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. bigcat1967

    Of course CNN would report of an upswing. What a liberal, left-wing news outlet.

    Also – only 39%??? HAHAHAHAHA

    March 11, 2014 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  2. dave

    Insurance is insurance, like home, auto, health, life, etc. I have auto ins., required by law, same with home insurance, now health insurance. I haven't had a auto accident in decades, yet I pay all the premiums, same with house, nothing ever happens to my house, thank god. I do know some who have had recent car accidents, they were insured, and some who lost their homes, thru fire, they were insured. One has a new home now. I know some who have had catastrophic health problems, they were insured. Some have had no significant health problems. I guess everyone wishes they had all the money from all the past premiums, but then if they had problems, they might be devastated by the costs of such problems. I guess it's a toss up how things work out for people, but then that's kinda the nature of insurance. I feel better with things insured, but I don't like the cost of such insurances, and in cases, I've been glad that I had insurance. Insurance premiums are just a necessary evil, required by law, in many cases. If everything were perfect you wouldn't need insurance, but things are not perfect.

    March 11, 2014 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  3. barbara

    I don't believe anything that CNN writes, let alone any polls that they do.

    March 11, 2014 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  4. Joshua

    I wonder how many of the college educated people in this survey have any actual experience with life? With the exception of certain technical schools, college education today isn't nearly what it used to be. The hard working uneducated man has to deal with real life every day, while many of these new college graduates think they know it all.

    March 11, 2014 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  5. louenglish

    You mean the delay of Obamacare has edged up its support slightly. If it was implemented as defined by the actual law it's support would be in the basement.

    March 11, 2014 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    "That means half the public either favors Obamacare, or opposes it doesn't go far enough ..."

    No, CNN. The data percentage graphic accompanying this article clearly states in very bold terms: 39% FAVOR and 57% OPPOSE.


    March 11, 2014 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  7. J

    39% approve!? This is one reason I hate our media! How about "57% Oppose Obamacare"? CNN, why are you so afraid of insulting this administration?

    March 11, 2014 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  8. BoyntonOU

    I never got to vote!- in favor it. We have to start somewhere and move to getting aligned with the many countries that have great healthcare, not just okay.

    March 11, 2014 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  9. pkMyt1

    The GOP cannot allow this. They need more of the fun adds like the one aired in my local market. They had a woman in the commercial claiming her insurance under Obamacare when up to 22 thousand dollars per year.

    March 11, 2014 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  10. Joe

    HA! Liberals, get your facts straight. Governement shutdown was because the republicans wanted to stop obama care and at the least make changes to it. Obmaa says NO! Then after, makes 22 changes thus far. Seems like the republicans where right all along. Glad too that this president can LIE to everyone to get this aweful law passed. Do we need insurance reform? Yes. Was this the answer? No. Wake up up people , this president is turning this great country into a Socialist place to live. You will look back in 20 years ans sa, What went wrong?

    March 11, 2014 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  11. Name citizen 163456

    Having different portions of the mandates rolled out only upsets those effected at different intervals of time giving the impression that only a portion of the country is against the law at any given time. If the law was rolled out in its entirety there would generalized dislike of the affordable care act. Using a fazed in strategy and polling the country at a specific time is misleading. Let's roll the whole law out at one time and then poll the whole country and I would accept that not this current poll. Sorry I smell b.s. from a mile away.

    March 11, 2014 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  12. Gurgyl

    Well, it now the Law. Why not Republicans work on "JOBS-BILL", instead of this. They know insurances denied people, they know Medicare fraud, overcharge by hospitals, un-necessary tests by doctors and greed etc. They lose horribly this time too.

    March 11, 2014 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  13. heather

    I don't support Obamacare because I don't think it goes far enough. We need a single payer system. Obamacare is only good for the insurance companies.

    March 11, 2014 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  14. Coffee Party

    The 57% who disapprove probably live in GOP states with GOP governors who didn't manage the implementation well, especially for poor folks.

