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Pew Research Center. Sept. 2-9, 2014. N=2,002 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.5.

             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the health care law passed by Barack Obama and Congress in 2010?"
2012 & earlier: "Do you approve or disapprove of the health care legislation passed by Barack Obama and Congress in 2010?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

9/2-9/14

44 52 4    
 

4/23-27/14

41 55 4    
 

4/3-6/14

37 50 12    
 

2/27 - 3/16/14

41 53 5    
 

12/3-8/13

41 54 5    
 

10/9-13/13

41 52 7    
 

9/4-8/13

42 53 5    
 

6/28 - 7/9/12

47 43 9    
 

6/7-17/12

43 48 9    
 

4/4-15/12

41 49 10    
 

3/7-11/12

47 45 8    
 

1/5-9/11

41 48 11    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Sept. 4-7, 2014. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Overall, do you support or oppose the federal law making changes to the health care system?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/4-7/14

43 52 5    
 

4/24-27/14

44 48 8    
 

3/26-30/14

49 48 3    
 

1/20-23/14

46 49 5    
 

12/12-15/13

46 49 5    
 

11/14-17/13

40 57 2    
 

10/17-20/13

46 49 5    
 

9/12-15/13

42 52 6    
 

7/18-21/13

42 49 9    
 

7/5-8/12

47 47 6    
 

4/5-8/12

39 53 8    
 

3/7-10/12

41 52 7    

 

Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll. Aug. 25-Sept. 2, 2014. N=1,505 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"As you may know, a health reform bill was signed into law in 2010. Given what you know about the health reform law, do you have a generally favorable or generally unfavorable opinion of it?" Options rotated
2010:
"As you may know, a new health reform bill was signed into law earlier this year. Given what you know about the new health reform law, do you have a generally favorable or generally unfavorable opinion of it?"

 
    Favorable Unfavorable Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

8/25 - 9/2/14

35 47 19    
 

7/15-21/14

37 53 11    
 

6/12-18/14

39 45 16    
 

5/13-19/14

38 45 17    
 

4/15-21/14

38 46 16    
 

3/11-17/14

38 46 15    
 

2/11-17/14

35 47 18    
 

1/14-21/14

34 50 16    
 

12/10-15/13

34 48 18    
 

11/13-18/13

33 49 18    
 

10/17-23/13

38 44 18    
 

9/12-18/13

39 43 17    
 

8/13-19/13

37 42 20    
 

6/4-9/13

35 43 23    
 

4/15-20/13

35 40 24    
 

3/5-10/13

37 40 23    
 

2/14-19/13

36 42 23    
 

11/7-10/12

43 39 19    
 

10/18-23/12

38 43 19    
 

9/13-19/12

45 40 14    
 

8/7-12/12

38 43 19    
 

7/17-23/12

38 44 17    
 

6/28-30/12

41 41 18    
 

5/8-14/12

37 44 19    
 

4/4-10/12

42 43 15    
 

2/29 - 3/5/12

41 40 19    
 

2/13-19/12

42 43 15    
 

1/12-17/12

37 44 19    
 

12/8-13/11

41 43 17    
 

11/10-15/11

37 44 19    
 

10/13-18/11

34 51 15    
 

9/7-12/11

41 43 16    
 

8/10-15/11

39 44 17    
 

7/13-18/11

42 43 15    
 

6/9-14/11

42 46 12    
 

5/12-17/11

42 44 14    
 

4/7-12/11

41 41 18    
 

3/8-13/11

42 46 13    
 

2/8-13/11

43 48 8    
 

1/4-14/11

41 50 9    
 

12/1-6/10

42 41 18    
 
 

11/3-6/10

42 40 18    
 

Midterm voters

42 49 10    
 
 

10/5-10/10

42 44 15    
 

9/14-19/10

49 40 11    
 

8/16-22/10

43 45 12    
 

7/8-13/10

50 35 14    
 

6/17-22/10

48 41 10    
 

5/11-16/10

41 44 14    
             

"Which would you rather see your representative in Congress do when it comes to the health care law? They should work to improve the law. They should work to repeal the law and replace it with something else." Options rotated

 
    Improve Repeal,
replace
Neither/
Other (vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

8/25 - 9/2/14

63 33 2 2  
 

7/15-21/14

60 35 2 2  
 

5/13-19/14

59 34 3 4  
 

4/15-21/14

58 35 3 4  
             

"So far, would you say the health care law has directly helped you and your family, directly hurt you and your family, or has it not had a direct impact?"

 
    Helped Hurt No direct
impact
Both helped
& hurt (vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

8/25 - 9/2/14

14 27 56 1 1
 

7/15-21/14

15 28 56 - 1
 

5/13-19/14

14 24 60 - 2

 

Harvard School of Public Health/SSRS. Aug. 13-17, 2014. N=1,025 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.6.

             

"How closely are you following news about the recent outbreak of Ebola in West Africa? Are you following the news very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?"

 
    Very
closely
Somewhat
closely
Not too
closely
Not at all  
    % % % %  
 

8/13-17/14

19 43 20 17  
             

"Are you concerned that there will be a large outbreak of Ebola inside the United States within the next 12 months, or aren't you concerned about that?"

