Obamacare Approval Ratings Hit Record Low

Following problem-plagued rollout

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LARRY DOWNING / Reuters

U.S. President Barack Obama pauses while he talks about the Affordable Care Act in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, November 14, 2013

Public opinion about the new health care reform law has hit a new low, according to a new poll Monday.

The CNN survey found that just 35 percent of Americans approve of Obamacare, down five points since late November. Sixty-two percent said they oppose the Affordable Care Act, and 42 percent of those who disapproved said the law, President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement, is too liberal, CNN reports. Forty-two percent said they think their family will be worse off under the new law, up two percentage points since November.

The poll, taken between Dec. 16 and Dec. 19, was release on the day of the first major enrollment deadline. Consumers have until midnight on Monday to enroll in new coverage that begins Jan. 1. It follows a problem-plagued rollout of the law, marred by the cancellation of policies and the woeful performance of the HealthCare.gov federal insurance exchange website.

Much of the hostility toward Obamacare is coming from women, CNN analysts say. CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said that opposition to the health care law is “bad news for an administration that is reaching out to moms across the country in an effort to make Obamacare a success.” Among women, opposition has risen almost six points since November, from 54 percent to 60 percent.

The discouraging numbers come at the end of a rough year for the health care law, with tough battles in Congress and HealthCare.gov’s rocky rollout in October. While Obama has acknowledged that “we screwed it up,” he promised in his final news conference of the year that 2014 would be a “year of action” on health care.

[CNN]

34 comments
ColleenMitchell
ColleenMitchell

Your tax dollars at work.  My friends health insurance went from 350 a month to 1800 a month under obamacare!!  Her out of pocket limit is 10 times her old insurance!!

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

The most admired person but his job approval tanked. Figure that one out. Usually a much admired person has some positive capacity or achievent. Obama has none. Just now Syria missed the deadline, Iran is on the way to secure its first nuclear bomb, his Obama Care is in shambles and so is the economy. He gets through by constantly lying.

TheRza82
TheRza82

Obama's declining poll numbers have much more to do with the current political climate and dissatisfaction iof the Government as a whole then it does his performance as President.

There is no doubt that Obama's numbers aren't good. However, in comparison to the rest of the Government he looks golden. Congress has an approval/disapproval rating of 13% approval versus 80% disapproval. The last three polls for congressional Republican approval/disapproval is 22%/73% (FoxNews), 24%/73% (ABC News/Wash. Post), 19%/74% (Qunniapiac). Our current political environment is a unique one and unlike any other we have seen in recent history, especially since they have kept track of approval ratings.

Yes, the botched roll out of the ACA was just awful... Probably the worst that anyone could imagine. However, the silver lining is that it can only get better and thus far it has. The web site is largely fixed, enrollment is surging, and millions of Americans will get health insurance through the medicaid expansion. As the ACA improves, so will the President's numbers.

It will be a mistake for the GOP to make this election solely about Obamacare, especially if it continues to improve. Plus, unlike 2010, the economy is in a much better place and 2014 is setting up to be a very good year for job creation and economic growth.The budget deal, at the very least, provides economic certainity that we won't be Governing by crisis or see another shutdown, not to mention replacing a portion of the sequester cuts. Markets now know what our fiscal house will look like, as well as our monetary policy with Janet Yellen at the head of the Fed. It's about the economy, stupid. If Democrats are able to run on an improving economy, continue the push for immigration reform, and most importantly, force Republicans into having a debate about the minimum wage, then they will be able to survive the midterms. By survive, I mean maintain a majority in the Senate, since there is no way the GOP loses control of the Gerrymandered House. Plus, the GOP can't wait to shoot itself in the foot again, with Republicans already openly saying that they will again demand concessions in "exchange" for raising the debt ceiling, avoiding default and trigerring a global recession. And of course, the GOP will be rolling out some crazies to run for Senate, which leads to one of two things. First, The Establishment Candidate has to go as far right as possible in the primaries to keep the rabid base of the ultra-far right happy. Then, once they are in the general election they have to moderate their views as much as possible, which of course angers the base and paints them as a flip flopper. Second, the actual far-right crazy conservative actually wins, running on beliefs which make them toxic to moderates and independents, causing once safe-red seats to become blue.

sacredh
sacredh

Here's something to think about. The GOP candidate will run against Obama. Hillary can say the same thing.

georgiamd
georgiamd

Oh, it's going to get worse....much worse. Wait until people start experiencing the new Obamacare taxes scheduled in 2014 and a NEW round of premium increases.

This folly has just started to impact lives and so far, people are NOT liking what they see.

