5 charts that explain the politics of Obamacare

March 31, 2014

Today is the enrollment deadline for Obamacare. (Sort of.)


An Affordable Care Act application and enrollment help sign stands outside a Westside Family Healthcare center in Bear, Delaware, U.S., on Thursday, March 27, 2014. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Here are our five favorite charts that tell the long political story of the law.

1. Opposition to the law has long outstripped support for it -- although since January opposition has been declining while support is on the rise. (A new Washington Post/ABC News poll released today showed 49 percent approving of the law with 48 percent disapproving.)


Image courtesy of Kaiser

2. Political partisans have made their minds up long ago about the law.  And, nothing changes that view.


3. People like the specifics of the law. But they don't know much about them. The one exception to that rule is on the individual mandate where most people (78 percent) know it's in the law and just 35 percent have a favorable view of it.


4. The ranks of the uninsured are shrinking.  This, in theory, bolsters the argument made by President Obama and other Democratic partisans that the law is bringing new, previously uninsured people into the system as opposed to simply forcing people already with insurance to swap plans.

Image courtesy of Gallup
Image courtesy of Gallup

5. There's a big difference between not liking the law and wanting it ended.  While just eight percent of self-identified Republicans approve of the law, 40 percent of GOPers think elected officials should try to make it work as well as possible.

Image courtesy of Pew
Image courtesy of Pew
Chris Cillizza writes “The Fix,” a politics blog for the Washington Post. He also covers the White House.
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