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. MaRGE

    That's CNN poll different from the rest of the country that says 54% support. By the way didn't CNN constantly say Mitt would win the election. That just goes to show us how ACCURATE this skewed poll is.

    March 11, 2014 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. stevelb1

    Only time will tell. We've heard all the horror story prognostications. Let it play out and see the results. If it is the disaster that the GOP says it is, then that's good for them for two reasons. 1 it will help them come election time and 2 they'd be right for the first time about anything since Lincoln freed the slaves.

    March 11, 2014 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. Gern

    Only morons have a problem with Obamacare. I signed up immediately. No problems at all.

    March 11, 2014 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. Kenman

    I'll try again...

    More typical propaganda to make this disastrous Presidency that they worked to usher in look positive! Journalism IS dead in the liberal mainstream media!

    March 11, 2014 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. superc142

    "The uptick of four percentage points is within the survey's sampling error."

    Yes. Yes, it is. Therefore, this new result is identical to the December poll's result. The margin of error is there for a reason; it has actual meaning. You can't just ignore it because it would make a neat headline; to do so is completely inaccurate reporting.

    March 11, 2014 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Me wrote:

    "What numbers? All that I see are a bunch of caps. Are you trying to sell that old, ridiculous line that insurers sent people letters that cancelled their insurance, and now those people are out in the cold with no coverage at all?"

    Did you read this article???? Did you read the article a few weeks ago regarding cancelled policies?? LMAO you are getting desperate Rudy, it is pretty fun to watch though! I would love to see you tell this face to face to someone that had their policy cancelled! They had their policy cancelled and MANY of them could NOT afford new policies from the exchanges so YES they are "out in the cold with no coverage at all"! Sorry but you seem to not get it so maybe if I use caps you can see the text enough to actually read it. Numbers don't lie, only people do! Go ahead Rudy, spin spin spin away! LOL
    That's pretty pathetic. You're citing some unnamed article, from an unnamed source, from "a few weeks ago"? Is that the best that you can do? Laugh at yourself for being clever? Do you know what they say about people who laugh at their own jokes?

    March 11, 2014 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  7. superc142

    "The uptick of four percentage points is within the survey's sampling error."

    Yes. Yes, it is. Therefore, this new result is identical to the December poll's result. The margin of error is there for a reason; it has actual meaning. You can't just ignore it because it would make a neat headline; to do so is completely inaccurate reporting.

    March 11, 2014 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  8. Dard5

    If the polling difference is within the margin of error then you can't say it's an uptick. It's a meaningless statistical difference. Of course articles like this are great teaching tools for how NOT to use statics.

    March 11, 2014 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  9. Larry

    Republicans continue to spin anything to distract from what they really want to do – cut taxes on the rich. It is what they want to do, the only thing they will do, the only thing their corp. masters want them to do. Stop listening to their BS about everything else they can distract you with. Vote democrat until there are no republican liars left alive and some other party takes their place. The democrats are on the right side of every issue while the republicans are on the wrong side of every issue. Even the wrong side of everything gets them votes and gerrymandered districts get them in office. Stop voting for those jerks because they are never going to do anything for you!

    March 11, 2014 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC


    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.
    Let's hear about these "other ways to address the uninsured" then. Be a patriot, and share your solution with us. Okay?

    March 11, 2014 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  11. allenwoll

    O-Care is nothing but a child of the Healthcare Insurance Industry. . I fail to understand why Mr Obama gets all the "credit" ! !That being said, how could it then possibly be anything but a failure so far as the people are concerned ? ? . Further, there is the question, "Why should anyone make a profit in this field for doing nothing but pushing someone else's money from one place to another ? ? What is needed is a National Healthcare Expense Pool into which everyone contributes according to the risk of his lifestyle.

    March 11, 2014 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  12. Holly

    No Peter, The upper middle and upper class dont' HAVE to get Obama Care!! They can AFFORD health care or if they're college educated, probably work for a company that provides it. It's the self employed (I'm a Realtor), and lower middle class that are the ones getting cut from their existing (my aunt is one of them) and Obama care is exponentially higher than what they were paying. When I went on to "check" my numbers, a healthy family of three I'd have to pay over 780/month for healthcare!!! For some that's a mortgage payment. Do the math!! People HAVE been cut, and cannot afford O-care. The majority of the increase in enrollment is for Medicaid...again check it.

