We are now two months into the coverage expansion of the Affordable Care Act and opinions about the law remain stubbornly unmoved. The latest Kaiser tracking poll finds 47 percent have an unfavorable view of the law while only 35 percent view it positively. This is technically a very small improvement from January but within the normal static. From Kaiser:
More direct experience with the law doesn’t appear to have much of an overall impact. While the number of people who say they have been positively impacted by the law has increase slightly to 17 percent, the number of people who say they have been negatively affected has edged up slightly to 29 percent.
There is little indication the law is going to get popular any time soon, so it will likely be a thorn in the side for Democrats in 2014.
The only real silver lining for Democrats is that even though Americans don’t like the law they don’t support repeal either. Only 31 percent want to see the law repealed. A plurality, 48 percent, want to law to stay but with major fixes.