Over half of American voters regret that the Affordable Care Act passed, and nearly two-thirds say it never would have -- if we knew then what we know now.
In addition, more than half think the health care law will ultimately be bad for the country, and that it’s more about the government controlling our lives than getting Americans health care.
These are just some of the findings from a Fox News poll released Thursday.
Fifty-five percent of voters wish the health care law had never passed. That includes majorities of young people under age 30 (55 percent) and those with annual household incomes under $50,000 (52 percent), as well as more than a quarter of Democrats (28 percent).
Some 37 percent are glad the law passed.
The poll also finds that by a 51-42 percent margin, people think in the long run the law will be bad for the country.
Democrats are alone in thinking the health care law will be a good thing in the end: 70 percent feel that way, which is twice the number of independents who say the same (35 percent) and more than five times the number of Republicans (13 percent).
Overall, 64 percent of voters don’t think the law would have passed if we knew back in 2009 what we know today. Majorities of Republicans (74 percent), independents (68 percent) and even Democrats (54 percent) say it wouldn’t have passed.
By a 16 percentage-point margin, people think the health care law is more about the government “controlling our lives” (56 percent) than about “helping individual Americans get the health care they want” (40 percent).
Most Republicans (80 percent) and independents (60 percent) think the health care law is about government controlling our lives. A third of Democrats agree (33 percent).
Meanwhile, only nine percent say their family is better off under the new law. Nearly three times as many say they are worse off (25 percent), while a 65-percent majority says the law hasn’t made any difference to their family.
Before the law went into effect, 21 percent thought their family would be better off, 35 percent worse off and 39 percent thought it wouldn’t make much difference (October 2013).
Fully 76 percent of voters overall and 61 percent of Democrats blame the Obama administration for mismanagement of the roll-out and implementation of the new health care system.
The fallout is less confidence in the government in general: more than four times as many voters say implementation of Obamacare has made them feel less confident (48 percent) in the federal government as say more confident (11 percent). Another 41 percent say it hasn’t made a difference either way.
Of course high opinions of leaders in Washington are in short supply elsewhere too: Just 14 percent of voters approve of the job Congress is doing, while 81 percent disapprove.
The Fox News poll is based on landline and cell phone interviews with 1,006 randomly chosen registered voters nationwide and was conducted under the joint direction of Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R) from February 9-11, 2014. The full poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.