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Kaiser Health Tracking Poll — October 2010

With the November midterm elections just weeks away, Americans remain chronically divided over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but most say that their feelings – pro and con – about the health reform law are not a dominant factor in how they will vote for Congress or whether they will go to the polls.

Views on health reform tightened up in October, with 42 percent saying they have favorable views of the new law, 44 percent holding unfavorable views and 15 percent not offering an opinion. This continues a familiar pattern seen over many months in which positive and negative views of the new law move within a relatively narrow band, reflecting a very divided public.

The October poll is the latest in a series designed and analyzed by the Foundation’s public opinion research team.

Findings (.pdf)

Chartpack (.pdf)

Toplines (.pdf)