What Americans think about Obamacare — in 7 charts

September 30, 2013

Obamacare is front and center Monday, a day before the health-care marketplaces will begin enrolling individuals and as the law sits at the center of a standoff on Capitol Hill over a stopgap spending bill that could produce a government shutdown.

A lot of new polling data on Obamacare have been released in recent days. We've sifted through the numbers, on the lookout for the most interesting bits. Below is what stood out.

Overall, views of the law have held pretty steady throughout 2013, with more Americans holding an unfavorable than favorable view of it, according to a Kaiser Health Tracking poll released Saturday.

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The poll also found that most who oppose the law want to see the fight against it continue.

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According to a Kaiser Family Foundation/NBC survey released Monday, there is more anger than enthusiasm about the law. But most said that neither anger nor enthusiasm describe the way they feel.

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The poll also shows nearly half of Americans say they are are confused about the law.

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There is, unsurprisingly, a stark partisan divide when it comes to the law. Here's what NBC News' Tracy Connor wrote about the findings:

While just a quarter of Democrats say they are worried about it, three-fourths of Republicans fret. More than half of Republicans say they're angry, with numbers even higher among Tea Party members; only 12 percent of Democrats say they feel the same.

Not even half of Democrats — 44 percent — describe themselves as enthusiastic about Obamacare. But compare that to the Republicans: a mere 5 percent. Even among Independents, enthusiasm is scarce at 18 percent.

Gallup found that a clear majority of uninsured Americans (65 percent) will sign up for health insurance by the beginning of next year rather than pay a fine as mandated by the law. About half say they plan to get coverage through the exchanges.

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Gallup also found that most Americans are aware of the individual mandate.

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At the same time, most are not familiar with the exchanges.

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Sean Sullivan covers national politics for “The Fix.”
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