CNN Poll: Public Divided on Obamacare Ruling

Monday, 02 Jul 2012 12:58 PM

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The Supreme Court’s ruling upholding Obamacare didn’t move the needle on the public’s perception of the law but it did on the high court, whose reputation has soared with Democrats and soured with Republicans.

According to a new CNN/ORC International poll 50 percent agree with the Supreme Court's decision and 49 percent disagree. Few on either side report any strong emotion.

"Despite howls of protest from many Republican leaders, only about one in five Americans - and only 35 percent of the Republican rank and file - say they are angry about the decision," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. "And despite victory laps by many Democratic leaders, only one in six Americans - and only one in three Democrats nationwide - say they feel enthusiastic about the court's ruling."

However, the court's approval rating among Democrats jumped by 23 points; to 73 percent while among Republicans, it fell by 21 points, to 31 percent. Support for the court among independents rose five points to 53 percent.

"As recently as April, Republicans and Democrats had virtually identical positive opinions on the Supreme Court. But not any more," adds Holland. "That's the biggest change that the court decision has created."

The individual mandate has the support of 48 percent while 51 percent oppose it.
"But it is also worth noting that the number of Americans who favor all or most of the provisions in the bill has gone up a bit since last year, and despite roughly half looking to repeal all the provisions in the law, only one in eight say they oppose everything in the bill," Holland said.

The CNN poll surveyed 1,517 adults June 28-July 1.

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