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WaPo-ABC Poll: Majority Say Website Indicates Deeper Obamacare Problems

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Monday, 21 Oct 2013 06:53 PM

By Amy Woods

A majority of Americans think Obamacare is doomed because of its rocky rollout and technological glitches, a Washington Post-ABC News poll shows.

A total of 56 percent indicate the problems with the website are the tip of the iceberg and point to more problems in the future, the poll shows. Conversely, a total of 40 percent view the website's problems as separate from the implementation of the law.

From a political perspective, the poll shows most Republicans think bigger issues lie ahead for Obamacare, while most Democrats do not.

On Sunday, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that "there's no one more frustrated than the president at the difficulty in the website."

Obama held a press conference in the Rose Garden Monday to address the issue.

"We did not wage this long and contentious battle just around a website," he said.

Support for the healthcare law is split almost equally. Forty-six percent are in support, and 49 percent are in opposition, the poll shows. Since the law passed, it has been supported by fewer than half of Americans, but the poll shows a decrease in the number of those who want it repealed. The statistics are 33 percent and 20 percent, respectively.

Along political lines, nearly 70 percent of Republicans want nothing to do with Obamacare, and 60 percent go a step further and want it repealed.

Fifty-three percent of those polled do not like the way Obama is handling the introduction of the law, and 41 percent signal their approval.

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