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Poll Shows Public Remains Divided on Healthcare Reform

With the November midterm elections just weeks away, Americans remain chronically divided over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but most say that their...
October 19, 2010

With the November midterm elections just weeks away, Americans remain chronically divided over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but most say that their feelings - pro and con - about the health reform law are not a dominant factor in how they will vote for Congress or whether they will go to the polls.

Views on health reform tightened up in October, with 42 percent saying they have favorable views of the new law, 44 percent holding unfavorable views and 15 percent not offering an opinion. This continues a familiar pattern seen over many months in which positive and negative views of the new law move within a relatively narrow band, reflecting a very divided public. Last month's poll showed 49 percent in favor and 40 percent opposed.

The survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation was conducted between October 5 and October 10 and covered a nationally representative random sample of 1,202 adults.

Click here to read We're Still Divided Over Healthcare Overhaul (Wall Street Journal 10/18/2010)

Click here to read Kaiser Health Tracking Poll - October 2010

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