 
    Concerned Not
concerned
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

8/13-17/14

39 59 2    
             

"Are you concerned that you or someone in your immediate family may get sick from Ebola during the next 12 months, or aren't you concerned about that?"

 
    Concerned Not
concerned
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

8/13-17/14

26 73 1    
             

"To the best of your knowledge, is there an effective medicine to treat people who have gotten sick with Ebola, or doesn't such a medicine exist?"

 
    There is Doesn't
exist
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

8/13-17/14

33 45 22    
             

"To the best of your knowledge, is anyone inside the United States currently being treated for Ebola, or not?"

 
    Yes No Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

8/13-17/14

71 20 10    
             

"To the best of your knowledge, if a person is sick with Ebola and has symptoms, how easily is Ebola spread from that person to other people: very easily, somewhat easily, not very easily, or not at all easily?"

 
    Very
easily
Somewhat
easily
Not very
easily
Not at all
easily
Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

8/13-17/14

36 33 17 4 11

 

CBS News Poll. July 29-Aug. 4, 2014. N=1,344 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"From what you've heard or read, do you approve or disapprove of the health care law that was enacted in 2010?" If approve: "Do you strongly approve or somewhat approve?" If Disapprove: "Do you somewhat disapprove or strongly disapprove?"
7/10 through 2/11: "From what you've heard or read, do you approve or disapprove of the health care law that was enacted last March? ..."
3/29 - 4/1/10: "From what you've heard or read, do you approve or disapprove of the new health care reform bill? ..."
3/18-21/10:
"From what you've heard or read, do you approve or disapprove of the current health care reform bill? ..."

 
    Strongly
approve
Somewhat
approve
Somewhat disapprove Strongly
disapprove
Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

7/29 - 8/4/14

20 21 12 38 8
 

3/20-23/14

20 21 14 39 7
 

1/17-21/14

21 20 16 34 10
 

12/5-8/13

16 23 13 37 11
 

11/15-18/13

15 16 15 46 8
 

10/18-21/13

23 20 14 37 6
 

10/1-2/13

21 22 11 40 6
 

9/19-23/13

17 22 17 34 10
 

7/18-22/13

15 21 18 36 10
 

3/20-24/13

15 20 13 31 22
 

9/8-12/12

21 21 12 34 12
 

8/22-26/12

18 20 14 36 13
 

7/11-16/12

14 22 14 36 14
 

5/31 - 6/3/12

18 16 12 36 18
 

4/13-17/12

18 21 13 34 14
 

3/21-25/12

16 20 17 30 17
 

12/5-7/11

12 23 16 35 14
 

6/3-7/11

14 23 15 33 15
 

2/11-14/11

14 19 17 34 16
 

10/1-5/10

16 23 16 27 18
 

9/10-14/10

15 22 15 34 14
 

7/9-12/10

17 19 16 33 15
 

3/29 - 4/1/10

16 16 14 39 15
 

3/18-21/10

13 24 15 33 15

 

Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll. July 15-21, 2014. N=1,507 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"In general, do you support or oppose the health care law's requirement that private health insurance plans cover the full cost of birth control?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

7/15-21/14

60 33 7    
 

5/13-19/14

58 32 10    
 

4/15-21/14

61 32 7    

 

CNN/ORC Poll. July 18-20, 2014. N=1,012 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"As you may know, a bill that makes major changes to the country's health care system became law in 2010. Based on what you have read or heard about that legislation, do you generally favor or generally oppose it?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/18-20/14

40 59 1    
 

3/7-9/14

39 57 4    
 

12/16-19/13

35 62 3    
 

11/18-20/13

40 58 2    
 

10/18-20/13

41 56 3    
 

9/27-29/13

38 57 4    
 

5/17-18/13

43 54 3    
             

"As you may know, a bill that makes major changes to the country's health care system became law in 2010. Based on what you have read or heard about that legislation, do you generally favor or generally oppose it?" If oppose: "Do you oppose that legislation because you think its approach toward health care is too liberal, or because you think it is not liberal enough?" Combined responses.

 
    Favor Oppose:
Too liberal
Oppose:
Not liberal
enough
Oppose:
Another
reason
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

7/18-20/14

40 38 17 4 1
 

3/7-9/14

39 39 12 5 4
 

12/16-19/13

35 43 15 4 3
 

11/18-20/13

40 41 14 3 2
 

10/18-20/13

41 38 12 6 3
 

9/27-29/13

38 39 11 7 4
 

5/17-18/13

43 35 16 3 3
             

"From what you know of that legislation, do you think you and your family are, in general, better off, worse off or about the same now that the major provisions of the health care law have taken effect?"

 
    Better off Worse off About
the same
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

7/18-20/14

18 35 46 1  
             

"From what you know of that legislation, do you think you and your family are, in general, better off, worse off or about the same now that the major provisions of the health care law have taken effect?" If worse off or about the same: "Do you think other families in this country are better off now that the major provisions of the health care law have taken effect, or do you think that legislation has not helped anyone in the country?" Combined responses.

