Poll: Views on Obamacare Unchanged Ahead of Looming Supreme Court Decision

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MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 23: Obed Suarez waits for the HealthCare. gov website as it reads, " HealthCare.gov has a lot of visitors right now!" as he attepts to see what options would be available to him under the Affordable Care Act at a Miami Enrollment Assistance Center on December 23, 2013 in Miami, Florida. People have until today to enroll for a plan that would start January 1st. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)Joe Raedle / Getty Images

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Views on President Barack Obama's federal health-care law remain unchanged ahead of an upcoming Supreme Court decision that could potentially gut the law, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

Just 8 percent of Americans say the law is working well, while a plurality – 40 percent – believes it needs only minor modifications to improve it. Those numbers are identical to the results from an April 2014 NBC/WSJ poll on the same question.

In the new poll, another 25 percent of Americans say the law needs a major overhaul – down three points from April 2014.

See the full poll results here.

And an additional 25 percent believe it should be “totally eliminated” – up four points from a year ago.

(These mostly unchanged results stand in contrast to a recent CBS poll, which found the health law’s popularity increasing, though that’s a different question from what the NBC/WSJ poll asked.)

Of course, the political parties are split when it comes to the health-care law: A combined 77 percent of Democrats say the law is working well or needs only minor modifications, while a combined 84 percent of Republicans believe it needs a major overhaul or should be totally eliminated.

In the next few days, the Supreme Court is set to rule on whether it's legal under the health-care law for the government to award subsidies to residents of states that are operating federal-based insurance marketplaces instead of state-based ones.

The NBC/WSJ poll finds that the public is divided over the Supreme Court's ideology, with 39 percent believing it's too liberal, 38 percent saying it's too conservative and only 6 percent saying it's "about right."

Once again, there's a difference by party: 63 percent of Democrats think the court is too conservative, while 69 percent of Republicans believe it's too liberal. Independents are split – 33 percent too liberal, 31 percent too conservative.

The NBC/WSJ poll was conducted June 14-18 of 1,000 adults (nearly 400 via cell phone), and it has an overall margin of error of plus-minus 3.1 percentage points.

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