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Gallup Poll: Approval of Affordable Care Act Inches Up

But Americans still more likely to disapprove than approve of the law (October 23)

Despite the highly publicized technical issues that have affected the government’s health insurance exchange Web site that went live on Oct. 1, Americans’ views of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) are slightly more positive now than they were in August. Forty-five percent now approve of the law, while 50% disapprove, for a net approval score of –5. In June and August, net approval was slightly lower, at –8.

These results come from a Gallup poll conducted Oct. 18–20, a few days after the end of the recent government shutdown and as media coverage of the health exchange sites increased. The results suggest that the problems with the health exchanges have not negatively affected Americans’ overall views of the law.

Young adults aged 18 to 29 years are more likely than middle-aged and older Americans to approve of the PPACA, the survey shows. They are also the only age group more likely to approve than disapprove. Young adults are more likely to be uninsured than those who are older, and their willingness to obtain insurance is crucial to the law’s success.

Results from the poll are based on telephone interviews with a random sample of 1,528 adults, aged 18 years and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

Source: Gallup; October 23, 2013.

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