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New poll: More Americans now support 'Obamacare' than oppose it

As the Affordable Care Act open enrollment comes to a close, more people now support President Obama's health care reform than those who oppose it.

"Obamacare" approval is growing as more than 6 million Americans have signed up for private health care plans.
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Though by a slim margin, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, 49 percent of Americans now support "Obamacare," compared to 48 percent who oppose the law. President Obama has made a strong push over the last few months to encourage those who need insurance, to do so through the open enrollment period than ran through March 31. When the same poll was taken in November of 2013, only 40 percent of Americans supported the law, while 57 percent opposed it.

Not surprisingly, the view of the law is strictly based on partisan lines. Support from Democrats have increased 11 points since January, jumping from 65 percent approval to 76 percent. Republicans, on the other hand, continued to hold steady with their staunch opposition. Seventy-eight percent of Republicans continue to oppose the Affordable Care Act.

Two key voting blocks have also been tilting in the direction of Democrats and the Affordable Care Act. The WaPo/ABC poll notes that 57 percent of Hispanics support the law in addition to 52 percent of those between the ages of 18 and 29.

The new poll comes as the administration released that 6 million Americans have enrolled in health care plans via "Obamacare" and the exchange. Questions still remain on how many have actually purchased the plans they have selected and how many didn't receive federal subsidies to do so.

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