Gallup: 72% of All Americans and 56% of Democrats Say Obamacare Mandate Unconstitutional

By Terence P. Jeffrey | February 27, 2012 | 10:53am EST

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and President Barack Obama at the White House on Feb. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

( Seventy-two percent of American adults and 56 percent of self-professed Democrats say that the provision in the health-care law signed by President Barack Obama that requires individuals to purchase health insurance or pay a fine is unconstitutional, says the Gallup Poll.

In March, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear cases challenging the constitutionality of the mandate.

Among Republicans, according to the poll, 94 percent say the mandate is unconstitutional and 6 percent say it constitutional. Among Independents, 70 percent say it is unconstitutional and 21 percent say it is constitutional. In contrast to the 56 percent of Democrats who say the mandate is unconstitutional, only 37 percent say it is constitutional.

Gallup also asked survey respondents whether they strongly favor, favor, oppose or strongly oppose repealing the health-care law if a Republican president is elected this fall. A plurality of 47 percent favored repealing the law, including 26 percent who said they strongly favored repeal and 21 percent who said they favor it. Forty-four percent said they oppose repealing the law, including 20 percent who said they strongly favor repeal and 24 percent you said they favor it.

Among Republicans, 87 percent said they favor repealing the health-care law, including 56 percent who said they strongly favor repeal and 31 percent who said they favor it. Among Democrats, 77 percent said they oppose repeal, including 39 percent who said the strongly oppose repeal and 38 percent who said the oppose it.

Gallup also asked the survey respondents if they believed that the health-care law in the long-run make their family's health-care situation better, not much different or worse. Seventy-two percent said it would not make much difference (34 percent) or make things worse (38 percent).

Only 24 percent told Gallup they thought the health-care law would make their family's health-care situation better.

The survey polled 1,040 American adults Feb. 20-21

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