Americans Support The Supreme Court's Health Care Decision

06/30/2015 06:14 pm ET | Updated Jul 01, 2015

Americans generally support the Supreme Court's decision last week to preserve a major part of the Affordable Care Act, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll finds, although opinions of the law remain starkly divided along party lines.

Forty-five percent of Americans approve of the ruling, while 36 percent disapprove, with the remainder unsure. Democrats are more than five times more likely than Republicans to cheer the court's decision. Independents are more closely split, with 37 percent approving and 34 percent disapproving.

Opinions of the decision track closely with overall positions on the fate of the ACA: 45 percent want to see the law kept the same or expanded, while 38 percent want to see it repealed altogether. Demand for a repeal has, for the most part, slowly trended downward over the past year and a half.

The Supreme Court's decision on the ACA -- and, the following day, on same-sex marriage -- has cost it significant support among the GOP.

While overall opinions of the court's objectivity remain relatively unchanged since a May poll taken in advance of the decision, Republicans' views of the judicial branch have plummeted. In May, 46 percent of Republicans were at least moderately confident that the justices on the Supreme Court make decisions based on objective interpretations of the law. In the most recent poll, taken immediately after decisions were issued on both the Affordable Care Act and same-sex marriage, just 27 percent said the same. Overall, Democrats are 40 points more likely than Republicans to have a favorable view of the Supreme Court.

There is one point of relative agreement across party lines: a 55 percent majority of Americans say they refer to the health care law as "Obamacare." Democrats, Republicans and independents are more likely to refer to the health law that way than they are to call it "the Affordable Care Act," or any other term. ("SCOTUScare," Justice Antonin Scalia's suggestion, wasn't included as an option.)

The HuffPost/YouGov poll consisted of 1,000 completed interviews conducted June 25-28 among U.S. adults using a sample selected from YouGov's opt-in online panel to match the demographics and other characteristics of the adult U.S. population.

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