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June 18, 2012

Pew: General public likely to be unhappy with court health ruling

The general public probably won't like the Supreme Court’s ruling on the 2010 federal health care law, no matter what the outcome, according to a new Pew Research Center poll.

"Whether the Court rules to uphold the entire law, overturn the entire law, or reject the individual mandate while allowing the rest of the law to remain in place, fewer than half of Americans say they would be happy with the decision," according to a poll analysis.

The survey of 2,013 people was conducted June 7 to 17.

Not surprisingly, most Democrats would be pleased if the law is upheld, while most Republicans would be happy if it is not.

"But the other widely discussed possibility – that the court could reject the part of the law that requires individuals to have health insurance while keeping the rest – does not satisfy either side," the analysis said.

35 percent of Democrats would be pleased this outcome, while 56 percent would not. Among Republicans, who have opposed the mandate, 43 percent would be pleased if the court voids only that provision, while 47 percent would be unhappy.

Half of independents would be pleased if the law is overturned, while 35 percent would feel that way if the whole law is upheld.



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