Democrats' health care approach gets higher marks in new poll

McClatchy Washington BureauApril 16, 2014 

Democrats are gaining the health care war.

A new Reuters/Ipsos poll found about one-third of those responding said they prefer the Democrats' approach to health care. Republicans polled 18 percent.

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"In the last couple of weeks, as the exchanges hit their goals, news coverage has been more positive and the support of the Democratic Party on this issue has rebounded,"  Ipsos pollster Chris Jackson told Reuters.

"It's not that independents are moving their way, it's that Democrats who had previously been a little bit ambivalent in their support are coming back to the party."

Republicans have been relentless in criticizing the Affordable Care Act, and expect the opposition to help them in November's elections.

Jackson, though, told Reuters, "Democrats have not managed to have a huge lead over Republicans so much as Republicans have managed to damage their own position and stay behind Democrats...That's because people don't view the Republican Party as standing for any particular healthcare system."

Ipsos surveyed 799 people online from April 6 to 15. Reuters said the poll had a credibility interval - a measure of precision - of 4 percentage points.

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