Majority of Floridians in favor of Obamacare

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A new survey has found overwhelming response for either keeping Affordable Care Act (commonly referred to as Obamacare) or expanding it in the state of Florida.

The survey by Florida Atlantic University Business and Economics Polling Initiative (FAU BEPI) found a massive support for Obamacare while nearly 75 per cent of Floridians being concerned about possible loss of health insurance if the law is repealed by the Trump administration.

The survey asked Floridians about their view on the Affordable Care Act. 46 per cent of respondents said they were in favor of the healthcare law, while 39 per cent responded against it. 39 per cent respondents wanted to see the healthcare law expand and 14 per cent want to keep it as is, but 18 per cent called for repeal of the law while 29 per cent wanted the law to be replaced with another one. 73 per cent of respondents were concerned that people would lose their health insurance if Obamacare were repealed.

Respondents were also asked whether it was the government’s job to ensure that all Americans have healthcare coverage and to this question, 64 per cent replied affirmatively while 19 per cent disagreed.

The survey also asked respondents about their views on the six healthcare proposals put forth by Republican lawmakers. Only one of the proposals garnered net positive support with 43 per cent approving and 29 percent opposing.

“It is evident that Floridians oppose the new healthcare proposals,” said Monica Escaleras, Ph.D., director of the BEPI. “These proposals are perceived to be hurting low-income and older people, while benefiting those with incomes higher that $250,000.”

U.S. President Donald Trump’s approval rating among respondents was 36 percent.

The online survey, which polled 500 Florida residents from March 10-13, was administered through Survey Sampling International (SSI), a Worldwide Leader in Survey Sampling and Data Collections. The survey has a margin of error of +/- 4.3 percentage points. Responses for the entire sample were weighted to reflect the statewide distribution of the Florida population by gender, race/ethnicity, region, education and age according to latest American Community Survey data.