Most People Either Support Obamacare or Think It Doesn’t Go Far Enough

Something Greg Sargent has been pointing out endlessly is the fact that people’s attitudes towards the Affordable Care Act have been remarkably stable despite a deluge of apocalyptic media coverage. This is confirmed yet again with a new poll from CNN/ORC. If you ask people whether they favor or oppose Obamacare, 62% oppose. However, if you break out that question to ask people why they oppose it, here’s what you get:

So that’s a 50% even today who either support the law or think it’s not liberal enough, compared to 43% who flat-out oppose. Among nonwhites, the difference is even more stark:

That’s 75% of nonwhites who either support the law or think it isn’t liberal enough, compared to 38% of whites. Needless to say, this bodes well for the law’s future public support.

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Ryan Cooper

Ryan Cooper is a national correspondent at The Week. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, The New Republic, and The Nation.