Published July 03, 2012
With the federal health care law once again an election-year issue, a new poll finds Republicans are far more fired up and ready to vote than Democrats over the policy.
A Kaiser Family Foundation poll, conducted in the wake of last week's Supreme Court ruling that upheld the Affordable Care Act, found that 31 percent of Republicans reported being more likely to vote because of the ruling. Just 18 percent of Democrats said the same.
Republicans have rallied since last week, as GOP politicians including presidential candidate Mitt Romney vowed to repeal the controversial law if the party can take control of both Congress and the White House. Democrats, meanwhile, have urged the country to move beyond the law and focus squarely on the economy.
The Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that 56 percent of Americans do want to move beyond the health care debate. Thirty-eight percent said the law's opponents should continue to try and block implementation.
The poll underscored the longstanding partisan divisions over the policy, which remain constant more than two years after its passage. Eight in 10 Democrats approved of the court's decision; eight in 10 Republicans disapproved. Independents were evenly divided over the move.
On a whole, 47 percent of those polled said they were in favor of the decision. Forty-three percent were against. Just six in 10 Americans were aware of the ruling at all.
The poll of 1,239 adults was conducted June 28-30. It had a margin of error of 3 percentage points.