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Gallup Poll. April 7-8, 2014. N=1,009 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Next, we'd like to ask you some questions about the Affordable Care Act, the law President Obama signed in 2010 that restructured the U.S. health care system. Do you generally approve or disapprove of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, signed into law by President Obama that restructured the U.S. health care system?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/7-8/14

43 54 3    
 

2/28 - 3/2/14

40 55 5    
 

1/31 - 2/1/14

41 51 9    
 

1/3-4/14

38 54 8    
 

12/11-12/13

41 51 8    
 

11/23-24/13

40 54 6    
 

11/7-10/13

40 55 5    
 

10/26-28/13

44 47 9    
 

10/18-20/13

45 50 6    
 

8/17-18/13

41 49 11    
 

6/20-24/13

44 52 4    
             

"As you may know, a few of the provisions of the health care law have already gone into effect. So far, has the new law helped you and your family, not had an effect, or has it hurt you and your family?" Options rotated

 
    Helped Not had
an effect
Hurt Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/7-8/14

15 64 18 3  
 

2/28 - 3/2/14

10 63 23 4  
 

1/31 - 2/1/14

13 64 19 4  
 

1/3-4/14

10 66 19 4  
 

11/23-24/13

9 69 19 4  
 

2/20-21/12

12 70 16 3  
             

"In the long run, how do you think the health care law will affect your family's health care situation? Will it make things better, not make much difference, or will it make things worse?" Options rotated

 
    Better Not much
difference
Worse Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/7-8/14

24 42 32 3  
 

2/28 - 3/2/14

21 36 40 3  
 

1/31 - 2/1/14

24 34 37 5  
 

1/3-4/14

22 35 37 5  
 

11/23-24/13

20 34 41 5  
 

10/26-28/13

25 36 34 5  
 

8/17-18/13

24 34 38 5  
 

6/20-24/13

22 33 42 3  
             

"In the long run, how do you think the health care law will affect the health care situation in the U.S.? Will it make things better, not make much difference, or will it make things worse?" Options rotated

 
    Better Not much
difference
Worse Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/7-8/14

37 15 45 3  
 

2/28 - 3/2/14

35 14 48 3  
 

1/31 - 2/1/14

35 14 45 6  
 

1/3-4/14

35 12 48 6  
 

11/23-24/13

34 12 48 6  
 

10/26-28/13

36 14 44 6  
 

8/17-18/13

35 15 44 6  
 

6/20-24/13

34 16 47 3  
             

"Still thinking about the 2010 Affordable Care Act, how familiar are you with the health care law: very familiar, somewhat familiar, not too familiar, or not familiar at all?"

 
    Very
familiar
Somewhat
familiar
Not too
familiar
Not familiar
at all
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

4/7-8/14

20 52 18 10 1
 

2/28 - 3/2/14

21 49 17 11 1
 

1/31 - 2/1/14

19 49 20 12 1
 

1/3-4/14

20 49 20 11 1
 

11/23-24/13

19 53 15 13 1
 

10/26-28/13

19 49 19 12 1
 

8/17-18/13

15 53 18 12 2
 

6/20-24/13

16 59 18 7 -

 

Quinnipiac University. March 26-31, 2014. N=1,578 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.5.

             

"Do you support or oppose the health care law passed by Barack Obama and Congress in 2010?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

3/26-31/14

41 55 5    
 

1/15-19/14

38 56 7    
 

1/4-7/14

40 56 4    
 

12/3-9/13

39 57 4    
 

11/6-11/13

39 55 6    
 

9/23-29/13

45 47 8    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. March 26-30, 2014. N=1,017 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Overall, do you support or oppose the federal law making changes to the health care system?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/26-30/14

49 48 3    
 

Democrats

76 21 3    
 

Republicans

20 78 2    
 

Independents

44 54 2    
 
 

1/20-23/14

46 49 5    
 

12/12-15/13

46 49 5    
 

11/14-17/13

40 57 2    
 

10/17-20/13

46 49 5    
 

9/12-15/13

42 52 6    
 

7/18-21/13

42 49 9    
 

7/5-8/12

47 47 6    
 

4/5-8/12

39 53 8    
 

3/7-10/12

41 52 7    
             

"Overall, do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling implementation of the new health care law?"
2/27 - 3/2/14 & earlier: "Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling implementation of the new health care law?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/26-30/14

44 54 2    
 

2/27 - 3/2/14

38 57 4    
 

1/20-23/14

37 59 4    
 

12/12-15/13

34 62 4    
 

11/14-17/13

33 63 3    
 

10/17-20/13

41 53 6    
 

9/12-15/13

34 55 11    
             

"Overall, do you support or oppose efforts by Republicans in Congress to replace the new health care law?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/26-30/14

47 49 4    

 

CBS News Poll. March 20-23, 2014. N=1,097 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"From what you've heard or read, do you approve or disapprove of the health care law that was enacted in 2010?" If approve: "Do you strongly approve or somewhat approve?" If Disapprove: "Do you somewhat disapprove or strongly disapprove?"
7/10 through 2/11: "From what you've heard or read, do you approve or disapprove of the health care law that was enacted last March? ..."
3/29 - 4/1/10: "From what you've heard or read, do you approve or disapprove of the new health care reform bill? ..."
3/18-21/10:
"From what you've heard or read, do you approve or disapprove of the current health care reform bill? ..."

