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. Alfranken1

    Obama should have gone public with his plan and offered stock options with the intent to drive the HMO's out of business - then maybe our healthcare affordability will become reasonable.

    Then deregulate the practice and education of healthcare in order to increase the number of doctors needed to care for the increased number of patients that will be needed. - open our healthcare market to invite healthcare workers overseas with work visas....

    December 23, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. nickG

    ObamaCare is so good, i was just dropped from my police of 20 years.

    December 23, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  3. anon


    By the way, Today is the deadline. I'm not signing up.

    December 23, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  4. PBJ

    One Chance To Make A First Impression......we blew ours

    December 23, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. gary laude

    The AFA addresses rules for insurers to protect consumers but falls far short in implementing cost cutting provisions in the other sectors of healthcare that could make it work. Hospitals, including the "not for profit" institutions, continue to charge as much as they please for services while excessive pharamaceutical drug costs and tort reform are not addressed. See recent TIME magazine article "The Bitter Pill" for more on this.

    December 23, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  6. fedupwithamericanpolitics

    Everyone in america with a social security number should have access to basic health care. That's it. Insurance Companies operate on a profit basis, take everyone's money and don't pay anything out. That way the executives, shareholders and wall street celebrate. It's the Insurance Companies, Big Pharma and Banks that are at the root of all evil in this country.

    December 23, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. Spirit of America

    When government forces its citizens to purchase a commodity from private insurance companies or be penalized, it certainly is no longer a government of, for and by the people; instead it has degenerated into a branch, a rotten one, of corporate forces.

    December 23, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  8. Gurgyl

    CNN needs to stop the same old false stuff from gob garbage....ACA IS A LAW. YES, ON OBAMA 3rd term too. Hillary16.

    December 23, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  9. GatorDude

    I'm not opposed to covering the uninsured and the uninsurable in a cost effective way. However, this was poorly handled by our government. If no one knew what was in the bill before it got passed and know one read the bill before they voted on it, our elected officials were derelict in their duties. The President had a duty to explain every detail of the ACA to Congress and the American people. Our Congressmen and Congresswomen had a duty to read, understand, and carefully consider the merits of Obamacare before voting on it. This is an epic failure by our elected officials.

    December 23, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  10. PJ

    The rollout was so bad most people are disgusted with the whole thing, including me. We would at least like to see someone punished for this mess. So far nobody has been.

    December 23, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  11. Anonymous

    "That means half the public either favors Obamacare, or opposes it because it's not liberal enough" ... Well, there's a convoluted, nonsensical statement if I ever read one.

    December 23, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  12. njudgemental

    Obama keeps changing the law, so nobody can understand it, no wonder it has little support. Most of the changes are unfair to one segment of the population, as long as he keeps doing that, the popularity will further decline.

    December 23, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  13. KorfuTheDefiler

    Almost all thanks to Republican obstructionism at both a Congressional and state level.

    Also, to the people who say they "can't keep their doctor"... where are you getting this information? It's completely made-up.

    December 23, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  14. LookAtAllTheProgressivesJustDenyingFailure

    We the people, the 62%, upon which this travesty that is the ACA was foisted, will vote with a vengeance against progressives and liberals with their flawed ideas, failed policies, and corrupt incompetent big-government programs. We've seen your incompetence, we've read the bill you passed, and will never let you harm the nation in office again

    December 23, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  15. EdwardTr

    "That means half the public either favors Obamacare, or opposes it because it's not liberal enough, down four points from last month." That should be a headline and not the 60% BS. Lumping that 15 liberal percent together with the 43 conservative is misrepresenting the survey.

    Bottom line, the Republicans did not offer any counter plan. The only thing that they say is we should scrap this one and create a health care law that will make America stronger and one that will promote growth and better coverage for all. Basically their plan is a slogan with nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing behind.


    December 23, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  16. Tom

    The white house needs to stop saying the states web sites are better. The Minnesota (MNSURE) site is an unsecure joke. The company Minnesota hired to do security (Maximus) did not perform their security tests. They also previously bilked the tax payers and Medicaid out of 30 million dollars yet Minnesota still hired Maximus. Mnsure is constantly crashing and very few people find affordable insurance. What a disaster Obama has put the country in.

    December 23, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  17. john

    In CNN's own poll 50% of Americans approve of the healthcare law or want it even more liberal!!! Deceptive headline by CNN.

    December 23, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  18. JG

    I'll bet the people who didn't have any health insurance until Obama care was passed sure are grateful and support it. What I never did see is, what was the Republicans proposal for the millions of uninsured Americans? Oh, I forgot, lets see,, obstruct and criticize. Did Republican ever attempt to stop insurance companies from denying coverage for preexisting conditions? No. So, jump on the criticize and obstruct bandwagon and let the millions of uninsured Americans continue to go to the hospital emergency room and not pay their bill for the taxpayers can pick up the tab. Thanks Republicans, great plan.

    December 23, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  19. Truth

    For some reason this page brings out the liberals like no other (referring to the Political lie Ticker).

    I find it humorous that liberals point that polls are wrong (see @Perry comment) when they don't support the bad legislation, but they are first in line when the polls support their issues.

    They also tend to point out that Obama won in a landslide in 2012. He received 51.01% of the vote. To be fair he got a large share of the Electoral College (something liberals said they didn't like until it works for them).

    The only reason Obama even got more than 50% of the vote is he lied and lied and lied and lied to the American people, and he continues to do so today.

    I voted for him in 2008 and, since I am fairly intelligent, figured out quickly I had made a mistake. The reports of Obama being socialist bordering on communist turned out to be true.

    December 23, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  20. Hopeless Fool

    Hurrah for the slow learners. Do those of us who knew this law was a disaster get any credit for being right?

    December 23, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  21. JEFF

    Wow, nothing brings out the wack jobs like a story against obamacare, CNN should be ashamed of its self for a story like this. I have Obamacare after having nothing for more than 4 years. Now sometime in January I will have it. I couldn't buy it for any price. So I am one of many that just don't see anything wrong with it, I wanted single payer didn't get my way, but I think I will eventually. The more the right fight this single payer will win out, we are not going back to the old system. This was the rights way, they wanted to do it this way until obama took them up on it. ( see Mitt)

    December 23, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  22. commentor

    People need to realize that the government doesn't care if you have to pay more or if your coverage is not as good. The goal is to bring in socialized medicine. If you have missed this point until now, you need to rethink the process. If you are one of those who believe socialized medicine is a good thing, don't complain about Obamacare. If you are against socialized medicine, make it known to others that this is where this system is going.

    December 23, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  23. Joe Sarsguzy

    Did you know that even the super-rich Ripoffblicans do not know how to"screw"real good the poor and hardworking Americans like the tell a lie,tax and waste Demoncrats do?They are real experts in multi&heavy taxation and "screwing"
    the poor and hardworking people.And they always do it under their same old tricks and lies of"helping the middle-class"
    (no poor)Americans.

    December 23, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  24. don in albuquerque

    @freedom storm-Where did you get that list, the Great and Powerful Oz? and Prophet Eli–You know they are trying to improve mental health care access –Run don't walk. Does this guy have a keeper or did he escape?

    December 23, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  25. Scott

    OK liberals and progressives. PAY UP. You wanted this disaster now shell out your cash. Oh wait, you thought someone else was going to pay but when it's you that has to pay you quickly change your attitude. You voted Obama, Reid, Pelosi in to office now go sleep with them and pay up.

    December 23, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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