Seven in 10 Americans say Obamacare Will Factor in How They Vote for the U.S. House This Fall

Seven in 10 Americans say Obamacare Will Factor in How They Vote for the U.S.
                               House This Fall

Americans More Likely to Vote Republican

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, July 2, 2014

NEW YORK, July 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Nearly seven in 10 Americans (68%) say
Obamacare will play a role in deciding how they vote in the U.S. House
elections this fall, according to a new (NYSE: RATE) report. Of
the 68% that say Obamacare will factor into their voting decisions, 32% of
Americans say they will be more likely to vote Republican and 26% say they are
more likely to vote Democrat.

"Perhaps surprisingly, these results indicate that the messy launch of
Obamacare won't be as detrimental for Democrats or as much of a slam-dunk for
Republicans in future elections as some analysts previously suggested," said insurance analyst Doug Whiteman.

After the new Congress starts in January 2015, over half of Americans (52%)
would like to see them make minor or major changes to the Affordable Care Act.
And thirty percent of Americans want the new Congress to repeal Obamacare
completely, for a total of 82% who want to change the law in some fashion.
Only 12% of Americans want to keep the law exactly as it is now.

More Americans than ever are saying that their health insurance situation is
better now than one year ago. In fact, the amount of Americans that indicated
improved health insurance situations doubled from August 2013 (when the
monthly Health Insurance Pulse surveys began) to June 2014.

"While most Americans don't see Obamacare as a perfect solution, more are
willing to accept it if a few changes are made," according to Whiteman. "The
fact that more Americans are saying their health insurance situation has
improved, and fewer want to repeal the law than when we last asked in April,
signals a positive turning point for the Affordable Care Act."

Additional Findings:

  o1-in-4 registered independents who identified Obamacare as an election
    issue say they are likely to vote Republican in the upcoming fall
    elections, while only 1-in-8 is inclined to vote Democrat.
  o18-29 year olds want Congress to make changes to Obamacare more than any
    other age group.
  oAmericans with annual household incomes of $50,000+ are the most likely to
    say that Obamacare will play a factor in their voting decisions in the

The survey was conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International
(PSRAI) and can be seen in its entirety here:

PSRAI obtained telephone interviews with a nationally representative sample of
1,003 adults living in the continental United States. Interviews were
conducted by landline (501) and cell phone (502, including 277 without a
landline phone) in English and Spanish by Princeton Data Source from June
19-22, 2014. Statistical results are weighted to correct known demographic
discrepancies. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3.6 percentage

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