Poll: Record 53% Disapprove of Obamacare

Barbara Boland
By Barbara Boland | August 1, 2014 | 8:54 AM EDT

53% of Americans have an unfavorable opinion of Obamacare, up 8% since last month. This is the largest unfavorable opinion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the survey's four year history, a poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation finds. Only 37% of people actually have a favorable opinion of the law.

Obamacare lost favorability with women, whites, and those in the low and middle income brackets, along with other groups - including Democrats.

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The law proved especially unpopular among women with 52% viewing it unfavorably in July - the highest disapproval that group has ever shown towards the law. Opinions among those earning less than $90,000 per year and among whites also hit new lows.

Still, the poll found that 60% of Americans would like Congress to improve the law rather than repeal it. The groups most likely to favor improving the law are those that are more favorable to the ACA generally - Democrats and independents. Republicans favor repeal.

Those polled also said that they think Washington should pay more attention to issues like the economy and jobs, the federal budget deficit, education and immigration - rather than health care.