American minds made up on pending Supreme Court rulings: NBC-WSJ poll

NBC/WSJ poll: 57% support gay marriage
NBC/WSJ poll: 57% support gay marriage   

The Supreme Court is set to hand down two major rulings this week—one on gay marriage and the other on Obamacare—and it appears the public has largely made up its mind on both issues.

According to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, 57 percent of Americans favor the Supreme Court effectively legalizing gay marriage across the country. Thirty-seven percent said they opposed such a move, and just 6 percent said they are not sure.

There's a clear difference by party in the poll: 74 percent of Democrats and 62 percent of independents favor the high court legalizing gay marriage, versus just 33 percent of Republicans.

Also expected within days is a Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act—otherwise known as Obamacare—and whether the law allows subsidies to be paid to those using the federal insurance exchange. A high court ruling could cause more than 6 million people to lose their health-care coverage, impacting those who live in states that declined to set up their own health insurance exchanges.

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Whatever the outcome of that case, the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows that most Americans think Obamacare needs either minor modifications or a major overhaul. Forty percent of those surveyed said they think the law needs only minor modifications, while 25 percent said it needs a "major overhaul."

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Meanwhile, just 8 percent said it is working well the way it is, and 25 percent said Obamacare should be totally eliminated.

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.

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