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OPINION

Gallup: Americans still want ObamaCare repealed

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If America is rooting for a particular side in the most momentous Supreme Court review in decades, Gallup’s latest poll indicates that they aren’t rooting for the White House. By a narrow plurality, the general adult population wants ObamaCare repealed:

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"Given a choice, 47% of Americans favor repealing the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, while 42% want it kept in place. Views on this issue are highly partisan, with Republicans strongly in favor of repeal and the large majority of Democrats wanting the law kept in place. …"

In October, Gallup found 40% of Americans saying passage of the healthcare law was a good thing and 48% a bad thing.

Highly partisan? That’s not unfair, although it’s worth noting that independents favor repeal by about the same ratio as the general population, 48/43. Only 10% of Republicans want the PPACA left in place, but 21% of Democrats want it repealed.

Nevertheless, the debate has impacted the overall perception of health care as a government responsibility. Gallup provides this chart in today’s polling results showing that a formerly strong consensus on this point has evaporated:

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