Most voters believe health-care law unconstitutional, poll says

2012-02-28T00:00:00Z Most voters believe health-care law unconstitutional, poll saysMcclatchy Newspapers Mcclatchy Newspapers Arizona Daily Star
February 28, 2012 12:00 am  • 

WASHINGTON - Nearly two years after President Obama signed his landmark health-care package into law, three-quarters of registered voters believe the law's requirement that every American carry health insurance is unconstitutional, according to a new survey.

A USA Today/Gallup poll taken earlier this month and released Monday found that a majority of voters - those surveyed in battleground states and nationwide generally - agreed in their dislike of the Affordable Care Act. Voters in battleground states are more likely to want it repealed, the poll showed.

Fifty-three percent of voters polled in battleground states - Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Virginia and Wisconsin - said they would favor repealing the law if a Republican is elected president in November. Nationwide, 40 percent said they would favor repeal.

A majority of voters - 50 percent nationwide and 53 percent in battleground states - consider the law a bad thing. The vast majority of voters feel the law has so far had no effect on them or their families, but more than 40 percent believe it will ultimately make things worse.

The results are disappointing news for Obama, whose re-election campaign counts enactment of the health care law as a signature achievement of his administration. And voters' dislike of the law is likely to be revived next month when the Supreme Court hears arguments in a case challenging the constitutionality of the law.

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