POLL: 60 percent in North Dakota oppose ObamacareSixty percent of North Dakotans who responded to a recent Forum Communica-tions poll said they’re opposed to the health care law commonly known as Obamacare.
By: Mike Nowatzki, Forum Communications
FARGO — Sixty percent of North Dakotans who responded to a recent Forum Communica-tions poll said they’re opposed to the health care law commonly known as Obamacare, which explains why Republicans are trying so hard to link the law to Democratic U.S. Senate can-didate Heidi Heitkamp.
The Essman/Research random poll of 500 likely voters asked: “Do you support or oppose the health care plan, the Affordable Care Act, passed by Congress and signed into law by Presi-dent Obama?”
The word “Obamacare“ — a term originally coined by opponents of the plan — was used by the pollster only if the respondent said they didn’t know what he or she was talking about.
Thirty-two percent of those polled said they support Obamacare, and 8 percent were unde-cided.
Opposition to the law was nearly unanimous among those who identified themselves as Republicans, with 93 percent saying they oppose it and only 4 percent saying they support it.
Likewise, a strong majority of Democrats — 87 percent — said they support the law, while 10 percent oppose it.
Among those who identified themselves as independents, 56 percent said they oppose the law and 32 percent said they support it. Twelve percent said they were either undecided or didn’t know enough about the law to take a stance on it.
The phone survey was conducted Oct. 12-15 and had a margin of error of 4.4 percent. The poll sample skewed toward independents (42.2 percent) and Republicans (34.8 percent).