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. carol

    We either provide healthcare for all or place all at risk. The ACA is not the best way to do that but better then nothing. I'd have preferred the original plan Obama proposed. Medical tourism is at an all time high, because the costs in the US are out of control. When visiting Mexico my husband cut through his Achilles tendon on our truck. They did emergency surgery –3 hours–and all went well. No one questioned us about money. It was 1200.00 which included 3 visits to the house. I know someone that had the same surgery here 45,000+ and it was done wrong and had to be done again. The problem with cancellation was due to insurance companies selling junk policies that were worthless. That is insurance company greed not a fault of the ACA

    March 11, 2014 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  2. Wade

    With Obama at 38 % and now Obama care support at 39% Only CNN would call that REBOUNDING. LOL.... Other polls of course more trust worthy than the liberal CNN have it much lower. However since less than 500 thousand NEW people are enrolled all others already had insurance it is a total failure.

    March 11, 2014 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. Me


    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.
    Tell that to the 85% of American's that were HAPPY with their health care prior to Obamacare!!! It would not have been too hard to simply address the lifetime limits, pre-existing conditions, and the uninsured but no Obama had to ruin it for everyone!!!

    March 11, 2014 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  4. Dude Love

    39% is clearly a good percentage.

    March 11, 2014 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  5. Alina1

    Hypocrisy is amazing! My conservative brother- in- law hates ACA but LOOOVES that his teenage kids on his insurance till they are 26 and thank God, because his younger kid had really serous difficulties with his stomach (I don't remember exactly what that was) but they were looking inside him with some kind of tool.. The insurance covered the whole thing.. NICE ha?

    March 11, 2014 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  6. James

    All the 'result' says is that even the majority of liberals don't like Obamacare.

    March 11, 2014 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  7. keith

    What a crock. Show the real numbers.

    March 11, 2014 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  8. Me


    This is a dishonest article. Half of those that oppose Obamacare are liberals who think it is too weak! Enough with the half-truths already CNN! Who do you think you are, Fox News?
    Hey how about you read the article, it addresses those individuals!!!

    March 11, 2014 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  9. Ancient Texan

    In all likelihood, the majority of the 39% that still like Obamacare are still laboring under the delusion that it going to be free. A total disaster since day one, Obamacare is wrecking the healthcare system in America and is being financed on the backs of Seniors that have had Medicare coverage cut, drastically.

    March 11, 2014 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  10. Average American

    Lewis? or are you really Obama hiding behind the Lewis name. At minimum, you are a propagandist for Obama and Democrat Party. You and your Democrat/Progressive buddies have already turned the best healthcare system in the world into a pile of skit.

    March 11, 2014 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  11. srjsac

    All of those against Obamacare need to get off Medicare immediately since they don't like government intervention. The people on welfare all ready have state paid healthcare. Obamacare is for the rest of us. Why is that concept so hard to grasp. It is not a something for nothing program, there is a monthly payment required in most cases.

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


    Is anyone actually looking at those numbers?

    45% think law goes too far
    39% think law is good
    12% think law does NOT go FAR ENOUGH

    ... hello? Earth to GOP? Come in please, over? Majority likes law or wants it to go even further over too far by 6% margin.
    Nope you are lying, you are spinning the numbers to your favor, I am part of the 12% and am TOTALLY AGAINST Obamacare, I would support true socialized health care but am against this horrible law!!! No matter how you spin the numbers, FACT is 61% are AGAINST it, it does not matter why they are AGAINST it!!!

    March 11, 2014 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  13. Lucas

    Obamacare is going to collapse; virtually no one is signing up. Repeal it before it's too late!

    March 11, 2014 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  14. Namelinda

    Obamacare is good for this country. The people who abuse medicare and medicaid through false disability claims are the ones who suck the country for all it's worth.

    March 11, 2014 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  15. ghostwriter

    Ken...if you work in IT, you may wanna rethink that. The fed website simply sent folks to other portals to sign up and pay for coverage. They wouldn't know, because the website didn't cover that end of it. They had to rely on insurance companies estimates.

    March 11, 2014 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  16. Me

    Rudy NYC

    Republicans oppose the ACA, despite the fact that it brings health care coverage to millions who could not get it before. If they want to run against the ACA, then I invite them to do it. It's not what most Americans are most concerned about.
    LOOK AT THE NUMBERS Rudy, that is NOT a fact, net out all the people that LOST insurance and you have NEGATIVE amount of people who have insurance, Obamacare has HURT the number of insured not increase it!!! There was a story here on CNN pointing that out a few weeks ago, pay attention!!

    March 11, 2014 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  17. amber

    People are ignorant on current news. If you ask them INDIVIDUALLY about the provisions of ACA, they are nearly 100% for it (even if they are asked 'Do you approve of ACA?'). But change the wording, 'Do you approve of Obamacare (same exact thing) some people respond 'no'. Ill-informed, ignorant silly people.

    March 11, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  18. Me

    Spin spin spin liberals, man you are getting desperate!!!

    March 11, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  19. Name w.tone

    @marty - the IRAQ WAR saddled the US with three trillion dollars of unfunded debt. Did that destroy America? My daughter now has good health insurance because of the ACA and we're not going back to health insurance denial. Because: liberty!

    March 11, 2014 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  20. bobo

    Obamacare is a disaster! It would have been easier and alot less painful to just give those that need a Voucher to go see a doctor whenever they need it.

    March 11, 2014 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  21. ghostwriter

    Me:"It would not have been too hard to simply address the lifetime limits, pre-existing conditions, and the uninsured but no Obama had to ruin it for everyone!!!"

    You would be surprised to know that such bills have been looked at. The 1st was Boehner's plan, which was rated as horrible. The 2nd was the one Paul Ryan was touting. That one was 75% Obamacare...

    So yes, it would have been simple to do what you suggested...problem is that we were looking for solutions. Republicans can't seem to offer any better ones.

    March 11, 2014 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    AmericaDS1234 wrote:

    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.
    Really? Didn't Pres. Obama campaign on the ACA in 2012, and won handily by winning the majority of votes? Despite your assertions, the majority of Americans supported the candidate promoting the ACA. How else would you explain that victory?

    March 11, 2014 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  23. Sam

    Obamacare was just a bad law, simple as that. There were other ways to address the uninsured in this country without it affecting so many other Americans who were happy with their insurance. If a law creates more problems than it fixes, it is a BAD LAW. There is no arguing your way around it and I hope we vote every single loser out who voted to pass this thing.

    March 11, 2014 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  24. ghostwriter


    "Obamacare is a disaster! It would have been easier and alot less painful to just give those that need a Voucher to go see a doctor whenever they need it."

    Yep, that's the ticket....vouchers.....Paul Ryan ran with a voucher plan....turns out the people didn't like it too much.

    March 11, 2014 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  25. Thisguy

    I watched a street poll conducted where people were asked which they preferred, Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act. Over 60% of the people decided they liked the Affordable Care Act over Obamacare.

    March 11, 2014 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
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