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. ItSoNlYmE

    This poll just shows the depth of ignorance of the American public. You could give most Americans a pile of gold nuggets on a silver platter, and they'd complain that the platter wasn't gold as well. I'd like to see a poll of *all* Americans on the popularity of the pre-Obamacare status quo, where you could be dropped if you got even a little sick, costs were increasing at double digits every year, and tens of millions simply couldn't get insurance period. Thumbs up for that system?

    December 23, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  2. HaroldLewisBlair

    the total cost of OBAMACARE is carefully hidden from America- I retired from 35+/yrs in data processing and have seen many bombs like OBAMACRE sink like the Titanic-and witnessed the lame excuses by hi-tech Con-Artists explain why they sunk- They made great sounding speeches (like Obama does) but were absolutely clueless-as they continued down the path of destruction- you see in this field sounding like you are competent is more important than being competent- the best thing Obama does is spend taxpayer money and maybe exceeded by his FRAUD and INCOMPETENCE-

    December 23, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  3. palespyder

    I laughed this morning on the news when I heard "I think you will see the good outweighs the bad and people will come around." So basically, this pill will cure your flatulence, but you are probably going to need a new liver in a year or so.

    December 23, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  4. Jim

    So many Kool-aid drinkers on this board refuse to admit that Obamacare is really a crippling program. Many people's healthcare spending is going through the roof, the online program itself is choked and failing and the administration looks to blame others for this abject failure. You can easily pick them off because they are the ones taught to deflect and blame. You try to engage them and they talk about anything else (e.g. Teabaggers, Bush, defense spending, the greedy insurance companies, etc..). Then there is the minimizing with fake statistics like quoting the government's bogus statistics (e.g. only a few percent aren't getting coverage). If that was true, why is America screaming foul?

    The ACA was not properly implemented and has many flaws, the tax payers on America deserve better and should be demanding it, not making excuses for an inept system rollout.

    December 23, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  5. jim g

    The ACA Fails to Solve Our Health Care Crisis

    • The ACA leaves tens of millions without coverage. There are currently 48 million uninsured people in the US. At its best, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that the ACA will leave 31 million people without health insurance when it is completely rolled out. And even that estimate may be too low. Experience at the state level showed that none of the similar plans hailed as comprehensive met their coverage goals before they failed due to costs. Without effective cost controls, care remains unaffordable.

    • The ACA lowers the bar on what is considered to be acceptable insurance coverage. Plans sold through the new health insurance exchanges will pay for as little as 60 to 70 percent of covered services and carry high out-of-pocket costs. Because subsidies towards the purchase of insurance are inadequate, most people who are currently uninsured will be forced into the low coverage plans.-counterpunchdotorg

    December 23, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  6. ME

    Not according to MSNBC, i.e., the propaganda wing of the BO admin.

    December 23, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |

    Thumbs down to CNN, Obamacare, Obama, Toobin, Lemon, LZ, and all the propogandists.
    The network is paid to cover for Obama. They are another reason he was re-elected.
    No journalism, but just "waiting and seeing" while a liberal is in office. When GW was in office, quite the opposite response; rushing to demonize and vilify.

    December 23, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  8. Joe Hates Government

    Have to say it, TOLD YOU SO.

    December 23, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  9. Earle

    Well, well, your party followed the Pied Piper over the cliff and Obama's at the bottom with a bayonet to finish you guys off... Maybe you should of read the bill before passing it... And YES Americans are pissed off and will punish you in the Midterms, you deserve it and more... What took so long America?

    December 23, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  10. just saying

    "boondoggle government operated crap will be a miserable failure and increase costs across the board."
    For the last time... it's not government operated healthcare. You still get a plan from a PRIVATE insurer. Fear mongers.. and people who can't listen. Geez...

    and what are they selling? an obamacare federal government designed and manufactured product. they are just the delivery vehicle. and we have seen obama wave his magic wand and ask/demand changes to it. please get a clue and stop deluding yourself.

    December 23, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  11. jamie

    Obama to the American people ...... We will continue to take your hard earned tax dollars you earned out of your hard earned monthly wages and give you Obamacare while we, the Administration, will get the best dental and medical there is to offer on your dime.

