Poll: Uninsured not using ObamaCare site

Fewer than a quarter of all uninsured Americans have so far even attempted to visit an insurance exchange site, according to a new Gallup poll.

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As the Obama administration struggle to fix problems with the federal insurance exchange website, the poll found just 18 percent of the exchanges' target audience — the nation's uninsured — have tried to go to an ObamaCare site since it opened on Oct. 1.

Among those uninsured Americans who say they plan to eventually purchase insurance through the exchanges, a slightly higher percentage, 22 percent, say they have attempted to visit an exchange site.

These results undermine the Obama administration's confidence in ObamaCare to reach its target audience. The exchange sites are not only fraught with technical problems that have led to long wait times and error messages for users, but have also failed to generate interest among uninsured Americans.

Polls reveal that the majority of the uninsured are unfamiliar with the sites and have not even attempted to access them.

Gallup previously found in an Oct. 31 survey that just 44 percent of uninsured Americans who plan to get insurance say they would do it through an exchange site. Meanwhile, just one in four say they are more likely to pay a fine instead of purchasing insurance.