Obamacare Divides New Jersey [AUDIO]
Just under half of New Jersey residents have either a very favorable or somewhat favorable opinion of the Affordable Care Act. Thirty-two percent of New Jerseyans view it as very unfavorable, while 17 percent have a somewhat unfavorable view. The 45 percent positive opinion is five points higher than the 40 percent result in December. The negative rating is down as well since December.
Compared to national polls, both the positive and negative opinion about Obamacare is higher.
And while opinions are mixed, very few New Jerseyans want to repeal the health reform law. “While just 7 percent say it is fine just the way it is, only 28 percent say that it should be repealed, either entirely or with a Republican alternative,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.
Murray said a majority of New Jerseyans polled take a pragmatic approach to Obamacare. “Sixty percent say, ‘Let’s keep the law, just work on making it better,’” Murray said.
Fifty-two percent of New Jerseyans say Obamacare fatigue has set in and they are tired of hearing about it, an opinion that seemed to be held equally by Democrats, Republicans and Independents.