A week after President Barack Obama's reelection, opposition to one of his signature first term accomplishments has reached a low ebb, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation Poll released Tuesday.
Just a third of Americans said they'd like to see the Affordable Care Act repealed -- the lowest percentage that Kaiser has measured and down from 40 percent in a pre-election survey, as ThinkProgress notes. Support for keeping or expanding the bill remained steady at 49 percent, while the percentage of those who weren't sure about the law ticked up to 18 percent.
Declining enthusiasm about a repeal might signal resignation, rather than any major change of opinions on the law itself. In the latest poll, 43 percent of Americans had a favorable opinion of the ACA, and 39 percent an unfavorable one -- not all that different from the 46-to-40 split in opinion a month after the law's passage in 2010.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) called Obamacare "the law of the land" last Thursday, before quickly seeking to clarify that he still favored repealing it.
Although health care has been hotly debated, it wasn't the foremost election issue for backers of either Obama or GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Kaiser found. Only 16 percent of Obama's supporters and 13 percent of Romney's supporters cited health care as the top factor in their choice for president, with the economy and the candidates' records seen as significantly more important.
Voters who did put health care first voted heavily for Obama -- by a 3-to-1 margin, according to national exit poll results, and by 14 points in Kaiser's November survey. Those specifically concerned about Medicare or women's health also favored Obama, while those who said the ACA was a "major factor" in their vote narrowly preferred Romney.
The Kaiser Health Tracking Poll surveyed 1,223 adults by phone between Nov. 7 and Nov. 10, with a 3 percent margin of error.