 
    You and
your family
better off
Other
families
better off
Has not
helped
anyone
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

7/18-20/14

18 35 44 3  

 

Quinnipiac University. June 24-30, 2014. N=1,446 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.6.

             

"Do you support or oppose the health care law passed by Barack Obama and Congress in 2010?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

6/24-30/14

43 55 2    
 

3/26-31/14

41 55 5    
 

1/15-19/14

38 56 7    
 

1/4-7/14

40 56 4    
 

12/3-9/13

39 57 4    
 

11/6-11/13

39 55 6    
 

9/23-29/13

45 47 8    

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by Hart Research Associates (D) and Public Opinion Strategies (R). June 11-15, 2014. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"Now, thinking about something else, there have been recent news reports of delays in care for veterans. When it comes to the problems in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs which comes closer to your point of view? These problems are due to longstanding government bureaucracy. These problems are due to poor management by the Obama administration. Or do you not have an opinion one way or the other?" Statements rotated

 
    Longstanding
government
bureaucracy
Poor
management
by Obama
administration
No opinion Some of
both (vol.)
 
    % % % %  
 

6/11-15/14

61 14 21 4  

 

Bloomberg National Poll conducted by Selzer & Company. June 6-9, 2014. N=1,005 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"I'm going to mention some aspects of the national economic situation. For each, please tell me if you expect things to be better in the next 12 months, worse, or about the same as the last 12 months. ... Health care costs."

 
    Better Worse About
the same
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/6-9/14

17 60 21 2  
 

3/7-10/14

21 52 24 3  
 

2/15-18/13

22 55 21 2  
             

"Overall, do you support or oppose the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare?" If oppose: "Do you oppose the law because it went too far, or because it did not go far enough?"

 
    Support Oppose:
Too far
Oppose:
Not far
enough
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/6-9/14

39 42 11 8  
             

"Since the health care law went into effect on January 1st of this year, have you experienced a big change, a little change, or no real change in your health care?"

 
    Big
change
Little
change
No real
change
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/6-9/14

24 15 60 1  
             

"For each of the following provisions of the health care law, please tell me if you support or oppose this provision. ..."

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 
 

"Eliminates lifetime caps on how much insurance companies must pay for a person's health care"

 

6/6-9/14

55 37 8    
             
 

"Prohibits insurance companies from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions"

 

6/6-9/14

65 32 3    
             
 

"Allows children up to age 26 to remain on their parents' policies"

 

6/6-9/14

75 23 2    
             
 

"Mandates everyone to have health insurance"

 

6/6-9/14

46 52 2    
             

"What is your opinion of the health care law? It should be repealed. It may need small modifications, but we should see how it works. It should be left alone."
9/12: "Turning to the health care law passed in 2010, what is your opinion of the law? ..."
6/11 & 3/12:
"Turning to the health care law passed last year, what is your opinion of the law? ..."

 
    Should be
repealed
See how
it works
Should be
left alone
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/6-9/14

32 56 10 2  
 

3/7-10/14

34 51 13 2  
 

9/21-24/12

34 40 19 7  
 

3/8-11/12

37 46 11 6  
 

6/17-20/11

35 51 11 3  
             

"Does a candidate's support for the health care law make you more likely or less likely to vote for the candidate?"

 
    More
likely
Less
likely
Wouldn't
matter (vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/6-9/14

38 39 19 4  

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. May 29-June 1, 2014. N=1,002 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"It's been reported that some military veteran hospitals did not offer timely appointments for some patients, then falsified their records to hide this fact. Do you think this is a very serious issue, somewhat serious, not so serious or not serious at all?"

 
    Very
serious
Somewhat
serious
Not so
serious
Not serious
at all
 
    % % % %  
 

5/29 - 6/1/14

82 15 2 1  
             

"How much, if at all, do you think Obama is personally responsible for these problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs? Do you think he deserves a great deal of the blame, a good amount, just some or none?"

 
    A great
deal
A good
amount
Just some None Unsure
    % % % % %
 

5/29 - 6/1/14

19 19 41 20 2
             

"Do you think the secretary of Veteran Affairs, Eric Shinseki, was right to resign because of the VA hospitals issue, or should he have kept his job?"
5/29: "Do you think the Secretary of Veteran Affairs, Eric Shinseki, should resign because of the VA hospitals issue, or should he keep his job?"

 
    Was right
to resign
Should have
kept his job
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/29 - 6/1/14

65 22 13    

 

CNN/ORC Poll. May 29-June 1, 2014. N=1,003 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"What is your reaction to reports of problems in providing medical care to veterans at hospitals and other medical facilities run by the Department of Veterans Affairs, also known as the V.A.? Does that make you feel angry, upset but not angry, concerned but not upset, or are you not concerned about this matter?"

 
    Angry Upset but
not angry
Concerned
but not upset
Not
concerned
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

5/29 - 6/1/14

48 21 24 6 1
             

Asked after the resignation of Shinseki was announced:
"As you may know, today/on Friday, Eric Shinseki resigned as the secretary of Veterans Affairs. Do you think Shinseki should have resigned, or do you think he should have stayed in office?"
Asked May 30-June 1, N=799, margin of error 3.5.

