Half the Country Either Thinks Health Care Law Repealed or Is Unsure

By Derek Thompson

Obama's health care overhaul is still law. But half of the country doesn't know it, according to a new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation. This is episode 1,765 in our ongoing miniseries Why Opinion Polls About Public Policy Are Not Helpful.

A poll released Thursday found extensive public confusion about the health care law, with 22 percent of Americans incorrectly believing it has been repealed and another 26 percent unsure or unwilling to say.

The poll found that unfavorable views of the law among the elderly have risen to 59 percent, up from 40 percent in December. Republican opposition has grown over recent months, to 84 percent, while 66 percent of Democrats remain supportive and independents are divided. Republicans are more passionate in their opposition than Democrats are enthusiastic about the law.

Read the story at Kaiser Health News.

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