As Obamacare’s first enrollment period ends and the law becomes a more established part of U.S. policy, the Republican base appears to be having an epiphany: Maybe it’s not the end of the world.
A new Gallup poll found that the number of self-identified GOPers who think the law won’t affect them spiked 20 percentage points from a month ago.
Back in late February and early March, 72 percent of Republicans said that Obamacare would make their lives and their family’s lives worse in the long run. But just a month later, that figure fell to 51 percent. The percentage who said that the law wouldn’t make much difference leapt from 23 percent to 43 percent over the same period.
Adding in Democrats and independents, 43 percent of Americans said that Obamacare wouldn’t make much difference for them, 32 percent said it would make things worse and 24 percent said it would make things better.
Those change feelings, particularly among Republicans, didn’t translate into more robust support for the law, however. Its approval and disapproval ratings were effectively unchanged from Gallup’s last poll: 43 percent approved and 54 percent disapproved.
The poll, conducted from April 7 to 8, surveyed 1,009 U.S. adults. Its margin of error is 4 percentage points.
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