The SCOTUS Ruling Thursday and Public Opinion

… One of our most important conclusions from our recent editors’ review of public opinion data on the ACA was this: “Views of the Healthcare Law Highly Polarized by Party.” As noted in our review, 71% of Democrats say it was a good thing that the law passed, while 81% of Republicans said it was a bad thing. The law is highly identified with Obama and the Democrats, while Republicans (and Mitt Romney) have been highly critical. Hence, our first assumption is that Democrats across the country will hail the ruling, while Republicans will either criticize the ruling or, more probably, just go back to their more general criticism of the law itself. [cont.]

Frank Newport, Gallup