 
    Strongly
approve
Somewhat
approve
Somewhat disapprove Strongly
disapprove
Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

3/20-23/14

20 21 14 39 7
 

1/17-21/14

21 20 16 34 10
 

12/5-8/13

16 23 13 37 11
 

11/15-18/13

15 16 15 46 8
 

10/18-21/13

23 20 14 37 6
 

10/1-2/13

21 22 11 40 6
 

9/19-23/13

17 22 17 34 10
 

7/18-22/13

15 21 18 36 10
 

3/20-24/13

15 20 13 31 22
 

9/8-12/12

21 21 12 34 12
 

8/22-26/12

18 20 14 36 13
 

7/11-16/12

14 22 14 36 14
 

5/31 - 6/3/12

18 16 12 36 18
 

4/13-17/12

18 21 13 34 14
 

3/21-25/12

16 20 17 30 17
 

12/5-7/11

12 23 16 35 14
 

6/3-7/11

14 23 15 33 15
 

2/11-14/11

14 19 17 34 16
 

10/1-5/10

16 23 16 27 18
 

9/10-14/10

15 22 15 34 14
 

7/9-12/10

17 19 16 33 15
 

3/29 - 4/1/10

16 16 14 39 15
 

3/18-21/10

13 24 15 33 15
             

"As you may know, as part of the 2010 health care law, health insurance exchanges have opened up so people can sign up for health insurance. Based on what you've heard or read, has the sign-up for the health care exchanges been going very well, somewhat well, not very well, not at all well, or don't you know enough to say?"

 
    Very
well
Somewhat
well
Not
very well
Not at
all well
Don't know
enough
    % % % % %
 

3/20-23/14

5 22 29 18 25
 

1/17-21/14

4 18 26 27 25
 

12/5-8/13

3 13 25 33 26
 

11/15-18/13

3 8 26 41 23
             

"Do you think the sign-up for the health care exchanges is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same?"

 
    Getting
better
Getting
worse
Staying
the same
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

3/20-23/14

35 10 48 6  
 

1/17-21/14

34 12 48 7  
 

12/5-8/13

36 13 44 7  
             

"Do you think religious-affiliated organizations should have to cover the cost of prescription birth control for their female employees as part of their health insurance plans, or should religious-affiliated organizations be able to opt out of covering that, based on religious objections?"

 
    Should have
to cover
Should be
able to opt out
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

3/20-23/14

35 57 8    
             

"What about companies and non-religious organizations? Do you think these employers should have to cover the cost of prescription birth control for their female employees as part of their health insurance plans, or should these employers be able to opt out of covering that, based on religious objections?"

 
    Should have
to cover
Should be
able to opt out
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

3/20-23/14

51 42 7    

 

National Public Radio/Democracy Corps (D)/Resurgent Republic (R). March 19-23, 2014. N=840 likely voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.2.

             

"Do you support or oppose the health care reform law that passed in 2010, also known as the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

3/19-23/14

47 51 2    
             

"Do you support or oppose the health care reform law that passed in 2010, also known as the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare?" If oppose or unsure: "Would you say you oppose the health care reform law because it goes too far in changing health insurance, or because it doesn't go far enough in changing health insurance?" Combined responses.

 
    Support Oppose:
Goes too far
Oppose:
Doesn't go
far enough
   
    % % %    
 

3/19-23/14

47 44 7    
             

"I'm going to read you a pair of statements. After I read both statements, please tell me which ONE comes closer to your own opinion, even if neither is exactly right. We should implement and fix the health care reform law, also known as the Affordable Care Act. We should repeal and replace the health care reform law, also known as the Affordable Care Act." N=420 (Split A)

 
    Implement
and fix
Repeal
and replace
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

3/19-23/14

53 44 3    

 

George Washington University Battleground Poll conducted by the Tarrance Group (R) and Lake Research Partners (D). March 16-20, 2014. N=1,000 likely voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"Thinking now for a moment about health care: In general, do you favor or oppose the Affordable Care Act, which is also called Obamacare?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/16-20/14

43 53 4    
             

"Do you think that the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare, went too far, did not go far enough, or was about right?"

 
    Too far Not far
enough
About
right
Combination/
Other (vol.)
None (vol.)/
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

3/16-20/14

48 22 22 1 8

 

Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll. March 11-17, 2014. N=1,504 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"As you may know, a health reform bill was signed into law in 2010. Given what you know about the health reform law, do you have a generally favorable or generally unfavorable opinion of it?" Options rotated
2010:
"As you may know, a new health reform bill was signed into law earlier this year. Given what you know about the new health reform law, do you have a generally favorable or generally unfavorable opinion of it?"

