For the first time, more Americans say 2010 health care law has had a positive than negative impact on U.S.

Today, more Americans say the 2010 health care overhaul has had a mostly positive than mostly negative effect on the country (44% versus 35%), while 14% say it has not had much effect.

Overall support for the health care law also has grown since last year. Currently, 56% of the public approves of the law while 38% disapproves, according to a new national survey by Pew Research Center, conducted Nov. 29-Dec. 4. The law drew majority approval for the first time in February, when 54% expressed support for it.

Today, about as many say its effect on them and their families has been mostly positive (28%) as say mostly negative (24%); nearly half (48%) say it has not had much personal effect.


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Partisan Shifts in Views of the Nation, but Overall Opinions Remain Negative

Just 26% say ‘their side’ wins more often than it loses in politics

Among members of both parties, more say prospects for the next generation will be worse than better. Among Republicans, 46% say the future for the next generation will be worse, while 30% say it will be better..Democrats, who were divided on the next generation’s prospects a year ago, have become more negative: 50% say the next generation’s future will be worse (up from 35% last year), while 27% say it will better (down from 35%).