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TO NATIONAL, AND POLITICAL EDITORS:

New National Poll: Obamacare to Drain Support for Democratic

Candidates in 2014

PITTSBURGH, March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nagging concerns

over The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, appear likely to cost the

Democratic Party during the 2014 congressional elections, according to

the latest survey by The Robert Morris University Polling Institute

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The poll surveyed 1,006 American adults, and also found that former

Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

are the early favorites for their party's presidential nominations in

2016.

Among the major findings:

-- Two-fifths of all respondents, or 40%, indicate they are somewhat

or much less likely to support a candidate that supported or voted for

Obamacare than those (32.5 indicating they would be somewhat or much

more likely to support a candidate who supported or voted for the Act.

-- Among likely voters who are Republicans, the leading contenders for

the Republican nomination for president are former Florida Governor

Jeb Bush, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Wisconsin Congressman Paul

Ryan, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, Texas Senator Ted Cruz and New

Jersey Governor Chris Christie (in declining order).

-- Among likely voters who are Democrats, the leading contenders for

the Democratic nomination for president are former Secretary of State

Hillary Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, New York Governor Andrew

Cuomo and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren (in declining order).

"What really jumps out here is gender and marital status. Among likely

voters in this poll, the opposition to Obamacare is being driven by

women," said RMU political scientist Philip Harold. "Male likely

voters are actually in favor of Obamacare according to our poll."

Among likely voters who are men, 43.6% said they would be more likely

to vote for a member of Congress who voted for The Affordable Care

Act, versus 39.2% who would be less likely. Among women, however,

45.4% are more likely to vote against a pro-Obamacare candidate versus

29.1% who would vote for an Obamacare supporter.

Harold noted that married women have the strongest antipathy to the

Affordable Care Act, opposing it 50.3% to 24.2%.

SOURCE Robert Morris University

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