A new poll shows that American voters are divided over efforts by Congressional Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but they overwhelmingly concur that the law represents a tax increase.
The latest installment from Quinnipiac University shows that 55 percent of American voters believe that the health care overhaul amounts to a tax hike, while 36 percent believe it does not. Ever since the high court's ruling last month, Republicans — taking a cue from the majority opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts — have been quick to decry the law widely known as "Obamacare" as a substantial tax increase.
But that doesn't mean voters are marching in lockstep with Republicans in the House of Representatives, who on Wednesday voted to repeal the law for the 33rd time. Forty-nine percent of those surveyed by Quinnipiac believe Congress should repeal the Affordable Care Act, compared with 43 percent who believe that Washington should let the law stand. Support for repeal has steadily slipped over the course of the year, while opposition has grown. In Quinnipiac's late February survey, 52 percent supported repeal, while 39 percent were opposed. The late April survey showed 51 percent supported Congressional efforts to repeal, compared with 38 percent who thought it should be left alone.
Voters are likewise divided over the Supreme Court's ruling last month: 48 percent agree with the decision to uphold the law, while 45 percent disagree.