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April 9, 2014

Almost half of New Jerseyans have an unfavorable opinion of the Affordable Care Act (49 percent), a bit more than those who have a favorable opinion (45 percent), according to a recent Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press Poll.

Nevertheless, the new healthcare law is growing in popularity among Garden State residents; the same poll found only 40 percent of New Jersey residents were positive about the law in December and 50 percent were negative.

What’s more, most residents want to either keep the law as is (7 percent) or to keep it and work to improve it (60 percent). Only 28 percent want it repealed.

Residents are also divided on whether the public should stop debating the law and move on to something else. When asked, 52 percent of respondents said the public should start focusing on other issues and 45 percent said the healthcare debate should continue. That opinion seemed to be generally held regardless of party: even 45 percent of Democrats want to continue the debate. Independents (54 percent), those older than 55 (58 percent), and blacks (57 percent) seem to be most interested in changing the topic.

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