Obamacare Is More Unpopular Than Ever

A poll found 53% of Americans now have an unfavorable opinion of the Affordable Care Act — the largest percentage in the survey’s four-year history.

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2. A new poll has found that 53% of Americans have an unfavorable opinion of Obamacare.

The poll was done by the Kaiser Family Foundation and reveals that unfavorable opinions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were more widespread in July than at any time since April 2010. The poll also discovered that only 37% of the public actually has a favorable opinion of the law.

3. A solid majority of Democrats still like Obamacare, according to the poll.

As has been typical for the entire history of the ACA, Democrats continued in July to have more favorable opinions than Republicans, with 62% approving. However, even among those who lean left, Obamacare lost support in July. Perhaps even more troubling for the White House, the data shows a general, if slight, trend among Democrats toward less favorable attitudes about the law.

4. The vast majority of Republicans still don’t like Obamacare.

Among Republicans, 82% had an unfavorable opinion of the ACA in July. The last time that many Republicans had an unfavorable opinion of Obamacare was in November, the poll reveals. A mere 12% of Republicans had a favorable opinion of the law last month.

5. Obamacare is losing ground among women, whites, and lower and middle income earners, among other groups.

Obama’s signature domestic accomplishment was especially unpopular among a lot of groups in July, but certain demographics really hated it. Most notably, 52% of women viewed the ACA unfavorably in July, the highest that number has ever been. Unfavorable opinions among those earning less than $90,000 per year and among whites also hit new highs.

6. Despite the growing dislike of Obamacare, most Americans don’t want to ditch the law.

Overall, 60% of Americans want congress to improve the ACA, as opposed to repeal it. Unsurprisingly, those who like the law tend to support improvement in greater numbers. Democrats and independents also tend to favor improvement, while Republicans prefer repeal.

One possible silver lining for Obama, however, is that health care isn’t a hot topic at the moment. In fact, more people cited health care than any other issue when asked what topic congress and the president are paying too much attention to.

7. Contraception — and the recent Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision — remain divisive.

Overall, public opinion was evenly split when it came to the Supreme Court decision allowing private companies to deny contraception based on religious belief. Women disapproved slighty more than men and, like attitudes about the ACA generally, opinion is divided more or less as expected along party lines. But either way, the ACA is unlikely to be a major factor in the upcoming midterm elections; a full 85% said it wouldn’t change their voting plans.

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Jim Dalrymple is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.
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