CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A majority of West Virginians would like to see President Barack Obama's health care overhaul repealed, according to The West Virginia Poll.
The poll found that 55 percent of state residents, if given the chance, would vote to repeal the legislation.
Only 27 percent of those surveyed said they would keep it in place, while 18 percent either didn't know or had no opinion.
The West Virginia Poll, conducted for the Charleston Daily Mail by R.L. Repass & Partners, surveyed 410 likely voters between April 25 and 28. The margin of error is 4.8 percent.
Republicans have been targeting the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - which they've dubbed "Obamacare" - in the 2012 campaign.
Passed in 2010, the act makes significant changes to the way the nation's private and public health insurance plans work.
In addition to the so-called "individual mandate" that requires uninsured Americans to purchase coverage, the act contains provisions prohibiting insurance providers from excluding coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and also expands coverage in the national Medicare and Medicaid programs.
Republicans argue the act amounts to a government takeover of the nation's health care system. Democrats say it's necessary to ensure everyone in America gets the affordable health care they deserve.
Perhaps not surprisingly, West Virginia Republicans want the act repealed.
Seventy-nine percent of Republican respondents favored repealing it, with only 10 percent wanting it to remain in place.
But Democrats - who made up 52 percent of the polling sample - were more divided on the issue.
Forty percent of Democrats said they would keep the law in place; 37 percent want to see it repealed. The rest - 23 percent - said they aren't sure.
Pollster Rex Repass said that large number of undecided West Virginia Democrats was a surprise.
"Democrats, in a sizeable number - nearly a fourth of registered, claimed Democrats - are rethinking this," Repass said. "That says to me that there is an individual debate on this going on as to what are the merits of this law."
But supporters of the legislation argue it is difficult to poll public opinion on many of the specific reforms found in the act.
Perry Bryant, executive director of West Virginians for Affordable Health Care, said most people think of the individual mandate - which has proven less popular - when thinking of the bill.
"If you ask whether they support Obamacare, overwhelmingly people say no," Bryant said.