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. rc

    First of all there is no real way to measure the value of the ACA because no one can tell us how many people who enrolled in Medicaid under the ACA had it before the ACA existed. Second, we hear how many people enrolled but not how many are paying. Third, we can't get a straight number on how many that have enrolled did so because they lost their coverage. Therefore, anyone trying to extoll the virtues or failures are left to anecdotal evidence. Since that is the case I can only surmise that this was purposeful and therefore had much more to do with politics and legacy and a lot less to do with what could be proven to be best for America. Therein lies Obama's greatest failure. We bought into his promise of hope and transparency only to be treated to more of the same.

    March 11, 2014 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  2. Lou

    Funny how that works. People with an education can connect the dots better than the Fox Noise minions. True, many who oppose the law think it didn't got far enough; would have preferred single-payer system.

    March 11, 2014 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. Allan

    Yeah for Obamacare and the heck with medicare, I was putting a friend in nursing center under medicare and was told they would pay 3 days, that's compared with 60 last year. This cut went to pay for Obambacare. How sad when you screw your vets and seniors.

    March 11, 2014 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  4. More bad news..

    WOW – CNN pumps this article like America supports Obamacare, but in reality 60% of Americans DISAGREE with it!!!!
    60%!!!!!! And for everyone on here saying "oh it's great" "GOP didn't give it a chance" – if 60% of America doesn't want it, and that's the majority, shouldn't the will of the people be followed?
    And BTW – the 4% uptick is within the sampling guidelines, so in reality, support might still be exactly where it was in Dec – 35%.
    It's not the GOP that doesn't want Obamacare – it's America that doesn't want it; look at the polls and wake up.

    March 11, 2014 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  5. Purtman

    Mikey, I previously paid between $1200-1400 per year to support the uninsured.

    March 11, 2014 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  6. Ken

    Mary M – I truly am happy that millions of Amercan's with pre-existing conditions now have health care. What the majority of us who have employer provided plans are not happy about is the fact that our plans pricing has risen because of Obama care, not only do we have to pay for our own insurance now we are seeing additional charges that are no doubt going to fund Obamacare (ACA). In addition to that we are going to be charged more for groceries, restaurants, movies, clothing etc.... as each and every one of those installations are going to be raising their prices to offset the cost of Obamacare. Obamacare is simply robbing Peter (worker) to pay Paul (slug sucking off the Gov't teet).

    March 11, 2014 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. ManWiththe1000PoundBrain

    You folks that keep pointing out the 57% figure are forgetting that not everyone is against it for the same reason. Some are against it because it does not go far enough. Of that 57%, 12% say it not liberal enough. So, 39% that support it plus 12% that are against it because it does not go far enough means that 51% are for it or something that goes even further.

    March 11, 2014 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  8. Independent Thinker

    The ACA is proof that progressive big-government programs won't work, but will cost more than promised.

    The part that I can't get over is how the Democrats never let 'we the people' weigh in on this 'you can read it after we pass it legislation that was income redistribution disguised as healthcare. That explains the closed door sessions.

    We should have a national referendum on whether we repeal this or fix it. Are you behind that liberals?

    March 11, 2014 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  9. ghostwriter

    So then....republicans think that people who don't think the ACA goes far enough should logically want to repeal the ACA....

    March 11, 2014 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  10. Anonymous

    What a joke. I'm 60 and obamacare will cost me $1500 a month in premiums. What a deal!!!!! Bet you can tell where my vote will go in a poll!!!

    March 11, 2014 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  11. Wake up People!

    I'm still wondering if the ACA is the trainwreck they claim it to be, why would the Koch Bros blow millions of dollars making ads talking about it AFTER the law was passed?? If it's as bad as their ads say, wouldn't it implode on it's own? And who cares about a rocky website rollout, that was a technicality that was easily fixed. Why did they blow millions trying to convince their uneducated supporters that it was so bad? While they themselves are sitting on Premium policies??

    Just asking....

    March 11, 2014 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  12. CharlieH

    @vintel7...keep telling yourself that. Enjoy your koolaid.

    March 11, 2014 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  13. Tony

    39% of people supporting the health care law + 12% of the people who say the law is not liberal enough = 51% of people who want health care reform, not the Republican plan, which is to repeal and replace with NOTHING, or go back to the system before the ACA. This is what the Democratic message should be. More people want reform (the ACA or something more liberal, like a single-payer, which is the system used by the rest of the civilized world) than the system before the ACA. It is important to note that 4% of people have no opinion (100 – 39 – 57 = 4), so it is not as if 49% of people support a simple repeal and going back to the old system.

    For people who want a more liberal system, please stop responding to polls that divide people into yes/no camps, which is misleading. Republicans are using the polls to support their position of doing nothing, or going back to the old system, which is not what you want.

    March 11, 2014 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  14. willy

    I'm surprised it's that high

    March 11, 2014 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  15. Me

    The Real Tom Paine

    Wait for the Daffy Duck response from the Right:

    Its a lie! Its a lie!
    No Tom that poll sounds about right, 61% ARE AGAINST IT!!! LMFAO

    March 11, 2014 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  16. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    Independent Thinker

    ...and when the Employer Mandate kicks in, a 39% drop in approval is forecasted.
    Those same folks had also forecast that not renewing the Bush Tax Cuts would result in the extinction of the U.S. economy
    For someone who cries "bait & switch" all the time, you sure do bait and switch a lot.

    March 11, 2014 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  17. dontbefooled

    Obama is continually postponing the employer mandate and the very negative effects that will come with it. 50% are against it now and ALL the positive aspects are in place. The largest negative effects are yet to come with the employer mandate and when people go to do their taxes next year. What do think the "opinions" will be after all the negative effects are in effect? ..I'm guessing low 30's percent-wise will like it.

    March 11, 2014 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  18. Fair is fair

    Gotta love the lady in Michigan who is being demonized by the left for saying she has cancer and can no longer get the same doctors or coverage under ACA that she had before and is now forced to accept a plan that won't help her (and her Democrat representative won't even speak to her). If it's a choice between bad insurance and choice or bad insurance and bad choice, I vote for ending ACA, the govt-is-big-brother and controlling you bad choice.

    March 11, 2014 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  19. Jabbadahut

    Are you for real? Obamacare is nothing but bad news, it comes totally from democrats, they don't even like it, if they don't like it, there is something very wrong with it, besides costing way too much for care you don't even need or too little coverage for what you really need. You just wanted to bash republicans with your rants.

    March 11, 2014 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  20. yeahright


    Wow, CNN is the Obama news cheerleader. 39% approve, that means overwhelmingly most Americans do not approve.


    Read the article. Of those that disapprove, 12% think the law is not liberal enough.That means slightly over half either approve, or think the law does does not go far enough.

    March 11, 2014 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  21. Try reading...

    51% are either in favor of the law or want to see it go further. Only 39% oppose the law outright. READ THE ARTICLE.

    March 11, 2014 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  22. Allen Gingrich

    Some guy just posted that Obamacare is costing him $1,500/month. You suck at shopping around man! lol

    March 11, 2014 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  23. Enough is Enough

    Oh my! Then run on it dems, run on it! Shout your support from the roof tops!!

    March 11, 2014 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  24. z8k8

    This is just funny and showing how GOP is still gets any votes.
    "... 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% ... "
    Every one gets what they deserve.

    March 11, 2014 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  25. Abbey

    So the debacle edges up? Still a debacle of a law thanks to Democrats.

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