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PPACA: The Court of Public Opinion

Pollsters wonder how reactions to the PPACA decision will affect the fall elections. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
Pollsters wonder how reactions to the PPACA decision will affect the fall elections. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

Polling firms are coming up with conflicting assessments of how the U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA) might affect the fall elections.

Analysts at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Menlo Park, Calif., says opinion seems to be divided along party lines, with poll participants who identify themselves as pure independents -- independents who not lean either toward the Democrats or toward the Republicans -- equally likely to say they approve of the ruling or disapprove of the ruling.

The Democrats Kaiser polled were about as likely to say express enthusiasm about the ruling as the Republicans were to express anger.

The percentage of participants who said they had a favorable view of PPACA increased to 41%, from 37% in May, and the percentage who said they had an unfavorable view of the law fell to 41%, from 44%. 

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