    March 11, 2014 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. MandoZink

    That's probably more than 10 times as many as support Corporate Welfare.

    By the way, the Kynect Website, the ACA portal that Kentucky created, was very useful for me. I found extremely affordable insurance for my wife that included dental coverage, which I do not have.

    March 11, 2014 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the majority repub/tea bag members

    @Vince: "Maybe the article headline should be "Compared to Congressional approval numbers...Obamacare takes the cake!"

    What is with you righties and wanting to deny healthcare coverage to Americans? Don't you want a healthier, more productive workforce? Don't you want kids to have access to preventive care? How about the elderly – don't you like the prescription donut hole closed?

    What about pre-existing conditions; have you ever been denied coverage because of one? Or did you ever stay in a crappy job with a crappy boss because you couldn't risk losing your medical insurance?

    What you really ought to be wondering about is why the individual mandate – the cornerstone of Obamacare – was a good thing when the Heritage Foundation came up with the idea and implemented it under Mittens in Mass, but is now a bad thing because President Obama made it finally happen?

    March 11, 2014 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  15. Josh

    If it ever gets implemented that number will drop.

    March 11, 2014 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  16. schaz

    If it was a Republican program the lead would be 61% do not approve of (insert name of program here.)

    39% approval means 61% don't approve.

    March 11, 2014 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    What a dumb question, Do you oppose it because of it's Liberalness?

    March 11, 2014 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  18. Malory Archer


    "Obamacare is a disaster!


    Yeah, for the investor class who engage in the immoral practice of making healthcare a commodity and gambling against Americans' health.

    March 11, 2014 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  19. Joep

    Sure, it is a boon for the upper class, but mide class América is screwed.

    March 11, 2014 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  20. Greg

    Funny, that's the same percentage that understands it.

    March 11, 2014 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  21. someoneelse

    Support for ACA is up? No it is not, stop propping up a horrible law with these misleading stories.

    March 11, 2014 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  22. reasonablebe

    and the support % will continue to rise as people realize they will have health care coverage that is better, small biz realizes its employees suddenly are sick less often and more productive, or come in to work sick less often (fear of loss of work or pay and inability to pay for care decreases) and spread illness less, not only amongst other employess, but customers as well.... and everyone is better off.

    it is also better to have children getting routine care and immunizations, which will now be covered for all- meaning more kids will not get as ill and miss as much school, and more importantly, they will not come to school with preventable illness due to vaccination or care.

    March 11, 2014 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  23. Malory Archer


    healthcare is now semi-affordable for the country,.Most people can get in to see a doctor at a good cost but, God forbid, a doctor finds that you need a medication that an employer has cut the reimbursement for in order to provide the affordable basic care. I have gone from $100 per month to $1000 per month in prescription copay for my blood disease med, I face bankruptcy by August if I make it that long. The sad thing is that this med has saved my life and can keep me in a remission for up to 30 years or more. Obamacare is now making it impossible for me to afford this med, even after my bankruptcy, I can't afford the med. I'm being left to die, without my meds, I have 3 years or so left after my meds run out. So many companies are doing this and so many pharmaceutical companies are not backing down on their outrageous costs, where is their regulations? I think he forgot to consider this. Thank you Obamacare for shortening my lifespan.


    Perhaps you should follow Peter K's advice:

    Peter K

    This story seems to indicate that middle class and people who have been college educated are benefiting from Obamacare. Undoubtedly, these are the people who don't just accept the word of Conservatives and decided to investigate and discovered they could actually be covered and save money. Its the people who just accept the talking points about what a "disaster" Obamacare is who are still complaining. Well, its not a disaster and if you would just take the time to go over the ACA with someone to help (if you are incapable of using a computer) you just might save money too. And the money you save is coming out of the pockets of the health insurance industry.

    March 11, 2014 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  24. TJ

    Wow, a sample size of 800 people. Very representative. How can such small sample's claim such low margin of errors? Do any of you know what 4% of 800 people is? That's about 32 people. The only thing this poll shows is that there are at least 32 more people in this country that now support ACA. Big turn around for sure, especially now that they have 300 supporters total.

    March 11, 2014 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  25. JJ

    And the GOP and teagaggers whine and stomp again because they can't stop a superior black man from steamrolling all over them. 🙂

    March 11, 2014 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
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