 
    Favorable Unfavorable Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

3/11-17/14

38 46 15    
 

2/11-17/14

35 47 18    
 

1/14-21/14

34 50 16    
 

12/10-15/13

34 48 18    
 

11/13-18/13

33 49 18    
 

10/17-23/13

38 44 18    
 

9/12-18/13

39 43 17    
 

8/13-19/13

37 42 20    
 

6/4-9/13

35 43 23    
 

4/15-20/13

35 40 24    
 

3/5-10/13

37 40 23    
 

2/14-19/13

36 42 23    
 

11/7-10/12

43 39 19    
 

10/18-23/12

38 43 19    
 

9/13-19/12

45 40 14    
 

8/7-12/12

38 43 19    
 

7/17-23/12

38 44 17    
 

6/28-30/12

41 41 18    
 

5/8-14/12

37 44 19    
 

4/4-10/12

42 43 15    
 

2/29 - 3/5/12

41 40 19    
 

2/13-19/12

42 43 15    
 

1/12-17/12

37 44 19    
 

12/8-13/11

41 43 17    
 

11/10-15/11

37 44 19    
 

10/13-18/11

34 51 15    
 

9/7-12/11

41 43 16    
 

8/10-15/11

39 44 17    
 

7/13-18/11

42 43 15    
 

6/9-14/11

42 46 12    
 

5/12-17/11

42 44 14    
 

4/7-12/11

41 41 18    
 

3/8-13/11

42 46 13    
 

2/8-13/11

43 48 8    
 

1/4-14/11

41 50 9    
 

12/1-6/10

42 41 18    
 
 

11/3-6/10

42 40 18    
 

Midterm voters

42 49 10    
 
 

10/5-10/10

42 44 15    
 

9/14-19/10

49 40 11    
 

8/16-22/10

43 45 12    
 

7/8-13/10

50 35 14    
 

6/17-22/10

48 41 10    
 

5/11-16/10

41 44 14    
             

"What would you like to see Congress do when it comes to the health care law? They should keep the law as it is. They should keep the law in place and work to improve it. They should repeal the law and replace it with a Republican-sponsored alternative. They should repeal the law and not replace it." Options rotated

 
    Keep as is Work to
improve it
Replace with
GOP law
Repeal and
not replace
Other (vol.)/
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

3/11-17/14

10 49 11 18 11
 

2/11-17/14

8 48 12 19 12
             

"Do you feel you have enough information about the health reform law to understand how it will impact you and your family, or not?"

 
    Have enough
information
Do not
have enough
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

3/11-17/14

52 46 2    
 

2/11-17/14

59 39 2    
 

1/14-21/14

54 44 2    
 

12/10-15/13

54 44 2    
 

11/13-18/13

52 46 2    
 

10/17-23/13

55 44 2    
 

9/12-18/13

47 51 2    
 

8/13-19/13

47 51 2    
 

4/15-20/13

49 49 2    
             

"So far, would you say you and your family have personally benefited from the health reform law, or not?"

 
    Have
benefited
Have not
benefited
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

3/11-17/14

19 79 2    
 

2/11-17/14

17 79 3    
 

1/14-21/14

15 83 2    
 

12/10-15/13

11 85 4    
 

10/17-23/13

14 82 4    
 

3/5-10/13

17 78 4    
 

8/7-12/12

19 77 4    
 

2/29 - 3/5/12

14 83 3    
 

11/10-15/11

11 85 4    
 

7/13-18/11

15 83 2    
             

"So far, would you say you and your family have been negatively affected by the health reform law, or not?"

 
    Have been
negatively
affected
Have
not been
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

3/11-17/14

29 69 2    
 

2/11-17/14

29 69 2    
 

1/14-21/14

27 71 2    
             

"Thinking in general about the news media's coverage of the health care law, would you say the mix of coverage has been mostly about politics and controversies, mostly about how the law might impact people, or has been a balance of the two?"

 
    Politics,
controversies
Impact
on people
Balance
of the two
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

3/11-17/14

51 5 36 7  
 

2/11-17/14

50 8 35 7  
 

1/14-21/14

56 6 33 5  
 

12/10-15/13

53 7 33 7  
 

11/13-18/13

53 8 30 9  
 

9/12-18/13

56 6 33 5  
             

"Do you think the news media coverage you've seen about the health care law is biased in favor of the law, biased against the law, or is it mostly balanced?"

 
    Biased
in favor
Biased
against
Mostly
balanced
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

3/11-17/14

23 28 43 6  
 

2/11-17/14

19 30 42 9  
 

1/14-21/14

22 34 38 7  
 

12/10-15/13

17 34 40 9  
 

11/13-18/13

17 33 40 9  
 

9/12-18/13

20 27 43 10  

 

Pew Research Center. Feb. 27-March 16, 2014. N=3,335 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.