 
    Should have
resigned
Should have
stayed
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/30 - 6/1/14

68 22 10    

 

Gallup Poll. May 21-25, 2014. N=2,538 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"... Do you generally approve or disapprove of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, signed into law by President Obama that restructured the U.S. health care system?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/21-25/14

43 51 5    
 

4/7-8/14

43 54 3    
 

2/28 - 3/2/14

40 55 5    
 

1/31 - 2/1/14

41 51 9    
 

1/3-4/14

38 54 8    
 

12/11-12/13

41 51 8    
 

11/23-24/13

40 54 6    
 

11/7-10/13

40 55 5    
 

10/26-28/13

44 47 9    
 

10/18-20/13

45 50 6    
 

8/17-18/13

41 49 11    
 

6/20-24/13

44 52 4    
             

"As you may know, a few of the provisions of the health care law have already gone into effect. So far, has the new law helped you and your family, not had an effect, or has it hurt you and your family?" Options rotated

 
    Helped Not had
an effect
Hurt Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/21-25/14

14 59 24 4  
 

4/7-8/14

15 64 18 3  
 

2/28 - 3/2/14

10 63 23 4  
 

1/31 - 2/1/14

13 64 19 4  
 

1/3-4/14

10 66 19 4  
 

11/23-24/13

9 69 19 4  
 

2/20-21/12

12 70 16 3  
             

"In the long run, how do you think the health care law will affect your family's health care situation? Will it make things better, not make much difference, or will it make things worse?" Options rotated

 
    Better Not much
difference
Worse Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/21-25/14

22 39 36 3  
 

4/7-8/14

24 42 32 3  
 

2/28 - 3/2/14

21 36 40 3  
 

1/31 - 2/1/14

24 34 37 5  
 

1/3-4/14

22 35 37 5  
 

11/23-24/13

20 34 41 5  
 

10/26-28/13

25 36 34 5  
 

8/17-18/13

24 34 38 5  
 

6/20-24/13

22 33 42 3  
             

"In the long run, how do you think the health care law will affect the health care situation in the U.S.? Will it make things better, not make much difference, or will it make things worse?" Options rotated

 
    Better Not much
difference
Worse Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/21-25/14

37 16 44 4  
 

4/7-8/14

37 15 45 3  
 

2/28 - 3/2/14

35 14 48 3  
 

1/31 - 2/1/14

35 14 45 6  
 

1/3-4/14

35 12 48 6  
 

11/23-24/13

34 12 48 6  
 

10/26-28/13

36 14 44 6  
 

8/17-18/13

35 15 44 6  
 

6/20-24/13

34 16 47 3  
             

"Still thinking about the 2010 Affordable Care Act, how familiar are you with the health care law: very familiar, somewhat familiar, not too familiar, or not familiar at all?"

 
    Very
familiar
Somewhat
familiar
Not too
familiar
Not familiar
at all
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

5/21-25/14

21 51 18 9 2
 

4/7-8/14

20 52 18 10 1
 

2/28 - 3/2/14

21 49 17 11 1
 

1/31 - 2/1/14

19 49 20 12 1
 

1/3-4/14

20 49 20 11 1
 

11/23-24/13

19 53 15 13 1
 

10/26-28/13

19 49 19 12 1
 

8/17-18/13

15 53 18 12 2
 

6/20-24/13

16 59 18 7 -

 

CBS News Poll. May 20-21, 2014. N=1,056 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Is your overall opinion of the Veterans Administration, the VA, very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable?"

 
    Favorable Unfavorable Never heard
of (vol.)
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

5/20-21/14

50 35 4 11  
             

"How much have you heard or read about the problems at some Veterans Administration, or VA, medical facilities, including reports about long waits for treatment and the death of some patients: a lot, some, or not much?"

 
    A lot Some Not much Nothing
(vol.)
Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

5/20-21/14

40 30 25 4 1
             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the problems at Veterans Administration medical facilities?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

5/20-21/14

29 45 25    
             

"Do you think the problems at Veterans Administration medical facilities are widespread or limited to just a few incidents?"

 
    Widespread Limited Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

5/20-21/14

62 23 15    
             

"Who do you blame most for the problems at Veterans Administration medical facilities: Barack Obama, Eric Shinseki and the Veterans Administration, or local VA hospitals?"

 
    Obama Shinseki
and the VA
Local VA
hospitals
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

5/20-21/14

17 33 28 23  
             

"Do you think the problems of long waiting times at Veterans Administration medical facilities are mostly due to the VA not having adequate resources to take care of patients or mostly due to the VA not properly managing the resources it already has?"

 
    Not having
adequate
resources
Not properly
managing
resources
Some other
reason (vol.)
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

5/20-21/14

42 41 4 13  
             

"Do you think administrators at some VA medical facilities deliberately tried to hide information about how long patients had to wait for treatment at these facilities, or did they not do that?"

 
    Did
try to hide
Did not
try to hide
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

5/20-21/14

65 16 18    
             

"Given what you know right now, do you think Eric Shinseki, the secretary of Veterans Affairs, should have to resign as a result of the problems at some Veterans Administration medical facilities or should he remain secretary of Veterans Affairs?"

