Botched job aside, the majority of Americans still think Obamacare will work — eventually — and half of those polled believe the system’s current enrollment problems can be solved.
Still, almost six-in-10 said they oppose the law, a new survey released Wednesday said.
Here’s how the questions in a new CNN/ORC International poll, released Wednesday, went: “Is the new law a success of failure?” Four of 10 respondents said “failure,” CNN reported, but another 53 percent said they couldn’t yet answer — it was too soon to tell.
And then: “Will the current problems faced by Obamacare be eventually solved?” To that, 54 percent answered in the affirmative. Another 45 percent said no, never.
Once again, it’s the younger crowd — the age group that generally stands by the president, regardless of the shifting of other political winds — that expressed the most positive views of Obamacare,
“Only 25 percent of 18- to 34-year-olds say that the new law is a failure, compared to more than four in 10 in any other age bracket,” said CNN polling director Keating Holland, in a CNN report. “Seven in 10 younger Americans think the current problems faced by Obamacare will eventually be fixed. Senior citizens are split, and most people between 35 and 65 years old think that the system is permanently broken.”
Still, “eventually” is a fuzzy word and does not narrow down how many months, or years, that the fix could take. Moreover, the poll found that 58 percent of respondents still oppose the new Obamacare law — seeming to confirm that the question of those who think the rollout issues could be fixed really doesn’t play into the larger issues with the overhaul: Many people just don’t want Obamacare.
The survey, conducted Nov. 18-20 with 843 adult Americans who responded by telephone, also found that 41 percent said their opposition to Obamacare stemmed from the fact that it was just too liberal. Another 14 percent said it’s not liberal enough.
The survey had a margin of error of plus-or-minus 3.5 percentage points.