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Poll: Majority Of Americans Want Changes To Affordable Care Act

Poll: Majority Of Americans Want Changes To Affordable Care Act

A Gallup poll released Friday finds that despite the glitches that have plagued the Affordable Care Act website since its October launch, the percentage of Americans who want the law scaled back or entirely repealed has hardly changed from two years ago.

According to the poll, 20 percent of Americans – 5 percent less than back in 2011 – want Congress to change or scale back the law; 32 percent – the same percentage of Americans who said the same in 2011 — say they want Congress to repeal it. The total 52 percent who favor one of the two options is a significantly small increase from the 50 percent who also chose either option back in early October, after the website first began experiencing problems.

The poll also finds that 20 percent of Americans now say they want Congress to “change or expand” the law, up from 14 percent in October. Another 17 percent say they want the law to remain as is.

Republicans and Democrats remain divided, with 68 percent of Republicans saying they want Congress to repeal the health care law — up from the 57 percent who said the same in October – and 34 percent of Democrats saying they want Congress to expand it – up from the 22 percent who said the same in October.

Overall, 90 percent of Republicans want the law repealed or scaled back, and 65 percent of Democrats want it expanded or kept as is.

The numbers are not too surprising, considering that another Gallup poll conducted in November found that a majority of Americans – 54 percent – disapprove of Obamacare, while 40 percent approve.

Still, Gallup notes that although 37 percent of Americans say they want the law expanded or kept as is as opposed to the majority 52 percent who want it repealed or scaled back, “the fact that 32 percent want an outright repeal, compared with 54 percent who disapprove of the law, suggests that some of those who disapprove still do not want to do away with law altogether” — a glimmer of hope for President Barack Obama’s health care reform.

The poll was conducted from December 3-4 and surveyed 1,017 adults. It has a margin of error +/- 4 percent.

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  • docb

    Has gallup changed it’s model yet? The were so wrong last year…that most do not trust them.

    • Independent1

      Good afternoon docb!! You sure got that right! I wouldn’t trust a Gallup poll any more than I’d trust one word out of the mouth of Rush Limpbag. The folks running Gallup polling obviously turned conservative-biased some years back.

      It’s actually gotten to the point where I view all polls with a jaundiced eye. As I think Dominick and I agreed in a discussion under an earlier article, publishing polling results should be outlawed as time gets closer to elections – I favor outlawing politically inclined polling results being published within 6 months before an election. I forget what Dominick’s preference was but I believe he also favored restrictions prior to elections. I feel that too many polls are specifically designed to try and sway Americans’ voting preferences.

    • FT66

      Gallup messed up so badly and lost credibility during 2012 General Election. One has to ask, was it intentionally or something else? I stopped completely to glance at their website since that time. I don’t trust them anymore especially when I heard from Fox News for first time being fair and balanced, saying they always lean on the conservative side.

  • Dominick Vila

    This from the pollsters that predicted a Romney landslide in 2012! Yes, the Affordable Care Act will undergo changes as soon as it is fully implemented and we learn more about its strengths and weaknesses. The same happened to every government program, from Social Security to MEDICAID to NASA. That is not a negative, that is a logical need that comes along when we transition from a blueprint to reality.
    What is important is not the flaws inherent in new legislation, but the concept and intent of that legislation. In this case, we are talking about a program designed to provide affordable healthcare to 40 million fellow Americans who had none because they could not afford to pay the high insurance premiums, we are talking about a program that improves substandard policies, a program that has already allowed previously excluded members of our society to get the medical care they need to survive, and a program that is likely to lower healthcare expenses and make us more competitive at a global level.

  • Liberalism Is Nonsense

    It is because of lies like this that marxist ideologue Hussein Obama has no credibility:

  • Liberalism Is Nonsense

    Without the buffers of private property and free enterprise, collectivist charlatans are more easily able to force people to chase superstitions such as “social justice”.

  • Bryan Blake

    I want the ACA replaced – with Medicare For All!

    • tax payer

      No way unless they have paid into it for as many years as those that have Medicare.

  • Ann Snyder

    Here’s what I want, since I never get polled: First, I want all Government-provided health insurance programs rolled into one — ACA, Medicare, Medicaid, SCHIP, military and veterans’ programs, federal and state and local government programs, and any other government health insurance programs. When that happens, I think we’ll be surprised to see how many Americans will be covered. Second, I want everyone else in the country to have access to the same system. So am I happy with ObamaCare? No, I’m not, because I don’t think it goes far enough.

    • Bryan Blake

      As a 100% service-connected Vietnam Veteran I must take exception with rolling the VA into a unified health care system. Due to the nature of war the wounds, injuries and diseases that Veterans’ sustain are by and large different than those usually treated in civilian facilities. If combat medicine had remained at the level of Vietnam there would have been tens of thousands more deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan.

      If you do not know what war really does to those who participate in it (I hate W. Bush’s term “War Fighters”) then please visit a nearby Veterans Hospital. I assure you that you will feel great compassion and empathy for many of the Veterans. Every time I have to go to the hospital I see the brutal effects upon many of our young men and women whom served in Bush’s Wars.

      Yes there are many things that are not service connected that could be readily treated at civilian facilities and if we had Medicare for All I would gladly seek treatment there. I have Medicare, but I cannot afford to have my service-connected medical problems treated outside of the VA.

  • 4sanity4all

    This is a ridiculous poll, because most Americans do not even know what is in the ACA. They never looked it up and read a summary; most are just going by what they heard on the news. And the news only presented sensationalized bits of information with as much drama as possible. So the only people who understand it are probably the ones who went to the government website for information because they wanted to sign up for it. And none of those people want it to change, unless they want a lower monthly payment. Which would be a ‘change’, but not the type of change this poll implies that people want.

  • latebloomingrandma

    My niece just posted on Facebook that for the first time in 15 years she will have health insurance. She completely supports herself and her son and lives frugally. She saved enough to buy a modest townhouse, but could never afford health insurance premiums. She said the policy she chose is very affordable, and now will have peace of mind. She also added a “thanks Obama.”..

    • tax payer

      Congratulations to her and with no subsidy assistance from the Government.

  • Igor Shafarevich

    Americans need to keep in mind that it was Hussein Obama’s criminal regime which left four Americans to die in Benghazi and then viciously tried to deny health care to ten year old Sarah Murnaghan.

  • Igor Shafarevich

    Since virtues and moral standards are key pillars upon which liberty rests, attacks upon them undermine the civilized culture they support.