 
    Should have
to resign
Should remain
secretary
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

5/20-21/14

45 31 24    

 

CBS News Poll. May 16-19, 2014. N=1,009 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Which comes closest to your view about the 2010 health care law? The law is working well and should be kept in place as is. There are some good things in the law, but some changes are needed to make it work better. OR, The law has so much wrong with it that it needs to be repealed entirely."

 
    Should be
kept as is
Changes
are needed
Needs to
be repealed
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

5/16-19/14

6 56 35 3  
 

2/19-23/14

6 50 42 2  
 

1/17-21/14

6 56 34 4  
 

12/5-8/13

6 53 37 3  
 

11/15-18/13

7 48 43 2  
             

"In the long run, do you think the 2010 health care law will make the health care system in the U.S. better than it was before, worse than it was before, or don't you think there will be much of a difference either way?"

 
    Better Worse Not much
difference
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

5/16-19/14

35 39 22 4  

 

Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll. May 13-19, 2014. N=1,505 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Which would you rather see your representative in Congress do when it comes to the health care law? They should work to improve the law. They should work to repeal the law and replace it with something else." Options rotated

 
    Improve Repeal,
replace
Neither/
Other (vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

ALL

59 34 3 4  
 

Democrats

85 11      
 

Independents

58 33      
 

Republicans

32 65      
             

"As far as you know, do the Republicans in Congress have an agreed-upon alternative to the health care law, or not?"

 
    Do
have
Do not
have
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

5/13-19/14

13 61 26    
             

"With the exception of certain religious organizations, employers are now required to cover the cost of preventive services including prescription birth control in their health plans. Which comes closer to your view about how this law should apply to for-profit companies whose owners object to birth control on religious grounds? For-profit companies should NOT be required to cover birth control in their workers' health plans, even if it means their female employees will have to pay the cost of birth control themselves. OR, For-profit companies SHOULD be required to cover birth control in their workers' health plans, even if it violates their owners' personal religious beliefs." Options rotated

 
    Should not
be required
to cover
Should be
required
to cover
Neither/
Other (vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

5/13-19/14

41 53 2 4  
 

4/15-21/14

40 55 2 3  

 

Public Religion Research Institute. May 14-18, 2014. N=1,011 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"There is currently a debate over what kinds of health care plans employers, including religiously affiliated employers, should be required to provide. Do you think [see below] should be required to provide their employees with health care plans that cover contraception or birth control at no cost, or not? ... What about [see below]?"

 
    Should
be required
Should not
be required
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 
 

"Religiously affiliated colleges and universities"

 

5/14-18/14

52 44 4    
             
 

"Religiously affiliated hospitals"

 

5/14-18/14

56 41 3    
             
 

"Churches and other places of worship"

 

5/14-18/14

42 53 5    
             
 

"Privately owned small businesses"

 

5/14-18/14

51 46 3    
             
 

"Privately owned corporations"

 

5/14-18/14

57 40 3    
             
 

"Publicly held corporations"

 

5/14-18/14

61 35 4    

 

CNN/ORC Poll. May 2-4, 2014. N=1,008 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"As you may know, a bill that made major changes to the country's health care system became law in 2010. Which of the following statements best describes your view of what Congress should do in the future? Congress should leave the health care law as it is. Congress should make some changes to the health care law in an attempt to make it work better. Congress should repeal the health care law and replace it with a completely different system. OR, Congress should repeal the health care law and go back to the system we had before it was enacted." Options rotated

 
    Leave
as is
Make some
changes
Replace it Go back to
system we
had before
 
    % % % %  
 

5/2-4/14

12 49 18 20  
             

"Would you describe the new health care law as a success or as a failure, or would you say it is too soon to tell?"

 
    Success Failure Too soon
to tell
   
    % % %    
 

5/2-4/14

12 39 49    
 

11/18-20/13

8 39 53    
             

"Do you think the current problems facing the new health care law will eventually be solved, or don't you think so?"

 
    Will be
solved
Don't
think so
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/2-4/14

51 47 2    
 

Democrats

81 16 3    
 

Independents

45 54 1    
 

Republicans

23 75 2    
 
 

11/18-20/13

54 45 2    

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by Hart Research Associates (D) and Public Opinion Strategies (R). April 23-27, 2014. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"Now as you may know, Barack Obama's health care plan was passed by Congress and signed into law in 2010. From what you have heard about the new health care law, do you think it is a good idea or a bad idea? If you do not have an opinion either way, please just say so."
1/11 - 7/13: "From what you have heard about Barack Obama's health care plan that was passed by Congress and signed into law by the President in 2010, do you think his plan is a good idea or a bad idea? If you do not have an opinion either way, please just say so."
5/10 & 6/10: "From what you have heard about Barack Obama's health care plan that was recently passed by Congress and signed into law by the President, do you think his plan is a good idea or a bad idea? If you do not have an opinion either way, please just say so."
3/10 & earlier: "From what you have heard about Barack Obama's health care plan, do you think his plan is a good idea or a bad idea? If you do not have an opinion either way, please just say so."
RV = registered voters.

