A new CBS poll finds that while the Affordable Care Act is still sort of a mixed bag for voters, the majority want reform to be given a chance.
A majority of the public disapproves of the Republican idea to cut off funding for health care reform, a new CBS News poll shows - although most also disapprove of the health care law, and many aren't sure of its impact on the health care system....
Most Americans, 55 percent, disapprove of the plan to cut off funding to the new health care reforms, and just 35 percent approve. Among Republicans, approval rises to 57 percent. Forty-nine percent of independents disapprove, and 38 percent approve.
Overall, Americans are wary of the new health care reform laws: 21 percent think the new law will make the system better, but 23 percent think the law will make the system worse.
Another 44 percent say they don't know enough to say what the law's impact will be. Uncertainty has increased since the law was first passed last year.
And while there are partisan differences - 43 percent of Republicans think it will make the system worse, but 40 percent of Democrats see it as an improvement - large segments of Republicans, Democrats and independents don't know what effect the law will have on the health care system.
As has been the case since the law was passed nearly a year ago, more Americans disapprove than approve of the legislation. Now, 33 percent approve, while 51 percent disapprove, including 34 percent who disapprove strongly.
They might not be too comfortable with the changes that are coming, but they seem to recognize just how extreme the Republican effort to kill it by any means possible is. These findings aren't as dramatic as those by the Kaiser Family Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health poll conducted last month, which found that "[m]ost Americans (62%) disapprove of cutting off funding as a way to stop some or all of the health reform law from being put into place."
Also, of interest in case anyone in a position to do something actually cares: "Americans continue to rate the federal budget deficit as a serious problem, although it ranks second - far below the economy and jobs - on the list of important issues facing the country." Speaker John "So be it" Boehner might want to rethink strategy.