If you were pro-ObamaCare before the glitchy rollout, you likely still are (for now). Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
President Obama admitted his frustration with the technical problems plaguing the health care insurance exchanges which launched earlier this month.
Said Obama: "Nobody's madder than me about the fact that the website isn't working as well as it should, which means it's going to get fixed... There's no sugarcoating it."
But the takeaway from two new polls is that the rocky rollout hasn't hurt public support for the law — at least not yet.
A new Washington Post/ABC News poll finds the "bungled rollout has not soured support for the health law overall."
Key findings: 46 percent now support the law while 49 percent oppose it, slightly better than the 42 percent to 52 percent split last month.
Similarly, a new Pew Research poll finds public assessments of the health care law "are virtually unchanged from last month. Currently, 41 percent of Americans approve of the law, while 52 percent disapprove. The balance was 42 percent to 53 percent a month ago."
As far as public opinion goes, the White House caught a big break when Republicans shut down the government in their attempt to defund ObamaCare. The move diverted public attention away from problems which otherwise would have been front page news.
But the reprieve won't last if the Obama administration can't get the problem fixed quickly.
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