 
    Good idea Bad idea Do not have
an opinion
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/23-27/14

36 46 17 1  
 

3/5-9/14

35 49 14 2  
 

1/22-25/14

34 48 17 1  
 

12/4-8/13

34 50 16 -  
 

10/25-28/13

37 47 14 1  
 

10/7-9/13

38 43 17 2  
 

9/5-8/13

31 44 24 1  
 

7/17-21/13

34 47 18 1  
 

5/30 - 6/2/13

37 49 13 1  
 

7/18-22/12 RV

40 44 15 1  
 

6/20-24/12

35 41 22 2  
 

4/13-17/12

36 45 17 2  
 

12/7-11/11

34 41 24 1  
 

1/13-17/11

39 39 21 1  
 

6/17-21/10

40 44 16 -  
 

5/6-10/10

38 44 17 1  
 

3/11, 13-14/10

36 48 15 1  
 

1/23-25/10

31 46 22 1  
 

1/10-14/10

33 46 18 3  
 

12/11-14/09

32 47 17 4  
 

10/22-25/09

38 42 16 4  
 

9/17-20/09

39 41 17 3  
 

8/15-17/09

36 42 17 5  
 

7/24-27/09

36 42 17 5  
 

6/12-15/09

33 32 30 5  
 

4/23-26/09

33 26 34 7  
             

"When it comes to your opinion about the health care law, do you feel that it is working well the way it is, needs minor modifications to improve it, needs a major overhaul, or should be totally eliminated?" Options rotated. Half sample (Form A).

 
    Working
well
Needs minor
modifications
Needs major
overhaul
Should be
eliminated
Other (vol.)/
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

4/23-27/14

8 40 28 21 3
 

12/4-8/13

4 36 31 26 3
 

10/25-28/13

6 38 28 24 5
             

"Has what you have seen, read, or heard over the last few weeks about the new health care law made you feel more confident or less confident about the law, or has your opinion of the law not changed?" Half sample (Form B)

 
    More
confident
Less
confident
No change Have not
heard about
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

4/23-27/14

11 28 58 1 2
 

12/4-8/13

7 40 51 1 1
 

10/25-28/13

9 40 50 - 1
             

"In thinking about the new health care law and its overall impact on you and your family, would you say it is having a positive impact, a negative impact, or not much of an impact either way?"

 
    Positive
impact
Negative
impact
Not much of
an impact
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/23-27/14

13 28 58 1  
 

12/4-8/13

12 27 58 3  
 

9/5-8/13

12 30 53 5  

 

Pew Research Center/USA Today. April 23-27, 2014. N=1,501 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.9.

             

"Regardless of your opinion of the health care law, do you think the major provisions of the law are probably here to stay, or do you think they will probably be eliminated?"

 
    Here to
stay
Will be
eliminated
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

4/23-27/14

49 43 8    

 

Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll. April 15-21, 2014. N=1,504 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"So far, would you say you and your family have personally benefited from the health reform law, or not?"

 
    Have
benefited
Have not
benefited
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

4/15-21/14

18 79 3    
 

3/11-17/14

19 79 2    
 

2/11-17/14

17 79 3    
 

1/14-21/14

15 83 2    
 

12/10-15/13

11 85 4    
 

10/17-23/13

14 82 4    
 

3/5-10/13

17 78 4    
 

8/7-12/12

19 77 4    
 

2/29 - 3/5/12

14 83 3    
 

11/10-15/11

11 85 4    
 

7/13-18/11

15 83 2    
             

"So far, would you say you and your family have been negatively affected by the health reform law, or not?"

 
    Have been
negatively
affected
Have
not been
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

4/15-21/14

30 67 3    
 

3/11-17/14

29 69 2    
 

2/11-17/14

29 69 2    
 

1/14-21/14

27 71 2    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. March 26-30, 2014. N=1,017 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Overall, do you support or oppose the federal law making changes to the health care system?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/26-30/14

49 48 3    
 

Democrats

76 21 3    
 

Republicans

20 78 2    
 

Independents

44 54 2    
             

"Overall, do you support or oppose efforts by Republicans in Congress to replace the new health care law?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/26-30/14

47 49 4    

 

CBS News Poll. March 20-23, 2014. N=1,097 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"As you may know, as part of the 2010 health care law, health insurance exchanges have opened up so people can sign up for health insurance. Based on what you've heard or read, has the sign-up for the health care exchanges been going very well, somewhat well, not very well, not at all well, or don't you know enough to say?"

 
    Very
well
Somewhat
well
Not
very well
Not at
all well
Don't know
enough
    % % % % %
 

3/20-23/14

5 22 29 18 25
 

1/17-21/14

4 18 26 27 25
 

12/5-8/13

3 13 25 33 26
 

11/15-18/13

3 8 26 41 23
             

"Do you think the sign-up for the health care exchanges is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same?"

 
    Getting
better
Getting
worse
Staying
the same
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

3/20-23/14

35 10 48 6  
 

1/17-21/14

34 12 48 7  
 

12/5-8/13

36 13 44 7  
             

"Do you think religious-affiliated organizations should have to cover the cost of prescription birth control for their female employees as part of their health insurance plans, or should religious-affiliated organizations be able to opt out of covering that, based on religious objections?"

