Poll: Majority of uninsured disapprove of ObamaCare

A majority of the uninsured disapprove of the healthcare law, according to a new poll. 

A CBS/New York Times poll released Wednesday night found 53 percent of people who lack health insurance disapprove of the healthcare law. 

Overall, the poll found 39 percent of people approve of the law while 50 percent disapprove. The approval rating has increased 8 points since last month. 

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The poll included two separate surveys, one of 702 uninsured adults polled between Dec. 4 and Dec. 15, and one of 1,000 adults polled between Dec. 5 and Dec. 8. 

While 56 percent of the uninsured expect to sign up for healthcare coverage before the March 31 deadline next year, another 35 percent said they would likely pay the fine. 

High cost and disapproval of the healthcare mandate in principal were the most cited reasons among those who said they would not buy health insurance and would instead pay a penalty.

Sixty percent of the uninsured said having insurance would make their own health better, but the same percent of respondents have not researched coverage on the online marketplace. Only 10 percent of the uninsured have applied for coverage, according to the poll. 

Nearly half of the uninsured people polled — 44 percent — said the law would not affect their quality of healthcare, while 30 percent said it would make it worse. Only 25 percent said the law would improve their care. 

There is little difference in Obama’s approval rating on healthcare between the uninsured and the general public. A little more than five in 10 people — insured or uninsured — disapprove of Obama on the issue.  

Seven in 10 disapprove of Republicans’ handling of healthcare.