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Kaiser Poll: Americans Still Divided, 'Confused' on Health Care Reform

March 18, 2011

Americans admit they are still in the dark about the health care law, according to the latest Kaiser Family Foundation health tracking poll.

More than half -- 53 percent -- said they were "confused" about the law. This is barely down from April 2010 and suggests the prolonged debate has done little to clear the fog.

And 52 percent of the 1,200 adults questioned in the monthly poll said they do not have enough information about health reform to understand how it will impact them personally.

 

Opinion on the law remains largely divided on partisan lines. Forty-six percent of respondents disapprove of the law, including 82 percent of Republicans, and 42 percent approve, including 71 percent of Democrats.

Two-thirds of those surveyed felt states should be allowed to implement an alternative health care program if it is more comprehensive and affordable than the national plan. But respondents were less likely to approve of opt-outs if they thought states would save money by limiting access. "In that case, roughly two in three Americans (65 percent) would oppose state substitution, while 26 percent would still favor it," Kaiser said in a statement.

The poll was conducted between March 8 and 11 via landline and cell phone.

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