 
    Should have
to cover
Should be
able to opt out
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

3/20-23/14

35 57 8    
             

"What about companies and non-religious organizations? Do you think these employers should have to cover the cost of prescription birth control for their female employees as part of their health insurance plans, or should these employers be able to opt out of covering that, based on religious objections?"

 
    Should have
to cover
Should be
able to opt out
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

3/20-23/14

51 42 7    

 

National Public Radio/Democracy Corps (D)/Resurgent Republic (R). March 19-23, 2014. N=840 likely voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.2.

             

"Do you support or oppose the health care reform law that passed in 2010, also known as the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

3/19-23/14

47 51 2    
             

"Do you support or oppose the health care reform law that passed in 2010, also known as the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare?" If oppose or unsure: "Would you say you oppose the health care reform law because it goes too far in changing health insurance, or because it doesn't go far enough in changing health insurance?" Combined responses.

 
    Support Oppose:
Goes too far
Oppose:
Doesn't go
far enough
   
    % % %    
 

3/19-23/14

47 44 7    
             

"I'm going to read you a pair of statements. After I read both statements, please tell me which ONE comes closer to your own opinion, even if neither is exactly right. We should implement and fix the health care reform law, also known as the Affordable Care Act. We should repeal and replace the health care reform law, also known as the Affordable Care Act." N=420 (Split A)

 
    Implement
and fix
Repeal
and replace
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

3/19-23/14

53 44 3    

 

George Washington University Battleground Poll conducted by the Tarrance Group (R) and Lake Research Partners (D). March 16-20, 2014. N=1,000 likely voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"Thinking now for a moment about health care: In general, do you favor or oppose the Affordable Care Act, which is also called Obamacare?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/16-20/14

43 53 4    
             

"Do you think that the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare, went too far, did not go far enough, or was about right?"

 
    Too far Not far
enough
About
right
Combination/
Other (vol.)
None (vol.)/
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

3/16-20/14

48 22 22 1 8

 

Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll. March 11-17, 2014. N=1,504 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"What would you like to see Congress do when it comes to the health care law? They should keep the law as it is. They should keep the law in place and work to improve it. They should repeal the law and replace it with a Republican-sponsored alternative. They should repeal the law and not replace it." Options rotated

 
    Keep as is Work to
improve it
Replace with
GOP law
Repeal and
not replace
Other (vol.)/
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

3/11-17/14

10 49 11 18 11
 

2/11-17/14

8 48 12 19 12
             

"Do you feel you have enough information about the health reform law to understand how it will impact you and your family, or not?"

 
    Have enough
information
Do not
have enough
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

3/11-17/14

52 46 2    
 

2/11-17/14

59 39 2    
 

1/14-21/14

54 44 2    
 

12/10-15/13

54 44 2    
 

11/13-18/13

52 46 2    
 

10/17-23/13

55 44 2    
 

9/12-18/13

47 51 2    
 

8/13-19/13

47 51 2    
 

4/15-20/13

49 49 2    
             

"Thinking in general about the news media's coverage of the health care law, would you say the mix of coverage has been mostly about politics and controversies, mostly about how the law might impact people, or has been a balance of the two?"

 
    Politics,
controversies
Impact
on people
Balance
of the two
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

3/11-17/14

51 5 36 7  
 

2/11-17/14

50 8 35 7  
 

1/14-21/14

56 6 33 5  
 

12/10-15/13

53 7 33 7  
 

11/13-18/13

53 8 30 9  
 

9/12-18/13

56 6 33 5  
             

"Do you think the news media coverage you've seen about the health care law is biased in favor of the law, biased against the law, or is it mostly balanced?"

 
    Biased
in favor
Biased
against
Mostly
balanced
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

3/11-17/14

23 28 43 6  
 

2/11-17/14

19 30 42 9  
 

1/14-21/14

22 34 38 7  
 

12/10-15/13

17 34 40 9  
 

11/13-18/13

17 33 40 9  
 

9/12-18/13

20 27 43 10  

 

Pew Research Center. Feb. 27-March 16, 2014. N=3,335 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.

             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the health care law passed by Barack Obama and Congress in 2010?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

ALL

41 53 5    
 

Republicans

8 89 3    
 

Democrats

72 21 7    
 

Independents

37 59 4    
             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the health care law passed by Barack Obama and Congress in 2010?" If disapprove: "What do you think elected officials who oppose the health care law should do now that the law has started to take effect? Should they do what they can to make the law work as well as possible, or should they do what they can to make the law fail?" Options rotated. Combined results.

 
    Disapprove:
Make the
law work
Disapprove:
Make the
law fail
Disapprove:
Unsure/
refused
Approve Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

2/27 - 3/16/14

30 19 4 41 5
 

12/3-8/13

29 19 6 41 5
 

9/4-8/13

27 23 4 42 5

 

Bloomberg National Poll conducted by Selzer & Company. March 7-10, 2014. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"I'm going to mention some aspects of the national economic situation. For each, please tell me if you expect things to be better in the next 12 months, worse, or about the same as the last 12 months. ... Health care costs."

