Pew Survey: 53% of Americans Disapprove of Obamacare, Highest Negative Since Law’s Passage

September 16, 2013 - 4:19 PM

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President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law on March 23, 2010. (AP File Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – A Pew Research Center survey found that public views of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act “are as negative as ever, and many are unaware of the elements of the law that will be going into place.”

According to the survey, “opinions are now as negative as they have been at any point since the bill’s passage,” as 53 percent of Americans disapprove of the regulation-ridden health care law, commonly known as “Obamacare,” while 42 percent approve.

The survey was conducted less than a month before the law's health insurance exchanges open on October 1st.

Those who are uninsured are “as likely to disapprove (46%) as approve (49%) of the law,” Pew found.

And while 39 percent of the public say that Democrats have a better handle on health care, 40 percent now believe that Republicans “would do the better job dealing with health care.”

“Assessments of the law’s effect on the country so far are already more negative than positive,” the survey finds, with 38 percent of the public viewing Obamacare as “mostly negative,” while just 24 percent - or one in four Americans - seeing it as “mostly positive.”

Pew also found that 41 percent of Americans now believe Obamacare’s “effect on themselves and their family will be negative,” while just 25 percent predict a positive effect on them personally.

More Democrats (44 percent) predict a positive “long-term impact of the law” for themselves and their families than Republicans and independents, while 65 percent of Republicans and 45 percent of independents “think the law will negatively affect them.”

As people deal with the health care law, both negative and positive views are expected to increase. “In the future, 47% say the effect on the country as a whole will be negative, compared with 35% who say it will be positive,” according to Pew.

CNSNews previously reported on Congressional efforts to defund Obamacare. This initiative is currently impeded by the lack of support from “a number of top Republicans,” including Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who “have refused to sign the pledge” to defund Obamacare implementation.