupt.

    December 23, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  21. Josefius

    The people have spoken, now it's time to get rid of it.

    December 23, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  22. rs

    The ACA is NOT affordable to most working Americans and it removes many healthcare decisions from the hands of the patients and their doctors.
    It does no such thing- if anything, it increases the ability of doctors and patients to work together by removing insurance caps, and the ban on pre-existing conditions and by providing coverage for preventative medicine.

    December 23, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  23. Happysnack

    You mean the law that was SHOVED down Americas throat, ill concieved from its beginning by legislators who didnt even know what was included in the Bill. The lasw that was an absolute fiasco when it rolled out. The law that raised EVERYONES insurance costs? The law that forced Americans to purchase something they clearly dont want. The law that needs 8 million subsribers but only has 500,000. The law that will cost trillions of taxpayers dollars? The law that takes America from Left Liberal Socialism to full on Communism? You mean America doesnt like THAT law? What is wrong with America?

    December 23, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  24. mcp123

    Sorry folks...but this is after all a MARKET based healthcare system. Health care costs are going up anyway because this system isn't single payer like it should be. Health care costs aren't going up just because of Obamacare.

    I still support the plan... I support kids being on their parents plan till 25 or 26 ... and pre-existing conditions being covered. No one should have to go broke because they don't have coverage as that just leads to more poverty.

    December 23, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  25. 2013

    The republicans want Obamacare just as desperately as the democrats. They pretend otherwise, they play a role to make the public think there are two sides in Washington but there is not.

    That's why the republicans kept birth control in the news for months. They wouldn't speak of anything else. A much needed distraction. The democrats should thank them for the wonderful job running defense.

    December 23, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
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