As lawmakers shaken by the shooting of a colleague return to the healthcare debate, an Associated Press-GfK poll finds raw feelings over President Barack Obama's overhaul have subsided.
Survey finds emotions have cooled among reform's opponents
Ahead of a vote on repeal in the GOP-led House this week, strong opposition to the law stands at 30%, close to the lowest level registered in AP-GfK surveys dating to September 2009.
The nation is divided over the law, but the strength and intensity of the opposition appear diminished. The law expands coverage to more than 30 million uninsured, and would require, for the first time, that most people in the United States carry health insurance.
The poll finds that 40% of those surveyed said they support the law, while 41% oppose it. Just after the November congressional elections, opposition stood at 47% and support was 38%.
As for repeal, only about one in four say they want to do away with the law completely. Among Republicans support for repeal has dropped sharply, from 61% after the elections to 49% now.
Also, 43% say they want the law changed so it does more to re-engineer the health care system. Fewer than one in five say it should be left as it is.
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