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. Me

    Wake up People!

    What I would like to know is.... Why are the people that don't think the law goes far enough grouped in with the people that don't want the law at all? It seems to me those that don't think it goes far enough are more for it than against it.
    Absolutely not, I am one of those, I want true socialized health care, but what we have is an utter mess!!!! I would FAR rather have nothing then Obamacare and many people I know are the same way so they should be grouped in with the against crowd!! I have said it from the beginning, do it right the first time or don't do it at all!!!

    March 11, 2014 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. Norma jean


    March 11, 2014 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  3. Kris Jackson

    I've lived in Europe. Everyone there is covered for everything, and they pay about half of what Americans pay for health care. Obamacare is a good first step, but it is only a step toward the system we should and shall have, SINGLE PAYER.

    March 11, 2014 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. Donna

    Congressional Budget Office on the deficit: "The federal budget deficit has fallen sharply during the past few years, and it is on a path to decline further this year and next year".

    Yikes, how dumb can you be? The deficit declined BECAUSE OBAMA RAISED TAXES!! The big bad evil rich people that are oppressing the world had their taxes increased, the payroll tax "holiday" ended, and then there are the TWENTY ONE NEW Obamacare taxes. And we STILL have massive deficits! Far more than we ever had. But don't worry because CBO also predicts the deficits will be back over a trillion per year in a few years.

    March 11, 2014 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. Jessica

    It's going to take time. Just like Social Security took time.

    March 11, 2014 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  6. Tony

    FedUpinSeattle, you said that the combined income for you and your wife is $60,000. If you sign up for a private insurance plan on your state's exchanges, you can get subsidies from the federal government. The federal government provides subsidies for people making up to 400% of the federal poverty level, which is $15,730 for a family of two. 400% of $15,730 is $62,920.

    March 11, 2014 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  7. conchytonker

    Oh...a CNN Poll! Go figure!!

    March 11, 2014 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  8. pjones006

    "Root canals at my local endodontist that cost $550 last year, are now $1100...thank-you Obamacare for making dental care more affordable!!!"

    Try brushing your tooth once in a while.

    March 11, 2014 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  9. gonzo

    Your credibility is what has to edge up, CNN!! It won't as long as you continue to be this administration's unapologetic cheerleaders. Edges up, according to your poll???

    March 11, 2014 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  10. PJ

    The spin by the liberal MSM is amazing! The numbers of people who don't support the law has been CONSISTENT from the beginning. The vast majority didn't support it then and don't support it now. Leave it to CNN to spin this disaster!

    March 11, 2014 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  11. Me


    Families should not go broke just because a loved one gets sick. Republicans who oppose ACA have no replacement plan and that means only the rich will have healthcare.
    WRONG, YOU CHOOSE not to listen to it, it does exist, I am not saying I agree with some of it but it DOES exist!!! Stop drinking the kool-aid and do some research yourself, even the hard core liberals on here have stopped saying this because they realized that the GOP does have some plans, again they may not like it but they do!

    March 11, 2014 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  12. Malory Archer

    The REAL Truth...

    @Jerry – Lets see, if...
    If the Republican Party approval rating were even CLOSE TO HALF of the "46%" overall approval ratings of the POTUS, then you might have a point. Just saying.......
    Man you liberals are like children, I know you are but what am I, but but he did it first, ect!!!


    Wow, project much? The truth hurts so you accuse the poster of being childlike? LOL!

    March 11, 2014 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  13. Malory Archer

    It has just been out of the news for a bit so people are calming down about it. Wait until all the mandates Obama and pushed back kick in. He is just trying to keep his party limping through the Midterms. Once all those those come into play approval will drop again.

    I wonder what all of those people that don't think it's Liberal enough want. "There should be a clause where all of my expenses are paid by someone else that makes more than me. That's only fair." Seems pretty liberal to me.


    Actually, those who don't think it's "liberal enough" want a single payer system. Only those who want to return to the status quo of skipping out on their bills and sticking responsible Americans with the bill would have a problem with that.

    March 11, 2014 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  14. Dubrats

    CNN polls should be more then that...not looking good for Obama.

    March 11, 2014 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  15. Malory Archer


    Congressional Budget Office on the deficit: "The federal budget deficit has fallen sharply during the past few years, and it is on a path to decline further this year and next year".

