While individual elements of President Obama's healthcare reform law are still popular, Americans continue to be deeply divided over the measure itself.
Congress may have passed a sweeping health reform law, and President Obama may have signed it. But voters across America are uncertain about what it all means, and are deeply worried about the future of medical care--especially their own.
Health care reform is an unsettled issue in the minds of most Americans. That's true regardless of how the U.S. Supreme Court rules on challenges to the new law.
A recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll found that only 36 percent of voters nationwide think the president's health care plan is a good idea. That means a solid majority of the electorate--64 percent--think the plan is either a bad idea (45 percent) or are unsure about it (19 percent). Moreover, nearly half of those polled (49 percent) would like to see the law repealed; 42 percent oppose repeal.
Illustrating public frustration with Washington, the poll also showed that a majority of voters (52 percent) expect the Supreme Court's ruling to be primarily based on politics, while less than one-third (32 percent) think it will be decided mostly on the underlying legal issues.