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Chart showing approval ratings for Obamacare increasing over the last few months in three different polls.
The polls just keep improving for Obamacare. This round, it's Gallup, showing an incremental creep upward for the new law.
Despite the highly publicized technical issues that have plagued the government's health insurance exchange website that went live on Oct. 1, Americans' views of the Affordable Care Act are slightly more positive now than they were in August. Forty-five percent now approve of the law, while 50% disapprove, for a net approval score of -5. In June and August, net approval was slightly lower, at -8.
As pollwatcher points out in this diary, the law is most popular with young adults, the only age group more likely to approve than disapprove of the law. Good news for Obamacare, since the participation of younger, healthier people is critical to the success of the law as a whole.

As in the NBC/WSJ poll from right after the shutdown, the movement in Obamacare approval is coming from the previously undecideds, in this case mostly Democrats (from 71 percent approve/12 percent no opinion to 83 percent approve/2 percent no opinion) and independents, who had a five percent shift towards approval.

Obamcare's 45 percent approval, ever inching upward, is an approval rating congressional Republicans can't even dream about these days.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 10:51 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (45+ / 0-)

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. [...] There would be no place to hide."--Frank Church

    by Joan McCarter on Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 10:51:34 AM PDT

  •  What is the margin of error in the poll? (0+ / 0-)

    While I believe that the popularity will increase over time, I am concerned that a 3% increase could be in the margin of error.

  •  I think this is because of a couple of things (16+ / 0-)

    1. People are signing up despite glitches, especially on state exchanges and Medicaid. I think there is around a quarter million people who were autoenrolled in Medicaid expansion, in just four states, MD, WV, AR, and OR.

    2. With the rollout of the law, it's a little scary than GOP described it. They've gone from "freedom destroying, death panel creating, economy crushing" to "the website doesnt work well."

    Certainly,  the glitches are a problem, and threaten the popularity of the law. But I think they might be less of an issue right now.

    I also dont think the shutdown itself helped the popularity of the law.

  •  Plus the 12 to 15 percent.... (10+ / 0-)

    that think the law isn't  liberal enough -- and of course the 5 to 7 percent Gallup fail.

    •  You beat me to the point. (7+ / 0-)

      but you've got it exactly right. Every one of these polls that breaks out why people say they disapprove of the ACA invariably finds that 10-12% who do so because it didn't go far enough. Those people aren't the ones who want the law to fail, they just think it's too weak or too corporate and want something like a single-payer system right now. But they also won't get in the way or avoid the exchanges if they need insurance. When you add them back in to the people who approve of the law, you have a clear majority of Americans who are not going to support the GOP position.

      And, of course, those numbers will only get better as the law succeeds in its primary task of getting people insured.

      Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory, tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat. Sun Tzu The Art of War

      by Stwriley on Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 02:46:33 PM PDT

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  •  The enemy of my enemy is my friend.... (15+ / 0-)

    Americans hate the GOP, and the GOP hates Obamacare.

    So, Americans decide there's something they like about Obamacare.


  •  each day the government doesn't go broke, (13+ / 0-)

    or a grandma isn't "death-paneled,"
    or a young person isn't bankrupted,
    or a person's insurance isn't changed without their knowledge,
    or a government official isn't watching your yearly physical,
    or everyone's premiums don't skyrocket,
    or the deficit isn't tripled,
    or you don't have to wait three years for that knee-replacement...............

    The polls will continue to rise.

    Regardless of how loudly the GOP screams,

    Regardless of all the lies they've told about it.

    I'm not an atheist. How can you not believe in something that doesn't exist? That's way too convoluted for me. - A. Whitney Brown

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 01:53:43 PM PDT

    •  With all the propaganda (4+ / 0-)
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      It's amazing anyone supports this law.  I mean, who wants to subject grandma to a death panel every year, then watch her die if the death panel, like the Roman emperors of old, voted thumbs down.

      "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

      by Navy Vet Terp on Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 02:28:11 PM PDT

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  •  Puh-leez (0+ / 0-)

    Clearly the ones that approve of it aren't "real Murikans"

  •  Whenever I see polls referring to (8+ / 0-)

    approval or disapproval of something, I ask, "compared to what?"

