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Majority of young voters support delaying implementation of individual mandate

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It’s a good thing Obama’s being forced to walk back the implementation of Obamacare, as a majority of young Americans no longer support his signature legislative policy.

A Rasmussen Reports study released Friday found that 59 percent of likely voters between the ages of 18 and 39 support the administration’s decision to shelve the controversial part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act for now, which would have required all Americans to obtain or purchase some form of health insurance. That is more than twice the number – 25 percent – of younger voters who oppose the decision.

Overall, 56 percent of likely voters support delaying the individual mandate’s implementation – including 58 percent of Independents and 50 percent of moderates.

Rasmussen did find, however, that only 49 percent of younger voters oppose the individual mandate in principle.

Obama has had trouble in recent months getting younger Americans to stay signed on to his signature legislative policy. A Kaiser Foundation study released last month found that one in four Millennials believe themselves to be healthy enough to forego insurance – despite having the option to stay on their parents’ plans until they turn 26. A Quinnipiac University study from May also found that 53 percent of Millennials disapprove of how Obama is handling healthcare policy 

Moreover, according to a video by the American Action Forum, the higher insurance premiums get for younger Americans, the more likely they are to drop their coverage.

Rasmussen Reports surveyed 1,000 likely voters nationwide from July 10 to 11. The margin of error for the study is +/- 3 percent at a 95 percent confidence level.

This piece has been corrected to reflect that the individual mandate has not been delayed. 

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