             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the health care law passed by Barack Obama and Congress in 2010?"
2012 & earlier: "Do you approve or disapprove of the health care legislation passed by Barack Obama and Congress in 2010?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

2/27 - 3/16/14

41 53 5    
 

Republicans

8 89 3    
 

Democrats

72 21 7    
 

Independents

37 59 4    
 
 

12/3-8/13

41 54 5    
 

10/9-13/13

41 52 7    
 

9/4-8/13

42 53 5    
 

6/28 - 7/9/12

47 43 9    
 

6/7-17/12

43 48 9    
 

4/4-15/12

41 49 10    
 

3/7-11/12

47 45 8    
 

1/5-9/11

41 48 11    
             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the health care law passed by Barack Obama and Congress in 2010?" If disapprove: "What do you think elected officials who oppose the health care law should do now that the law has started to take effect? Should they do what they can to make the law work as well as possible, or should they do what they can to make the law fail?" Options rotated. Combined results.

 
    Disapprove:
Make the
law work
Disapprove:
Make the
law fail
Disapprove:
Unsure/
refused
Approve Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

2/27 - 3/16/14

30 19 4 41 5
 

12/3-8/13

29 19 6 41 5
 

9/4-8/13

27 23 4 42 5

 

Bloomberg National Poll conducted by Selzer & Company. March 7-10, 2014. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"I'm going to mention some aspects of the national economic situation. For each, please tell me if you expect things to be better in the next 12 months, worse, or about the same as the last 12 months. ... Health care costs."

 
    Better Worse About
the same
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/7-10/14

21 52 24 3  
             

"When it comes to the quality of health care you receive, please tell me if you are better off, worse off, or about the same as last year at this time."

 
    Better off Worse off About
the same
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/7-10/14

13 19 67 1  
             

"Are you more worried or less worried than you were a year or so ago about the possibility you could lose access to health insurance or health care?"

 
    More
worried
Less
worried
About the
same (vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/7-10/14

38 41 16 5  
             

"What is your opinion of the health care law? It should be repealed. It may need small modifications, but we should see how it works. It should be left alone."
9/12: "Turning to the health care law passed in 2010, what is your opinion of the law? ..."
6/11 & 3/12:
"Turning to the health care law passed last year, what is your opinion of the law? ..."

 
    Should be
repealed
See how
it works
Should be
left alone
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/7-10/14

34 51 13 2  
 

9/21-24/12

34 40 19 7  
 

3/8-11/12

37 46 11 6  
 

6/17-20/11

35 51 11 3  
             

"Do you think candidates' opinions about the health care law will or will not affect your decisions about which candidates to vote for in the November 2014 elections for Congress?" If "Will affect": "Do you think it will be a major factor or a minor factor in your vote decisions?"

 
    A major
factor
A minor
factor
Not a
factor
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/7-10/14

52 20 24 4  
             

"You might have different opinions about specific elements of the law. For each of the following provisions, please tell me if you think it should be kept or repealed. ..."

 
    Kept Repealed Unsure    
    % % %    
 
 

"Eliminates lifetime caps on how much insurance companies must pay for a person's health care"

 

3/7-10/14

53 38 9    
             
 

"Prohibits insurance companies from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions"

 

3/7-10/14

65 31 4    
             
 

"Allows children up to age 26 to remain on their parents' policies"

 

3/7-10/14

73 25 2    
             
 

"Mandates everyone to have health insurance"

 

3/7-10/14

47 51 2    

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by Hart Research Associates (D) and Public Opinion Strategies (R). March 5-9, 2014. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"I'm going to read you several characteristics of a possible candidate for Congress. For each one I mention, please tell me whether you would be more likely or less likely to vote for a candidate for Congress with that characteristic, or whether it would make no difference in your vote either way. The first/next one is . . . ." Among registered voters

 
    More
likely
Less
likely
No
difference
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 
 

"Supports repealing the health care reform law" Half sample (Form A)

 

3/5-9/14

47 32 19 2  
             
 

"Supports fixing and keeping the health care reform law" Half sample (Form B)

 

3/5-9/14

45 42 11 2  
             

"Now as you may know, Barack Obama's health care plan was passed by Congress and signed into law in 2010. From what you have heard about the new health care law, do you think it is a good idea or a bad idea? If you do not have an opinion either way, please just say so."
1/11 - 7/13: "From what you have heard about Barack Obama's health care plan that was passed by Congress and signed into law by the President in 2010, do you think his plan is a good idea or a bad idea? If you do not have an opinion either way, please just say so."
5/10 & 6/10: "From what you have heard about Barack Obama's health care plan that was recently passed by Congress and signed into law by the President, do you think his plan is a good idea or a bad idea? If you do not have an opinion either way, please just say so."
3/10 & earlier: "From what you have heard about Barack Obama's health care plan, do you think his plan is a good idea or a bad idea? If you do not have an opinion either way, please just say so."
RV = registered voters.

