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Just 38 percent now clearly oppose the Affordable Care Act. While likely voters divide evenly on the plan, 8 percent oppose the law because it does not go far enough. As a result, just 38 percent oppose the law because it is big government.
By significant margins, voters want lawmakers to implement and fix the law, rather than repeal it. By a 20-point margin, 58 percent to 38 percent, voters say lawmakers should implement and fix the law rather than repeal it. Additionally, intensity favors implementation—38 percent strongly favor implementing the law while 28 percent strongly favor repeal.
Strong opposition to the law has dropped a net 10 points since 2010 —now at 34 percent. This is a totally different context than 2010, when Democrats paid the price for the ACA and Republicans took control of the House [...]
By a 17-point margin (49 to 32), voters say they trust Democrats more than Republicans on implementing the Affordable Care Act. The more Republicans make the period ahead about implementation, the more voters trust Democrats to do a better job in government.
The shifts Democracy Corps identifies are in the groups who have been most likely to see the benefits of the law so far: unmarried women, white non-college voters and seniors. Additionally, independents are increasingly supporting the law, possibly because they've been so phenomenally turned off by the GOP obsession over Obamacare, that they're lining up behind the law.
All of which makes this:
Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) on whether GOP will try defund strategy again to gut Obamacare: "We'll be looking for any opportunity." — @cimarcos
... and this:
Sen. @marcorubio to speak on Senate floor shortly about next steps in fight against Obamacare. #cspan2 — @AlexConant
... both hilarious and pathetic. But by all means, Republicans, make 2014 and 2016 all about Obamacare. Really.
Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 01:52 PM PDT.