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Poll: Republicans less supportive of Obamacare repeal since election

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Jonathan Cohn at the Huffington Post noticed something interesting in a new Obamacare poll: Republican voters might be backing away from full Obamacare repeal.

The Kaiser Family Foundation’s new Affordable Care Act poll shows that the country still remains pretty divided on what should happen to Obamacare. Twenty-six percent of Americans want to see the law repealed; 19 percent say it should stay as it is. Another 30 percent think the law should be expanded — and 17 percent want it scaled back.

But the most interesting finding was that support for full repeal might be going down in the wake of the election. Before November 8, 69 percent of Republican voters said they wanted the entire law repealed. But that has declined to 52 percent in the wake of Donald Trump’s victory.

Voters shifted to another option: scaling back what the law does.

“That change could be temporary, or include some statistical noise,” Cohn writes. “It could also represent a growing reluctance to junk the law, now that repeal might finally happen.”


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