March 11th, 2014
07:32 AM ET
9 years ago

CNN Poll: Support for Obamacare slightly edges up

Washington (CNN) - Support for the country's new health care law appears to be rebounding slightly, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/ORC International survey released Tuesday indicates that nearly all of the increased support comes from upper-income and college-educated Americans.

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The poll's Tuesday release comes on the same day that a special election is being held in Florida's 13th Congressional District to fill a vacant U.S. House seat. Obamacare has become a major issue in the competitive contest to fill the remainder of the term of the late GOP Rep. Bill Young.

According to the poll, 39% of Americans say they support the health care law, up from 35% in December, a record low in CNN polling. The uptick of four percentage points is within the survey's sampling error. Fifty-seven percent of those questioned say they oppose the measure, down five points from December.

"Not all of the opposition to the health care law comes from the right," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Thirty-nine percent say they oppose the law because it's too liberal, but 12% say they oppose it because it's not liberal enough."

That means half the public either favors Obamacare, or opposes it doesn't go far enough. Roughly 6% oppose the law but don't have an opinion on whether it is too liberal or not liberal enough.

The poll indicates that the rebound in support for Obamacare has come almost entirely among upscale Americans. The law made no headway among people who make less than $50,000 - 35% of them supported it in December, and 35% support it now.  But among people who make $50,000 or more, support rose from 36% to 46%.

"The same pattern holds true for college education - virtually no change among people who never went to college, but a nine-point change among those who did," Holland adds.

The CNN poll was conducted by ORC International from Friday through Sunday, with 801 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

- CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

soundoff (441 Responses)
  1. Madison

    You have to smile at the pig ignorance of the righties who demonstrate the do not understand basic statistics when they question the validity of a poll. They clearly do not get the concept of random sample, sample size, or margin of error.

    Polls are gospel when they support a right wing assertion, but apparently are totally invalid when they support the President.

    March 11, 2014 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  2. Sandyone

    The shouts from the Tea Party will eventually be "Socialism! But, Don't dare mess with my Medicare or Obamamcare"

    March 11, 2014 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  3. Wake up People!

    Well Steve Miller, since the majority of "Obama phone" users are seniors, maybe it is a good thing for them.

    Nothing but TPT.

    March 11, 2014 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  4. Pete

    Just wait republicans and those opposing the ACA bill.You'll find out when you have no insurance ,go into the emergency room at your local hospital if you can find one and find out if no coverage they'll just put a lien on your house not like before when most of you slugs,dead beats just walked away not paying your bill..That's what's going on in most hospitals today nationwide because the government,state aren't picking up the tab for you dead beats to walk away from..The new sign on the hospital door reads ,no shoes,no shirt,no insurance ,no service here!!!

    March 11, 2014 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  5. gekaap

    So a bad law is still opposed by a majority of Americans, and we STILL haven't repealed it yet?

    March 11, 2014 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  6. tiz

    hilarious headline, CNN.... just wait until the insurance premiums go up because of low enrolment.... then you can take a poll and see how devastating this will be to the middle class. Won't be in the thirties, I can guarantee you that.

    March 11, 2014 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  7. sten deadio

    @Steve Miller- Guess head is so far up you behind you missed the truth about the George Bush phone, which is that it was a product of George Bush, not Obama.
    Please return your seat to it's full upright position and your head to it's full upyourass position, drone.

    March 11, 2014 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  8. Denise

    Run on it? LOL Obama was re-elected in spite of Romney's theme to repeal it.....

    March 11, 2014 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  9. Joshua

    A CNN poll, ahmm, yeah that's neutral territory. No SEM there.

    March 11, 2014 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  10. Tony

    Fair is fair, the lady in Michigan (Julie Boonstra) saves enough on premiums under her Obamacare plan to cover essentially all of her deductible under her Obamacare plan. She saves $6,348 on premiums under her Obamacare plan, and her Obamacare deductible is capped at $6,350. So, unless her deductible was $2 or less under her old, pre-Obamacare plan ($6,350 – $6,348 = $2), she was paying more under her old, pre-Obamacare plan.

