Poll: Independents More Likely to Vote for Opponents of Obamacare

Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 09:07 AM

By Courtney Coren

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Obamacare will play a major role in voters' decisions in the November midterm elections, and a majority say they are more likely to vote for a candidate who opposes the Affordable Care Act, the latest poll finds.

Fifty-four percent of registered voters said the new healthcare law will be one of the most important factors in who they decide to vote for in November, and 19 percent said it is the single most important factor, according to the Fox News survey of 1,012 registered voters released Monday.

If the only difference between two candidates is whether or not one says he or she will fight for Obamacare or fight against it, 53 percent of voters said they would vote for the candidate who vows to fight against it.

Fifty-four percent of independent voters also said that they are more likely to support the candidate who is against Obamacare, with 39 percent saying they would vote for the candidate who supports it.

Both Republicans and independents say that Obamacare will play an important role in how they will decide to vote in November, and a majority of both Republicans and independents oppose the new healthcare law.

Eighty percent of Republicans say the candidate's view on Obamacare will play an important factor in how they will vote in the midterms, with 87 percent opposing the law. Seventy-two percent of independents say Obamacare will be an important factor in the candidate they choose in November, with 63 percent saying they oppose the law.

Sixty-seven percent of Democrats say Obamacare will play an important role in the candidate they choose, with 71 percent in favor of the new law.

Republicans have a slight edge with registered voters, with 44 percent saying they would vote for the GOP candidate in their House district, if the election were today, and 41 percent saying they would vote for the Democrat.

Fifty-six percent said that they oppose the new healthcare law altogether, with 39 percent saying that they support it. The survey was taken April 13-15 with a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

Former President Bill Clinton has told Democrats they shouldn't run from Obamacare in their campaigns for the upcoming midterms elections, but embrace it. According to this poll, that strategy would work against them.

These results reflect other recent polls which also found Obamacare will play an important role in which candidates voters will support in November.

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