Years ago, most Americans believed the government should beresponsible for everyone having health insurance.

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Of course, that was before the Patient Protection and AffordableCare Act became law. And that was before continuous news ofproblems plaguing the law.

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New Gallup numbers reveal 56 percent of adults now say it's notthe federal government's responsibility to make sure all Americanshave health insurance, a record high.

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The number of Americans who said it is the federal government'sresponsibility peaked at 69 percent in 2006. That number has nowfallen to 42 percent.

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Gallup noted, “attitudes began to shift significantly in 2007,and continued to change through the time President Barack Obamatook office in 2009. Americans who feel health care coverage is notthe federal government's responsibility have been in the clearmajority the past two years.”

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That attitude is most prevalent among Republicans andindependents, but still has shifted among Democrats, researcherssaid.

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Now, 30 percent of Democrats think the government shouldn't beresponsible for the public's health care, its highest level sinceGallup first asked the question and an 11-point increase since2000.

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Republicans' attitudes against federal interference have jumpedsubstantially — 33 percentage points in 13 years. In September2000, 53 percent of Republicans believed the government shouldn'tbe responsible for ensuring all Americans had health coverage;today, 86 percent feel that way.

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Though Gallup noted the shift in attitude toward thegovernment's role in health care began before PPACA passed,researchers said the sharp change has been caused by apoliticization stemming from the health care overhaul.

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“The continuing implementation of [PPACA] over the coming monthsand years will surely continue to shape Americans' attitudes towardthe federal government's role in this area. It is not clear how theACA's troubled rollout to date will affect attitudes over the nextyear,” Gallup researchers noted. “But as the debate about theimplementation of the new health care law has unfolded, Americanshave become less likely than ever to agree that the federalgovernment should be responsible for making sure that all Americanshave health care.”

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The latest numbers from Gallup regarding the government's roleare in tandem with PPACA's approval ratings. While supportgenerally has been divided since the law's passage, Gallup lastweek reported that support for PPACA has dropped to 40 percent,while 55 percent say they disapprove of the law.

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The 15-percentage-point gap between disapproval and approval ofPPACA is the largest Gallup has ever measured.

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