Wednesday, October 23, 2013

New Poll—Increased support for Obamacare

Gallup released results from a new poll today that may show that Obamacare is becoming more popular.  50% of Americans still say they Disapprove of Obamacare, about the same as in August.  However, there has been a 4% point increase in Americans approving of the law.  This increase seems to be coming primarily from Democrats and Independents who were previously undecided.  What is most encouraging about the results of this poll is that 51% of young adults (18 to 29 year olds) now say they approve of Obamacare.  This is exactly the group that Obamacare needs to attract to be successfully.  Interestingly, the lowest approval rate is among Americans 65 and older who have Medicare and aren’t really affected by Obamacare at all.  Apparently older Americans have their government run insurance but don’t want young Americans to have assistance getting covered.  Fifty to 64 year olds, share those sentiments.
NOTE: This is just one poll and the results are barely out of the margin-of-error, and then only in one direction.  What makes the poll interesting is that it doesn’t show any loss of support of Obamacare due to the problems with the Exchange website.  We’ll need to see polls over the next few months before we can say Americans are truly warming to Obamacare.  However, these poll results are good news for Democrats, Obama, and Obamacare supporters.

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