Last week, the Supreme Court of the United States began a round of deliberations that have been hotly anticipated and speculated about for the past two years: “ObamaCare,” more formally known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA), was given an unusual six-hour time slot to be tried and argued before the Court. There are two mandates under review—the first questions the constitutionality of expanding eligibility for Medicaid benefits. The second addresses the requirement that every legal resident in the United States obtain healthcare coverage by 2014.
The topic is polarizing one and has led to great deal of national debate. In an attempt to better understand the public’s opinions about the Supreme Court’s deliberations, we used SurveyMonkey Audience to get feedback from nearly 800 Americans to address the following questions:
- Are people aware of the Supreme Court’s review?
- What are people’s opinions of the review?
- In their own words, what do individuals think about the review?
For the 79% of respondents who reported any degree of familiarity with PPACA, 49.2% favored the act, and 35% opposed it. Furthermore, 63.2% of respondents were aware that parts of the act were under review by the SCOTUS. When asking for their opinions on the Supreme Court review itself, 39.6% favored a review while 22.8% opposed it.
We used our cross-tabulation feature to compare respondents who expressed opposition to the act versus those who support it. Cross-tabulation revealed that, of those who reported opposition to the PPACA, 74% favored the review of the act by the Supreme Court, with a whopping 59.3% indicating they were ‘strongly’ in favor of the review.
In contrast, we found less conviction with those who favored the PPACA. 40% reported that they opposed the review, and of those respondents, 19.2% ‘strongly’ opposed the review. Surprisingly, most respondents in favor of the PPACA, 27%, reported neither favoring nor opposing a review.
Finally, respondents were given the opportunity to briefly share their opinion of PPACA. Using text analysis to filter out the most commonly occurring nondescript terms, such as healthcare, government, insurance, act, and plan, we found that the most commonly used word was “unconstitutional.” Other sentiments included statements like single payer, pre-existing conditions, step in the right direction, and good idea.
So, what are your thoughts on these results? What are your thoughts on the PPACA? Are there other current events you’d like us to gather the public’s opinion on? Let us know in the comments section below.