Health care reform

32 Percent Favorable of New Health Care Law; 50 Percent Unfavorable

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A recent national Reason-Rupe poll finds 32 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of the new health care law passed by Congress in 2010, compared to 50 percent with an unfavorable view of it. The law once enjoyed majority support back in July 2010 with 50 percent favorable and 35 percent unfavorable, according to the Kaiser Foundation Health Tracking poll.

When asked whether Congress should repeal the health care law, or let it stand, 36 percent want to let the law stand, 49 percent say Congress should repeal it. Essentially favorability toward the law maps on to whether individuals want Congress to repeal it or let it stand.

 

Democrats are highly favorable of the new health care law with 57 percent favorable, and Republicans highly unfavorable with 81 percent. Independents, or self identified independents who do not lean toward either party, were split with nearly half unfavorable and 27 percent favorable. A clear majority (61 percent) of Democrats believe Congress should let the new health care law stand, but a majority of independents and Republicans said Congress should repeal the law.

Interestingly, half of Americans say they know very little—to not much about the new law. Only 9 percent say they know a great deal, yet this is understandable given the length and breadth of the legislation. 39 percent say they know a moderate amount about the law.

Those most opposed to the law are among those who say they know the most about it. 70 percent among those who say they know a "great deal" about the law have an unfavorable opinion, compared to the 33 percent with a favorable opinion of it. Even among those who say they know a "moderate amount" about the law, 53 percent have an unfavorable opinion of the law compared to 41% with a favorable opinion of it.

 

Note: "Pure Independents" indicates self-identified independents who do not lean toward either Republicans or Democrats.

Full poll results found here.

Nationwide telephone poll conducted March 10th-20th of both mobile and landline phones, 1200 adults, margin of error +/- 3 percent. Columns may not add up to 100 percent due to rounding. Full methodology can be found here

Emily Ekins is the director of polling for Reason Foundation where she leads the Reason-Rupe public opinion research project, launched in 2011. Follow her on Twitter @emilyekins.

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  1. Independents, or self identified independents who do not lean toward either party, were split with nearly half unfavorable and 27 percent favorable.

    I know Welch and Gillespie fancy the independents as these free thinkers slipping the chains of the two party system, but more often than not they are morons who blindly think what the nice hairpiece on the nightly news tells them to think.

    1. Agreed. Spoke to a father of one of my daughter’s ckassmates yesterday, and I brought up the band Rush. He said he didn’t like them because they were libertarian. I asked him what was wrong with libertarians. He said they were racist. Rather than get into a big political argument I simply said the Libertarians reject the initiation of force.

  2. Britain Deserves Better

  3. Well, now we know what percentage of the population needs to be dealt with.

    Whoops, is this mike on? Damn this newfangled technology.

  4. Whoops, is this mike on? Damn this newfangled technology.

  5. Obamacare and the Individual Mandate are clearly Unconstitutional, except to the extreme left. However, you would have thought with all the discussion of the very points the Justices brought up that Solicitor General Verrelli would have come up with something better than he gave. However, a weak case is a weak cases! Lets hope this will be the end of the Unconstitutional monstrosity that Obama has tried to shove down our throats!
    Fab-IgG

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