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CHICAGO -

Monday's deadline for signing up for insurance under the new health care law has effectively been extended through Tuesday in case of heavy demand on the government website.

Julie Bataille, a spokeswoman for the federal agency overseeing the Obama administration's health overhaul, says the grace period is being offered to accommodate people from different time zones and to deal with potential technical problems that could result from a last-minute rush of applicants.

Monday was the deadline for Americans who wanted coverage that started on Jan. 1.

The federal HealthCare.gov system serves 36 states. Some other states have also extended enrollment deadlines slightly.

Poll finds dwindling support

The latest poll by CNN/ORC shows the White House has a long way to go to convince the American public the president's signature domestic achievement - the Affordable Care Act - is working.

Support for the law has dropped to a record low. Just 35 percent approve of the law, a five-point drop in less than a month. 62 percent oppose it, despite the president's efforts to defend it.

"Despite all the problems, despite all the website problems, despite the messaging problems, despite all that - it's working," he argued.

The new poll numbers come as Republicans continue to rail against it, and as members of the president's own party push to delay until 2015 fines for people who don't buy insurance by the end of March.

"This whole 2014 will be a transitional year, to find out where our glitches are and our little nuances we have to work for and find out if the market can produce the products that we need to keep this and us healthy," said Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV).

The administration did offer a reprieve last week to people whose policies are being cancelled and who haven't been able to find affordable plans on the exchanges. They'll be allowed to buy catastrophic coverage or be exempted from the fine.

While enrollment through the federal website is speeding up, states running their own exchanges have seen mixed results.

Making matters worse for the White House, the drop in support for the law was driven by women. 60 percent now oppose it, compared to 54 percent in November.

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