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October 3, 2013

New Kansas poll: More oppose Obamacare than back it

But Kansans nearly split when asked if it’s worth it to shut down the government over health care

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A new SurveyUSA poll

with some suspect sample sizes finds that more Kansans oppose President Obama’s health care system than favor it.

Some 38 percent of Kansans said they support Obamacare compared to 44 percent who oppose it,

the poll found

. The remainder said they didn’t know enough about the law.

Those findings are not a big surprise.

The telephone survey of 500 Kansans was taken on Monday. About 32 percent of respondents identified themselves as Republican, 30 percent as Democrats and 35 percent as independents.

On election day last November, voter registration totals had Republicans at nearly 45 percent and Democrats at 25 percent.

That suggests the poll results skew toward favoring the health insurance law.

Asked if it was worth shutting down the government to delay for one year the start of Obamacare, 45 percent said it was worth it to 43 percent who said it was not.

When asked who would be most responsible for the shutdown, which began the next day, 46 percent said Obama while 41 percent said Republicans in Congress. Eleven percent said "both" while 2 percent were not sure.

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