 
    Good idea Bad idea Do not have
an opinion
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/5-9/14

35 49 14 2  
 

1/22-25/14

34 48 17 1  
 

12/4-8/13

34 50 16 -  
 

10/25-28/13

37 47 14 1  
 

10/7-9/13

38 43 17 2  
 

9/5-8/13

31 44 24 1  
 

7/17-21/13

34 47 18 1  
 

5/30 - 6/2/13

37 49 13 1  
 

7/18-22/12 RV

40 44 15 1  
 

6/20-24/12

35 41 22 2  
 

4/13-17/12

36 45 17 2  
 

12/7-11/11

34 41 24 1  
 

1/13-17/11

39 39 21 1  
 

6/17-21/10

40 44 16 -  
 

5/6-10/10

38 44 17 1  
 

3/11, 13-14/10

36 48 15 1  
 

1/23-25/10

31 46 22 1  
 

1/10-14/10

33 46 18 3  
 

12/11-14/09

32 47 17 4  
 

10/22-25/09

38 42 16 4  
 

9/17-20/09

39 41 17 3  
 

8/15-17/09

36 42 17 5  
 

7/24-27/09

36 42 17 5  
 

6/12-15/09

33 32 30 5  
 

4/23-26/09

33 26 34 7  
             

"Thinking again about the elections for Congress, would you be more likely to vote for a Democratic candidate who supports fixing and keeping the health care law OR a Republican candidate who supports repealing and eliminating the health care law?" Options rotated. Among registered voters.

 
    Democrat/
Fix, keep
Republican/
Repeal,
eliminate
Depends
(vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Other (vol.)/
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

3/5-9/14

48 47 1 2 2
             

"Now, thinking about something else for a moment: Under the new health care law, health insurance plans are required to cover preventive health services, including prescription birth control. Religious organizations are exempt from the requirement that their health plans cover prescription birth control. Do you think other employers who object to birth control and other contraceptives on religious grounds should or should not be exempt from the requirement that their health plans cover prescription birth control?"

 
    Should
be exempt
Should not
be exempt
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/5-9/14

41 53 6    

 

CNN/ORC Poll. March 7-9, 2014. N=801 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"As you may know, a bill that makes major changes to the country's health care system became law in 2010. Based on what you have read or heard about that legislation, do you generally favor or generally oppose it?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/7-9/14

39 57 4    
 

12/16-19/13

35 62 3    
 

11/18-20/13

40 58 2    
 

10/18-20/13

41 56 3    
 

9/27-29/13

38 57 4    
 

5/17-18/13

43 54 3    
             

"As you may know, a bill that makes major changes to the country's health care system became law in 2010. Based on what you have read or heard about that legislation, do you generally favor or generally oppose it?" If oppose: "Do you oppose that legislation because you think its approach toward health care is too liberal, or because you think it is not liberal enough?" Combined responses.

 
    Favor Oppose:
Too liberal
Oppose:
Not liberal
enough
Oppose:
Another
reason
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

3/7-9/14

39 39 12 5 4
 

12/16-19/13

35 43 15 4 3
 

11/18-20/13

40 41 14 3 2
 

10/18-20/13

41 38 12 6 3
 

9/27-29/13

38 39 11 7 4
 

5/17-18/13

43 35 16 3 3

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Feb. 27-March 2, 2014. N=1,002 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"If a candidate for U.S. Congress supports the federal health care law, would that make you more likely to vote for that candidate, less likely or wouldn't it make much difference in your vote?"

 
    More likely Less likely Not much
difference
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

2/27 - 3/2/14

34 36 27 3  

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Feb. 19-23, 2014. N=1,644 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Which comes closest to your view about the 2010 health care law? The law is working well and should be kept in place as is. There are some good things in the law, but some changes are needed to make it work better. OR, The law has so much wrong with it that it needs to be repealed entirely."

 
    Should be
kept as is
Changes
are needed
Needs to
be repealed
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

2/19-23/14

6 50 42 2  
 

1/17-21/14

6 56 34 4  
 

12/5-8/13

6 53 37 3  
 

11/15-18/13

7 48 43 2  

 

Pew Research Center. Jan. 23-Feb. 9, 2014. N=3,341 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.

             

"Do you think it is the responsibility of the federal government to make sure all Americans have health care coverage, or is that not the responsibility of the federal government?"

 
    Is Is not Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

1/23 - 2/9/14

47 50 3    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Jan. 20-23, 2014. N=1,003 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"You may have heard about problems with the federal government website where people who don't have health insurance are supposed to sign up for it. Given what you've heard, do you think this website is now working as it should, or not?"

 
    Working
as it should
Not working
as it should
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/20-23/14

27 60 13    
 

12/12-15/13

23 64 13    
             

"Do you think the problems with the healthcare-dot-gov website are an isolated incident or do you think they are a sign of broader problems in implementing the health care law?" Options rotated

 
    Isolated
incident
Sign of
broader
problems
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/20-23/14

38 54 8    
 

12/12-15/13

36 55 9    

 

CBS News Poll. Jan. 17-21, 2014. N=1,018 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Overall, do you think the benefits from Medicare are worth the cost of the program for taxpayers, or are they not worth the cost?"

 
    Worth it Not
worth it
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

1/17-21/14

69 21 10    
 

6/3-7/11

68 21 11    
 

4/15-20/11

61 29 10    

 

CNN/ORC Poll. Dec. 16-19, 2013. N=1,035 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"From what you know of that legislation, do you think you and your family will, in general, be better off, worse off, or about the same when the provisions of the health care law take effect next year?"
9/13: "From what you know of that legislation, do you think you and your family would, in general, be better off, worse off or about the same when the provisions of the health care law take effect?"
2010: "From what you know of that legislation, do you think you and your family would, in general, be better off, worse off or about the same if it becomes law?"

