While recent polls have shown that key provisions of the ACA in aspects of healthcare reform have the favor of the majority regardless of political affiliation, an April 1st 2019 Gallup poll shows America is split on the ACA as a whole.
Specifically it is split in this way:
- In general, 50% approve and 48% disapprove of the Affordable Care Act.
- 85% of Democrats approve
- 10% of Republicans approve
- 55% of Independents approve
In other words, in general and of independents, there is roughly a 50/50 split, with a slight edge toward favoring the healthcare law… but the overwhelming oppositions from Republicans drags the average down.
The thing to note here is that in some cases it could be that Democrats favor a more aggressive healthcare solution like Medicare-for-all and thus voice disapproval of the ACA. Of course we also have to consider that a portion of those who approve or disapprove likely do so for non-political reasons. After-all, some people’s costs and benefits have been significantly improved under the law, while others have seen struggles. This unequal distribution of results likely plays into the mixed feelings on the law.
For the full study, see the official April 1st 2019 Gallup poll.