    March 11, 2014 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  15. ghostwriter

    Boy....the excuses you conservatives spit out when polls don't go your way. These numbers aren't too different from the ones from previous polls. Most people don't want Obamacare repealed. It's really that simple. If they did, they wouldn't have re-elected the man.

    And yet, we just celebrated the 50th attempt by house republicans to repeal Obamacare. Nothing says out of touch like a republican with an agenda.

    March 11, 2014 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  16. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Hey reed, your a GOP teaparty STOOGE or just plain DUMB!!!!!

    March 11, 2014 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  17. The Real Tom Paine


    I wonder how many of the college educated people in this survey have any actual experience with life? With the exception of certain technical schools, college education today isn't nearly what it used to be. The hard working uneducated man has to deal with real life every day, while many of these new college graduates think they know it all.
    If a college graduate has a job, car, family, etc, they have actual life experience. Young people, regardless of their level of formal education, think they know it all: its often described as youthful invincibility. I guess the Santorum Law that declares all college graduates to be snobs has gone into effect, solely for the purpose of invalidating this one survey because it presents such a threat to the world view of those who think 40 million uninsured was a wonderful feature and benefit of our society.

    March 11, 2014 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  18. i. conserve

    Liberalism: Yet to be defined as a mental disorder. I made the mistake voting democrat on Obamas first term. Didnt happen again. Wont happen again. I wont be made a sheep. The democrats are poisoning the very foundation we were based on as a country. You want to see what America will look like under another 2-term democratic president? Look no further than the city of Detroit. Ran by democrats for 50 years.

    March 11, 2014 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  19. hrpuffinstuff

    People and math are funny. Don't you think if the law went further that 39% would most likely lower. This is not a law favored by the general public and if you looked closer, those who need it are the ones who have steadily opposed it. Increase in support is from the wealthy who don't need it yet somehow know whats best for those "beneath" them. They do not have a clue as to how it is working, yet they are in favor of it. And you guys call the GOP sheep..... yikes.

    March 11, 2014 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  20. Patrick

    I have asked 230 people (directly and had friends do the same and get back to me we just made sure no repeat people) if they are paying less now for health insurance or more. Also to ask the health insurance people why the change in costs. No one is paying less. Those that had plans that covered only what they wanted had their plans canceled. Odd that a couple 75 and 73 years old had their health insurance plan canceled due to not having maternity care covered. Those who were working had their plans modified. Higher monthly fees. Higher co pays. All for less coverage. Another thing these people ha in common is they actually pay for their health insurance.

    I wonder if CNN got to poll more people who would not be paying hence they like getting free (to them) health insurance.

    The ACA does nothing to make things affordable. The idea of driving down costs by volume only works when the free market has many players in that field. Price fixing in that field stops costs from going down. The ACA price fixes some things. Insurance companies and medical care providers will make up the costs in other areas.

    March 11, 2014 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  21. Stop wasting time

    The responses on the board are hilarious as it seems most people didn't even read the article. 51% either support the law or want it to go further! Only 39% actually oppose it outright. READ THE ARTICLE RIGHTIES!

    March 11, 2014 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  22. Jm Gilbert

    Isn't this about the same number as people that are on government handouts?

    March 11, 2014 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  23. IndianaGreg

    "39% Support Obamacare". If it was a GOP Back Measure, I have no doubt the headline would be "61% Opposed Republican Healthcare Offerings".

    I also found it telling that it's support among upper income college educated respondents...the same people who likely don't have Obamacare because they have good paying jobs that offer insurance.

    March 11, 2014 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  24. Wake up People!

    So the educated tend to favor it more...... Isn't it ironic the correlation between those that can read and those that depend on Rush and Hannity to tell them what to think?

    March 11, 2014 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  25. Tom Wilson

    Guilt from successful people who don't rely on the plan Let 'em eat cake.

    March 11, 2014 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
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