Tue July 17, 2012
New Yorkers divided along partisan lines over Health Care Act
Most New Yorkers agree with the recent Supreme Court decision upholding President Obama’s health care reform, but most think the new law, when fully implemented, will cause health care costs to rise.
The Siena College poll finds support for the health care law is sharply divided along party lines. Three quarters of Democrats want to see the federal health care law fully implemented, while three quarters of Republicans want to see it repealed.
But even among supporters, only one in five voters think the law will actually increase health care access, and the vast majority believes that health care costs will go up, as a result of the law. Siena spokesman Steve Greenberg says President Obama and the Democrats may have not done enough to convince voters of the benefits of the law.
“They’ve clearly got to do a better job of selling it,” says Greenberg, who says while GOP voters are unlikely to change their minds, independents and conservative democrats could perhaps be convinced.
The poll also found that in the predominately Democratic state, voters prefer to reelect President Obama over Mitt Romney by 61 to 34%.
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