    The PPACA has some flaws... but is it better than the old ways of private-sector insurance carriers who could drop you if you got sick [among other abuses]?  You bet it is!

    This shirt is dry clean only. Which means... it's dirty. -- Mitch Hedberg

    by Greasy Grant on Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 02:24:21 PM PDT

  •  Heh. (5+ / 0-)

    Wait until folks start falling sick, or falling off ladders, or slipping in the bathtub.

    Then, for every person who falls, the percentage of Americans who love ACA will rise.

    Statisticians will be shocked by how directly proportional the rise will be.

    But no one will be shocked more than GOP politicians and their "think" tanks.

    Again: heh.

    © grover

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    by grover on Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 02:32:29 PM PDT

  •  ACA is a smashing success.. (8+ / 0-)

    the demand is obviously there.. the prices are right, and the GOP is stuck with their complaining being about implementation..

    I am going to guess that popularity of this program will approach the levels of Medicare & Social Security within 2 years.

    The GOP's huge all-in bet on lying to stop this from going in is going to cost them plenty.. that's what happens when you go all in and lose.

  •  Because Obama and Democrats Make Positive Laws (1+ / 0-)
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    Dog Poop More Popular Than Congress! Alan Grayson

    by wild hair on Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 02:37:06 PM PDT

  •  This too will pass... (8+ / 0-)

    They will get the website working well enough for people to use it.

    This version may always be a piece of crap on the inside, but if they are smart (ahem!) they already have a team doing post mortem for a completely new v. 2.0 redesign.

  •  To most Americans, anything the right-wing says (4+ / 0-)
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    sounds like the teacher in the Charlie Brown specials.  We've learned to tune them out.

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    by bherner on Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 02:44:21 PM PDT

  •  The haters and crazies biggest fear (2+ / 0-)
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    It will be a great success. Hopefully will be improved with more insured and more control over insurance companies-They should all be non-profit!!!. But this will do for now for millions and help sink the rethug haters of all that is related to Obama or anything that does not instantly benefit ME ME ME!

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    by Doc Allen on Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 03:02:00 PM PDT

  •  I've been on the CA and Fed ACA sites all day (6+ / 0-)

    doing comparison shopping for my company (comparing current plan against exchange offered plans).  The federal site's shop/compare features have been working flawlessly.  Those portions of the site load faster than Amazon, ebay or any other large traffic site.

    The CA site has been undergoing maintenance at various times today but they have just recently uploaded an entire provider directory and I was able to confirm that my family's doctors are available on a number of exchange offered plans.

    Although I think the current scrutiny is warranted and will ultimately be good for the program, I do think there is an accumulating body of anecdotal evidence to suggest that the Feds are beginning to turn the corner on some key features of the site from an end user perspective.

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    by khyber900 on Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 03:02:43 PM PDT

  •  'Republicans shut down the government so that..... (5+ / 0-)

    ...Americans couldn't buy affordable health insurance.'

    Rinse, repeat.  That's the line for 2014.

  •  Apart from folks who say the ACA isn't enough (1+ / 0-)
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    I truly don't get why someone 'disapproves' of the law.

    Okay, I mean I know why 35 percent don't; it's Obama hatred with dumb-ass frosting on top.  

    Add in the 10 percent who still won't give up the single-payer pipedream, and that's 45.  

    So actually 50 percent disapproval is pretty good.  But I wish the 'libtards' would come around.  


    Hell, I'd love single payer but I'd never tell a pollster I disapprove of the ACA.  It feeds the bullshit machine.

    •  I'll tell you why. Because they are middle class (0+ / 0-)

      but think they are upper and beyond having to help a single soul.  They are beyond the subsidies, maybe by just a little bit, but all they see is maybe having to pay a tad bit more to help other human beings....and that thought makes them livid.  How dare we ask to share in a nation, so people don't die.  It is also beyond their thought process that even if they pay a bit more, they are getting much more for their money.  

