Public Keeps Warming Up to Health Care Reform

35% now oppose it, down from 41%
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 29, 2010 2:58 PM CDT
Protesters hold signs and yell at passing cars during a tea party protest against the proposed health care plan outside the office of Rep. Melissa Bean, D-Ill., in Schaumburg, Ill., Mar. 16, 2010.   (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
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(Newser) – The poll numbers for health care reform just keep getting better for Democrats. In a new tracking poll, just 35% say they oppose the landmark law, down from 41% last month, the Washington Post reports, while 50% now hold a favorable view of the law. That’s the best the law has polled since it was passed in March.

While 69% of Republicans still oppose the law, 50% of them vehemently, independents broke 48% to 37% in favor of it. But the poll also shows that misconceptions about the law persist. A whopping 36% of seniors still believe the law creates a “death panel” that will make end-of-life decisions for them, and 17% said they weren’t sure if it did or not.

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