 
    Better Worse About
the same
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/7-10/14

21 52 24 3  
             

"When it comes to the quality of health care you receive, please tell me if you are better off, worse off, or about the same as last year at this time."

 
    Better off Worse off About
the same
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/7-10/14

13 19 67 1  
             

"Are you more worried or less worried than you were a year or so ago about the possibility you could lose access to health insurance or health care?"

 
    More
worried
Less
worried
About the
same (vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/7-10/14

38 41 16 5  
             

"What is your opinion of the health care law? It should be repealed. It may need small modifications, but we should see how it works. It should be left alone."
9/12: "Turning to the health care law passed in 2010, what is your opinion of the law? ..."
6/11 & 3/12:
"Turning to the health care law passed last year, what is your opinion of the law? ..."

 
    Should be
repealed
See how
it works
Should be
left alone
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/7-10/14

34 51 13 2  
 

9/21-24/12

34 40 19 7  
 

3/8-11/12

37 46 11 6  
 

6/17-20/11

35 51 11 3  
             

"Do you think candidates' opinions about the health care law will or will not affect your decisions about which candidates to vote for in the November 2014 elections for Congress?" If "Will affect": "Do you think it will be a major factor or a minor factor in your vote decisions?"

 
    A major
factor
A minor
factor
Not a
factor
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/7-10/14

52 20 24 4  
             

"You might have different opinions about specific elements of the law. For each of the following provisions, please tell me if you think it should be kept or repealed. ..."

 
    Kept Repealed Unsure    
    % % %    
 
 

"Eliminates lifetime caps on how much insurance companies must pay for a person's health care"

 

3/7-10/14

53 38 9    
             
 

"Prohibits insurance companies from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions"

 

3/7-10/14

65 31 4    
             
 

"Allows children up to age 26 to remain on their parents' policies"

 

3/7-10/14

73 25 2    
             
 

"Mandates everyone to have health insurance"

 

3/7-10/14

47 51 2    

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by Hart Research Associates (D) and Public Opinion Strategies (R). March 5-9, 2014. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"I'm going to read you several characteristics of a possible candidate for Congress. For each one I mention, please tell me whether you would be more likely or less likely to vote for a candidate for Congress with that characteristic, or whether it would make no difference in your vote either way. The first/next one is . . . ." Among registered voters

 
    More
likely
Less
likely
No
difference
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 
 

"Supports repealing the health care reform law" Half sample (Form A)

 

3/5-9/14

47 32 19 2  
             
 

"Supports fixing and keeping the health care reform law" Half sample (Form B)

 

3/5-9/14

45 42 11 2  
             

"Thinking again about the elections for Congress, would you be more likely to vote for a Democratic candidate who supports fixing and keeping the health care law OR a Republican candidate who supports repealing and eliminating the health care law?" Options rotated. Among registered voters.

 
    Democrat/
Fix, keep
Republican/
Repeal,
eliminate
Depends
(vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Other (vol.)/
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

3/5-9/14

48 47 1 2 2
             

"Now, thinking about something else for a moment: Under the new health care law, health insurance plans are required to cover preventive health services, including prescription birth control. Religious organizations are exempt from the requirement that their health plans cover prescription birth control. Do you think other employers who object to birth control and other contraceptives on religious grounds should or should not be exempt from the requirement that their health plans cover prescription birth control?"

 
    Should
be exempt
Should not
be exempt
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/5-9/14

41 53 6    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Feb. 27-March 2, 2014. N=1,002 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"If a candidate for U.S. Congress supports the federal health care law, would that make you more likely to vote for that candidate, less likely or wouldn't it make much difference in your vote?"

 
    More likely Less likely Not much
difference
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

2/27 - 3/2/14

34 36 27 3  

 

Pew Research Center. Jan. 23-Feb. 9, 2014. N=3,341 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.

             

"Do you think it is the responsibility of the federal government to make sure all Americans have health care coverage, or is that not the responsibility of the federal government?"

 
    Is Is not Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

1/23 - 2/9/14

47 50 3    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Jan. 20-23, 2014. N=1,003 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"You may have heard about problems with the federal government website where people who don't have health insurance are supposed to sign up for it. Given what you've heard, do you think this website is now working as it should, or not?"

 
    Working
as it should
Not working
as it should
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/20-23/14

27 60 13    
 

12/12-15/13

23 64 13    
             

"Do you think the problems with the healthcare-dot-gov website are an isolated incident or do you think they are a sign of broader problems in implementing the health care law?" Options rotated

 
    Isolated
incident
Sign of
broader
problems
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/20-23/14

38 54 8    
 

12/12-15/13

36 55 9    

 

CBS News Poll. Jan. 17-21, 2014. N=1,018 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Overall, do you think the benefits from Medicare are worth the cost of the program for taxpayers, or are they not worth the cost?"

 
    Worth it Not
worth it
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

1/17-21/14

69 21 10    
 

6/3-7/11

68 21 11    
 

4/15-20/11

61 29 10    

Health policy continued


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