Americans on Health Care

More than half (54%) of Americans disapprove of Obama’s signature health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act, according to a Pew Research survey from December; 41% said they approved of the law. Nearly half (48%) said the law would make the nation’s health care situation worse in the long run, 35% said it would make it better, and 12% said it wouldn’t make much difference either way.

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Currently, 53% disapprove of the health care law, while 42% approve. This is among the most negative assessments of the law since it was enacted in March 2010. In July 2012, shortly after the Supreme Court upheld most of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, 47% approved of the legislation and 43% disapproved.

Currently, 53% disapprove of the health care law, while 42% approve. This is among the most negative assessments of the law since it was enacted in March 2010. In July 2012, shortly after the Supreme Court upheld most of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, 47% approved of the legislation and 43% disapproved.

A third of the foreign born do not have health insurance, compared to only 13% of native born Americans.
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A third of the foreign born do not have health insurance, compared to only 13% of native born Americans.

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Andy Kohut on PBS NewsHour, discussing our latest survey showing 3/4 of Americans don’t trust the government:

"For the first time since we have been asking this question, we have a majority, 53 percent, saying that their rights are personally threatened by the government. Now, this is mostly being led by a trend among Republicans, especially conservative Republicans. Among conservative Republicans, that percentage is 76 percent.

But it`s a really very powerful attitude. It has to do with worries on the right and the middle as well that the government is encroaching on them. Gun control is part of their worries. I think you go back to Obamacare, many people complaining the government is telling me that I have that to buy health insurance, that they don`t have the right to do this.”

"One of the most common mistakes made in political reporting is to assume that the average voter is following the daily news cycle as closely as we are. He or she isn’t."

— Chris Cillizza, of the Washington Post’s The Fix, regarding new Pew Research Center for the People & The Press poll findings that 45% of respondents didn’t know how the Supreme Court ruled on the health care law or thought the court rejected most of the provisions.  

The Supreme Court upholds Obamacare in this morning’s ruling. Our recent polls show that only 39% surveyed would be happy if the entire health care law was upheld. Read more about where the public stands on important health care issues from the Pew Research Center http://pewrsr.ch/LgMcfN

The Supreme Court upholds Obamacare in this morning’s ruling. Our recent polls show that only 39% surveyed would be happy if the entire health care law was upheld. Read more about where the public stands on important health care issues from the Pew Research Center http://pewrsr.ch/LgMcfN