Wonder why Republicans in Congress do not know how to proceed with healthcare? This poll shows the political difficulties all sides face. People have a wide range of opinions, many of them contradictory, on healthcare and the Affordable Care Act.
The latest F&M poll shows Pennsylvanians are all over the map in their opinions on the state of healthcare in the country, and the effects of the ACA.
A majority, 60%, of voters only want to see a few minor changes to the ACA. 29% of voters though want to see the ACA repealed in its entirety. Only 9% think is should stay mostly as it currently is.
This contrasts with the majority of voters surveyed, 53%, who said the healthcare system in the United States has so many problems that it needed to be completely rebuilt. 43% said that the system works pretty well and needs minor changes.
Those results contrast with the 49% who said the ACA has made the healthcare system better for most Americans. 41% believe it has made the system worse for people. 6% of voters said the ACA has not changed the healthcare system for most Americans.
Asked about their own families, 51% of voters who said they are the same now as they were before the ACA became law. 19% said they were better off, and 28% said they were worse off.
The wide and sometimes contradictory answers highlights the difficulty that legislators and interest groups across the state and the country have for messaging about the law.
Franklin & Marshall surveyed 816 registered voters from February 15-19. Respondents were contacted by letter and given the choice between phone interview or online interview. The margin of error is plus or minus 5 percent.