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August 31, 2014

Americans’ Views of Obamacare Remain Negative

Gallup: “Americans continue to evaluate the Affordable Care Act negatively, and their basic opinions of the law have been fairly stable over the past year. That may suggest Americans have already made up their mind about the law, for the most part reflecting their underlying political orientation, and the law’s implementation is not going to influence how they feel about the law.”

“Yet there is some evidence that Americans’ perceptions of how the law might affect their own situation both in the short-term and long-term are changing and becoming less negative. Those shifts would make sense if the law works as intended to bring more people into the health insurance system and to make it more affordable for those struggling to pay for it, while not materially affecting the healthcare of those who have it and can afford it.”

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  • David Bluefeather

    I don’t understand how an approval/disapproval question is appropriate on “middle of the road” policy such as Obamacare. If you disapprove, the reason WHY you disapprove must be discovered or else your survey is a big waste of time and effort. I would ALWAYS disapprove of any law that allows private insurance to exist. But I certainly think Obamacare is a small step in the right direction and would not want it repealed unless single payer would replace it.

  • realnrh

    Gallup continues to use the misleading ‘approve/disapprove’ question on this issue, despite the known and obvious shortcomings of that model. A more nuanced ‘it should go further / it’s fine now / it should do less / it should be repealed’ question makes it clear that a substantial portion of the US electorate either approves of the ACA as it exists today or wants it to go further – for example, a more-efficient single-payer system. With Gallup’s model, people who approve of the law relative to the old system but want it to continue advancing are simply counted as ‘dislike.’

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