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Obamacare Public Support at 26 Percent, Lowest Ever, Says AP Poll

Friday, 28 Mar 2014 06:53 AM

By Newsmax Wires

Support for Obamacare is at its lowest level since its passage four years ago, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll that finds only 26 percent of Americans supporting the Affordable Care Act and 43 percent saying they are opposed.

Only 5 percent of Americans say the launch of the insurance exchanges has gone very or extremely well. The number who think it has gone at least somewhat well has improved from 12 percent in December to 26 percent now.

Of those who said they or someone in their household tried signing up for coverage, 59 percent said there were problems.

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A narrow majority expects President Barack Obama's health care law to be further implemented with minor changes, or as passed.

The poll found that 7 in 10 Americans believe the law will be implemented with changes. Forty-two percent think those changes will be minor, and 30 percent say they think major changes are in store.

The poll found that much of the slippage for the health care law over the last four years has come from a drop in support, not an increase in opposition.

In April of 2010, soon after the law passed, 50 percent of Americans said they were opposed to it, while 39 percent were in favor. Ten percent were on the fence.

Now, slightly more than a quarter say they are in favor, a drop of 13 percentage points. The 26 percent in favor in the AP-GfK poll is not significantly different from the 27 percent registered in January and December.

The AP-GfK Poll was conducted March 20-24 using KnowledgePanel, GfK's probability-based online panel designed to be representative of the U.S. population. It involved online interviews with 1,012 adults and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points for all respondents.

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