A record high number of voters now oppose the 2010 Affordable Care Act and a record low number supports it, according to the latest Fox News poll.
In addition, a majority thinks the new law will increase their health care costs, while few think it will improve their quality of care.
The new poll finds 59 percent of voters oppose the health care law, up from 55 percent who opposed it six months ago (June 2013). The increase in opposition comes from both independents and Democrats.
Nearly a third of Democrats — 30 percent — oppose the law, up from 22 percent in June.
Opposition among independents went from 53 percent to 64 percent today.
Overall, 36 percent of voters favor the new health care law. That’s down from 40 percent in June and marks a new low.
Sixty-four percent of Democrats, 29 percent of independents and 11 percent of Republicans like the law.
Enrollment in the Obama health care exchanges began October 1 and the requirement to have qualifying coverage started January 1.
Some apparent reasons for opposition to the law include the fact that majorities think the new law will increase their taxes (63 percent), increase their insurance costs (62 percent) and increase the federal deficit (56 percent).
Meanwhile, just one voter in five thinks Obamacare will increase the quality of their health care (19 percent). More than twice as many expect the quality of their care to get worse (39 percent) and another 37percent think it will stay the same.
By a 44-36 percent margin, voters think the quality of health care for all Americans will decrease rather than increase as a result of the new law.
Voters disapprove of the job President Obama is doing on health care by a 59-38 percent margin.
His highest rating on health care was 48 percent approval in September 2012, while his lowest was 36 percent in November 2013.
Some lawmakers are questioning the security of the health care exchanges and raise the possibility of identity theft for participants. The new poll finds 60 percent of voters lack confidence in the website’s ability to keep their information private. Thirty-seven percent are at least somewhat confident, including nine percent who are “very” confident.
The Fox News poll is based on landline and cell phone interviews with 1,010 randomly chosen registered voters nationwide and was conducted under the joint direction of Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R) from January 19-21, 2014. The full poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.
By Dana Blanton / Published January 23, 2014 / FoxNews.com
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