    December 23, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  12. emskadittle

    there was the same bs about medicare when it came out

    December 23, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  13. MillerBeer

    Defund it ! Repeal it ! Get rid of it ! Then impeach Obama, arrest Hillary and Holder and throw them ALL in prison !!!

    December 23, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  14. BB

    if it drops another 25% it will be tied with the Tea Bag Congress with the lowest approval rating in History.

    December 23, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  15. Sean French

    I think people need to give it a chance. I signed up today and saved $120 a month for a similar plan to the one I lost due to not being a full time student (My mother could no longer carry me)

    December 23, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  16. Observer1776

    The poorly designed mandate law is a failure because:
    A one size fits all plan raises costs unnecessarily
    Young healthy people face an additional high expense with no returns.
    The additional load on medicaid is destructive.
    More people will lose coverage in 2014.

    December 23, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  17. TmX

    35% approval. For those of you who think this means Americans really want single-payer, let's scrap Obamacare and have a vote after we see whats in it.

    December 23, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  18. sonnie3

    Government is adding another layer of red tape between the patient and the doctor and the insurance company and you think this won't sky rocket the cost. History will show you that the Government is in red ink so deep our grand kids will not be able to pay our debt. And then the democrats come along with this fiasco? Go Figure.

    December 23, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  19. Freedom Storm

    Dear Barack,
    I like my Christmas, and I’m going to keep my Christmas. And so are my children. And so are my grandchildren and theirs. Forever. Period.

    December 23, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  20. Rick

    Hey GI Jane Rambo

    I take personnal responsibility in everything I do and expect everyone to. I have had health insurance since I was 17 (I'm 60 now). I't was a factor in deciding how to insure I could afford my family and provide a roof over thier head, food, pay my bills. I notice thta alot of people that dont have health insurance do have the latest cell phone, Ipod, tablets, computers,new cars, etc. The go for the luxuries like standing in line for Xmas presents and say they cant afford health insurance

    December 23, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  21. daviddavid

    Americans were sold a lie with Obama-care. Democrats / Progressives will have some very tough election cycles if they can't get it fixed.

    December 23, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  22. Frederick

    CNN is showing their bias horribly. Fact of the matter is, families will save $2500 annually through this new law. But, if they don't want to save money, and if they like their existing health plan, and their existing doctors, they CAN KEEP THEM!


    December 23, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  23. rbnlegend

    What is the value of an opinion poll on the predicted effect of complex legislation? Most of the people polled don't know what the legislation says, much less understand how it will play out as different parts of it come into effect. Given how many people, government entities and corporations are involed, I doubt that there is anyone out there who can predict how the whole thing with turn out. We have the web site rollout that was horribly bungled. That's a corporate failure, not a problem with the law itself. We have insurance companies taking advantage of every "opportunity" presented by the changes to run up rates and lock customers into horrible plans at terrible prices. We have different states deciding to opt out of federal funding, and opt out of the opportunity to build their own websites (which would have let them avoid the federal, failed, site). We have individuals who haven't looked at their own coverage, the plans their insurance offers them, or the exchange website, agreeing to whatever plan and rate their insurance company offers them.

    Even a great law would turn out badly, with so many people, businesses, and gov't agencies taking the opportunity to do the wrong thing. Lazy? Yup. Incompetent? Yup. Greedy? Yup. Dishonest? Yup. I don't know which is crazier, thinking that this law could help, or thinking that the insurance companies that are taking advantage of this law would somehow treat their customers better under different law.

    December 23, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  24. Nar

    International? INTERNATIONAL??? Who cares what the rest of the world thinks about Obamacare!

    December 23, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  25. Jim

    Cass: I am going to go ahead and assume you didn't pay attention to when they did pass it. You don't remember the infamous "We need to pass it so we can see what's in it" line by Nancy Pelosi, one of the bills champions? Please, this has been about governmental power and control from the jump. It is the largest expansion of governmental intrusion into citizens lives in the history of this country, period. No other intrusion could do so in such a perfect manner, completely immune from assault due to hiding fully behind the mantra of "it's for the public good". Every single life control put in place from here on out will be defensible due to the "Affordable Care Act". Thanks Obama.

    December 23, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
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