Yes, Americans Approve of King v. Burwell

For the second time this week, we have polling confirmation that about 3 out of 5 Americans approve of the Supreme Court’s decision in King v. Burwell last week. In findings that closely echo those of an earlier CNN/ORC survey, the Kaiser Family Foundation’s tracking poll on health issues showed approval by a 62/32 margin, with a nearly identical 61/34 margin among self-identified independents. Unlike the CNN/ORC poll, KFF’s also breaks down the reaction by general opinion on Obamacare, showing that 30% of ACA opponents still think it makes sense to offer the same assistance to people buying insurance under the law whether or not a state purchasing exchange was established.

A follow-up question noting that up to 6 million people would be affected by the Court’s action only moved 4% of opponents. Since the survey also shows a very low level of awareness of the decision (only 30% of respondents were aware of the decision and its holding), it’s safe to say the word “no!” comes to mind immediately for most Obamacare opponents, something Republican presidential candidates are sure to take note of with alacrity.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.