Washington (CNN) – A new survey suggests that Americans are split and conflicted about their opinion of the new health care reform law.
According to a Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, 42 percent have a favorable opinion of the law, compared with four in ten who have an unfavorable view of the new measure. The survey indicates that roughly one-third of Americans are enthusiastic about the law, almost one-third are angry about it, but more than half are confused when it comes to health care reform.
The poll reveals that almost half of Americans want Washington lawmakers to repeal all or parts of the health care reform law. However, when asked about specifics, most want to keep key provisions. Over 70 percent want to keep the parts that provide tax credits to small businesses and financial help to Americans who don't get insurance through their jobs. A majority also want to keep provisions that close the Medicare doughnut hole and prohibit denying coverage due to pre-existing conditions. The requirement for all Americans to have health insurance or risk paying a fine is the lightning rod of health care reform. Sixty-eight percent of Americans want this provision repealed.
The Kaiser poll also suggests that health care was very much on the minds of Americans voting in the midterm elections, but it was not the top priority. The survey indicates that the economy was the highest priority for most midterm election voters. Twenty-nine percent say that it mattered most in deciding how they voted in the congressional election. Health care and health care reform ranked fourth with 17 percent of voters saying that it was the one factor that mattered most in deciding how they would vote.
Conducted days after the election, Kaiser's poll indicates that 59 percent of voters who said health care was one of the top two factors influencing their vote supported a Republican candidate for Congress.
Almost half of those who cared the most about health care say they are angry about the law, which is shown to have deep partisan divides. Over three-fourths-77 percent-of those who have a favorable opinion of health care reform voted Democratic. Eighty-two percent of those who have an unfavorable opinion of the law voted for a Republican.
Kaiser's Health Tracking Poll was conducted from November 3-6 among 1,502 adults including 1,017 who say they voted in the mid-term elections. It has a sampling error of plus-or-minus 3 points.