    Julie Boonstra is not the target of the Democrats. Instead, it is Americans For Prosperity, who is using a person who benefits from Obamacare to attack Obamacare.

    March 11, 2014 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  11. Anonymous

    The mention of Koch paid trolls is too much truth to handle for the likes of CNN?

    March 11, 2014 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  12. luckyluke008

    Just keep and people will go on their way and stop complaining. The government knows this...

    March 11, 2014 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  13. Bob

    Only two flaws with CNN's polling. One they are now seldom right (presidential election was going to be to close to call – haaa) because they only randomly call less than two hundred people. Two: Many people being called have insurance thru work and feel they will have to pay more because of obamacare. (mostly false). If they called two hundred people that don't have insurance what do you think the poll would show.

    March 11, 2014 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  14. Doctor Reglais

    The 39% number cited here corresponds to the percentage of Americans in the "welfare group", so no real surprise. Those used to getting handouts approve, as their rates will be very, very low, while the producers in society pay higher insurance rates than ever, to fund this system.

    March 11, 2014 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  15. Question

    Since when is making more than 50,000 upscale? In NY its barely surviving.

    March 11, 2014 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  16. critical thinking

    Aaron, thank you for bringing this to my attention, I grew up with the understanding that any grade in the 60's was failing but you are correct, 60 to 69 is a D.

    So is big question is 39% < 60%?

    If so, it is still a failing grade, right?


    @critical thinking – Just like grades in school, anything less than 70% is a "F", a failing grade. Stop setting the bar so low!
    60-69% is a D. So, you failed in explaining a failing grade.

    Once people get there right winged fear masks off and actually see what it does the number will continue to go up.

    March 11, 2014 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  17. rs

    The Reason is obvious, the law works. We are actually seeing an improvement (i.e. more insured) than in the past. The GOP wears egg again, and are shown to be the liars in the crowd.

    The GOP has painted itself into a most unenviable slot in the landscape- being against the middle class and the poor being able to buy health insurance.

    March 11, 2014 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  18. harshad

    On one side everybody should take health insurance compulsary, but when green card holders who do not have job, they are denied to get obama care insurance. So what is the meaning of compulsary insurance. why it is so?

    March 11, 2014 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  19. Marty Says Shrink Government more

    Kill this is big government on steroids!!! Destroying America and saddling our once great country with more debt and dependency

    March 11, 2014 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  20. cc

    Once again CNN is putting their nose where it doesn't belong. CNN be realistic you are loosing.

    March 11, 2014 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  21. Jared

    T"he uptick of four percentage points is within the survey's sampling error."

    Then it's NOT news!

    March 11, 2014 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  22. Josh

    "Support slightly edges up." I guess that's one way you could spin it. "Support still dismal." is probably more truthful, though.

    March 11, 2014 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  23. AmericaDS1234

    Despite the twist CNN tries to squeeze out of the poll, ss has been the case since 2009, the majority of Americans oppose the ACA.

    March 11, 2014 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  24. Lewis

    I'm not even going to say anything, just watch the Daily Shows recent skit on this subject, it proves that no the that Obamacare does could possibly make the healthcare system worse than it already does. The GOP's idea that America had the best healthcare system in the world is either denial or just plane lies. The GOP healthcare system was so bad that a group meant to help third world countries was setting up tents in Knoxville Tennessee. Obamacare may not be perfect but it's sure as hell better than GOPcare.

    March 11, 2014 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  25. Me


    And remember GOP supporters that can read, of the people that disapprove the law 12% say its doesn't go far enough. So if you do your math less people oppose the law. Its a crying shame that we have a few people wasting millions of dollars on lies but yet they do whatever they can not to pay taxes.
    First, I am not a GOP supporter, but according to liberals on this site, if you don't agree with them 100% you are a conservative. Funny thing is, I read a few other blog sites and it is only the liberal gang on here that act like this, liberals on other site are actual liberals, accepting of other people's view and kind hearted, not the case for the liberals on here! Second, I don't care why someone is against the law, FACT is they are AGAINST it!!! I would support true socialized health care but Obamacare is a nightmare so I guess you could say I am part of the 12%!!!!

    March 11, 2014 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
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