Poll: Americans See ACA As Both Obama’s Biggest Failure And Achievement

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File photo of a woman reading the HealthCare.gov insurance marketplace site. (credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a woman reading the HealthCare.gov insurance marketplace site. (credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) – A recent Gallup poll indicates that the Affordable Care Act is an especially polarizing piece of legislation among Americans.

A total of 22 percent of people in the United States feel that the ACA, known also as Obamacare, is the greatest achievement of President Barack Obama’s administration. Conversely, 36 percent feel it was Obama’s biggest failure.

The figures indicate that the ACA is seen, simultaneously, as the best and worst part of Obama’s presidency in the eyes of the American populace.

Researchers at Gallup believe that the findings underscore “the controversial nature of the law that is likely to define his legacy.”

“History’s verdict on Obama’s presidency will not be rendered for years or decades, if even then, given the continuing revision of a president’s legacy that inevitably takes place after his term ends,” a release on the poll’s findings stated. “But after he has spent almost five years in office, Americans are certainly in a position to think about Obama’s greatest achievements and biggest failures so far, and that is what Gallup asked them to do as part of its … survey.”

In the meantime, Obama has enrolled for health coverage through the new insurance exchanges. The White House called it a symbolic show of Obama’s support for the fledgling exchanges where millions of Americans must buy insurance or face a penalty.

Ironically, it also served as a reminder of just how complex and sometimes daunting the process can be as Obama, like so many other Americans, couldn’t use the website.

“The complicated nature of the president’s case required an in-person sign-up,” the White House said.

Millions of other Americans have faced website glitches that made signing up through the exchanges difficult or impossible, particularly in the initial weeks before massive fixes to the site were put in place.

In regards to Obama’s overall legacy, other great achievements named by survey participants include ending wars, capturing Osama bin Laden and stabilizing the economy. Some of the other biggest missteps named include not working with Republicans, as well as finding Obama to be lacking in communication and leadership.

The poll was conducted between Dec. 5 and Dec. 8 of this year by polling 1,031 randomly selected American adults, the release indicated.

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