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Fox News poll: 68 percent concerned about their health care under new law

Nearly 7 out of 10 voters are concerned about their personal health care under the Affordable Care Act and a majority wants to take the health care system back to 2009, according to the latest Fox News national poll.  

The poll, released Tuesday, finds that 68 percent of voters are concerned about their health care under the new system.  That includes 43 percent “very” concerned and another 25 percent “somewhat” concerned.  

The number feeling concerned is more than twice that of those who are unworried (31 percent).  

Even a 56-percent majority of Democrats feels concerned (31 percent “very” concerned).  By comparison, 72 percent of independents and 77 percent of Republicans feel that way.

There’s no gender gap, as about two-thirds of men (65 percent) and women (70 percent) alike are concerned.  

Least concerned is the under-30 crowd.  Even so, 60 percent of that group feels worried.  

Voters between 55-64 years old are the age group most likely to feel concerned about their health care under the new law:  77 percent are worried.  

The poll also finds a 54-percent majority wants to go back to the health care system that was in place in 2009.  About a third -- 35 percent -- thinks it would be better to leave the new law in place.  

Groups that want to stick with the new law include blacks (64 percent), Democrats (56 percent) and liberals (53 percent).  

Otherwise, the consensus is to go back to the 2009 system.  Men, women, higher and lower income groups, as well as all but the youngest voters, would turn back the clock.  

An all-time high 58 percent of voters disapprove of how Obama’s handling of health care.  That includes a third of Democrats (33 percent), two-thirds of independents (65 percent) and a large 83-percent majority of Republicans.

Meanwhile, 38 percent approve of the job Obama is doing on health care.  That’s down from 41 percent in June, and is just one percentage point higher than his low of 37 percent approval recorded in February 2010.  

For comparison, the president receives better ratings for his handling of terrorism (48 approve - 45 disapprove) and foreign policy (39 approve - 54 disapprove).  He rates worse on the economy (37 approve - 60 disapprove) and Syria (29 approve - 60 disapprove).

Poll Pourri …

Some people call it the Affordable Care Act, while others call it the new health care law.  Still others -- including the Obama administration -- call it Obamacare.  Does it make a difference in how people feel about it?

The poll asks voters if they have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of the law.  Half were asked using the phrase “the 2010 health care law called the Affordable Care Act,” while the other half were asked about “Obamacare.”  

There’s a numerical but not statistically-significant advantage when the phrase “Affordable Care Act” is used:  39 percent have a favorable opinion of the law when it’s called that compared to 34 percent favorable when asked about “Obamacare.”

Likewise, 55 percent have an unfavorable view of the Affordable Care Act, while 60 percent have a negative opinion of Obamacare.

Republicans are eight points more likely to have an unfavorable opinion of Obamacare (83 percent) than the ACA (75 percent).  Independents are also more inclined to respond negatively to Obamacare by 12 points.

Democrats have a favorable opinion whether it’s called ACA (60 percent) or Obamacare (59 percent).

The Fox News poll is based on landline and cell phone interviews with 900 randomly chosen registered voters nationwide and was conducted under the joint direction of Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R) from September 6-8, 2013.  The full poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.

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