by David N. Bass
Contributor, Carolina Journal
A poll conducted by Elon University in late April found that, two years after the passage of Obamacare, 46 percent of North Carolinians believe “it was a bad thing for Congress to pass the law,” compared to 38 percent who say it was a good thing and 9 percent who aren’t sure:
Nearly the same percentage – 45 percent – believes that when all the provisions go into effect, the law will make the health care situation worse. Thirty-four percent said the law would make the situation better.
“The interesting thing about these results is that North Carolinians are evenly split on whether they think it is the responsibility of the federal government to ensure that everyone has health care coverage,” said John Robinson, director of communications for the Elon University Poll. “That suggests that it is the Affordable Care Act itself that many of them object to, not the idea of coverage.”
As with other Elon polls, a big caveat is that the university surveyed all North Carolinians, not just registered or likely voters.
The poll also found that 44 percent of respondents believe that gun-control laws in North Carolina should remain as they are, while 33 percent said they should be stricter. Fifteen percent said the laws should be less strict.
Fifty-four percent would oppose a law banning cell-phone use while driving, even when using a hands-free device; 43 percent would support it.