Americans’ approval of the Affordable Care Act is at its lowest point since the law passed in 2010, a Gallup poll released today finds.
Disapproval stands now at 56 percent – new high – the Gallup organization said. Approval is at 37 percent.
The numbers arrive as Obamacare’s second open-enrollment period opens and two weeks after the midterm election, in which Republicans won control of Congress.
Gallup found in December 2012 that slightly more people approved of Obamacare than not, but the approval has declined fairly consistently ever since.
Approval has been in the low 40 percent or high 30 percent range after a noticeable dip that occurred in early November 2013. This was shortly after millions of Americans received notices that their current policies were being canceled, which was at odds with President Barack Obama's pledge that those who liked their plans could keep them.
It also was just a few weeks after the launch of the deeply flawed HealthCare.gov.
The numbers broke down this way on political affiliation:
- Republicans' approval rate: 8 percent (fairly consistent since December 2012)
- Independents' approval rate: 33 percent (down from 40 percent in December 2012).
- Democrats’ approval rate: 74 percent (down from 80 percent two years ago).
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