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By Kathryn Mayer

The exchanges are finally here, but Americans are no closer to being fully on board with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

A CNN/ORC International survey released Tuesday found that fewer than one in five Americans say their families will be better off because of the health care law.

The survey found that 40 percent of Americans said they will be “worse off” when the provisions of the health care law take effect, while 17 percent said they think they will be “better off.” Still, a large percentage (41 percent) thinks the law won’t have much of an effect on them at all.

More than half (52 percent) said PPACA is "a disaster waiting to happen," while 45 percent said it would work eventually.

Though Americans remained mostly down about the law, they were willing to say it would benefit other families more than it would themselves or their own family: 36 percent said they wouldn’t benefit but other families would. While 37 percent say no one would benefit at all.

The new results come the same day as the public exchanges opened for enrollment, and the same day the federal government shut down over a partisan budget battle.

The exchanges have already drawn millions of visits from Americans, though technical glitches have arisen, and caused PPACA critics to further criticize the law’s milestones.

Coverage for the plans — and other main components of the law — don’t go into effect until Jan. 1.

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