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As ACA turns four, national survey finds most people disapprove of the law


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On the fourth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, most people still don't like the law. What they want to see happen, however, has changed, according to a recent survey.

A national survey of 3,355 adults conducted by the Pew Research group from Feb. 26 to March 16 found that 53 percent of the country disapproves of the law (while 41 percent approve). Those numbers are essentially the same as they were last September, before the massive push to get people signed up began.

The only difference is what those polled want to see happen. Thirty percent of those survey said they want politicians to "make the law work as well as possible" while only 19 percent said they wanted politicians "make it fail." Those numbers (which include only those opposed to the law) are up from a 27-23 split in September.

Other numbers may be more surprising. Segments of the population many figure would massively support the law do not.

Of those making $30,000 a year or less, more disapprove than approve of the law, 47-45.

Of those with a high school diploma or less, more disapprove of the law than approve, 57-36.

The Affordable Care Act was signed into law on March 23, 2010it turned 4 on Sunday. It continues to be one of the more controversial laws in our nation's history. And it's still viewed mainly on party lines.

Republicans disapprove of the law by a 89-8 margin; Democrats favor it 72-21. Independents disapprove of it, 59-37.

A look at more numbers:


Men: Disapprove, 57-33
Women: Disapprove, 50-44


White: Disapprove, 62-33
Black: Approve, 77-18
Hispanic: Even, 47-47


Less than $30K: Disapprove, 47-45
$30K-$75K: Disapprove, 56-40
More than $75K: Disapprove, 57-41


Those 18-29: Approve, 50-47
Those 30-49: Disapprove, 54-42
Those 50-64: Disapprove, 55-38
Those 65+: Disapprove 56-35


High school or less: Disapprove, 57-36
Some college: Disapprove, 54-40
College grad: Approve 50-47

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Nancy Popson said:
I am absolutely opposed to the government forcing me to buy something that I don't want & will hardly ever use. I don't go running to a doctor for every ache & pain & no one can help me with the medical issues I currently have. I have no family to protect & do not believe in unneccessary medical testing! I have been able to "pay as I go" myself. I am female, 55 yrs. old, just under $30,000 yr. income. Why the hell should I have to pay to be covered for maternity care, etc. when I am post menopausal?!! A person should be allowed to only pay for the coverage they want/need!!

March 26, 2014 10:23 am

mediawatcher said:
When you talk about those who disapprove of the law, you really need to distinguish between those who want it to go away entirely, and those who don't think it goes far enough. Those are very different groups of people, and if the survey didn't ask that question, the numbers are pretty much meaningless.

March 24, 2014 8:58 am

T. Price said:
So it seems, loosely interpreting the numbers, that young college graduates who are not yet making big bucks approve. That's a good sign for the future if you like the ACA.

March 24, 2014 8:42 am

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