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New Round Of Polls Shows Americans Are Ready To Move On

A mix of early poll results shows that, though the Supreme Court's decision didn't quiet the partisan feelings associated with the health law, many people want the battle over the sweeping overhaul to stop. Additionally, the ruling does not appear to have impacted opinions regarding the race for the White House.  

Kaiser Health News: Court Ruling Doesn't Quell Partisan Feelings On Health Law
The Supreme Court's ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act did not change the partisan public divide on the law, according to a new poll gauging initial reaction. People's views on Thursday's ruling were evenly split and generally reflected what they thought of the law in the first place (Rau, 7/2). 

Los Angeles Times: Poll Shows Americans Want Battles Over Healthcare Law To Stop
In the wake of the Supreme Court's decision to largely uphold President Obama's healthcare law, a majority of Americans now want to put the fight over the Affordable Care Act behind them, a new national survey indicates. Fifty-six percent of Americans believe opponents of the law should "stop trying to block its implementation and instead move on to other national problems," according to the poll by the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation (Levey, 7/2).

Los Angeles Times: Poll: Americans Split On Supreme Court's Healthcare Decision
Americans remain sharply divided on President Obama's healthcare reform law following the affirmation of most of its provisions by the Supreme Court. But, a new CNN/ORC poll reveals that there have been some positive, if slight, gains for the Affordable Care Act since its contentious passage into law (Little, 7/2).

The Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire: Polls: Modest Movement On Health Overhaul
Early polls taken right after the ruling showed a moderate uptick in support for the overhaul, as well as support overall for moving on to other concerns. Another raft of polling released Monday confirms that sentiment. A new Kaiser Family Foundation survey showed that just six in 10 Americans were aware of the ruling. Of the 1,239 adults polled in the survey, 47% said they approved of the court's decision to uphold the law, while 43% disapproved (King, 7/2).

Roll Call: After Health Care Ruling, Law Still Politically Toxic
The Supreme Court's decision upholding President Barack Obama's health care law is a historic policy victory for his administration and the Democrats who lost control of the House and their filibuster-proof Senate majority pushing the reform through Congress in the face of united GOP opposition. But the politics of the Affordable Care Act — or "Obamacare" — are unlikely to improve for Obama and Congressional Democrats running for re-election in 2012, and in fact could boost presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and GOP candidates running down the ticket. Why isn't Obama's victory likely to translate into a political boost at the polls? Because, voters' negative feelings about Obama's health care overhaul had little to do with questions of its constitutionality (Drucker, 7/2).

National Journal: Polls Agree: Americans Still Deeply Divided About Health Care Reform
A new CNN/ORC International poll released on Monday shows that half of Americans agree with the Court's decision, compared with a virtually identical 49 percent that disagree. A new Kaiser Family Foundation poll, also released on Monday, shows 47 percent approve of the decision, compared with 43 percent who disapprove. A survey from the Pew Research Center for People and the Press released Monday found slightly less enthusiasm but a similar split: 40 percent said they disapprove of the ruling, while 36 percent approve (Sanger-Katz and Shepard, 7/2).

Boston Globe: Most Americans Want Critics Of Health Care Law To Move On, Poll Finds
Most Americans now say they would like to see the critics of the health care law stop trying to block its implementation and move onto other national problems, a poll released by the Kaiser Family Foundation on Monday found following last week’s Supreme Court decision upholding the overhaul. As was the case before the historic decision, public opinion on the law to expand health care to tens of millions of Americans remains about evenly split — with 47 percent in favor of the court's ruling and 43 percent against (Jan, 7/2).

CNN: CNN Poll: Health Care Ruling Has Not Impacted Race For White House, So Far
Thursday's landmark Supreme Court decision upholding the country's health care law appears to have had exactly zero impact on the presidential election so far, and has produced virtually no change in opinions on President Barack Obama or Republican challenger Mitt Romney, according to a new national poll. And while the CNN/ORC International survey released Monday indicates the president with a very slight three point edge over Romney among registered voters nationwide, the presumptive GOP nominee appears to hold an eight point advantage among voters who live in the 15 states considered in play in the race for the White House. But according to the poll, which was conducted in the four days following the high court's health care ruling, there's been a surge in enthusiasm by Democrats nationwide, and registered voters say that Obama would handle health care better than Romney (6/2).

CNN Money: Even Health Reform Critics Say: Quit Repeal Talk
The Supreme Court's decision on health reform brought a sigh of relief from small businesses. Whether they love or hate the new rules, they like certainty. They could draw up business plans for next year. They could choose to hire or not. Now, talk of repeal by Republicans in Congress and presidential candidate Mitt Romney is causing concern (Pagliery, 7/3).

ABC: Public Divides On ACA Ruling, But Romney’s Plan Fall Shorter
Americans divide on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the federal health care law and on Barack Obama’s plans for the health care system alike, while favorable views of Mitt Romney’s approach to health care fall shorter, with more undecided. Just 30 percent in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll have a favorable opinion of Romney’s approach to health care, while 47 percent see it negatively, putting him underwater on the issue by a 17-point margin. Twenty-three percent are undecided, perhaps marking a lack of specifics by Romney on his plans – but giving him an opportunity to persuade. The public at the same time divides by 45-48 percent, favorable-unfavorable, in views of Obama’s plans for the health care system (Langer, 7/3).

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