 
    Better off Worse off About
the same
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

12/16-19/13

16 42 40 2  
 

9/27-29/13

17 40 41 2  
 

9/21-23/10

18 37 43 3  
 

3/25-28/10

22 39 37 1  
 

3/19-21/10

19 47 33 -  
             

"From what you know of that legislation, do you think you and members of your family will or will not be able to receive care from the same doctors you see now?"
2009: "From what you know of those health care reforms, do you think you and members of your family would or would not be able to receive care from the same doctors you see now?"

 
    Will Will not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

12/16-19/13

61 35 4    
 

6/26-28/09

65 31 4    
             

"And from what you know of that legislation, do you think the amount you pay for medical care will increase, decrease, or remain the same?"
2009: "From what you know of the health care reforms which the Administration is working on, do you think the amount you pay for medical care would increase, decrease, or remain the same?"

 
    Increase Decrease Remain
the same
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

12/16-19/13

63 7 28 2  
 

9/11-13/09

47 16 35 3  
 

8/28-31/09

55 19 24 2  
 

6/26-28/09

54 17 26 3  

 

Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll. Dec. 10-15, 2013. N=1,206 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"What would you like to see Congress do when it comes to the health care law? They should expand the law. They should keep the law as is. They should repeal the law and replace it with a Republican-sponsored alternative. OR, They should repeal the law and not replace it." Options rotated

 
    Expand Keep as is Replace with
GOP law
Repeal and
not replace
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

12/10-15/13

23 20 16 26 15
 

10/17-23/13

22 25 13 24 16
 

11/7-10/12

27 22 14 19 18
 

8/7-12/12

26 23 20 20 11
 

7/17-23/12

24 21 23 23 10
 

6/28-30/12

28 25 18 20 10
 

5/8-14/12

27 20 18 21 13
 

2/29 - 3/5/12

28 19 18 23 12
 

2/13-19/12

35 19 18 19 9
 

1/12-17/12

31 19 18 22 11
 

12/8-13/11

30 20 16 22 11
 

11/10-15/11

32 18 15 24 11
 

9/7-12/11

33 19 16 21 12
 

7/13-18/11

33 20 16 21 10
 

6/9-14/11

31 20 19 19 12
 

5/12-17/11

30 21 19 19 10
 

4/7-12/11

33 19 15 20 14
 

3/8-13/11

30 21 18 21 10
 

2/8-13/11

30 20 19 20 10
 

1/4-14/11

28 19 23 20 10
             

"Do you think you and your family will be better off or worse off under the health reform law, or don't you think it will make much difference?"

 
    Better off Worse off Not much
difference
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

12/10-15/13

18 29 47 6  
 

11/13-18/13

20 32 41 7  
 

10/17-23/13

21 33 40 6  
 

9/12-18/13

24 32 37 7  
 

8/13-19/13

23 34 37 6  
 

9/13-19/12

31 26 33 9  
 

8/7-12/12

26 30 37 7  
 

7/17-23/12

25 32 37 6  
 

5/8-14/12

23 31 37 9  
 

4/4-10/12

26 32 34 8  
 

2/29 - 3/5/12

26 33 34 7  
 

2/13-19/12

27 25 41 7  
 

1/12-17/12

26 33 35 6  
 

12/8-13/11

26 31 39 5  
 

11/10-15/11

23 31 41 5  
 

10/13-18/11

18 31 44 6  
 

9/7-12/11

27 32 34 7  
 

8/10-15/11

24 33 37 6  
 

7/13-18/11

27 29 39 5  
 

6/9-14/11

24 34 35 7  
 

5/12-17/11

28 28 38 6  
 

4/7-12/11

27 28 37 8  
 

3/8-13/11

26 30 39 5  
 

2/8-13/11

28 31 38 3  
 

1/4-14/11

20 32 44 4  
 

12/1-6/10

32 33 28 7  
 

11/3-6/10

25 31 34 9  
 

10/5-10/10

31 29 32 7  
 

9/14-19/10

32 28 33 7  
 

8/16-22/10

29 30 36 5  
 

7/8-13/10

32 29 33 6  
 

6/17-22/10

28 28 39 5  
 

5/11-16/10

29 30 32 8  
 

4/9-14/10

31 32 30 8  
             

"Do you think the country as a whole will be better off or worse off under the health reform law, or don't you think it will make much difference?"

