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. Jim M.

    Rebounding? Support was so low, it can only get higher.

    March 11, 2014 09:06 am at 9:06 am |

    Get over it, like everything else, it's getting better!! You guys were clowns for banking on a web-site not working. Just stupid!!!

    March 11, 2014 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  3. Gurgyl

    @heather, when you have single payer system, hospital emergency rooms will be over-flooded with patients–whether they need it or not. I too thought it does good, but surprisingly it is lot more disadvantages.

    March 11, 2014 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  4. Will

    If your already sick and broke down and don't have health insurance, obama care is your best friend. If your healthy and have insurance you could care less if anyone else has insurance, sadly this is the way most american's think.

    March 11, 2014 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  5. Devon

    Maybe if the politicians would have read the bill before they passed it , they might have been able to amend certain parts of the bill so people wouldn't lose their plans, doctors and millions wouldn't be forces to work part time. And by the way, it was supposed to be affordable. It's in the name and it's absolutely not true for a lot of middle class people.

    March 11, 2014 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  6. ghostwriter

    Many individuals and families would experience changes in premiums that
    differed from the changes in average premiums in their insurance market. As
    explained below, some provisions of the legislation would tend to decrease
    the premiums paid by all insurance enrollees, while other provisions would
    tend to increase the premiums paid by less healthy enrollees or would tend to
    increase the premiums paid by enrollees in some states relative to enrollees
    in other states. As a result, some individuals and families within each market
    would see reductions in premiums that would be larger or smaller than the
    estimated average reductions, and some people would see increases."

    This is from the CBO. This is about the republican plan introduced in 2009.

    March 11, 2014 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  7. mzfitz1215

    so that means 61% doesn't.

    March 11, 2014 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  8. JimInNM

    Bullying at its finest, Obamacare, core curriculum, NSA, IRS, genetically engineered food, etc. (an endless list of government and corporate abuse).

    March 11, 2014 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  9. jstrubberg


    39% approval is an UPTICK? Seriously, you're calling that a positive?

    If this organization cuddles up any closer to the left, they are gonna need birth control.

    March 11, 2014 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  10. Mike

    His poll numbers go up? That's it. More negativity from the right please. It doesn't matter whether their true, just make sure the public is fed nothing but negativity. The democrats did that with Bush so fair is fair. Why should the republicans be any better that the democrats. And through it all are the losers, we the people. Do what your party wants you to do, not what the people want.

    March 11, 2014 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  11. Wake up People!

    Nothing like a good old ObamaCare story to get the uneducated RWNJ's frothing at the mouth first thing in the morning.......

    March 11, 2014 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  12. Don DaMiddle

    More people support "Obama Care"...
    than even KNOW about our Unfunded "EMTALA Care". (destroying our economy since 86')
    That is WHY Romney created the ACA in the first place.

    March 11, 2014 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  13. John Galt

    And 39% of those polled believe that CNN has promoted raising the journalistic bar by spinning a 39% approval rating as a good thing...

    March 11, 2014 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    IndianaGreg wrote:

    ... .... 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.
    You sound a little confused. There is no specific health plan known as "Obamacare". It's more like a federal meat inspection, except it's for private insurance policies. If they meet certain minimum standards, then they are given a grade. Sub-standard policies, like sub-standard meat products, are not permitted to be sold.

    In other words, people who obtain health insurance through their employer are receiving what you just called Obamacare.

    March 11, 2014 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  15. DC Johnny

    Democrats push the truly unpopular parts of the implementation past the next election, and we're supposed to shout with glee at a rating as high as 39%?

    Wait until after the elections, when the Democrats seize even more seats on false issues like "war on women" and "climate change", when the real teeth of the legislation goes into effect and crushes the job market.

    March 11, 2014 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  16. Bill the Cat

    The "uptick" is within the poll's margin of error. In MOST statistics classes, that means it didn't change at all.

    March 11, 2014 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  17. Tell the truth

    Or the real headlines overwhelming number of Americans oppose Obama care...

    March 11, 2014 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  18. Rosslaw

    And the 61% who don't like it support the Heritage Foundation which wrote Obamacare. Which in their minds, so to speak, makes perfect sense.

    March 11, 2014 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  19. Dan

    We have blown up the system to help 15% of the people by punishing 85% of the people. Nice

    March 11, 2014 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  20. Bessy

    As time goes on the approval rating will go up. This is a good thing, not a perfect thing, but improvements will be made as time goes by. Better than nothing as the Republicans have to offer.

    March 11, 2014 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  21. PtBarnumBoy

    When the people who want an even more liberal plan are included the support has always been above 50% but the Hannity/Limbaugh group seem to always get more media time/ink.

    March 11, 2014 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  22. diggerjohn99

    I love how 39% is seen as a glowing improvement. Try getting a 39% on a test in school and see how far you go.

    March 11, 2014 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  23. Rudy NYC

    Joe wrote on page 2:

    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!
    Right. You don't negotiate with terrorists. The ACA is Obama's baby. Republicans took it hostage, and their terms for releasing it were totally unacceptable. "Let us destroy it, or we will shut down the government." That was a stupid move.

    March 11, 2014 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  24. cmml

    It will continue to uptick as long as Obama delays the impact it will have on people. Once everyone is forced to participate, popularity will crash

    March 11, 2014 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  25. Jerry

    Lets see, if I write a paper for a college class and receive a 35%, I receive a "F" grade. If I rework the paper and receive a 39%, I still get a "F" grade. Just saying...........

    March 11, 2014 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
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