(CNN) - A new poll released Friday gives insight on American attitudes toward two major cases the Supreme Court could rule on as early as Monday, one involving health care reform and the other on Arizona’s controversial immigration law.
On health care, a majority continue to oppose the sweeping reform measure, formally known as the Affordable Care Act, which was passed by Congressional Democrats and signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010.
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According to the CNN/ORC International survey, 51% of Americans say they oppose the health care law, while 43% say they favor it. It’s important to note, however, that of those who disagree with the law, only a third oppose it because it’s too liberal, while one in six oppose it because it doesn’t go far enough.
The breakdown falls in line with the poll’s last results in March, when the Supreme Court began hearing oral arguments over the law’s constitutionality.
At issue is the fate of the law’s individual mandate that requires most Americans to purchase health insurance by 2014 or face a financial penalty. During the court’s March hearings, justices showed they were sharply divided in their views on the case.
As for immigration, the new survey indicates three-quarters of Americans support the contentious Arizona law that allows police to arrest or detain suspected illegal immigrants during the enforcement of other laws.
Asked if they support the measure, 75% of respondents say they are in favor of it, while 24% say they are against it, the poll shows.
Arguing that the state was overreaching, the federal government challenged the law in a suit, which made its way to the Supreme Court this spring. During oral arguments in April, however, justices appeared to be leaning in favor of the law.
Also significant, Justice Elena Kagan, who’s known for her liberal leanings, recused herself of the case, as she had been involved in the administration's initial legal opposition to the law as solicitor general.
Both immigration and health care have large implications in this election year. Obama frequently cites health care reform as a major accomplishment, while Republicans use immigration as a hot-button topic on the campaign trail.
The Supreme Court is expected to make decisions on both cases this month.
The CNN poll was conducted by ORC International from May 29-31, with 1,009 adults nationwide questioned by telephone, including 895 registered voters. The poll has a sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.
- CNN’s Ashley Killough and Bill Mears contributed to this report.