Despite Problems, Obamacare Remains Fairly Well Liked


The Kaiser Family Foundation has released yet another Obamacare tracking poll, and they find that huge majorities think the rollout has gone badly. No surprise there. But they also find that this hasn’t really changed opinions much. As usual, people who want to keep or expand Obamacare outnumbered those who want to repeal it, 47 percent to 37 percent:

Always keep these results in mind when you hear that Obamacare isn’t a popular law. Obviously Obamacare is an extremely polarizing law, but polls that ask simple approve/disapprove questions fail to capture the number of people who disapprove of Obamacare only because it doesn’t go far enough. When you break down the answers further, it turns out that, although Obamacare isn’t going to win any awards for most popular law ever, it’s still reasonably well regarded. Despite the rocky rollout, only about a third of the country wants it repealed.

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