NEW YORK (MainStreet) Nearly seven in ten Americans say the Affordable Care Act will play a factor in deciding how they vote in the U.S. House elections this fall, according to a new Bankrate.com report. Of the 68% that say Obamacare will factor into their voting decisions, 32% of Americans say they will be more likely to vote Republican and 26% say they are more likely to vote Democrat.
"Perhaps surprisingly, these results indicate that the messy launch of Obamacare won't be as detrimental for Democrats or as much of a slam-dunk for Republicans in future elections as some analysts previously suggested," said Bankrate.com insurance analyst Doug Whiteman. "It won't be an issue and doesn't motivate them in any one direction."
After the new Congress starts in January 2015, over half of Americans (52%) would like to see them make minor or major changes to the Affordable Care Act. Only 30% of Americans want the new Congress to repeal Obamacare completely, for a total of 82% who want to change the law in some fashion. Only 12% of Americans want to keep the law exactly as it is now.
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