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Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 12/13/2010

Public support for components of health care law

The key provision of the health-care reform law struck down today by a federal judge in Virginia is also the one that's the least popular with the public.

The requirement that individuals get health insurance, or face penalties, has long been among the most divisive parts of the legislation, even as it serves as the lynchpin of the entire overhaul. In a post-election poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly seven in 10 said they thought the individual mandate should be repealed. Contrast that to five other pieces of the law that most Americans said should be left alone.

Below is the full breakdown from the Kaiser poll, with splits for those who cast Democratic and Republican ballots in last month's congressional election.

Element                All adults   Voted Dem. Voted GOP 
                      Keep  Repeal  Keep Rep. Keep  Rep.
Tax credits to 
   small businesses     78%   18%    92%  6%   59%  36%
Gradually close Medicare 
   "doughnut hole"      72    22     87   8    50   41
Subsidy assistance to 
   Individuals          71    24     85  12    39   54
Guaranteed issue        71    26     82  16    61   35
Increase Medicare payroll 
   tax on wealthy       54    39     75  20    27   69
Individual mandate      27    68     44  49     9   88

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