By Johnny Kampis | Missouri Watchdog
As Americans wait to hear if the Supreme Court will strike down all or parts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a study by two Missouri University economics professors finds that the legislation widely known as Obamacare does not garner much nationwide support.
Jeff Milyo and Lilliard Richardson surveyed 1,000 Americans last fall and discovered that most respondents disapproved of the health care reform, anticipate the Court will strike down at least part of the law and hope the Court will eliminate the law completely. The professors released the study, which has a margin of error of 4 percentage points, last week.
Milyo told Missouri Watchdog Friday that what most surprised him about the results was the lack of conviction for the reform from Democrats.
“They tend to support it, but not as strongly as you might expect,” he said.
An overwhelming number of Republicans dislike the act, with more than 80 percent of those polled disapproving it. On the flip side, less than half – 49 percent – of Democrats surveyed said approve of the plan.
Fifty-eight percent of respondents expect the Supreme Court to strike down all or part of the law, while 50 percent said the court should strike down all or part of the law. Thirty percent said the act should be eliminated in total.
Milyo wouldn’t tip his hand on which way he expects the judges to rule.
“I’m not placing any bets,” he said, but added, “The results of the Supreme Court’s decision are likely to have serious repercussions on the presidential election.”