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Poll says just 7 percent of Americans think Obamacare rollout is going very well

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Just 7 percent of Americans believe that the rollout of President Obama's health care law has gone very well, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. Another 20 percent say it has gone "somewhat" well.

Since they launched on Oct. 1, the websites set up to help Americans purchase insurance through Obamacare have been besieged by error messages and technical problems.

Three-fourths of those who tried to sign up for insurance through the law's new health insurance exchanges reported having problems, the poll said.

To put that 7 percent in perspective, on Wednesday, Washington was chattering about a Gallup poll that recorded the lowest-ever favorable rating for the Republican Party -- 28 percent -- in the wake of the government shutdown.

But as it turns out, four times as many Americans have a favorable view of the Republican Party than think Obamacare's rollout is going very well.

UPDATE: This post was updated to reflect the fact that the 7 percent number referred to those who said the rollout was going "very" well. Though the AP story accompanying the poll read,"Overall, just 7 percent of Americans say the rollout of the health exchanges has gone well," the poll itself showed that this number referred to a narrower subset of Americans who thought it was going "very" or "extremely" well.

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