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Voters: Yes, we care about PPACA

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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care of 2010 (PPACA) seems to be getting a little less media attention than it was a year ago, but potential U.S. voters are still keenly interested in its fate.

Analysts at InsuranceQuotes.com, a unit of Bankrate Inc., have published data supporting that conclusion in a summary of results from a telephone survey of 1,004 U.S. adults living in the continental United States. The survey team called the participants in early September.

The analysts did not break out the answers for likely voters and non-voters, but only 1 percent of the participants said they had no plans to vote in the 2016 presidential elections.

The survey workers asked participants, “Thinking ahead to the 2016 presidential election, how important will a candidate’s view on the Affordable Care Act — such as keeping it in place or repealing it — be to your vote?”

Forty-one percent said, “very important,” and 33 percent said “somewhat important.”

Just 21 percent said a presidential candidate’s views on PPACA would be “not too important” or “not at all important.”

Bankrate has commissioned similar polls in September 2013, December 2013 and April 2014.

The company has always had survey workers ask the participants whether the participants want to see Congress repeal PPACA or keep the law in place.

In September 2013, before the PPACA exchange system came to life and exposing consumers to notorious enrollment system glitches, 46 percent of the participants favored repealing PPACA, and 46 percent favored keeping the law in place.

In December 2013, when enrollment system glitches were making headlines, support for keeping PPACA in place fell to 38 percent, and support for repeal increased to 48 percent.

See also: Support for PPACA rises

In the latest poll, support for keeping the law in place increased to 45 percent, and support for repeal fell to 44 percent.