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Bashing Obamacare no guaranteed vote-getter in Florida, poll shows

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Bashing Obamacare might not be the same vote getter it was in past Florida elections, according to a poll put out Tuesday by Public Policy Polling.

The poll found 42 percent of voters support and 41 percent oppose the Affordable Care Act. While not a ringing endorsement of the controversial health care law, the numbers are a far cry from early unpopularity.

“Obamacare is not a political liability for Democrats anymore,” PPP President Dean Debnam. “Voters are pretty evenly divided on it nationally and in key states like Florida so at this point it’s really a wash.”

The tight split went across all age groups and was similarly close among both men and women, with males disapproving of the law 45-to-43.

Democrats are still the most likely to support the Affordable Care Act, with 68 percent in favor compared to just 16 percent support from Republicans. Independents were split 47-to-31 in favor of Obamacare, with 22 percent unsure.

The PPP poll sampled 1,012 Florida voters, with 464 identified as likely Republican primary voters and 388 identified as likely Democratic primary voters. The poll has a margin of error of 4.6 percent among Republicans and 5 percent among Democrats.

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for SaintPetersBlog and While at the University of Florida, Wilson was an editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and after graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to cover business deals for The Hollywood Reporter. Before joining Extensive Enterprises, Wilson covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools.

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