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Surveys: Hostility toward health care overhaul may be easing

WASHINGTON (AP) - Anxious backers of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law are starting to see a flicker of hope.

While polls show Americans remain sharply divided over the Democrats' landmark legislation, they are not agitating for its repeal.

Instead, surveys show the public now seems more inclined than before to listen to congressional candidates who would fix or improve the law as needed. That could be a break for Democrats in the fall elections, since Republicans are campaigning hard for repeal of the health care law.

Harvard public health professor Robert Blendon says that while most people still don't like the law, they are tending to back candidates who would "give it a chance and make some changes," rather than start over.

Core provisions of the new law don't take effect until 2014.

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