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Cathey Park of Cambridge, Massachusetts shows her cast signed by U.S. President Barack Obama after he spoke about health insurance at Faneuil Hall in Boston October 30, 2013. The writing on the cast reads,
Google Consumer Surveys for Daily Kos. 4/4/14. All adults. MoE ~3% (varies by question and tab). (12/7-9/13 results)

Which comes closest to your view about the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare?

This is an online poll. You can find more info on its methodology here, and yes, Google did really well in 2012 in its inaugural surveying season.

Just like other polls, Google finds that the "repeal" crowd remains a small minority, less than a third of the overall population. As you'd expect, there is a gender gap—women are more favorable toward the ACA. Seniors and rural Americans are more likely to want the law repealed, young Americans and Urban dwellers want to expand it to do more (those categories overlap a great deal, obviously).

The results allow the export of the raw data, so we tabulated some additional crosstabs.

Only 9 percent of Obama voters want the law repealed, while 73 percent of Romney voters do. Surprise! Obviously, there's a huge partisan divide on the issue, but that's not news.

More interestingly, most Romney voters are pretty firmly decided on the law, with a low 12 percent "unsure." On the other hand, the jury is still out among 18 percent of Obama voters, suggesting that support for the law should continue to grow as partisans come home.

There is a wealth of data at the poll results page, so click through and see what else you can mine.

Some additional thoughts on the sample composition, below the fold.


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The question on respondents' 2012 vote was included, in part, to test the composition of the Google sample, but the responses are not perfectly reflective of actual 2012 results.

- In both polls, about 11 percent of people said they voted for someone other than Romney or Obama. That's obviously hogwash. Of those, 40 percent want to repeal Obamacare entirely. So my suspicion is that about 5 percent of overall respondents are teabaggers refusing to admit they voted for Romney. In other words, Republicans too crazy to admit being Republicans.

- About 25 percent of respondents said they didn't vote, but 45 percent of Americans didn't vote in 2012. This kinda makes sense. If you didn't feel motivated to vote in a political election, why would you answer a political poll? The politically apathetic self-select out.

- We will do one more poll next month of "all Americans" to get a full sense of the change in public opinion following the announcement of the first-year enrollments. After that, future polls will filter out non-voters.

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Originally posted to Daily Kos on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 08:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by Obamacare Saves Lives.

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