More than half of respondents continue to expect higher health care bills as a result of the new legislation.

Americans remain skeptical in their assessment of the health care legislation signed into law by U.S. President Barack Obama earlier this year, with a large proportion of Republican Party supporters expecting a decrease in the quality of medical services, a new Angus Reid Public Opinion poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative national sample of 1,000 American adults, 38 per cent of respondents (-1 since June) say they are satisfied with the signing of the new health care legislation into law, while 46 per cent (+4) are dissatisfied.

The level of strong dissatisfaction with the health care legislation stands at 29 per cent, while only nine per cent of Americans are “very satisfied” with the changes. Three-in-four Republicans (75%) and more than half of Independents (52%) are dissatisfied with the health care legislation, while three-in-five Democrats (62%) are satisfied.

There has been little fluctuation since June on one question, with 57 per cent of respondents expecting the cost of health care to increase, 19 per cent thinking it will remain the same, and 11 per cent foreseeing a decrease. Majorities of Republicans (73%) and Independents (62%) expect to face higher costs, along with 44 per cent of Democrats (-2 since June, but markedly higher than in March, right after the law was introduced).

The notion that the legislation would lead to better health care is gradually losing support. One-in-five Americans (20%, -4 since March) think the quality of health care will improve, 23 per cent expect it to stay the same, and 42 per cent believe it will worsen. Once again, Republicans (73%) and Independents (47%) provide a gloomier forecast than Democrats (21%).

Analysis

With the Congressional election just two months away, most Americans are unconvinced about the health care legislation. Republicans continue to vehemently oppose the move, few Independents expect the new law to make things better, and the endorsement from Democrats is no longer pervasive.

Dissatisfaction with the new law is slowly creeping closer to the 50 per cent mark at the national level, but the main concern for a large proportion of Americans is still financial. For the past six months, at least half of Americans have expected to pay more for medical services.

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Methodology: From September 1 to September 2, 2010, Angus Reid Public Opinion conducted an online survey among 1,000 American adults who are Springboard America panelists. The margin of error—which measures sampling variability—is +/- 3.1%. The results have been statistically weighted according to the most current education, age, gender and region Census data to ensure a sample representative of the entire adult population of the United States.