Public Split on Health Care Ruling
A lot of ink has been spilled discussing who wins politically in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s Obamacare ruling. A new poll from USA Today and Gallup suggests the answer is simple: everybody. Or maybe nobody.
46 percent of Americans agree with the Supreme Court’s ruling in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, and 46 percent oppose it, according to the poll. The remaining respondents were unsure.
The polling broke down along party lines. 79 percent of Democrats supported the ruling, while only 13 percent of Republicans did. Meanwhile, only 16 percent of Democrats opposed the ruling, while 83 percent of Republicans did. Independents narrowly supported the ruling by a 45-44 margin.
The sharp and even split suggests that neither party has much room to grow support based on the ruling. While former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney has made repeal of the Affordable Care Act a centerpiece of his campaign, that appears to be more of a direct appeal to his base than something that will move the middle.
Similarly, while President Barack Obama has touted the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, he does not appear to have much room to turn his victory in the court into swing-voter support.
Only 31 percent of voters wanted the law repealed in its entirety. 21 percent of voters wanted parts of the law repealed, while 13 percent felt the bill should not be tinkered with and 25 percent felt the law should be expanded. Those numbers show the gravitational pull of strong Republican Party opposition to the legislation. 85 percent of Republicans wanted all or part of the law repealed, while only 49 percent of Independents and 27 percent of Democrats did.
While the discussion of politics has been the major part of the discussion, most voters said they would not vote based on health care alone. 19 percent of Democrats and 18 percent of Independents said they viewed health care as the most important issue that would decide their vote. 27 percent of Republicans said the same.
Voters did express concern about the increasing politicization of the Supreme Court. 64 percent of voters said politics played too big a role in the decision, including 47 percent of Democrats, 67 percent of Independents and 87 percent of Republicans.
The poll was conducted June 28, 2012, and surveyed 1,012 adults. The poll has a margin of error of ±4 percent.
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