New Poll Shows That Approval of ObamaCare Is Dropping Among the Uninsured

January 30, 2014

It looks like ObamaCare’s not only sinking in popularity among Americans whose health care plans have been canceled or altered.

A new Kaiser poll released today finds that just 24% of uninsured Americans support ObamaCare. 47% of the uninsured oppose the law, a shockingly high percentage among a demographic that Democrats insist the healthcare law is designed to benefit.

Even more worrisome for Democrats is the fact the approval for ObamaCare among the uninsured has dropped sharply from December’s poll, when just 36% approved. Insurance plans purchased through the ObamaCare exchanges have taken effect since then, and yet support for the law is still collapsing.

From Kaiser Health News:

Uninsured Americans — the people that the Affordable Care Act was designed to most aid — are increasingly critical of the law as its key provisions kick in, a poll released Thursday finds.

This month’s tracking poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 47 percent of the uninsured said they hold unfavorable views of the law while 24 percent said they liked it. These negative views have increased since December, when 43 percent of the uninsured panned the law and 36 percent liked it. (KHN is an editorially independent program of the Foundation.)

The poll did not pinpoint clear reasons for this drop, which comes in the first month that people could start using insurance purchased through the online marketplaces that are at the heart of the law. It did point out that more than half of people without insurance said the law hasn’t made a difference to them or their families. In addition, the pollsters noted that almost half of people without coverage were unaware the law includes subsidies to offset premium costs for people of low and moderate incomes.

Among all Americans, the sentiment was also negative, with 50 percent holding unfavorable views of the law and 34 percent supporting it. Views on the law have not been even since the end of 2012. Despite this, just 38 percent of the public wants the law to be repealed.