  •  Was at the eye doctor's this afternoon and (2+ / 0-)
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    listened to an older man attempting to amuse the women working at the front desk with anecdotes about Obamacare that he clearly heard on Fox.  They were not amused, nor were the 20 or so of us waiting to be seen amused, especially a woman with a young boy who'd injured his eye and who had no coverage and was paying the office call with a Visa card.  The neon thought bubbles above everyone's heads just kept blinking the "Sit down and shut up" signs.

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    by judyms9 on Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 03:27:39 PM PDT

  •  That is because Republicans set the bar so low (0+ / 0-)

    Instead of socialism and death panels, we have a buggy website to buy private insurance.

    Maybe things won't be that bad.

  •  Brian Williams (1+ / 0-)
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    I am subjected to NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, as my husband has it on usually during dinnertime.  I just heard Tom Costello reporting that President Obama is delaying the individual mandate for six weeks due to the website glitches.  Then Brian Williams stated that other major problems with Obama Care are the higher than expected rates. They had on one woman stating her insurance rates were higher than before.  WTF?  This is contrary to everything I've heard and read.  I supposed there may be some people paying higher rates, but the way they presented the story, it sounded like virtually everyone is going to pay more for Obama Care insurance.  I don't believe the media is liberal.

    The difference between a moment and a movement is sacrifice.

    by rlharry on Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 04:04:17 PM PDT

    •  Highly paid concern trolling. (2+ / 0-)
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      All these stories about some people who will see higher rates; none whatsoever about those who have saved a bundle.  I have to come to DK for that.

    •  Higher, lower (1+ / 0-)
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      It's possible some will have higher rates when you factor in

      • employer stops subsidizing you;
      • you make too much to get a government subsidy; and
      • you had really good coverage (employer picked up between 60%-75% of the premium cost) but to get that policy with comparable coverage will cost you more because you pay all of the premium yourself.

      Not crazy about this, but if it means less people at the emergency rooms so be it.

      And it'll mean one less thing my DD and DS will have to worry about after getting out of college. They will have enough to worry about with their student loans.

      Once you figure out they are lying to you about race, you start to question everything. —molly ivins

      by fumie on Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 04:28:50 PM PDT

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  •  But when the public finds out (0+ / 0-)

    About Obamcare's connection to Benghazi, they will revolt!

    Arsonist in chief,
    Darrell Issa.

  •  Shld exclude voters over 65 since they have no (0+ / 0-)

    stake in the ACA (except their donut hole closes, silly peeps).  Since they disapprove 54-38, approval among those the law affects - and therefore mostly likely to vote on it (as opposed to hard Thugs who will vote Thug no matter what, and Thug party-ID also skews heavily older) - is actually fairly more than bare majority.  

    And that's before you add those who oppose b/c they think it not liberal enough.

    This is important b/c these are the folks who count politically on this issue.  Not those who will oppose Ds no matter how well the program works.

    IMO, the critical demo politically for 2014 is 45-64 cohorts, b/c they have the greatest knowledge of their need for health care and greatest anxiety about their existing ins. being adversely affected.  

    B/c its not going to destroy - or even seriously adversely affect - their ins. next year (all the real potential problems are in further years b/c they  require not enough healthy uninsureds signing up to occur) - Ds should be prepared to run ads starting in the summer - when the next set of refunds for exceeding the 80% pt are going out - that not only did the world not end, X millions are newly insured -saving you money, premiuns for plans on the exchange are less than last years' market-rates saving you money, ins. can not refuse to pay b/c of pre-existing conditions, life-time caps, etc. - saving you money  AND MILLIONS JUST GOT A REFUND FOR THE 3rd YEAR IN A ROW, all b/c of 'Obamacare'.... saving you money.

    Think the car commercials for the repetition in the ads. :)

    •  and at least some of that money saved (0+ / 0-)

      should end up cycling in the economy. Kinda like a stimulus.

      Lower premiums, smaller deductables, subsidies, no lifetime cap, .., all keep money in the hands of consumers who need it the most, and will be spent in the economy instead of going into offshore accounts. A win for those who need coverage, and a win for the economy.

      Sadly, it will take some time to see the overall effect, but it could be quite significant.

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