A CNN poll published Monday finds that the majority of those surveyed oppose the health-care overhaul passed by Congress this year -- but that only some of them do so because of an opposition to the government taking a greater role in regulating the market.
Overall, 54 percent oppose the law, down five points from March, with 43 percent in favor of the measure, up four points from earlier this year.
But here's the critical fine print:
roughly a quarter of those who oppose the new law do so because it is not liberal enough. Only 37 percent of the public opposes the new law because it is too liberal.
The fact that so many people dislike the health-care reforms -- and for different reasons -- means it may be a long time before the public comes to terms with them. But it also means that opposition to the health-care overhaul from only one perspective may not win broad public support, either.
That said, the one provision in the new law that is widely opposed is the same one Republicans and conservatives are challenging in court and have vowed to overturn:
six in ten oppose the requirement that all Americans get health insurance, with 38 percent saying they favor the provision....
"Among Democrats, 54 percent favor the insurance requirement, but more than six in ten Independents and Republicans oppose it," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Women are more likely than men to support that provision, but even among women, 53 percent oppose it."
People do not like the idea of health-care mandates, for some reason. I'd love to see some more fine-grained research into the question of why.