Majority: “Move On”

Just following the Supreme Court’s decision upholding the heart of the Affordable Care Act, a 56% majority of Americans say they the law’s detractors should stop trying to block its implementation and move on to other national problems.

The first of two polls to be released this month looking at opinion on the ACA in the wake of the Court’s decision shows that Republicans only have a majority (69%) that oppose the law, while a majority of independents (51%) and Democrats (82%) want an end to the efforts to stop the law.

Majorities of all voters say the decision won’t impact whether they are motivated to vote this November, suggesting that opposition will continue to decline.

The Court did little to change overall views on the ACA, which have been roughly stable since passage. Currently, 41% hold favorable views, and 41% percent unfavorable.
Although the survey did not measure the public’s views on  the expansion of Medicaid under the ACA, the survey did not this issue, it finds that a large majority see Medicaid as either “very important” (69%) or “somewhat important” (23%) program, putting it close behind Medicare and Social Security.

Health care decision? What health care decision?

Another depressing statistic shows just how uninformed many Americans still are.  The latest poll numbers from the Pew Research Center on the Supreme Court’s decision on President Obama’s health-care law show that a whopping 45% of people either didn’t know about or were misinformed about the most highly publicized Supreme Court case since Bush v. Gore in 2000:

  • 45% didn’t know about the Supreme Court’s decision:
  • 30% of whom didn’t know what the court had decided.
  • 15% of whom thought that the court had rejected most of the provisions of the law.
  • 43% of 18- to 29-year-olds didn’t know anything about the court ruling
  • Another 20% of 18- to 29-year-olds thought the court had rejected most of the tenets of the law.