Californians back Obamacare 2-1

Support for Obamacare remains at record levels in California, a new poll finds. More than half of those surveyed said they feared losing health coverage in the current political climate.

Supporters of the Affordable Care Act outnumber opponents in California by a greater than 2-1 margin — 65 percent to 26 percent.

Pollsters, working on behalf of the California Health Care Foundation, asked Californians if they were worried that they or a family member might lose health-care coverage due to efforts by the Trump administration. A 56 percent majority said yes, with 39 percent “very worried” and 17 percent “somewhat worried.”

Among lower-income residents, 77 percent were worried about losing coverage. Latinos and African Americans were somewhat more likely to be fearful than whites and Asian Americans.

The poll found record levels of support for the Affordable Care Act. “Public support for the ACA spans all major regional and demographic subgroups of the state,” the pollsters said.

About 7 in 10 Latinos backed the health-care law, while 6 in 10 white non-Hispanics said the same.

“Opinions about the law, however, remain highly partisan,” the pollsters said. Democrats were highly supportive (88 percent) while only 22 percent of Republicans agreed.

Overall, 88 percent of those surveyed said Medi-Cal was important to the state.

The telephone survey was conducted by the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Pollsters talked with 1,628 Californians, using six languages and dialects. Margin of error was plus or minus 2.4 percent.

The non-profit California Health Care Foundation “is dedicated to advancing meaningful, measurable improvements in the way the health care delivery system provides care to the people of California.”

Read the Berkeley IGS Poll on the Affordable Care Act (pdf).

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