Fox Poll: 68 Percent Concerned About Obamacare

Tuesday, 17 Sep 2013 05:26 PM

By Cathy Burke

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Almost 70 percent of voters are concerned about their healthcare under the Affordable Care Act, and 54 percent would like to turn the clock back on the healthcare system, a Fox News poll showed Tuesday.

An all-time high 58 percent of voters disapprove of how President Barack Obama is handling healthcare, including 33 percent of Democrats, 65 percent of independents, and 83 percent of Republicans, the poll showed.

Obamacare: Massive New Rules Revealed for 2013

The unpopularity mirrors results released Monday from two other polls.

In the Fox poll, 68 percent of voters are concerned about their healthcare under the new law — including 43 percent who are "very" concerned.

Only 31 percent said they weren't worried.

The poll also found no gender gap in the results: 65 percent of men and 70 percent of women are concerned. And politics wasn't a great divider either, with 56 percent of Democrats feeling concerned — 31 percent of them "very" concerned — and 77 percent of Republicans feeling the same.

Seventy-two percent of independents also said they were concerned.

The poll said it found those under-30 least concerned about the new law, though 60 percent felt worried, while 77 percent of the voters between 55-64 are worried, the poll found.

Results also showed 54 percent of voters want to go back to the 2009 healthcare system, while only 35 percent think it would be better to leave the new law in place. Sixty-four percent of black voters, 56 percent of Democrats, and 53 percent of liberals like the way things are, the poll found.

The Fox survey also showed Obama's approval rating on healthcare has sunk to 38 percent, down from 41 percent in June, and just one percentage point higher than his low of 37 percent approval recorded in February 2010, the year the new law passed.

His scores were more favorable on his handling of terrorism, with a 48 percent approval and 45 disapproval rating; and foreign policy, with 39 percent approving and 54 percent disapproving; and much worse on the economy, with 37 percent approving and 60 percent disapproving; and Syria, with a 29 percent approval rating and a 60 percent disapproval rating.

Oddly, what the new law is called made a slight difference in how people feel about it, the Fox poll showed.

The poll asked voters if they have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of the law, with half questioned using the phrase "the 2010 healthcare law called the Affordable Care Act," while the other half were asked about "Obamacare."

Thirty-nine percent had a favorable opinion of the law when it’s called its formal name compared with 34 percent who had that opinion when asked about "Obamacare."

Likewise, 55 percent had an unfavorable view of the Affordable Care Act, while 60 percent had a negative opinion of Obamacare.

Republicans are eight percent points more likely to have an unfavorable opinion of Obamacare than the Affordable Care Act at 93 percent versus 75 percent, respectively. Independents are also more inclined to respond negatively to Obamacare by 12 points.

Democrats didn't show much of a difference: they had a 60 percent favorable opinion of the Affordable Care Act — and a 59 percent favorable opinion of Obamacare.

On Monday, an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll showed 44 percent of Americans calling the healthcare law a bad idea, while a Pew Research/USA Today poll found 53 percent of Americans disapproved of the law.

The Fox News poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.

Obamacare: Massive New Rules Revealed for 2013




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