Washington (CNN) - Nearly half of all Americans have a favorable view of the new health care reform law, according to a new national poll.
A Kaiser Family Foundation survey released Wednesday indicates that 48 percent of the public views the law in a favorable light, up seven points from May, with 41 percent saying they have an unfavorable view. One in 10 questioned said they were unsure.
President Barack Obama signed the legislation into law in April. Supporters celebrate the enactment of the landmark $940 billion measure, but critics insist it will do little to slow spiraling costs and say businesses will be burdened by a slew of new regulations and taxes.
Recent national polls by USA Today/Gallup, AP/GfK, and NBC/Wall Street Journal also indicate a uptick in support or favorable views of health care reform.
The Kaiser survey suggests a partisan divide, with nearly seven in 10 Democrats holding a favorable view of health care reform and an equal amount of Republicans saying they have an unfavorable view of the law. Forty-nine percent of independents questioned say they have a favorable view, with 41 percent holding an unfavorable view.
According to the survey, 35 percent say that a candidate for Congress who voted for health care reform would be more likely to get their vote, with 32 percent saying they would be less likely to vote for such a candidate, and 31 percent saying it doesn't make much of a difference.
The poll also indicates that nearly two-thirds of Americans believe that the disagreements between candidates of both political parties over health care reform is due to efforts to gain political advantage, with less than three in 10 saying that it comes from real policy differences.
The Kaiser Family Foundation poll was conducted June 17-22, with 1,066 registered voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.