Public support for the healthcare reform law is declining, as about half of the people surveyed in a Kaiser Family Foundation poll (PDF) had an unfavorable view of the statute and about a third reported having a favorable view—a low point in Kaiser polls since the law passed last year.
Poll finds decline in support for reform law
According to Kaiser's October tracking poll, public opinion on the Patient Protection and Affordable Act was more negative in October, with 51% of those surveyed taking an unfavorable view of the law and 34% taking a favorable view.
“Consistent with the overall decline in favorability of the ACA, the public is less likely to think the law will make things better for themselves personally, and more likely to say it won't make a difference,” the survey noted. “This month, 18% say they and their families will be better off under the law (down from 27% in September) while 44% say it won't make much difference for them (up from 35% last month).”
The poll also tracked public opinion of the Massachusetts health reform law, given that the state's former governor, Mitt Romney, is a leading candidate for the Republican presidential nomination next year. Overall, 74% of those surveyed said they did not know enough about the law to form an opinion on it, while 11% held a favorable view and 12% took an unfavorable view of it. Meanwhile, eight in 10 people said they don't know enough about the Massachusetts law to determine if it's working well, and seven in 10 reported they are unable to say if the law is different from the Affordable Care Act.
Public opinion researchers at Kaiser conducted the survey from Oct. 13 through Oct. 18 among a nationally representative random sample of 1,223 adults ages 18 and older.
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