For a time, opposition to health care reform legislation was on the decline and support appeared to be rising. That trend has frozen, and possibly even reversed, according to both a new Kaiser Family Foundation poll, and TPM’s PollTracker.
The Kaiser survey of 1,203 adults finds opposition to the health care law at 45 percent, up from 35 percent when they last polled the issue in July. At the same time, support has fallen, from 50 percent down to 43 percent.
Though that swing is wide, the new findings closely mirror TPMs average, which finds opponents outnumbering supporters 47.6-42.2.
Opposition had been shrinking, in recent months, but summer has not been kind to the law, and now the spread seems to be slowly widening.
The Kaiser survey finds that support and opposition fall closely along party lines, with Democrats broadly supportive and Republicans fiercely oppose. Only about a third of respondents want to see the law repealed as soon as possible. You can access their poll here.
Brian Beutler is TPM's senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he's led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight, and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.