On Supreme Court ruling, no majority of Americans celebrating either way


A Pew survey asked respondents earlier this month how they would feel about different Supreme Court rulings.


Pew Research Center

News organizations are scrambling like mad to report on a big story out of America this morning: The Supreme Court has upheld the core of Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

And yet, many Americans had already made up their minds about the controversial law.

Fewer than half of Americans would have been happy with a court ruling either for or against the health care legislation, according to a poll by Pew Research Center conducted this month. To be expected, public opinion ran along partisan lines — happy Democrats, unhappy Republicans.

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Ahead of the court ruling, Pew said:

"Overall, more continue to disapprove (48 percent) than approve (43 percent) of the 2010 health care bill. That is little changed from April (41 percent approve vs. 49 percent disapprove). Half (50 percent) of the law’s opponents, and roughly the same share of its supporters (54 percent), say they would be unhappy if the court throws out the individual mandate but upholds the rest of the law."