Latest Health Care Poll Released

Latest Health Care Poll Released

Plan's detractors are most passionate.

A poll conducted by the Washington Post indicates that public opinion has changed little since passage of health care reform. Overall, 46% of those polled said they support the changes in the new law; 50% oppose them. The pollsters say that is virtually identical to the pre-vote split on the proposals and similar to the divide that has existed since last summer. President Obama's overall approval rating is at 53% in the poll, about the same as it has been in Post-ABC polls in the past several months; 43% disapprove.

Passions remain strongest among the plan's detractors, as 26% of all adults said they are angry about the changes enacted by Congress, up from 18% in August. Among opponents, there is near-universal support for efforts to cancel the changes either through a new vote in Congress or through the courts.

About half of all poll respondents said the plan creates too much government involvement in the health-care system, a concern that is especially pronounced among Republicans. About a quarter of all adults say they tried to contact their elected representatives in Congress about health care in recent months, including nearly half of those who say they are "angry" about the changes. In general, opponents of the measure were more than twice as likely as supporters to say they had made the effort.

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