Politics

Poll: Most Americans Dislike Obamacare

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Juliegrace Brufke Capitol Hill Reporter

The number of Americans who disapprove of Obamacare far exceeds the number of those who approve of President Barack Obama’s landmark health-care legislation according to a poll released by Pew Research Center Wednesday.

While its approval rating is somewhat higher than right after its disastrous rollout, a large margin said it is doing more harm than good.

Just 44 percent of those surveyed said they approved of how the Affordable Care Act has been panning out while 54 percent said they disapprove of its job performance since its implementation.
Modest changes in public's overall view of ACA since its passage in 2010

Democrats and independents – 78 percent and 39 percent respectively – were more likely to give a favorable rating, while just 9 percent of those who identified as Republicans said they were happy with the results.

“Views among Republicans have shifted only modestly since December 2013,” the report found. “In the wake of the troubled rollout of Healthcare.gov as part of the Affordable Care Act, negative views of the law’s impact among Republicans increased from 59 percent to 74 percent, and they have remained at similar levels since.”

The number of independents who approve has gone down significantly since July, dropping from 45 percent to 39 percent in less than a year.

The survey found a large number of people found it didn’t have much of an effect at all, followed by those who saw a negative impact.

“More adults (31 percent) say the health care law has had a mostly negative effect on themselves and their families than say it has had a mostly positive one (23 percent), while 45 percent say it not has had much of an effect,” the poll reads.

More Americans also believe the ACA will have a negative impact in the future, with 43 percent saying it will take the country in the wrong direction and just 39 percent saying it will be positive.

The survey was conducted off of telephone interviews from 2,008 adults on April 12-19 and leaves a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percent.

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