 
    Better off Worse off Not much
difference
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

12/10-15/13

34 40 18 7  
 

11/13-18/13

34 43 15 8  
 

10/17-23/13

35 38 21 6  
 

9/12-18/13

37 39 16 7  
 

8/13-19/13

34 40 19 7  
 

9/13-19/12

40 33 17 10  
 

8/7-12/12

36 37 17 10  
 

7/17-23/12

35 41 18 7  
 

5/8-14/12

34 35 20 11  
 

4/4-10/12

39 38 17 6  
 

2/29 - 3/5/12

37 38 18 7  
 

2/13-19/12

39 32 22 7  
 

1/12-17/12

37 36 19 8  
 

12/8-13/11

37 37 19 7  
 

11/10-15/11

35 36 22 7  
 

10/13-18/11

28 36 29 7  
 

9/7-12/11

38 36 18 8  
 

8/10-15/11

33 37 21 9  
 

7/13-18/11

39 35 20 6  
 

6/9-14/11

35 39 20 6  
 

5/12-17/11

37 38 19 6  
 

4/7-12/11

39 35 18 9  
 

3/8-13/11

38 35 19 7  
 

2/8-13/11

37 39 19 5  
 

1/4-14/11

34 38 22 5  
 

12/1-6/10

40 37 15 8  
 

11/3-6/10

38 36 16 10  
 

10/5-10/10

39 34 18 9  
 

9/14-19/10

42 34 15 9  
 

8/16-22/10

39 37 18 6  
 

7/8-13/10

43 35 15 7  
 

6/17-22/10

42 32 19 6  
 

5/11-16/10

43 35 13 9  
 

4/9-14/10

45 35 11 9  

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Dec. 12-15, 2013. N=1,005 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Overall, who do you trust to do a better job handling implementation of the new health care law: Obama or the Republicans in Congress?" Options rotated

 
    Obama Republicans
in Congress
Both
(vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

12/12-15/13

42 37 1 17 3
 

9/12-15/13

41 38 1 16 4
             

"Do you think the overall health care system in this country is getting better as a result of these changes to the health care system, getting worse, or is about the same?"

 
    Getting
better
Getting
worse
About
the same
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

12/12-15/13

19 47 31 4  
             

"Do you think the quality of the health care you receive is getting better as a result of these changes to the health care system, getting worse, or is about the same?"

 
    Getting
better
Getting
worse
About
the same
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

12/12-15/13

10 25 62 3  
             

If insured: "Do you think your health insurance coverage is getting better as a result of these changes to the health care system, getting worse, or is about the same?"

 
    Getting
better
Getting
worse
About
the same
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

12/12-15/13

8 32 58 2  
             

"Do you think your health care costs are increasing as a result of these changes to the health care system, are decreasing, or are remaining about the same?"

 
    Increasing Decreasing About
the same
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

12/12-15/13

47 5 44 4  
             

"Do you think the overall costs of health care in this country are increasing as a result of these changes to the health care system, are decreasing, or are remaining about the same?"

 
    Increasing Decreasing About
the same
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

12/12-15/13

60 11 26 4  
             

"Do you think these problems are serious enough that the government should delay the requirement that all individuals have health insurance, or should this requirement proceed on schedule?"
11/13: "You may have heard about problems with the federal government website where people who don't have health insurance are supposed to sign up for it. Do you think these problems are serious enough that the government should delay the requirement that all individuals have health insurance, or should this requirement proceed on schedule?"

 
    Delay the
requirement
Proceed on
schedule
Should not
be required
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

12/12-15/13

60 33 3 3  
 

11/14-17/13

71 22 3 3  

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Dec. 5-8, 2013. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"From what you've heard or read, do you approve or disapprove of the health care law that was enacted in 2010?" If approve: "Do you strongly approve or somewhat approve?" If Disapprove: "Do you somewhat disapprove or strongly disapprove?"
7/10 through 2/11: "From what you've heard or read, do you approve or disapprove of the health care law that was enacted last March? ..."
3/29 - 4/1/10: "From what you've heard or read, do you approve or disapprove of the new health care reform bill? ..."
3/18-21/10:
"From what you've heard or read, do you approve or disapprove of the current health care reform bill? ..."

 
    Strongly
approve
Somewhat
approve
Somewhat disapprove Strongly
disapprove
Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

12/5-8/13

16 23 13 37 11
 

11/15-18/13

15 16 15 46 8
 

10/18-21/13

23 20 14 37 6
 

10/1-2/13

21 22 11 40 6
 

9/19-23/13

17 22 17 34 10
 

7/18-22/13

15 21 18 36 10
 

3/20-24/13

15 20 13 31 22
 

9/8-12/12

21 21 12 34 12
 

8/22-26/12

18 20 14 36 13
 

7/11-16/12

14 22 14 36 14
 

5/31 - 6/3/12

18 16 12 36 18
 

4/13-17/12

18 21 13 34 14
 

3/21-25/12

16 20 17 30 17
 

12/5-7/11

12 23 16 35 14
 

6/3-7/11

14 23 15 33 15
 

2/11-14/11

14 19 17 34 16
 

10/1-5/10

16 23 16 27 18
 

9/10-14/10

15 22 15 34 14
 

7/9-12/10

17 19 16 33 15
 

3/29 - 4/1/10

16 16 14 39 15
 

3/18-21/10

13 24 15 33 15
             

"As you may know, as part of the 2010 health care law, health insurance exchanges have opened up so people can sign up for health insurance. Based on what you've heard or read, has the sign-up for the health care exchanges been going very well, somewhat well, not very well, not at all well, or don't you know enough to say?"

