Just over 50 percent of Americans disapprove of the Affordable Care Act, according to a Gallup poll released Thursday.
Among people surveyed in the poll, 51 percent said they disapproved of the law, while 44 percent said they approved of it. It’s a slight increase in disapproval of the law since the spring, when a Gallup poll found 49 percent of people disapproved of the law and 47 percent of people approved of it. Overall, Gallup polls have found people have been more pessimistic than optimistic about the law for the past three years.
The poll was conducted Aug. 30-31, after health insurer Aetna announced it would withdraw from offering plans on the exchanges in nearly a dozen states next year.
The percentage of people who reported the health care law had hurt themselves and their family grew to a new high of 29 percent, compared to 26 percent of people polled in May. A slight majority of people (51 percent) reported that the law has had no effect on them or their families. Another 18 percent said the law had helped them and their family, down from 22 percent in May.
However, Republicans are more likely to say the law hurt them or the families. Of people who said the law hurt them or their family, 46 percent were Republicans and 9 percent were Democrats.
People are also split over the law’s long-term effects: 37 percent say they don’t think the law will make much difference to their family’s long term health care situation, and 36 percent say they expect it to make the situation worse. Another 24 percent say they expect the law to make their health care situation better in the long term.