Poll: Just 18 Percent Favor Full Repeal Of Health Care Reform

January 19, 2011 10:12 am ET — Matt Finkelstein

As House Republicans march toward a symbolic vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act in its entirety later today, a new Washington Post/ABC poll offers one last reminder that the GOP plan remains unpopular with the American people. While the public is still divided over President Obama's health care law, with many Americans persuaded by conservative misinformation about the law's impact on the deficit and jobs, the poll shows that "just 18 percent favor repealing it entirely as the Republican leadership in Congress seeks."       

The Washington Monthly's Steve Benen points out another significant finding in the poll: "Asked if the country should go in the direction Obama prefers, or the direction Republicans endorse, the president leads the GOP by nine points, 44% to 35%."