Washington (CNN) - Fewer than one in five Americans say the new health care reform law will help them personally, but a majority believe the measure will help families across the country, according to a new national poll.
A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday also indicates that the public remains split over whether the new law should be repealed.
Forty-seven percent of people questioned in the poll say Congress should repeal most of the major provisions in the health care law and replace them with a completely different set of proposals. Forty-nine percent saying that the measure should be left as is, or that federal lawmakers should make additional changes to increase the government's involvement in nation health care.
"Three-quarters of Republicans and 83 percent of Tea Party supporters back repeal, but only one in seven Democrats do," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Independents are split evenly on that question. A majority of men favor repeal; a majority of women oppose it."
The health care measure, passed by Democrats in Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama just over six months ago, is arguably the single biggest legislative achievement for the administration. And while health care is now vastly overshadowed by the economy, it will be a factor in the midterm elections.
Nine percent of Americans say health care is the most important issue facing the country today.
According to the survey, 18 percent believe they or their family will be better off under the new health care law, with 38 percent saying they personally won't benefit but other families will.
Thirty-six percent say that the new law won't help anyone.
"Not surprisingly, lower-income Americans are more likely to say that the new law will benefit them personally," Holland noted. "But even among those making less than $25,000 a year, only 31 percent think their family will be helped by the new law."
The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted September 21-23, with 1,010 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.
–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report