Poll: Support for Obamacare hits new high

Published: Apr. 2, 2014 at 2:32 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 12, 2014 at 2:32 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - As President Obama makes the media rounds touting the 7.1 million insurance sign-ups under the Affordable Care Act, he may have new ammunition: a new national poll, which shows a record amount of support for the law.

According to the poll, conducted by ABC News/The Washington Post, support for the Affordable Care Act still hovers right below a majority, coming in at 49 percent - with 48 percent disapproving. But the latest numbers present a stark reversal from the initial glitch-plagued rollout of the HealthCare.gov website, which premiered in November and led to an abysmal 40 percent approval rating for the ACA.

At that point, 57 percent of those surveyed disapproved of the law.

Groups whose support for the law grew span the political and socioeconomic spectrum. Democrats, Republicans and Independents all posted gains in favor of the law, albeit by single digits.

Conservatives supporting the law more than doubled (from 17 percent in November to 36 percent today), and among those who consider themselves "somewhat" conservative, support tripled (41 percent today, compared to 14 percent).

Those between the ages of 18 and 39 now support the law by a margin of 54 to 43 percent, up from 38 to 60 percent in November. The Obama Administration considers this a prized age group whose participation they, and insurers, consider to be vital to the law's success.

President Obama's implementation of the law still remains unpopular, but even there he's made gains. In November, the public's disapproval of the way he rolled out the ACA hit a peak of 63 percent - with the approval rating sitting at 33 percent. Now, the disapproval has fallen to 54 percent. Approval has risen 11 points to 44 percent.

The poll comes as the 2014 midterm election cycle heats up. 33 seats in the U.S. Senate are up for grabs, and 36 statewide gubernatorial elections will be held.

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