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NBC/WSJ poll: Public divided over whether website woes are short-term or long-term problem

Americans are divided about whether the problems associated with the health-care law’s federal website are a short-term issue than can be solved, or a long-term issue that signals deeper troubles, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

Thirty-seven percent of respondents say that the website woes are a short-term technical problem that can be fixed, while 31 percent believe they point to a longer-term issue with the law’s design that can’t be corrected.

Another 30 percent think it’s too soon to say.

Not surprisingly, this divide breaks along party lines: 60 percent of Democrats agree that this is a short-term problem, versus 54 percent of Republicans who argue it’s a longer-term issue.

A plurality of independents – 38 percent – respond that it’s too soon to say if it’s a short-term or long-term problem.

The NBC/WSJ poll was conducted Oct. 25-28 of 800 adults, and it has an overall margin of error of plus-minus 3.5 percentage points.

The full survey will be released at 6:30 pm ET.