A majority of Americans want to keep the Affordable Care Act or expand it.

This is always the kicker for me every month I get the Kaiser Health Tracking Poll in my email. For the rest of the month I keep an ear out for pundits, reporters, etc to always refer to the sentiments in this graph:

A slight majority (this has always been the case since December of 2010) find the ACA “unfavorable.” This is often translated as a blanket statement, such as “A majority of the American people don’t want the law.” What’s almost never referred to, that I’ve noticed at least, is that a segment of that “unfavorable” want(ed) an expansion of the health care reform law:

It is a slight majority that wants to keep or expand the ACA, but those supporting repeal have never represented a majority.

So how does that break down along partisan lines?

I question who the 20 percent of Republicans are that want to keep or expand the law and where are they? Anyway, for repeal proponents this has to be a tough picture: a majority of Democrats and Independents do not favor repeal.

Of course that being said there is still a significant partisan divide over the law:

The ACA has been incredibly politically polarizing, period.

Another, final, facet of opinion towards the law is that when it’s all said and done more people think the country will be better off with it than without:

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