Civitas Poll: North Carolinians Split over Court Ruling and Their Health Care Future

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July 2, 2012
CONTACT: Jim Tynen (919) 834-2099

Raleigh, N.C. – The newest Civitas Flash Poll Shows that half of North Carolina adults reject the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the federal takeover of health care, and over three-quarters think the changes will have no effect on their own health care or will make it worse and more expensive.

Fifty percent of voters said they disagreed with the high court’s ruling that almost all of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) was constitutional. Only 35 percent agreed with the decision.

Also, 45 percent said they expected the health care they themselves receive to get worse; 19 percent expected it to get better.

More than half expected their care to get more expensive; only 16 percent thought it would become cheaper.

“Those who think the Supreme Court ruling settles the issue are wrong,” Civitas President Francis X. De Luca said. “Half of North Carolinians disagreed with the justices, and only slightly more than a third agreed.

“Even more striking is how people view their future health care,” he added. “The law was sold as a way of making health care better and more affordable. But fewer than one out of five people believe that and a clear majority thinks it will get more expensive. That alone is a ringing rejection of the law.”

For more information on Civitas polling, see

Full text of questions:

The Supreme Court has ruled that the key provisions of the health care reform law are constitutional. Do you agree with the Supreme Court decision? Disagree with the decision? Or do you not know enough to say?

35% Agree
50% Disagree
15% Not sure

As a result of this Supreme Court ruling, will the health care you personally receive, get better, get worse, or stay the same?

19% Get Better
45% Get Worse
30% Stay About The Same
6% Not Sure

As a result of this Supreme Court ruling, will the health care you personally receive, become more expensive, become less expensive, or stay the same?

53% More Expensive
16% Less Expensive
26% Stay The Same
6% Not Sure

For crosstabs, click here.

About the Poll:

600 adults from the entire state of North Carolina were interviewed by SurveyUSA 06/29/12 through 07/01/12, exclusively for the J.W. Pope Civitas Institute of Raleigh. Of the adults, 558 were identified by SurveyUSA as being registered to vote and were asked about the elections for President and North Carolina governor. Of the adults, 509 were identified by SurveyUSA as following news stories about the Supreme Court decision on health care, and were asked questions about that ruling.

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About Jim Tynen

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This article was posted in Press Releases by Jim Tynen on July 2, 2012 at 12:36 PM.

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