According to a new Gallup poll released yesterday Americans overwhelmingly believe that PPACA’s individual mandate provisions are unconstitutional. The new poll shows that 72% of Americans feel it’s unconstitutional, including a majority of Democrats and a majority of those who believe the new health reform law is a positive. Only 20% of those polled believe that the Supreme Court should uphold the individual mandate, but in the end it is really only up to the nine justices who sit on the Supreme Court to make that decision.
Interestingly, though, according to the same poll, Americans divide evenly when asked if they favor (47%) or oppose (44%) a Republican president’s repealing the 2010 healthcare law if elected this November. Republicans overwhelmingly favor repeal (87%) and Democrats overwhelmingly oppose it (77%). However, Republicans hold their views much more intensely than Democrats, with 56% of Republicans strongly favoring repeal and 39% of Democrats strongly opposing it.
Also, to date, most Americans don’t believe the law has helped them at all, with 70% of Americans holding that view. Twelve percent claim it has already helped them and 16% say it has already hurt them. Americans aren’t too optimistic that the law will improve their family’s healthcare situation in the long run, either. Thirty-eight percent expect the law to make their situation worse, compared with 24% who say the law will improve their situation. Thirty-four percent do not expect it to make much difference. Given the impact health reform is likely to have on the November 2012 presidential and congressional elections, no matter what the Supreme Court decides to do, these are interesting numbers indeed.