Public Still Divided on Whether to End or Save Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act, often referred to as Obamacare, was recently found unconstitutional by a federal judge. The case will eventually work its way to the U.S. Supreme Court and American voters are evenly divided as to what they’d like to happen next.

A national survey found that 42% of voters think it would be better to overturn the judge’s ruling and save Obamacare. However, 38% take the opposite view and believe it would be better for the Justices to uphold the ruling and effectively end Obamacare. Twenty percent (20%) are not sure.

As always, there is a significant partisan divide. By a 66% to 18% margin, Democrats want the Supreme Court to save Obamacare. Republicans, by a nearly identical 65% to 18% margin, want the Justices to end Obamacare. Independent voters are evenly divided (see crosstab results).

Urban voters tend to favor saving the law while Rural voters want to end it. Suburban voters are divided. Younger voters lean modestly in favor of saving Obamacare while those 35 and older are evenly divided. will release more data from the survey tomorrow morning (sign up for free updates). The additional data explores how voters would like Congress to address this latest development in the long running saga of President Obama’s controversial program.

Data released earlier showed that voters are looking for more choice and less politics in health care. If they had the chance, 65% of workers would choose less health insurance coverage and more take home pay.

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The national survey of 1,015 registered voters conducted December 18-19, 2018 by and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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