Americans’ support for U.S. healthcare legislation has crept up incrementally since early November. Now, slightly more Americans want their member of Congress to vote in favor of such legislation rather than against it, 49% vs. 46% — a first since October. More broadly, however, Americans remain closely divided on the issue, with neither position attracting majority support…

While overall public support for passing a healthcare bill currently outweighs opposition by a slight margin, the reverse is true among Americans who are seemingly more certain in their position. This is evident in the responses to Gallup’s initial question on the healthcare vote in which 37% of Americans say they would advise their member of Congress to vote for healthcare legislation this year and 41% would advise voting against it. In the follow-up question — in which respondents who don’t initially have a view are pressed to say which way they lean — more say they lean toward supporting the bill than opposing it. Hence, total support for the bill today is slightly greater than opposition.