By Elise Viebeck - 06/12/14 01:58 PM EDT
A majority of people oppose President Obama's healthcare law, but only 1 in 3 believes Congress should take it off the books, according to a new poll from Bloomberg News.
The findings highlight Americans' contradictory opinions about ObamaCare.
The law remains unpopular as the midterm election cycle heats up, posing a challenge to some red-state Democrats.
But only a plurality of adults, 42 percent, oppose it because they feel it went too far, and polling on individual parts of the law shows that nearly all have support from a majority of the public.
Sixty-five percent believe that insurance companies should be prohibited from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions, while 55 percent believe in eliminating lifetime caps on how much insurers can pay for medical care.
Only the individual mandate — the rule that everyone must carry health insurance — garnered opposition from a majority, 52 percent. Forty-six percent expressed support for the mandate.
The survey was conducted June 6-9 of 1,0005 adults and has a margin of error of 3.1 percentages points.
Respondents were evenly split when asked whether a candidate's support for the healthcare law would make them more or less likely to vote for him or her.
Thirty-nine percent said they would be less likely to back someone who wants to keep the healthcare law, while 38 percent said they would be more likely to support that candidate.
A strong majority, 60 percent, said they had experienced no real change since ObamaCare took effect on Jan. 1.