New Poll Reveals Broad Opposition to Health Care Law

More than two-thirds of Americans hope the Supreme Court will overturn some or all of the 2010 health care law, according to a new poll conducted by The New York Times and CBS News.  Just 24 percent said they hoped the court “would keep the entire health care law in place.”

The poll reinforces findings from IFA’s 2012 Member Survey, in which franchisees listed health care as their top economic concern. Concerns about health care mandates and regulation dimmed the business outlook for franchisees — the industry’s major employers — just 22 percent said they expect the economy to be “better” in 2012, compared to 47 percent one year ago.

In the CBS News/New York Times poll, there was greater Republican opposition to the law than Democratic support. About two-thirds of Republicans in the recent survey said the entire law should be overturned, while 43 percent of Democrats said all of the law should be upheld.

In a key finding, more than 70 percent of independent voters said they wanted to see some or all of the law struck down, with a majority saying they hoped to see the whole law overturned. Twenty-two percent of independents said they hoped the entire law would survive.

The Supreme Court is expected to decide on a challenge to the law by the end of this month.