Just as many Americans like Obamacare as dislike it, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll released Tuesday morning.
The poll found that those in favor of the law have a minuscule edge over those who don't—43 percent see it favorably versus 42 percent unfavorably—but the difference falls within the survey's margin of sampling error.
Opinion still is sharply divided by party, with 70 percents of Democrats viewing the law favorably and 75 percent of Republicans viewing it unfavorably. Independents fall in the middle; 42 percent like it and 46 percent don't.
Last month, 43 percent of Americans viewed the law unfavorably and 41 percent favorably. In April of last year, the gap was larger; 46 percent viewed Obamacare unfavorably, 38 percent favorably.
The poll also found that only 15 percent of the public has seen quality information about insurance plans in the past year, with even less reporting that they have seen good information about doctors or hospitals—and still less reporting that they used that information.
The poll also asked about the public's current policy priorities, finding that, across party lines, the top priority was making sure expensive drugs treating chronic conditions are affordable to those who need them. Price and consumer issues topped the list, coming before Obamacare questions.
The public remains divided—again largely along party lines—on what Congress should do about Obamacare. Slightly less than half want Congress to expand the law or keep it as is, while about 40 percent want Congress to either repeal or scale back the law.
Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the conclusions of the poll under the headline "Poll: More Americans Like Obamacare Than Dislike It." The poll's results point to a toss-up regarding opinions on Obamacare, within the margin of error.
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Caitlin Owens is a health care reporter at National Journal. Her work has previously appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The News & Observer and The Charlotte Observer. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.