Support for health reform fell in August

Health reform’s popularity with the American public dipped in August while distaste for the new law grew, according to the latest tracking poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

After peaking at 50 percent favorable compared with 35 percent unfavorable in July, the August poll showed unfavorable views of the law (the Affordable Care Act or Obama Care depending on one's view) at 45 percent and favorable views down to 43 percent. With a sampling margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points, the new numbers mean the positive and negative views are essentially tied.

The Kaiser Health Tracking Poll was conducted through phone interviews with a randomly-selected, nationally representative sample of 1,203 adults. About one in three of the interviews were on cell phones;  the other 801 were  on landlines.

The partisan divide on the health law remained strong in the august poll with 77 percent of Republicans holding unfavorable views compared with 68 percent of Democrats who viewed the law positively. The views of independents stood at 48 percent unfavorable to 41 percent favorable in the poll.

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