Americans don't like Obamacare, but like what it does

May 14, 2013, 7:39 PM GMT+0

While Americans overall have an increasingly negative attitude to the Affordable Care Act, they still approve of most its provisions

Three years after it passed, the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, is still at the center of a heated debate. With its major provisions slated to begin next year, new research from YouGov Omnibus shows that while Americans have a increasingly negative view of Obamacare overall, they still agree with many of its major provisions.

When asked to compare their views on Obamacare with last year, 41% of Americans said they had a more negative view of Obamacare, while 20% said they had a more positive view.

At the same time, many Americans questioned the basic mechanism behind Obamacare: requiring Americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty. 27% were in favor and 52% opposed it.

Accompanying this were criticisms in other areas too: 55% said it would increase the cost of health care and 51% said it would make health care more bureaucratic.

Yet even while Americans are negative over Obamacare overall, Americans are supportive of many of its key provisions.

Nearly every single provision we asked about was supported by a majority or a near majority of respondents. And this support was nearly unchanged since when we asked about the same provisions last March.

Complete results available for: 2013 and 2012.