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. Sam

    I don't understand how Obamacare can be opposed on the grounds of being too liberal! One still has to pay for it – my friend who is 63 years old – pays $335 a month + $6000 in deductibles. At least now she has insurance before she was barely insured and turned down by many insurers due to pre-existing conditions (diabetes)...

    March 11, 2014 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  2. Independent Thinker

    This just in: Obama postpones Employer Mandate. He denies it is so the negative effects are observed before the elections, and claims it is 'so we have something to look forward to'.

    Right when we were looking forward to our kids paying of the $17.5 trillion in debt.

    March 11, 2014 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    That would be a falsehood, CNN.

    March 11, 2014 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  4. Darl

    I'm in the crowd who wanted single payer, but ACA is better than what we had before. I would of liked to see how that poll was worded.

    March 11, 2014 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  5. tbarton67

    801 person sampled is hardly room to make such an asenine comment. Ask every man woman and child in the US and watch those numbers plummet. It isnt working. Our insurance rates here in Kentucky have gone up and the wait time in docotors office is ridiculous. No way you can implement something as big as the ACA and expect it to work without slowly fazing it over a period of time. Its a good idea but it will ulitmately fail and and healt care costs will rise to levels that no one can afford.

    March 11, 2014 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  6. Michael

    Wait until the people start getting "fined" by the IRS for not having insurance.

    March 11, 2014 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  7. ghostwriter

    Maybe if we didn't spend an entire year talking about death panels, we could have found some real solutions.

    Oh well.......

    March 11, 2014 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  8. Enough is Enough

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

    @Antimediocrity – Yes, read the article and try to understand what it is telling you.And 51% is awfully close (within the sampling error) of 47%. The percentage of people who don't pay income taxes. I wonder how many of those 47%ers are getting subsidized healthcare thanks to me and my taxes? The left wants us all to simply become wards of the each according to his needs....from each according to his means.....

    March 11, 2014 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  9. Jerry5555

    Lol, 39% is a good number???

    March 11, 2014 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  10. tafugate

    providing citizens with basic health care is a no-brainer. single payer, get health care insurance out of the hands of businesses, and have states manage their citizens' health care, were all fantastic initial ideas. but then politicians with special interest and money ruined the stew. aca is a good start, but it needs to return to its roots.

    March 11, 2014 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  11. The REAL Truth...

    @bobo – Simple..... Our Government is inept! Obamacare takes away from people more than it gives...... and #1 on the list is..... Obama LIED to us!
    The fake spoutrage is disingenuous at best. Bush LIED to us, Clinton LIED to us, Daddy Bush LIED to us, Nixon LIED to us and REAGAN LIED to us!! See the trend.. just saying....

    March 11, 2014 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  12. mike

    Poll after poll has shown that if you ask people about the actual components of Obamacare, most people like it. It's only when it is referred to simply as "Obamacare" that people don't like it. Reason: because they don't actually understand it. All they know is that right wing PR machine has been programming them not to like it.

    March 11, 2014 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  13. mike

    Enough is Enough, no, that's not what the left wants, unless you're willing to agree that the right just want theocratic fascism.

    March 11, 2014 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  14. critical thinking

    Just like grades in school, anything less than 70% is a "F", a failing grade. Stop setting the bar so low!

    March 11, 2014 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  15. Come On CNN

    6,200,000.........Have lost their healthcare due to ACA.........31 delays.........mostly centered around timings of elections in order to hide the other shoe dropping on the American public

    March 11, 2014 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  16. mcp123

    "Right when we were looking forward to our kids paying of the $17.5 trillion in debt."

    Hmmm with househould wealth over $ 80 trillion dollars...maybe we can tax a little bit of that more maybe? Maybe like a 10% tax on the wealth.

    Then maybe we can cut the worlds most expensive military a bit as well. Problem solved.

    March 11, 2014 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  17. mrkhrrs

    The real poll will be in November.

    March 11, 2014 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  18. The REAL Truth...

    @Enough is Enough – The left wants us all to simply become wards of the each according to his needs....from each according to his means.....
    Love it how FNC parrots leave out the important part that ACA is mostly a CONservative plan.. that includes the exchanges (free enterprise for buy/seller) and the individual mandate. Get an education chicken little.

    March 11, 2014 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  19. JC

    A Political Sciences professor once told me that polls with less than 2500 respondents wasn't worth the space it took to report it. I also wouldn't trust CNN to run an honest poll if their lives depended on it – the only thing worse would be a FOX news poll. This is a non-story, and the poll isn't large enough to tell us anything at all. The Affordable Care Act has no limits on premiums or rate increases, extremely high out of pocket expenses, treats Americans as though they were THINGS, not people, and attempts to balance costs and benefits via market forces, under the same set of assumptions used in California to fund schools with lottery ticket sales. It doesn't work, will never work, and should never have been passed.

    This doesn't help all Americans afford healthcare. It simply creates more government paperwork and creates the illusion that the problem has been dealt with. It's like putting burn cream on an STD-related rash – and it's about as affective.

    March 11, 2014 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  20. Bill

    One would assume the educated and high income earners have their insurance through their work, and have not had to deal with the issues plaguing Obamacare. Therefore, it is not surprising that they are the ones who are supporting the bill. Looks good on paper until you experience its major issues. When insurance rises next year because companies did not receive enough "young and healthy" customers to their policies, we will all get to experience the rising rates.

    March 11, 2014 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  21. TruthandConsequence

    Health insurance is expensive...mine has cost around $1000 a month for years. These people who pay $335 or $500 a month, you have to ask who is paying the other half or more? If it is not their employer, it must be the Treasury...and that would mean ME! I expect Obamacare is going to be the most costly and abused legislation ever invented and it is going to play havoc with my total health care bill.

    March 11, 2014 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  22. AmericansRights

    I wasn't asked, I would have been a NO voter, it is not a good law that is FORCED upon us

    March 11, 2014 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  23. The REAL Truth...

    @critical thinking – Just like grades in school, anything less than 70% is a "F", a failing grade. Stop setting the bar so low!
    Yet the GOP approval rating is on life support.. barely into double digits... LOL. Theirs are not even high enough to earn a grade... and root canals are viewed more favorably.

    March 11, 2014 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  24. kws11

    Well, 50% of the people, by definition, are of average or lesser intelligence. That's how 39% can think this is just fine. They're still believing "Hope and Change" is a strategic plan too.

    March 11, 2014 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  25. Mike in SA

    Again CNN insinuates the ridiculous argument that if ObamaCare were only more liberal (for example government run) then more people would like it. I don't know whether to feel sorry for them for their apparently severe cognitive failings or be insulted that they think the rest of us are just that stupid.

    If ObamaCare was made more liberal, yes, it may appease the 12% who think it didn't go far enough. However, doing so would make uncomfortable much of the 39% who are OK with the law as it is now. You would make 20% unhappy just to make that 12% happy. It's not 12% in addition too, bozos.

    March 11, 2014 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
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