Times/CBS Poll: 68% Against Obamacare

Thursday, 07 Jun 2012 10:23 AM

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Some 68 percent of Americans hope the Supreme Court will strike down all or part of President Barack Obama’s health care law, while just 24 percent hope the high court will uphold Obamacare, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll.

The poll results, reported in The New York Times’ The Caucus blog, come as the nation awaits the court’s ruling, expected before the end of the month. The court heard six hours of arguments on the law in March.

The poll found that 47 percent wanted the court to strike down the entire law and 27 percent felt the court should only strike down the individual mandate requiring people to buy health insurance or pay a penalty.

About two-thirds of Republicans said the law should be struck down, while 43 percent of Democrats said the law should stand. Among independents, more than 70 percent said all or some of the law should be struck down.

However, the court may have little interest in what the public thinks.

“Supreme Court justices care more about the views of academics, journalists and other elites than they do about public opinion,” a 2010 study published in The Georgetown Law Journal found, according to the Times. “This is true of nearly all justices and is especially true of swing justices, who often cast the critical votes in the court’s most visible decisions.”

The May 31 through June 3 poll surveyed 976 adults.

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