Perhaps more importantly, under ObamaCare, we will have fewer choices, higher premium costs, and far fewer doctors. Let me spell that out for you: fewer choices + higher costs + fewer doctors = poorer health care.  You are going to pay a lot more for considerably LESS service.

This folks, is a recipe for disaster!

jmac
jmac

Can the right-wing keep the drumbeat up for ten months?   Can they hope women think their health care reform would be better?   Surely you jest.  As soon as the polls turn they will be back on Benghazi/Hillary.   Or on to another 'scandal' because that's the way they roll.  

Largo
Largo

I don't think Obama is too concerned.  He just left on a 17 day vacation.

IbcinguToo
IbcinguToo

WHO CARES?  Like President O said --   Polls go up & they go down. I don't do this job for poll numbers. 

roknsteve
roknsteve

Polls ! Polls ! Polls !  Did anyone order a new poll?  Me neither.  The people who take polls need to get a hobby, get a job, or get lost. 

roknsteve
roknsteve

Polls ! Polls ! Polls !  Did anyone order another poll?  Me neither.  The people who take polls need to get a hobby, get a job, get laid, and get lost.  

ScottMdot
ScottMdot

@karmartdave  instead of puns and zingers maybe educate people or actually add something to the conversation instead of just repeating Glenn Beck. 


ScottMdot
ScottMdot

@TheRza82  These polls regarding congress cannot be taken literally because your average American literally knows nothing about how our Government works. I bet only 10% (maybe less) can even name the Representatives from their district. But when asked "do you like or hate congress"... "oh I hate congress!"  

ScottMdot
ScottMdot

@sacredh  Hillary doesnt have a snowballs chance. Even women hate her. At least Obama was a prime example of what the urban black community should aspire to.

barneydidit
barneydidit

@georgiamd Fortunately the GOP is ready to swoop in and fix everything via their alternative to Obamacare....which is what again?

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

@jmac Yeah, if is isn't Obamacare it'll be something else they will find to smear the President.  This is what you do when your plan of action is to do nothing for the next year hoping you don't make any mistakes that will cost you votes.


Odd that they don't think in terms of doing something for the people of this nation that would earn them those votes.

Chosun1
Chosun1

@roknsteve-- Nobody likes polls unless they support your cause or candidate. 

georgiamd
georgiamd

@barneydidit @georgiamd First step is to repeal this atrocity and start fresh. ANYTHING would be better than this foundation of lies. Perhaps removing the insurance industry from control would be a good starting point.

manlyman
manlyman

@AlphaJuliette The prosperity and general welfare of these United States has never been of concern to Obama. Quite the opposite actually. A helpless, dependant citizenry is so much easier to control and manipulate. "Fundamental change" comes to mind. Until that lightbulb comes on over you liberals' heads, all of your arguments are just annoying background noise.

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

@manlyman

"In my opinion the repubs are being very lax in that area. We need more."

More?!  More obstructionism?  More ignoring important bills that need to be passed?  More government shut downs?  More hurting the economy?  More stunting job growth because of a lack of confidence in the business community?

You mean more of that?

No, we don't need more of that.  We need a congress that can work together and with the president to promote the prosperity and the general welfare of these United States.

THAT's what we need more of.

manlyman
manlyman

@AlphaJuliette @manlyman "...just because they don't like this president..."

Wake up alphy, nobody likes this president. Behind the scenes everone, from both sides of the aisle, see him as arrogant and standoffish at best. A truly pompous a-hole would not be too much of a stretch. Finally now though,even his most ardent fans are seeing the rest of him. His credibility, which we always doubted, is now being exposed to more and more. More and more we are seeing that this chaotic mess called o'care is a pre-planned chaos. A crisis which must be adressed, by him and his minions of course,and you don't EVEN want to know what that involves. We must obstruct. In my opinion the repubs are being very lax in that area. We need more.

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

@manlyman

When a mainstream political party is dedicated to denying Obama a second term as their number one priority at the height of the Great Recession then there is a problem of priorities.  When said political party uses the budget process to actually hurt the prosperity and security of the U.S. twice there is a problem of responsibility.  When that same political party obstructs much needed reforms in the tax code and immigration just because they don't like this president there is a problem of maturity.  When the nation is held hostage to the narrow mindset of an extreme political wing of said party then there is a problem with respect for our democratic processes.  And, finally, when all the damaging and obstructionistic actions are considered to have occurred without any real reason when there is room for compromise and the building of trust and no real reason exists not to pursue those avenues for the benefit of the country then we have a problem with racism.