(HealthDay News) — With a government shutdown impending, only one-third of voters think that Congress should delay, defund, or repeal the health care laws set to take effect imminently, according to a report from The Morning Consult.

Researchers from The Morning Consult conducted a health care tracking poll from Sept. 25 to 28, 2013, among a national sample of 1,976 registered voters to examine opinions relating to a government shutdown and health insurance exchanges.

According to the report, only one-third (33 percent) of voters think that Congress should delay, defund, or repeal the health care law. If the government shuts down, about half of voters (51 percent) will blame the Republicans “a lot,” compared with 41 and 36 percent, respectively, for President Obama and the Democrats. The majority of voters (2 to 1 margin) feel that the results of the 2012 presidential election could be considered a referendum on the Affordable Care Act, with eight in 10 Democrats agreeing with this sentiment.

“In discussing next steps for the Affordable Care Act, 13 percent of voters say Congress should expand the law, 26 percent say Congress should let the law take effect, 29 percent say Congress should make changes to improve the law, 7 percent say Congress should delay and defund the law, and 26 percent say Congress should repeal the law,” according to the report.

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