12/23/2013 04:08 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Polls Show Just How Bad 2013 Was For Obamacare Approval

It's been a tough year for Obamacare in the eyes of the public. The law, which began the year with a net approval rating of about -4, ends it at closer to -14, polls show.

HuffPost Pollster's average, which includes all publicly available polling, currently puts support for the law at just under 38 percent and opposition at just above 51 percent -- slightly better than a month ago, but significantly worse than before the law's error-plagued rollout.

A CNN poll released Monday found support for the health care law at an all-time low of 35 percent, down from 40 percent in November, and opposition up to 62 percent. Most of the increased opposition came from women, according to CNN.

Of all those opposed to the law, 43 percent said the law was too liberal, and 15 percent that it was not liberal enough. Just 59 percent of Democrats said they favored the law, as did just 33 percent of independents and 3 percent of Republicans.

CNN's polling this year has found slightly higher opposition to the law than most other pollsters. Other recent surveys on Obamacare paint a mixed picture of just how much public opinion about the law has changed, but most show approval as either stabilized or rebounding somewhat in the past month. A Washington Post/ABC survey last week found support for the law at 46 percent -- up 6 points from late October and approximately where it stood when the bill was proposed in 2009. A Kaiser tracking poll found that support for the law this month was unchanged since December, with independents' opinions continuing to sour and Democrats' opinions, which had briefly plunged, recovering.

The law is overwhelmingly seen as President Obama's most significant action since taking office -- for better or for worse, according to a Gallup poll released Monday, which finds the law viewed as both his greatest success and his biggest failure.

Twenty-two percent of Americans cited Obamacare as the greatest achievement of his administration, the poll found. The next two most-cited accomplishments -- bringing troops home and capturing Osama bin Laden -- garnered just 7 percent each.

But Obamacare also easily topped the list of the administration's biggest failures. Thirty six percent of Americans cited it as Obama's low point, far ahead of complaints like a lack of bipartisanship or leadership, or inaction on immigration reform.

The Gallup poll surveyed 1,031 adults between Dec. 5 and Dec. 8, while the CNN poll surveyed 1,035 adults between Dec. 16 and Dec. 19. Both used live telephone interviews.



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