Minorities continue to offer a bulwark of support for the Affordable Care Act, according to the latest United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll.
But the deepening discrepancy between their views of Obamacare and their support for President Obama's reelection last year shows skepticism about whether the big social-welfare program has worked touched even the White House's most ardent supporters.
A battery of questions about who benefits from the health care law, whether it should be repealed, and what's to blame for its rocky rollout all reveal a portion of the electorate that's far more favorable to the sweeping reform than the country overall and their white counterparts. Given the strong Democratic lean of that group, their support is not a surprise.
Asked about the implementation of the law, 62 percent of nonwhites said "the law is experiencing temporary problems and will ultimately produce a better health care system." Just 39 percent of whites think the same, while 46 percent of all adults share that view.
Not surprisingly then, just a tiny slice of minorities — 16 percent — think Congress should repeal Obamacare. Forty-two percent say lawmakers should wait and see how things go before making adjustments, and 37 percent urge them to provide more money for implementation. Among the total population, support for outright repeal of the law is nearly twice as high, at 38 percent. Nearly half of whites, 48 percent, feel that way.