More than half of Americans still have a negative view of health reform

    Barack Obama

    President Obama puts his hand to his heart during the Pledge of Allegiance at the 102nd Abraham Lincoln Association banquet in Springfield, Ill., in 2009. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    The Obama administration’s directive allowing insurers to keep current plans that don’t meet Affordable Care Act requirements for another two years is the latest announced delay in the program’s rollout. We get a read on public perceptions with Frank Newport, editor in chief of the Gallup Poll.

    This week:

    New data on Americans’ views of the ACA, and how they think it will affect them and their families.
    The Limerick nuclear reactor in Montgomery County this week shut down as a precautionary measure due to control problems. Despite incidents like these, however, Americans as a whole still tilt towards favoring nuclear power.
    During this first week of Lent leading up to Easter, we get an update on on Catholic affiliation in the nation at large, and in the tri-state region.
    Secretary of State John Kerry was on the move in Ukraine this week — attempting to help defuse the crisis there. He’s holding on to a quite positive image among Americans, although history shows that previous Secretaries of State had positive images as well.

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