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. Greg

    I voted for Obama and it was a mistake! Apparently a big mistake!

    December 23, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  2. kis

    I want to tell mr President and his support group. I will be uninsured because of you. Price is doubled and premium quadrupled. I will pay my penalty and its it.
    Those idiots in Senate and Congress has no idea how middle class surviving. President has a lunatic idea to feed whole world , illegals but left own working class alone.

    December 23, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  3. Reality

    Nothing is free in this world but the cheese on the trap. Everything comes with a price, if a few get something for nothing, then those that can pay will be paying for what appears to be free and if that doesn't happen, then the free will simply have to go away. . There is no new lessons here, that is the way it always been.

    December 23, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  4. Grillits

    It's stunning. The total impatience to even let the dust settle to render a genuine, fact-based opinion. But in this instantaneous world of immediate gratification, we don't have the patience or perseverance of a toddler. And this is all CNN has going right now? To have ongoing breaking news about polling and ratings to whip the frenzy into a thicker froth? It's getting tired – Obama is the devil and things will be so much better in 2016 when the next clown is elected. Enough already – it's embarrassing to even walk amongst you. There hasn't been any legitimate plan offered by the Republicans to date and the haters are in a froth 24/7. Who gives a crap what your political leanings are – give the plan and program a chance to function. If the result over time is that it's not good, you'll have plenty of time to rant and rave and offer your alternative plan – which historically has been nothing.

    December 23, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  5. michael segal

    Given that most people struggle with change, it is not surprising that the ACA is polling low. 18 months from now will be a better time to gauge its actual support. As Arthur Schopenhauer said, "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. The discovery of truth is prevented more effectively, not by the false appearance things present and which mislead into error, not directly by weakness of the reasoning powers, but by preconceived opinion, by prejudice."

    December 23, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  6. TC

    All the libs that were supporting Obummercare during the shutdown are suddenly very silent and non-existent. Why? Because you put your faith in a party and you thought they would do right by you and destroy the evil republicans – now you see how corupt your party is too. Question is what are you going to do about it? Don't continue to be an idiot – vote everyone out and keep voting someone new until they do what they are told, even if they are not in your stupid corrupt party.

    December 23, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  7. Chris

    Being forced to enroll into a health plan I did not want or have the IRS start penalizing me is bad enough. Then getting hounded by Blue Shield of CA. every single day for payment was the next irritant. Did NoBama think for one minute that December is the worst month to ask people to shell out more money! America...aint is just great! This president has his head so far up his behind he wouldn't know who he was unless his name was on the back of his belt!

    December 23, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  8. Sniffit

    " it removes many healthcare decisions from the hands of the patients and their doctors. "

    No it doesn't. Nothing in the ACA interferes with your and your doctor's decisions about what your medical decisions should be and how any particular course of treatment should proceed. Nothing. The ONLY thing you could claim does that is the small number of people who are going to find themselves in a different provider group and switch doctors, but as for the particulars of your healthcare and medical treatment decisions, there are no "death panels" and there is no interference with your specific choices. People who buy their insurance on the exchange will be purchasing private insurance just like everyone else has and the ACA sets higher minimum standards for what it will cover for you. In THAT sense, it expands your options and choices available to you.

    December 23, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  9. TmX

    It's even worse folks. CNN oversampled democrats in this poll, 35 to 24%

    December 23, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. Andrea

    They didn't ask me what I thought about Obamacare which would be a resounding thumbs up. I have health insurance that is fully paid for by my employer, so chances are, I'll probably avoid bankruptcy if I or a family member gets sick. With Obamacare, my neighbors can at least expect to avoid bankruptcy in the even of a catastrophic illness. They can also be assured that their pre-existing conditions will be covered.

    The Web site's rollout was a real screw up, but we need to get past that and look at what really matters to so many Americans.

    Thank you, thank you, President Obama, for having the courage to take a stand and allow all of us access to affordable healthcare.

    December 23, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  11. Kenman

    Well, as bad as these numbers are, there's still some inflation in the support of Obamacare if "Just over six in 10 say they believe they will be able to receive care from the same doctors that they now use," because that will definitely turn out NOT to be the case in most situations according to the media reports!

    So, when they lose their familiar and/or long-term caretakers and are suddenly treated with all the regard of the veterans at the Veterans' Hospitals, there will be enormous distress!

    December 23, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  12. Mary

    Didn't we all know this from the very beginning, when they told us, "you have to read it to know what's in it".....They didn't know what was in it, it was simply partisan politics, trying to push something through for this President....

