Poll: Despite Bumpy Rollout, Support For Obamacare Nudges Up Slightly


Support for the Affordable Care Act has ticked up slightly, according to poll findings from Gallup released Wednesday. 

The poll, which was conducted weeks after the Oct. 1 launch of the glitch-plagued HealthCare.gov, found 50 percent of all Americans disapproving of the law, compared with 45 percent who said they approve. It represents an improvement since August, when Gallup found 41 percent who approved compared with 49 percent who disapproved.

Many Republicans have recently lamented how the government shutdown and debt crisis — both brought about by a quixotic tea party-led effort to defund the Affordable Care Act — distracted from the embarrassing rollout. An NBC/Wall Street Journal survey conducted during the shutdown found a significant bump in support for the law, while also showing the GOP’s approval numbers falling to an historic low.

Gallup conducted the poll Oct. 18-20 using live phone interviews with 1,528 adults. It has a margin of error of three percentage points.  


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