- November 25th 2011
Americans' confidence in being able to buy and access health care hasn't changed much in the last year, but their opinion of the national health reform law has fluctuated, mostly among Republicans and independents.
Overall, 45% of those surveyed in the August Kaiser Health Tracking Poll opposed the health law. That's 10 percentage points higher than those who said they opposed the law in July. Correspondingly, support for the law dipped to 43%, down from half of those surveyed in July.
The dip in popularity was driven in part by Republicans, who were much more likely than Democrats to have a negative view of the health reform law. Among those surveyed, 77% of Republicans opposed the law and 68% of Democrats favored it. Independents were divided, with 48% opposing the law and 41% favoring it.
Republicans and independents may be responding to the increasingly partisan atmosphere in the months before the November elections, said Claudia Deane, associate director for public opinio [Read more]