HealthDay News — Only one-third of voters think that Congress should delay, defund or repeal the health care laws set to take effect imminently, according to a report from the Morning Consult.

The findings come from a national sample of 1,976 registered voters who were polled from Sept. 25 to 28, 2013 to examine opinions relating to a government shutdown and health insurance exchanges.

Only 33% of voters think that Congress should delay, defund or repeal the Affordable Care Act. In the event of a  government shut down, 51% indicated they will blame Republicans “a lot,” compared with 41% and 36%, respectively, for President Obama and Democrats.

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The majority of voters (2 to 1 margin) feel that the results of the 2012 presidential election could be considered a referendum on the Affordable Care Act, with eight in 10 Democrats agreeing with this sentiment.

“In discussing next steps for the Affordable Care Act, 13% of voters say Congress should expand the law, 26% say Congress should let the law take effect, 29% say Congress should make changes to improve the law, 7% say Congress should delay and defund the law, and 26% say Congress should repeal the law,” according to the report.

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  1. The Morning Consult. “National Healthcare Tracking Poll: September 2013.” Available at: