Health care opponents divided on repeal
A slim majority of all Americans - including almost all Republicans - oppose health care reform law, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. But the legislation's detractors are split on whether and how much of it should be rolled back.
Overall, 52 percent of those polled oppose the overhaul to the health care system, 43 percent are supportive of it. Fully 86 percent of Republicans are against the legislation; 67 percent of Democrats support it. Independents divide down the middle, with 47 percent in favor and the same number opposed.
Most of those who oppose the health care changes - 59 percent - want the law repealed, but 38 percent would prefer a "wait and see" approach. Moreover, those who favor repeal are split about evenly between a complete rollback (29 percent of all opponents) and a one that's limited to parts of the law (30 percent).
Democrats who oppose the law are generally supportive of waiting to see how the law operates, while most Republicans would prefer to see it repealed. Republicans, though, are divided about whether the pullback should be a total repeal, or only a partial one. Among Republicans opposed to the health care package, 39 percent want a complete repeal, 32 percent want to cancel parts of the law.
There's broader consensus among Republicans about the individual mandate, the subject of the new ruling by a federal judge in Virginia. Fully 88 percent of voters who sided with the GOP in last month's midterms said that key provision should be repealed, according to a post-election survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Among the general public, the Kaiser poll showed 68 percent supportive of a repeal of the individual mandate. Of four core components of the health care law tested in the poll, the individual mandate was the one with the highest negatives, by far. Seventy percent of all those polled said they held an unfavorable view of the requirement that everyone carry insurance, including 52 percent who had "strongly unfavorable" opinions.
| December 13, 2010; 12:58 PM ET
Categories: Health care, Post Polls | Tags: Washington Post poll, Washington Post-ABC News poll, health care poll
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