(CNN) – Thirty-seven percent of Americans say they would be pleased if President Barack Obama's sweeping health care law is deemed unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court, nearly ten points higher than the number who say they'd be pleased if the law is ruled constitutional.
The survey from NBC News/Wall Street Journal showed 28% of Americans would be pleased if the Affordable Care Act is ruled constitutional, compared to 35% who said they would be disappointed if they court came back with that outcome.
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When asked about their thoughts on potential Supreme Court decisions, however, most Americans said they had mixed feelings.
The Supreme Court will decide Thursday whether Obama's health care law – one of the chief legislation achievements of his first three years in office – oversteps federal authority, particularly with the "individual mandate" that requires nearly everyone to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty.
Tuesday's poll indicated 35% of Americans polled think the law is a good idea, compared to 41% who say it's a bad idea. If the measure is overturned, 25% said the decision would hurt them and their families, while 18% say overturning the law would help and 55% say it wouldn't make a difference either way.
The most recent CNN/ORC poll, taken May 29-31, indicated 51% of Americans oppose Obama's health care law, compared to 43% who favor the measure. However, when broken down, 13% said they opposed the health care law because it was not liberal enough. Thirty-four percent said the law was too liberal.
The NBC/Wall Street Journal poll was conducted by telephone June 20-24 from 1,000 adults. The sampling error was plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.
The CNN poll was conducted by ORC International from May 29-31, with 1,009 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The poll has a sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.
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