 
    Very
well
Somewhat
well
Not
very well
Not at
all well
Don't know
enough
    % % % % %
 

12/5-8/13

3 13 25 33 26
 

11/15-18/13

3 8 26 41 23
             

"Do you think the sign-up for the health care exchanges is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same?"

 
    Getting
better
Getting
worse
Staying
the same
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

12/5-8/13

36 13 44 7  

 

Pew Research Center/USA Today. Dec. 3-8, 2013. N=2,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.6.

             

"So far, that is up until today, has the health care law had a mostly positive, mostly negative, or not much of an effect on you and your family?"

 
    Mostly
positive
Mostly
negative
Not much
of an effect
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

12/3-8/13

15 23 60 2  
 

9/4-8/13

17 20 63 1  
             

"And looking ahead, do you think the overall effect of the health care law on you and your family over the coming years will be mostly positive, mostly negative, or will it not affect you much either way?"

 
    Mostly
positive
Mostly
negative
Not affect
much
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

12/3-8/13

26 38 32 4  
 

9/4-8/13

25 41 31 4  
             

"Now thinking about the effect of the 2010 health care law on the country as a whole, so far, that is up until today, has the health care law had a mostly positive, mostly negative, or not much of an effect on the country as a whole?"

 
    Mostly
positive
Mostly
negative
Not much
of an effect
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

12/3-8/13

23 49 22 6  
 

9/4-8/13

24 38 31 7  
             

"And looking ahead, do you think the overall effect of the health care law on the country as a whole over the coming years will be mostly positive, mostly negative, or will it not affect the country much either way?"

 
    Mostly
positive
Mostly
negative
Not affect
much
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

12/3-8/13

39 45 11 4  
 

9/4-8/13

35 47 14 4  
             

"How much confidence do you have in [see below] to do the right thing when it comes to health care policy: a great deal of confidence, a fair amount of confidence, not too much confidence, or no confidence at all? What about [see below]?" N=977 (Form 1), margin of error 3.6

 
    A great
deal
A fair
amount
Not too
much
None
at all
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

"Barack Obama"

 

12/3-8/13

23 28 16 32 1
             
 

"Republican leaders in Congress"

 

12/3-8/13

5 27 33 33 1
             
 

"Democratic leaders in Congress"

 

12/3-8/13

13 35 24 26 1
 

"As you may know, the government has set up health insurance exchanges around the country that people can use to compare plans and purchase health insurance. Just your impression, as of today, how well are these online health insurance exchanges working: very well, fairly well, not too well, or not at all well?" N=1,024 (Form 2), margin of error 3.6

 
    Very
well
Fairly
well
Not too
well
Not at
all well
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

12/3-8/13

4 26 27 30 12
             

"Do you think the problems the health care law has faced are mainly short-term problems that can be resolved, or long-term problems that show fundamental flaws in the law?" Options rotated. N=977 (Form 1), margin of error 3.6.

 
    Short-term
problems
Long-term
problems
Neither/
Both (vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

12/3-8/13

44 50 3 4  
             

"Do you think the Obama administration deliberately misled the American public about whether people would be able to keep their existing health care plans under the health care law, or not?" N=977 (Form 1), margin of error 3.6

 
    Yes, deliberately
misled
No,
did not
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

12/3-8/13

47 47 6    
             

"How much do you think each of the following has to do with the problems the health care law has faced. First, do you think [see below] is a major reason, minor reason or not a reason why the health care law has faced problems? How about [see below]? Is this a major reason, minor reason or not a reason why the health care law has faced problems?" N=1,024 (Form 2), margin of error 3.6

 
    A major
reason
A minor
reason
Not a
reason
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

"Poor management by the Obama administration"

 

12/3-8/13

56 26 13 6  
             
 

"Flaws in the health care law itself"

 

12/3-8/13

55 27 12 6  
             
 

"Politicians who oppose the law trying to undermine it"

 

12/3-8/13

50 23 22 4  
             
 

"The complexity of the health insurance system"

 

12/3-8/13

58 22 13 7  

 

Gallup Poll. Dec. 3-4, 2013. N=1,017 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Next, we'd like to ask you about the Affordable Care Act, the law President Obama signed in 2010 that restructured the U.S. health care system. What would you like to see Congress do with the health care law: keep the health care law in place as it is, make minor changes to the health care law, make major changes to the health care law, or repeal the health care law entirely?" Options rotated

 
    Keep
as is
Make minor
changes
Make major
changes
Repeal
entirely
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

12/3-4/13

17 24 19 32 8
 

10/12-13/13

24 19 21 29 8
             

"Next, we'd like to ask you about the Affordable Care Act, the law President Obama signed in 2010 that restructured the U.S. health care system. What would you like to see Congress do with the health care law: keep the health care law in place as it is, make minor changes to the health care law, make major changes to the health care law, or repeal the health care law entirely?" Asked of those who think major or minor changes should be made: "Would you like to see changes to the health care law that expands what the law does, or scales back what the law does?" Combined responses

 
    Expand Keep
as is
Scale
back
Repeal
entirely
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

12/3-4/13

20 17 20 32 11
 

10/12-13/13

14 24 21 29 13

Health policy continued


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