A new poll has found that a substantial majority of respondents believe that Obamacare’s subsidies should be available to everyone, regardless of whether they purchase coverage on a state or federal insurance exchange.
The Morning Consult poll, first reported by the Washington Post on Tuesday, found that 58 percent of registered voters said that all exchanges — federal and state — should offer the law’s financial assistance. That puts them at odds with the law’s latest legal challengers, who argue Obamacare prohibits subsidies on federal exchanges.
Another 27 percent didn’t share opinion, and only 15 percent said they should not be available on every exchange.
Average Americans, of course, are not legal scholars. And just 14 percent of those polled said they had been following the legal challenge to the Obamacare subsidies closely; 30 percent said they’d followed it some, 29 percent said not much and 28 percent said not at all.
The poll, taken August 1 to 3, surveyed 1,825 registered voters. It was “conducted online and the data were weighted to approximate a target sample of likely voters based on age, race/ethnicity, gender, educational attainment, region, annual household income,home ownership status and marital status.” Its margin of error is 2 percentage points.