The rocky Obamacare rollout has had only a modest effect on public support for the law, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Monday.
In the poll conducted last week, 41 percent of Americans expressed support for the health care law, down 3 points from the same poll taken at the end of September. Fifty-nine percent opposed the law, up 3 points from 56 percent in the previous poll.
The results are consistent with the idea that since the law’s passage in 2010, opinions about it have been extremely ingrained.
In a marked difference, a Gallup Poll released Monday shows that more broadly, public opinion regarding the federal government’s responsibility to ensure health coverage for Americans has changed dramatically.
Whereas opinion previously firmly and consistently supported the view that it is the government’s responsibility to make sure all Americans have health coverage, attitudes began to shift in 2007, and ultimately flipped around 2009.
The recent poll shows that in 2013, a record high of 56 percent of adults say it is not the government’ responsibility to ensure coverage, while 42 percent believe it is.
This is a significant change from 2006, when those saying it is the government’s responsibility peaked at 69 percent, and those saying it is not was at a low of 28 percent.
All three groups have shifted away from the idea that health care is the responsibility of government, but the change has been most significant among Republicans and independents.
It remains to be seen how both opinions will change as the Affordable Care Act continues to be implemented.