Gallup Poll: More Than Half of Americans Still Against Obamacare

Thursday, 29 May 2014 08:26 PM

By Jason Devaney

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Despite the White House calling Obamacare's enrollment numbers a success, with more than 8 million sign-ups reported through the April 15 deadline, a new poll shows less than half of Americans support the healthcare law.

A new Gallup survey finds that 43 percent of Americans support the Affordable Care Act, the same number that approved of it in April. In the latest poll, 51 percent of Americans disapprove of the law.

The final number of enrollees, which critics and insurance companies have called into question, was a strong finish for a sign-up process that began with the botched rollout of the Obamacare website last October.

Sign-ups in the first few months lagged well behind the administration's goals, but as the technical issues were eventually repaired and the deadline to enroll in a health insurance plan — which was fluid and changed several times — crept closer, more and more Americans registered for insurance, according to the numbers.

Public approval of the law, which was passed in 2010, bottomed out at 38 percent in January as the healthcare.gov website still failed to work properly. The new poll numbers show that 37 percent of Americans feel the law will make the healthcare system in the U.S. better. Forty-four percent say it will make things worse.

There is a large discrepancy in Americans' approval of the law based on their race and politics. The Gallup poll claims 79 percent of Democrats and just 8 percent of Republicans support it. Seventy-six percent of African-Americans approve of the law, while 35 percent of whites do. Hispanics carry a 57 percent approval rating of the law.

The administration targeted Hispanics and hoped they would sign up for healthcare plans in droves. However, just 7.4 percent of healthcare enrollees who used the 36 federal-run exchanges identified themselves as Latino. Thirty-one percent of people did not select a race or chose "other," so the actual figure could be slightly higher.

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