Poll: Public Split On ‘Obamacare’ Ruling, But Cool On Romney’s Health Care Plans

The public is divided over the Supreme Court’s ruling last week on the Affordable Care Act, while President Barack Obama’s health care plans earn significantly higher marks than Mitt Romney’s approach to the issue, according to a new poll released Tuesday.

The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, conducted June 28-July 1, examines the high court’s decision to uphold virtually all of the law known to most as “Obamacare,” as well as the two presidential candidates’ health care plans.  Forty-three percent have a favorable view of the Supreme Court’s ruling, compared with 42 percent who have an unfavorable view.  

The public is similarly divided when it comes to Obama’s approach to health care: 45 percent view the president’s plans favorably for the health care system, while 48 percent view them unfavorably.  That’s a tepid score, but it’s still better than the public’s views of Romney’s approach to health care.  Only 30 percent view the presumptive Republican nominee’s plans for health care favorably, compared with 47 percent who see them unfavorably.  Twenty-three precent have no opinion on Romney’s plans for health care, perhaps a reflection of the lack of specifics offered by the former Massachusetts governor.    

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