July 18, 2012
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NPR NEWS PUBLIC OPINION POLL SHOWS MIXED RESPONSE TO SCOTUS AFFORDABLE CARE ACT RULING;
51 PERCENT OF AMERICANS READY TO MOVE ON

POLL HIGHLIGHTING 12 BATTLEGROUND STATES
ALSO FINDS VIRTUAL TIE BETWEEN OBAMA AND ROMNEY

The initial findings of an NPR News national public opinion poll taken with an over-sample in 12 battleground states indicate a mixed response to President Obama's Affordable Care Act (ACA). While 48 percent of respondents disapprove of the legislation, a similar plurality of respondents (47 percent) approves of the Supreme Court's decision upholding the law. Most (58 percent) said the Court's decision had no bearing on their opinion of the ACA, but one in five (21 percent) felt that the Court's ruling made them more likely to support the law. A slight majority (51 percent) thinks that it is time to move on to other legislation now that the Court has spoken. However, a clear majority (60 percent) believes that the country is on the wrong track.

This evening, the "It's All Politics" blog will feature top-line findings of the NPR News poll and the full results will be available on Thursday. Correspondent Mara Liasson will provide further analysis tomorrow on Morning Edition.

Among the findings:

· A slight plurality (49 percent) approve of how Obama has been handling his job as President. However, only 26 percent "strongly approve," while 36 percent "strongly disapprove."

· If the election were held last week, it would have resulted in a statistical tie: 47 percent say they would vote for President Obama, while 45 percent would vote for Mitt Romney.

· Although Congress' approval number has improved since the beginning of the year, 74 percent still disapprove of how Congress is handling its job.

For the NPR Poll, Democrat Stan Greenberg and Republican Whit Ayres surveyed likely voters nationwide with an over-sampling in 12 battleground states considered crucial to the outcome of this election: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. This is the first NPR News poll focused on the 2012 general election season, and was taken shortly after the Supreme Court's ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act.

NPR News is providing extensive coverage of the 2012 presidential election across all of its programs and at NPR.org, exploring the issues, candidates, polling and policies from locations across America. All coverage and resources are aggregated at Election 2012: from the "The Swing State Project", examining whether national politics has shaped the political climates of swing states important to this election, to a specific "Money & Politics" page exploring the extent in which money influences elections and policy.