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Obamacare Support Is At An All-Time High

About 54 percent of the 1,503 people surveyed said they approve of the health care law while 43 percent disapprove

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Feb 24, 2017 at 1:41 PM ET

As the Trump administration and Congress take steps to repeal the Affordable Care Act, more Americans than ever are starting to disagree that the ACA is truly the disaster Donald Trump claims it is.

“Let it implode completely,” Trump said about Obamacare on Friday in his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Pew Research released the results of a survey on Thursday that showed that support the 2010 health care law passed by former President Barack Obama and Congress has reached a record high. About 54 percent of the 1,503 people surveyed said they approve of the health care law while 43 percent disapprove. Researchers from the PEW Research Center conducted the survey from February 7 to 12.

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This is the first time more people support the ACA than oppose it, and these findings show public support for the health care law is escalating quickly. As recently as December, approval was divided nearly down the middle, with 48 for the law and 47 percent against it. Since 2010, approval has hovered between 35 and 48 percent, with the lowest approval in 2011.

As expected, the majority of approval comes from Democrats, with 85 percent approving the law. However, this number has increased significantly since December, when approval was 73 percent. While only 10 percent of Republicans support the health care law, 42 percent think GOP congressional leaders should modify the law and 44 percent want to repeal it.