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Late News: Kaiser poll: 51% of adults have unfavorable view of reform law

By Modern Healthcare
Posted: October 31, 2011 - 12:01 am ET

Public support for the healthcare reform law is declining, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll. About half (51%) of the people surveyed had an unfavorable view of the statute, compared with a third (34%) having a favorable view—a low point in Kaiser polls since the law passed last year.

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The drop on favorability was “largely driven by waning Democratic enthusiasm,” according to a summary of the results. Just 18% of respondents believed they and their families would be better off under the law (down from 27% in September), and 44% said the law won't make much difference for them (up from 35% last month). The poll also tracked public opinion of the Massachusetts healthcare reform law, which was signed by leading Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney when he was the state's governor.

Overall, 74% of those surveyed said they did not know enough about the Massachusetts law to form an opinion on it, while 11% held a favorable view and 12% took an unfavorable view of it. Seven in 10 reported they were unable to say if the law is different from the Affordable Care Act. Kaiser conducted the survey Oct. 13-18 among a nationally representative random sample of 1,223 adults ages 18 and older.

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