U.S. adults seem to dislike the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) a little more now than they did this past summer, but they say they aren’t giving PPACA all that much thought.
Analysts at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation have published data supporting those conclusions in a summary of results from a recent telephone survey of 1,201 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. The sample included 970 registered voters, including 382 Democrats, 335 Republicans and 324 independents.
Kaiser poll results show public opinion has been rising and falling periodically since President Obama signed PPACA into law in March 23, 2010. In response to the latest survey which was conducted the week starting March 7, 47 percent of the participants expressed an unfavorable opinion about PPACA and 41 percent expressed an unfavorable view.
But, in response to another question, when participants were asked, “Regardless of your opinion of the health care law, how well do you think it’s working on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 meaning ‘perfectly’?”, 60 percent of the participants gave PPACA a rating of 5 or higher.
The percentage who said PPACA has helped them personally fell to 18 percent this month, down from 19 percent a year ago.
The percentage who said PPACA has hurt them personally has increased to 28 percent, from 22 percent.
The analysts found that the presidential campaign season is a popular news talk: 51 percent of the participants said they are following the campaigns closely.
News about the unsafe levels of lead found in the drinking water in Flint, Mich., is also popular: About 30 percent of the survey participants said they are following that story “closely,” and 23 percent said they are following the Zika virus outbreak “closely.”
Just 14 percent said they followed PPACA open enrollment period “closely,” and 39 percent said they are follow PPACA enrollment period news “not at all closely.”
Democrats in the sample were more likely than Republicans or independents to say that health care is an extremely important presidential campaign issue.
Independent men showed the least interest in health care: 35 percent of the independent women said health care is an extremely important presidential campaign issue, but just 26 percent of the independent men shared that view.
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