Although the Obama administration’s health care law remains unpopular, the number of Americans who support it have increased slightly since the Supreme Court upheld it last week, according to a new poll from Reuters/Ipsos.
Overall support for the law increased to 48% from 43% in the days prior to the Supreme Court ruling, the poll released on Sunday found. Opposition ticked downward to 52% from 57%, creating a much tighter ratio between those who support the reform and those who do not.
Support for the law also improved among the critical independent voter segment, jumping nearly 10 percentage points to 38% from 27%. Independents, though, still largely dislike the poll: 62%, according to the Reuters/Ipsos poll.
“This is a win for Obama. This is his bill. There’s not really any doubt in people’s minds, that it belongs to him,” said Julia Clark, vice president at Ipsos Public Affairs. “It’s his baby. It’s literally been labeled ‘Obamacare’ … which maybe it works in his favor now that there’s a little bit of a victory dance going on.”
Republican opposition to the law stayed strong, if somewhat weaker than before the high court ruled. Eighty-one percent of Republicans opposed it in the most recent survey, down from 86 percent in the poll conducted June 19-23. In the earlier poll, 14 percent of Republicans supported the healthcare plan, compared to 19 percent in the more recent one.