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. hkirwin


    All you naysayers... read the article better. 39% support it, and 12% who oppose don't think it goes far enough. That means that 51% of people want the ACA or something more toward single-payer universal. Last time I checked, 51% was a majority.

    I guess that is one way to spin he. He forgot to add the next sentence which states 57% oppose it.

    March 11, 2014 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  2. Lord Toronaga

    57% Say they don't like it. So a majority of the American people do not agree with Obama.

    March 11, 2014 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  3. hkirwin

    Wait until the employer mandates kick in and the taxpayers find out they will be funding the tax waiver Obama provided to the Unions.

    March 11, 2014 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  4. jdalco

    nice to see the approval rating goes up when Obama delays it again. . . what does that tell you? This is a job killer folks.

    March 11, 2014 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  5. RomneyLostIcantBelieveIt

    Yeah, it looks like Hillary's in for 2016.... depressing. Too many people support ObamaCare and if his legacy is a triumph by that hear, Dems could very well pull out yet another victory straight.

    March 11, 2014 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  6. Richard

    I have cancer and paid nearly $20K last year in uncovered treatment. The insurance just ran out. Started on ACA and have had only one treatment this year with a cost to me of $2,100, my deductable and monthly payments of $1,710 for insurance.
    The good news is while I still will have to pay 9 more months for insurance, $5,130, I have 5 more treatments which will cost almost $70K but I'll pay nothing. Total payout for the year $8,940 by me. It is fair to say that Obama Care saved me money and in the long run my life. Anyone finding fault with that, has never had a loved one die from a lack of care because of insurance companies profit line.

    March 11, 2014 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  7. Smitty

    Sure, we believe you, and you can keep your plan. Nice try with the big lie.

    March 11, 2014 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  8. Amused

    Imagine my surprise that support for the ACA comes from "upper income and college educated Americans" most of whom due to illegal delays in implementation of the law have been spared from the ACA's impact until after the 2016 elections.

    March 11, 2014 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  9. Aaron

    @critical thinking – Just like grades in school, anything less than 70% is a "F", a failing grade. Stop setting the bar so low!
    60-69% is a D. So, you failed in explaining a failing grade.

    Once people get there right winged fear masks off and actually see what it does the number will continue to go up.

    March 11, 2014 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  10. Wake up People!

    God bless you Richard! And good luck.

    March 11, 2014 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  11. Independent Thinker

    The ACA is so wonderful, we keep postponing parts, because we fear the impact on elections.

    That says a lot! Funny how liberals aren't pushing for it to be fully implemented!

    March 11, 2014 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  12. JohnRJohnson

    I'm surprised that more than 57% oppose after a relentless 5-year campaign of misinformation and phony horror stories about the ACA which have been financed by the Koch brothers and various right-wing super-pacs. Five years of lying, beginning with "death panels" and that it will bankrupt the country. Obama makes the mistake of promising everybody will be able to keep their policy if they like it and HE is pounced on for being a liar by the biggest liars of all. How was Obama supposed to foresee that the private insurance industry would continue to sell junk policy which covered virtually nothing right up until the day the bill became law? Policies that didn't meet the ACA minimum standards had to be upgraded to meet the new standards. Instead, the insurance companies simply cancelled the policies on October 1st, making a liar out of the President. That's some industry we have there. Time to dump them all. Time for single-payer, Medicare for all. No more BS and playing politics with the nation's health.

    March 11, 2014 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  13. Neal

    Every western nation has UHC and so should we. Obamacare is here to stay!

    March 11, 2014 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  14. bobo

    39% What a joke! Obamacare is a disaster! You know what we REALLY need to know? Why is Lois Learner taking the 5th???? Is she guilty? Who is she protecting?

    March 11, 2014 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  15. Jeff

    Funny thing about the questions in this survey: Ask how many people are in favor of the Affordable Care Act and support nearly doubles.

    March 11, 2014 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  16. billy_bob

    only such a liberal news organization as cnn or usatoday could write aheadline that says obamacare support edges up. how pathetically overt in the support for the democratic president. what ever happened to news organization independence. you can no longer get REAL news from the big news companies. you need to do your own research and find the TRUTH because ALL these companies LIE.

    March 11, 2014 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  17. mrkhrrs

    After five years of Obama I have less hope and far less change.

    March 11, 2014 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  18. Sauni

    I have been on the healthcare since October and just now found a doctor who accepted me. I am in basically good health, (no daily or monthly medications) and I have to drive 28 miles to an urgent care, ER, doctor or hospital that is in my plan. Very misleading!!!!!. They tell you that you have to find a doctor as you have to have a provider. Well, its not as easy that it may appear. I notified every doctor on the plan of my insurance, and just now found one, hopefully. I thought i found one several weeks ago, to find out after i get to the office, that the doctor was not on my plan even though i was accepted.

    March 11, 2014 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  19. Ol' Yeller

    Many of you righties are juxtaposing in your own little reality world, but what else is new? The fact of the matter is this... just like any changeover to something better, you will have diehard ignoramuses who will fight the change to the bitter end. Take the change from rotary phones to pushbutton. There was just a litany of dinosaurs who were outraged they would take a perfectly good phone system and change it over to something as stoopid as a pushbutton phone. Idiotic arguments were made like 'my fingers always push two buttons... it is unworkable!'.
    Looking back... how many folks do you know now who even know what a rotary phone is, much less want to go back to it? is on our side.
    Yes, it is!
    And that being said... the phone continues to improve (got one in my pocket right now).
    And healthcare will continue to improve also, despite the WAHS from the right....
    Sorry guys... once again, another win in the good guy's column.

    March 11, 2014 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  20. mrkhrrs

    @OL' Yeller: If you want the larger picture look at the CNN poll. 61% oppose.

    March 11, 2014 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  21. EldRick

    If it is within the sampling error, then the whole article is drivel, and no conclusion can or should be drawn. A waste of time to even read past that statement.

    March 11, 2014 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  22. Paul

    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.

    March 11, 2014 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  23. mike in NH

    Surprised it's up to 39%, in NH the failures of Obamacare are making good TV ads..

    But seeing the Dems considered that the 2012 was a mandate victory for Obama @51%, what dose 57% opposing Obamacare mean. Sounds like a magamandate against and a mandate that the GOP can run on.

    March 11, 2014 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  24. Galileo Darwin

    If believe CNN polls about as much as I believe Obama.

    March 11, 2014 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  25. electstat

    so now $50,000 per year equals "upscale american".

    March 11, 2014 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
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