It's easy to misread this....
A majority of Americans still oppose the nation's new health care measure, three years after it became law, according to a new survey....if you read only the lead paragraph, not what follows:
But a CNN/ORC International poll released Monday also indicates that more than a quarter of those who oppose the law, known by many as Obamacare, say they don't support the measure because it doesn't go far enough.Digby says, "for once they asked the most relevant follow-up question." But a number of polls have asked similar follow-up questions -- and gotten results that make clear that health care reform is popular, and the GOP approach to health care isn't.
According to the poll, 43% of the public says it supports the health care law.... Fifty-four percent of those questioned say they oppose the law....
The survey indicates that 35% oppose the health care law because it's too liberal, with 16% saying they oppose the measure because it isn't liberal enough.
Polling Report has the numbers. For instance, A CNN poll from last November showed that 42% of respondents favored the law, while 9% opposed it because they didn't think it was liberal enough. That's majority support for improving the system. Only 37% opposed the law because they think it's too liberal.
A Kaiser Family Foundation poll from November also found only a third of Americans favoring GOP-friendly approaches to the health care law:
Expand it: 27%In a Fox News poll from January, only 30% wanted to repeal the whole law, while 65% wanted to leave at least part of it intact (25%), leave it as it (20%), or expand it (20%).
Keep it as is: 22%
Replace it with a Republican-sponsored alternative: 14%
Repeal it and not replace it: 19%
A New York Times/CBS poll from September got more specific:
Expand: 22%That last result is problematic for the administration -- yes, people think the mandate seems coercive, even though lots of people live with insurance mandates of various kinds at the state level. Still, even that poll makes clear that the GOP position (Obamacare is the worst law ever passed in the history of human civilization, and is the end of American civilization as we know it) has support well under 40% in every poll -- and majorities absolutely want our health care system improved.
Leave as is: 15%
Repeal just the mandate: 26%
Repeal the entire law: 30%