Poll: Majority Now Support The Individual Mandate

November 14, 2011 6:16 a.m.

A new CNN poll on the issue of health care reform finds that support for the law’s central and most controversial element, the individual health insurance mandate, has climbed into majority territory.

In the new poll, support for the individual mandate — requiring people to get health insurance — has climbed to 52%, with 47% opposed. When the last survey was taken in June, that a majority of 54% opposed it, with 44% in support.“The health insurance mandate has gained most support since June among older Americans and among lower-income Americans,” writes CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “A majority of independents opposed the measure in June, but 52 percent of them now favor it.”

The poll of American adults was conducted from November 11-13 — before Monday’s big news that the Supreme Court will hear a challenge to the law — and has a ±3% margin of error.

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