With House repeal vote set this week, opposition to healthcare law softens

As House Republicans plan to repeal the healthcare reform law this week, strong opposition to the law fell to the lowest levels in more than a year, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.

While Americans remain divided on the reform law, strong feelings against one of President Obama’s key achievements appear to have diminished, the poll said. Thirty percent strongly oppose the reform law, the lowest percentage since September 2009, while Congress was still crafting the legislation.

Meanwhile, 40 percent said they supported the law and 41 percent opposed it. In the aftermath of the November midterm elections, 38 percent supported the law while 47 percent opposed it.

The poll also found that Republican opposition to the reform law has weakened. Sixty-one percent wanted to completely repeal the reform law following the November elections, but the recent poll found that 49 percent felt the same way.

However, opposition to the reform law is still strongest among Republicans. Almost three-quarters oppose it, while 35 percent of independents and 19 percent of Democrats agree.