    December 23, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  13. No one

    "not liberal enough," In other words, its not like the systems in every other modern country in the world. Amusing when I ask friends about what they think of their health coverage in Taiwan, they love that but they don't think this will work. I'd punch them in the face but then they'd fly back to get it checked and miss the point.

    December 23, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  14. Cneder

    The entire law was sold to the real US citizens on a lie. Shoved through congress on the last day of the congressional session prior to the demoncratics losing their majority knowing that if they waited one week it would have never passed with a republican controlled congres. The media hid the truth about the lies. The media echoed the lies of the POTUS and they act surprised that support for OWEbamacare is dismal.

    December 23, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  15. GOP was right

    People who think it's just so easy to "change" you health coverage are ignorant and selfish – the creedo of the Democratic Party for years. Some think that it's just so easy to find other health care. How would they know what the needs are a specific person, family?

    The fact it's called the Affordable Care Act is criminal. It's more expensive for most Americans. This is another ideology of the Democratic Party – what's white is black and what's black is white. It's meant to confuse and terrorize you.

    December 23, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  16. Ralph

    more than 500,000 Americans enrolled
    Now remember that the Comrade told us there were 40 million uninsured to start with. Then the Comrade cancelled the policies of millions more pushing this number past 50 million. Now the Comrade crows about 500k getting health care. That leaves at least 49,5000,000 to go by Jan 1 – or they'll be fined; if the Comrade is telling us the truth. Only the Comrade considers this a success.

    December 23, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  17. SeattleJon

    It seems some people do not know how deductibles actually work with health insurance. They seem to think it's like your auto insurance where you have to pay all the deductible before your insurance kicks in. This could be because most of these folks have never had health insurance....but it does not work that way, every time you go to the doctor, the parts that are 100% covered are 100% covered, you don't pay anymore than the premium you already paid and your $20 or $30 co-pay for that visit. Also, when deductibles do kick in, the insurance still kicks in, only this time they pay a percentage and the rest is applied to your deductible, in most cases you probably will never hit your max deductible unless you get hospitalized or have a serious illness. Hope these helps someone understand how health insurance works better, there is no need to be fearful, but I can understand why some people are fearful if they've never had one and all they have is the experience of the auto insurance.

    December 23, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  18. jacksays

    sadly, a good percentage of the American public still think that Obamacare is awful while the Affordable Care Act is much, much better.

    December 23, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  19. Jeff

    And America thought the numbers would be better? As a person with a chronic life long health condition, I've already seen the dollars increase. This law was passed and nobody had even read the law. This is such a bad thing, we need to start from scratch. I'm all for everyone having healthcare but not at the expense of the majority that already had healthcare and healthcare they were comfortable with..

    December 23, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  20. Rudy NYC


    I was laid off from work in Nov and expect it to take a few months to find a new position. I had hoped that Obamacare would provide coverage so that I didn't have to buy COBRA for my family, including an infant.

    I signed up for Obamacare the first week of Dec, however the program did not inform me that I need to provide additional information on my wife until after Dec 15 (the last date to purchase coverage starting Jan 1). Now my whole family is without insurance for another month.

    The cost, is the same as if I had bought it myself and the ACA had never been passed.

    What a waste of a presidency. We needed (and were promised) health care reform, not health insurance reform and mandates.
    The cost is the same for this individual. So, what exactly is their complaint about? Conservatives opposed a single payer system, which would have had a bigger impact on controlling the costs of health care. Instead, we had to settle for health insurance reforms, which the conservatives also opposed. Once again, what exactly is their complaint really about?

    December 23, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  21. dubw

    Obviously, those polled haven't investigated or got on the Affordable Care Act ... their loss. A good friend, who is anti-Obama is going to save $600 a month.

    December 23, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  22. ImvotingforHillary

    I know veterans who could not get heathcare for their sick family members under the old system, but now they can and they love Obamacare.

    December 23, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  23. PeterD

    Is CNN and it's Anchors going to Appologize American Public for Ddefending Obamacare without Analyzing the Law at First Place?

    December 23, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  24. Bill

    When I read something like this, I just say America is loosing its identity and sole. It looks like gone the days that the American people are free to choose what they want for their life. The Government is now the decision maker, and even the supreme court doesn't seem to reflect what the American people want.
    How can no single poll shows that the American people support this law, but the law passes.
    We all need a universal healthcare law, but we all need a support from the American people!

    December 23, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  25. sickofit

    You would think the American people would have learned by now that any time you get the government involved in anything you're asking for trouble. It amazes me how anyone can still have any faith at all in our government.

    December 23, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
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