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Times/Herald/Bay News 9 poll: Floridians still oppose health care law



A majority of Florida voters oppose the national health care law and half want it repealed, a new Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald/Bay News 9 poll shows two weeks after President Barack Obama's signature achievement was largely upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Only 43 percent of voters statewide support the Affordable Care Act and 52 percent oppose it, with 5 percent undecided. With the exception of southeast Florida, more voters think the law will make the health care system worse.

More voters also favor the state opting out of provisions of the law, something Gov. Rick Scott has already said it would do.

And 50 percent want to see Republicans follow through on their vow to repeal the law, with 43 percent saying it should remain.

In perhaps the most worrisome sign for Obama and Democrats, only 39 percent of voters 65 years or older support the law. Seniors make up about 30 percent of the overall state's electorate.

"Florida voters didn't like it a year ago, two years ago, (and) they still don't like it," said pollster Brad Coker. "There's nothing there to that suggests health care is a winner for Obama's people."

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[Last modified: Thursday, July 12, 2012 4:06pm]


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