Poll Suggests Obamacare Is Still Up For Grabs In 2014 Elections

AP

Americans aren’t breaking one way or the other on Obamacare and how it will influence their vote in the 2014 midterm elections, according to a new poll.

A new NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll showed that neither Democrats nor Republicans have a clear advantage on the controversial law. About 48 percent of those polled said they would be more likely to vote for a Democratic candidate who supports keeping and fixing Obamacare; 47 percent would be more likely to vote for a Republican who supports repealing and eliminating it.

For now then, Obamacare doesn’t look like a clear electoral winner for either party, meaning the winning message could still be up for grabs or the law simply won’t be a difference-maker during the fall election.

On the law itself, 35 percent said it was a good idea and 49 percent said it was a bad idea, effectively unchanged from January.

The new polling comes as both parties are honing their Obamacare messages for the fall races. Democrats plan to offer themselves as the “fix” party, opposed to the GOP’s unrelenting obstruction, while Republicans still appear uncertain how to run against the law without opening themselves up to attacks that they’d strip health coverage from the millions who have gotten it.

The poll, conducted from March 5 to 9, surveyed 1,000 U.S. adults. The margin of error is 3.1 percentage points.

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