A new Kaiser poll released Friday finds a significant drop in support for Obamacare.
Forty-nine percent now have an unfavorable view of the law, while 33 percent have a favorable one, according to the poll. The favorability gap has only been this big once before in the four years that Kaiser has been conducting polling on the law. The first was during the Republican presidential primaries in October 2011.
The drop comes amid heavy negative news coverage of the law’s implementation problems. While four in 10 people say they have seen mostly balanced coverage of the law, twice as many believe coverage is “biased against the law” (33 percent) as believe it is “biased in favor” (17 percent).
The largest decrease in favorability since last month was among Democrats, though arguably Republican support for the law has little room to drop. The portion of Democrats with a favorable view of the law decreased from 70 percent in October to 55 percent in November.
The decrease in support was also significant among women, with 48 percent now saying they have an unfavorable view, and 32 percent saying they have a favorable one.
The heavy media coverage likely contributed to the increase in people who have heard “a lot” or “some” about the exchanges. That percentage has more than doubled since September, to 42 percent in November. Familiarity has also near doubled among the uninsured — the population that has the most to gain from the ACA — though at 29 percent, it remains far below that of the public overall.
The Kaiser poll was conducted Nov. 13-18 among 1,204 adults and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
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