With several polls now to draw on, it appears the Supreme Court ruling the Affordable Care Act constitutional has slightly improved its standing with the American people. The law now has more support than it did right before the decision was announced.
The Washington Post-ABC News poll shows the largest jump in support for the law following the Supreme Court decision. The poll from early this week found the country equally divided, with 47 percent in support and 47 percent opposed to it. This was a big jump from the April poll that found only 39 percent in support and 53 percent opposed.
The Kaiser Family Foundation poll from late June also found the country completely divided after the ruling, with 41 percent holding a favorable and 41 percent hold an unfavorable opinion of the law. This was technically an improvement from their May poll, which found 37 percent favorable to 44 percent unfavorable. Although the May poll could have been a fluke given that that their polling for February, March and April all had support equally divided.
According to the Quinnipiac poll out today, support for repeal has dropped modestly. Currently only 49 percent want Congress to repeal the law while 43 percent want it left in place. In April, 51 percent wanted Congress to repeal the law and just 38 percent wanted the law to stand.
Less unpopular, though, is not the same as popular. At best, the polling shows the country is evenly divided on the law; and when given the binary choice of keeping the whole law or repealing it, a plurality choose repeal. In addition, the the new Quinnipiac poll and a CNN/ORC poll from early this month show 51 percent want the whole law repealed compared to 47 percent who want to keep it.