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Survey: After Supreme Court Arguments, Public Still Divided On Health Law

The Kaiser Family Foundation's tracking poll found that the oral arguments held last month before the high court raised awareness about the health law, but didn't sway public opinion.

Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Survey: Court Hearings Don't Move Public Opinion On Health Law
The three days in March that the Supreme Court devoted to debating the health law didn't change many minds among the public. But the debate, and related media coverage, appear to have increased awareness about the law and made Republicans more supportive of the justices, according to a new survey (Rau, 4/24).

National Journal: Poll Finds Americans Still Divided On Health Care Law
Even after oral arguments at the Supreme Court put the 2010 health care law on front pages for a week, public opinion on the law has not budged, according to the latest monthly installment in the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Health Tracking Poll. The poll asks respondents about their views of the Affordable Care Act every month. The results have been static since the law was first passed, with about 40 percent opposing the law and 40 percent approving. April’s poll found 42 percent of those asked had a favorable view of the law, while 43 percent viewed it unfavorably (Sanger-Katz, 4/24).

Politico Pro: Poll: SCOTUS Didn't Sway Public On Mandate
The Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, released Tuesday, found that 74 percent of the public is aware of the mandate — up from 64 percent last month. Only 30 percent of Americans like the mandate — down just slightly from 32 percent who said the same last month. The mandate has always been one of the least popular pieces of the health care law, capturing the public’s distaste for the government ordering them to buy insurance coverage. Opponents of the law expected that three days of high-profile oral argument over the mandate could turn public opinion even more sharply against the requirement (Haberkorn, 4/24).

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