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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Polls Show Support for ObamaCare Still Meager, Support for Repeal High


A couple of recent polls have shown that the ObamaCare law passed through reconciliation is still hugely unpopular.

A Washington Post/ABC poll showed that 53% opposed ObamaCare while 43% supported.


"Support for the health care overhaul slipped lower in the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll released yesterday -- the same day a federal judge ruled that a key provision of the law was unconstitutional.

"Forty-three percent of respondents said they supported the health care legislation, compared to 53% who said they were opposed. Support is down from a high of 48%, recorded in November 2009. Those results are in line with most other polls taken in the last few months.

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"More respondents were also 'strongly' opposed to the law as were strongly supportive by a 37% to 22% margin."

Interestingly, the Rasmussen Reports' poll show support for repeal of the bill at an all time high of 60%.


"Time doesn’t seem to be winning the new national health care law any more friends. Most voters have favored repeal of the law every week since it was passed and support for repeal has now inched up to its highest level since mid-September. Many Americans remain concerned that the law will force them to change their health insurance coverage.

"The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 60% of Likely U.S. Voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care law while 34% are opposed. As has been the case since the law was first passed, those who favor repeal feel more passionately than those who want to keep the law--46% Strongly Favor repeal while just 23% who are Strongly Opposed.

"Total support for repeal is up four points from a week ago but consistent with opposition to the law for months. Support for repeal has ranged from 50% to 63% in weekly tracking since Democrats in Congress passed the law in late March.

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"Complicating things for supporters of the health care law is the finding that 75% of voters with insurance rate their current health insurance coverage as good or excellent, while only six percent (6%) regard it as poor. Scott Rasmussen noted this comfort with existing coverage in an August 2009 Wall Street Journal column and observed that 'the fundamentals are really what make health-care reform a hard sell to American voters.'

"Fifty-four percent (54%) of voters now say the health care plan will be bad for the country. Thirty-two percent (32%) think the plan will be good for the country, while three percent (3%) say it will have no impact. Eleven percent (11%) are undecided.

"These findings, too, have changed little in months."

So, remember when Obama dared Republicans wanting to repeal the law with the words "Bring it on?" Like so much coming from the Obama administration, those ill-chosen words stemmed from baseless arrogance, ideology, and a misreading of the American people.

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