Gallup: 51% of Americans Disapprove of Obamacare; Record 29% Say It Has Hurt Them

By Susan Jones | September 8, 2016 | 7:19 AM EDT

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( - "Do you generally approve or disapprove of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, signed into law by President Obama that restructured the U.S. healthcare system?"

In response to that question posed by Gallup on Aug. 30-31, 51 percent of those polled said they disapprove of the Affordable Care Act, and 44 percent said they disapprove.

Gallup noted those numbers are similar to the responses measured last November.

Gallup also found that 29 percent of Americans say Obamacare has hurt them and their family, up from 26 percent in May. That 29 percent is the highest Gallup has measured so far.

Meanwhile, the percentage who say Obamacare has helped their family dropped from 22 percent to 18 percent. The bulk of Americans, 51 percent, continue to say the law has "had no effect."

(Gallup concluded that because Republicans are much more likely (46 percent) than Democrats (9 percent) to say the new law has hurt their family, it is possible that some of those who say the law has "hurt" them are giving a political response rather than an actual report on the law's effect on their lives.)

The poll also found that 36 percent of Americans expect Obamacare to make their family's healthcare situation worse in the long run, versus the 24 percent who expect it to make things better. (37 percent said the law won't make much difference to them.)

The bottom line, according to Gallup:

"Six years after passage of the ACA, it appears that much of the American public hasn't embraced the healthcare law and still holds serious reservations about it. Although opinion has fluctuated somewhat over time, Americans have remained at least slightly more negative than positive about the law for three years. This partly reflects the highly politicized views of the controversial law -- with Republicans overwhelmingly opposed to it and unlikely to change their views, while Democrats have shown consistently high support.

“At the same time, more Americans than at any previous point are reporting that the law has hurt their healthcare situation. The percentage who believe their family will be hurt in the long run by Obamacare is up slightly since May. It is possible that these feelings are related to negative media attention to the law this summer; that the lack of positive news has returned sentiments to previous levels; or that they simply reflect underlying political predispositions to the law.

"In any case, President Barack Obama's signature legislative achievement still has miles to go before a majority of the public considers it a positive. With Hillary Clinton vowing to strengthen Obamacare, and Donald Trump pledging to undo it, the healthcare law's future hangs in the balance this election season."

Results for the Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews conducted Aug. 30-31, 2016, on the Gallup U.S. Daily survey, with a random sample of 1,015 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

Each sample of national adults includes a minimum quota of 60% cellphone respondents and 40% landline respondents, with additional minimum quotas by time zone within region. Landline and cellular telephone numbers are selected using random-digit-dial methods.

For results based on the total sample of national adults, the margin of sampling error is plus or minus 4 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. All reported margins of sampling error include computed design effects for weighting.


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