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Poll Finds Americans Still Divided on Health Care Law

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April 24, 2012

Even after oral arguments at the Supreme Court put the 2010 health care law on front pages for a week, public opinion on the law has not budged, according to the latest monthly installment in the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Health Tracking Poll. 

The poll asks respondents about their views of the Affordable Care Act every month. The results have been static since the law was first passed, with about 40 percent opposing the law and 40 percent approving. April’s poll found 42 percent of those asked had a favorable view of the law, while 43 percent viewed it unfavorably. The poll found that more people were aware of the law’s requirement that individuals get some kind of health insurance or pay a fine, but 70 percent continue to oppose the provision. 

But public confidence in the Supreme Court rose from 23 percent in March to 31 percent. Thirty-nine percent of the April respondents thought the justices will decide the case on the basis of legal analysis, while 19 percent believed politics will play the biggest role.

 

The telephone survey of 1,210 adults has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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