Health reform law gained in July

The Kaiser Family Foundation’s July health tracking poll found that 50 percent of those surveyed viewed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) very favorably or somewhat favorably while 35 percent held the opposite positions.

Since May’s tracking poll the law’s favorable ratings have gained 9 percent points (41 percent in May and 48 percent in June), while the unfavorable rating has dropped 9 percentage points (44 percent in May and 41 percent in June).

In July Kaiser focused on seniors views of the new law. And those aged 65 and above were more likely to hold unfavorable views of health reform. The July poll focused on seniors, 65-years-old and above and found that 46 percent of them were unfavorable toward the law and 38 percent favorable.

Not surprisingly, Democrats and Republicans held opposite views of the bill described as health reform or Obamacare depending on one’s side of the political divide.

The poll found that 15 percent of Democrats viewed the law unfavorably as did 69 percent of Republicans and 37 percent of independents. On the other hand, 73 percent of Democrats viewed the law favorably as did 21 percent of Republicans and 48 percent of independents.

The July poll was conducted from July 8 through July 13, 2010. A random group of 1,504 adults were contacted for phone interviews including 404 on cell phones. The margin of effort for the total sample was plus or minus 3 percentage points. The margin of error for seniors in the poll was plus or minus 6 points.