Number of the Day: 57 percent

October 10, 2012 | Number of The Day

New Jerseyans are warming up to the idea of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, according the most recent WNYC/Rutgers Eagleton poll, with 57 percent of the state’s residents saying they support the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the law, vs. 37 percent saying they wished it had been struck down. The divergence pretty much broke down along party lines, with Democrats and Independents saying they supported the law (78 percent and 56 percent) and Republicans saying they wished it had been struck down (74 percent).

Surprisingly, the greater the income, the more likely the respondent was to support the new law, with 63 percent of those earning $150,000 and above said they backed it, while only 50 percent of those who earned less than $50,000 were in favor.

New Jerseyans also support Medicare as it currently stands (69 percent vs. 25 percent), rather than changing it in any way, such as to a voucher system. Medicaid expansion is also supported by the state’s residents 57 percent vs. 35 percent, and when told that the federal government would pay 90 percent of the expansion under the ACA, the support is even greater.