67% Oppose Health Law's Individual Mandate

Majority of Americans want it tossed out by Supreme Court
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2012 1:19 PM CDT
Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, after accepting delivery of signed petitions demanding the repeal of 'ObamaCare.'   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – As the Supreme Court prepares to open hearings on the constitutionality of the federal health care law next week, a new poll finds that Americans oppose the law 52% to 41%. And an even higher percentage—67%—want the court to either throw out the entire Affordable Care Act, or at least ditch the individual mandate, which requires almost all Americans to be covered by health insurance.

ABC News, which ran the poll along with the Washington Post, has never found majority support for the law. The most recent poll also finds that 70% of Americans say they've heard mostly negative buzz about the law recently; even among the law's supporters, 53% report hearing mainly negatives. While some portions of the law are popular—such as allowing parents to cover their children for longer—the individual mandate apparently counteracts all the positives. The poll found that 26% support the law in its entirety, but an additional 25% support it without the individual mandate.

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