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Poll: Health reform influenced decision of seven in 10 voters

By KHI NEWS SERVICE | November 13, 2012


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The Affordable Care Act was a major factor in determining which presidential candidate a majority of Americans supported, according to poll results released today.

The Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that the controversial health reform law influenced the presidential ballots cast by seven in 10 voters. And those voters were almost equally split — 47 percent supported Republican Mitt Romney and 46 percent voted for Democrat Barack Obama.

“These findings suggest that on election day the controversial law motivated friends and foes of the law in equal measure despite months of pre-election polling suggesting that the greater intensity of feeling was on the side of opponents of the ACA,” Kaiser’s pollsters said in the report.

The post-election survey found that the percentage of American voters who want to see the ACA repealed dropped to a new low of 33 percent.

Seven in 10 voters also reported that Medicare was a major factor in their election-day choices. Obama carried the day with those voters, with 50 percent supporting him and 41 percent supporting Romney.

Woman who said birth control and abortion were major concerns supported Obama over Romney 65 percent to 30 percent.

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