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WSJ Poll: Public Not Sold on Obamacare

By    |   Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 07:09 AM

Heading into the November midterm elections, the public continues to maintain its doubts about the Affordable Care Act, with those who favor Obamacare significantly outnumbered by those who think it's a bad idea, according to the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.

The September poll has 34 percent in favor versus 48 percent opposed to the 2010 law, with most respondents saying they feel strongly about their sentiments. Eighty-two percent of Republicans oppose the law versus roughly 37 percent of Democrats who are against it. Independents oppose the law by a 51 to 26 percent margin, the Journal reported.

People say recent news coverage about Obamacare — good or bad — hasn't swayed their view of the law. For example, the Department of Health and Human Services recently revealed that a hacker had broken into the HealthCare.gov site earlier in the summer.

The public's negative view of the president's signature healthcare plan has held steady through recent elections, with 46 percent against in 2010 and 44 percent opposed in 2012, the Journal reported. The only good news for the president is that among Latino voters there is now a majority that like the law.

Still, by a 39 to 31 percent margin, voters say Democrats are best at addressing healthcare — though this lead is noticeably lower compared to the pre-Obamacare years, according to the Journal.

A Kaiser Family Foundation poll released Tuesday offers basically identical survey results. That poll, though, showed that voters across the political spectrum thought the economy was a more important issue than healthcare — which tied with foreign policy for second place.

The Journal/NBC poll of 1,000 registered voters was conducted between Sept. 3 and 7. The margin of error is 3.1 points.

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Heading into the November elections, the public continues to maintain its doubts about Obamacare, with those who favor it significantly outnumbered by those who think it's a bad idea, a new poll shows.
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