By Ferdous Al-Faruque - 05/05/14 11:22 AM EDT
A poll released Monday found that 55 percent of people in the United States disapprove of ObamaCare despite the surge in enrollments this year.
The survey from Pew Research Center and USA Today found 41 percent support the health law. In September, before the launch of Healthcare.Gov, 53 percent said they disapproved of ObamaCare, with 42 percent registering approval.
The poll shows continued troubles for President Obama’s health law ahead of November’s midterm elections. Republicans have vowed to make the law’s unpopularity a centerpiece of their messaging, while Democrats insist that support for the law will rise as more people begin to receive its benefits.
But polls last week also showed that support for the law has failed to grow, despite the administration hitting their enrollment targets.
The public, though still trusts Democrats more than Republicans on healthcare, according to the survey. Forty-five percent were confident Democratic leaders in Congress would make the right decisions on health policy to 37 percent who trusted the GOP.
But Obama fared better than Congress, with 46 percent saying they had confidence in his ability to manage health policy.
The poll continued to find a sharp partisan divide over ObamaCare, with 88 percent of Republicans disapproving of the law and 10 percent in support.
Three-fourths of Democrats back the health law, to a quarter who oppose it.
Among independents, though, the law was underwater at 57 percent disapproval to 39 percent approval.
Critics of the law highlighted concerns over government involvement in healthcare (80 percent) and fears the law would be too expensive (76 percent) as their top reasons for their disapproval.
Among those backing the law, 86 percent cited its role in expanding coverage for the uninsured and 84 percent mentioned the law’s coverage for those with pre-existing conditions in explaining their support.
The poll was conducted from April 23-27 and has a 2.9 percent margin of error.