WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – A new study shows that a majority of people in the United States feel that the government should not be responsible for ensuring health care for all Americans.

The poll, conducted by Gallup, indicates that a record-setting 56 percent of people do not think the government should take on the task of securing medical coverage for everyone in the nation.

Previous research shows that as recently as 2006, a significant majority – 69 percent – thought the federal government should take on the task.

In fact, “[p]rior to 2009, a clear majority of Americans consistently had said the government should take responsibility for ensuring that all Americans have healthcare,” a release on the poll’s findings stated.

Though some may attribute the shift in attitude to the passing of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, research indicates that American moods changed before that time – and largely along party lines.

“Although Democrats are now somewhat more likely compared with 2000 to say the government should stay away from healthcare, much of the shift in attitudes against government intervention has stemmed from changes among Republicans and independents,” researchers additionally noted. “It is possible that this sharp change has been caused by a politicization of the issue as it became a major part of Obama’s campaign platform, and as he and other Democratic leaders pressed for and passed the ACA, sometimes called ‘Obamacare,’ in 2010.”

Gallup conducted the poll between Nov. 7 and Nov. 10 of this year. A reported 1,039 Americans ages 18 and older participated in the study.


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