    Yikes, how dumb can you be? The deficit declined BECAUSE OBAMA RAISED TAXES!! The big bad evil rich people that are oppressing the world had their taxes increased, the payroll tax "holiday" ended, and then there are the TWENTY ONE NEW Obamacare taxes. And we STILL have massive deficits! Far more than we ever had. But don't worry because CBO also predicts the deficits will be back over a trillion per year in a few years.


    Nobody's taxes were "raised". The sunset of a TEMPORARY suspension of part of your payroll tax isn't a " tax increase".

    March 11, 2014 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  16. Really?

    Rudy NYC –
    uh duh the country is broke. Why don't we just tax u even more to pay for this.
    uh duh I have had the same insurance plan for over 10years. How do I know this? Enrollment period I check the no change box. U are such a fool u cannot tell when someone is lying to u. Just regurgitate the Dems talking pts.
    uh duh – we were lied to that if we like our plan we can keep it. We were lied to that everyone will be able to get h/c. We were lied to that the 80% of Americans that already have insurance would not be impacted.
    How much more lies do u have be told b/4 u wake up fool?
    uh-duh the DNC shill like yourself are spreading even more propaganda that 50 million uninsured will be covered.
    Tell me do u salute or bow to your marching orders fr the DNC? Do u even have a brain to figure things out for yourself?

    March 11, 2014 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  17. Really?

    Malory Archer
    I love how when we get a tax increase fr a Democrat it is oh that tax just sunset. Remember the HOPE and CHANGE mantra fr Obama? "If u make under $250K u will not see not even one tax increase. Not a dime." Yet payroll tax went up and we have massive tax increases thanks to Obamacare for all. No matter how many lies this President tell u, u just keep drinking that kool aid. U r just a useful tool for the DNC

    March 11, 2014 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  18. Don in albuquerque


    Do tell, exactly whose tax's were raised? Answer–no bodies.

    March 11, 2014 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  19. Jim Jimson

    Republicans hate "Obamacare" so much, they spent 4 years and over 1 Billion Dollars trying to replace Obama with the guy who invented it.

    March 11, 2014 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  20. DustyOnes

    Wow! 39%....snicker...

    March 11, 2014 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  21. Guest

    CNN poll: you can't believe that liberal poll..

    March 11, 2014 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  22. empathy4us

    So, here's the real title to this article – More than half of America supports the ACA or wants it to go farther (51%). Only 45% oppose it.

    March 11, 2014 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  23. Robin Jones

    The ACA was already a patchwork hodgepodge when it was passed and the known collateral damage was intentionally hidden and/or ignored.. As the Obama Administration continues to declare numerous delays and exceptions for special interests, the perception of its logic and fairness suffers, as it should. A small uptick in approval cannot change the expensive and complicated mess that it is.

    March 11, 2014 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  24. ghostwriter

    Great! Let's look at the republican plan, shall we:

    Equip recipients of Supplemental Nutritional Benefits with easily understandable information about nutritious
    food options and target the use of food stamps to healthy food choices--When Michelle Obama made suggestions, it was called socialism.

    Creates State Health Insurance Exchanges to give Americans a one‐stop marketplace to compare different
    health insurance policies and select the one that meets their unique needs--That's in Obamacare

    Protects the most vulnerable Americans to ensure that no individual would be turned down by a participating
    Exchange insurers based on age or health--pre-existing Obamacare as well....

    Creates a non‐profit, independent board to risk adjust among participating insurance companies to penalize
    companies that “cherry pick” health patients and reward insurers that encourage prevention/wellness and cover
    patients with pre‐existing conditions-–DEATH PANELS!!!!!

    Providing an advanceable and refundable tax credit of $2,300 per individual or $5,700 per Obamacare

    Integrating low‐income families with dependent children into higher‐quality private plans through direct
    assistance-–more wealth distribution.....and in Obamacare

    Requiring wealthy Medicare beneficiaries to contribute a little more for their care under Medicare Part D-–increasing taxes on the wealthy!!!!!!Where's Grover when you need him?

    So then....are we REALLY going to continue to list to the folks who are complaining about Obamacare....when their best idea is 75% Obamacare?

    March 11, 2014 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  25. RettasVegas

    No surprise here, it is better than (for the majority) having no health care plan, BUT now it's time for the GOP to start working on how to improve it, NOT try and block it. They afterall created the bones of it, now they cry foul, so lame!
    They waste more time whinning about it then trying to improve upon it.
    The Party of No has no hope of getting my vote in 2016, when they shut down the Govt., I was done with them for good!
    Independent voter-fed up with the extreme's in the GOP!

    March 11, 2014 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
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