ObamaCare’s popularity has never been good. In fact, when it was passed on March 23, 2010, polls showed more people opposed the law than supported it. At the time, House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi assured us we’d love it as soon as we learned what was in it. She famously said, “You have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it.”
It seems the more people find out what’s in it the less they like it. New polls show the popularity of ObamaCare just keeps getting worse. According to Real Clear Politics, in Obama’s second term alone, 140 polls have found ObamaCare to be unpopular. The number finding it to be popular? Zero.
Jeffrey H. Anderson, writing in The Weekly Standard, points out these 140 polls have shown that just 40 percent of Americans favor ObamaCare, while 52 percent oppose it. Of these 140 polls, 102 have shown double-digit deficits. Furthermore, the trend is getting worse. Since July 4 of this year, all six polls taken have shown ObamaCare faring even worse with an average of 41 percent in favor but 55 percent opposed. In other words, the undecided are now coming down on the side of opposing ObamaCare while those who support it are about the same.
He also points out that Real Clear Politics didn’t even include the notoriously left-leaning Kaiser Health Tracking Poll. Yet even Kaiser has found ObamaCare to be unpopular in all 16 of its polls taken during Obama’s second term. In these Kaiser polls only 37 percent favor the law while 53 percent oppose it.
Therefore, if you add the Kaiser polls to the rest you get 156 polls since the beginning of Obama’s second term of office and every single one shows more Americans oppose ObamaCare than support it. There has not been a single poll showing more support than opposition to this healthcare law.
How will ObamaCare’s unpopularity affect the November mid-term elections? This is the key question as the election day approaches. A new poll from Public Opinion Strategies is revealing. Anderson again analyzes the results:
“The poll found that likely voters in battleground districts who consider ObamaCare to be the “most important” issue in the upcoming election oppose it by the overwhelming tally of 70 to 30 percent. Likely voters who consider ObamaCare to be a “very important” issue ( but not the “most important” one) oppose it by more than 2 to 1 – 67 to 32 percent. Those who consider it to be “somewhat important” somewhat like it – but still oppose it by 51 to 47 percent. And those who consider it to be “not at all important” love it – favoring it by 70 to 17 percent.”
“In all, the 80 percent of likely voters in battleground districts who consider the issue of ObamaCare to be at least “somewhat” important oppose it by the tally of 61 to 37 percent. The 20 percent who consider it to be either “not that important” or “not at all important” support it by the tally of 65 to 27 percent.”
That probably explains why you haven’t been seeing political ads from Democrats touting the advantages of ObamaCare. Voters, especially in battleground states, oppose the law by an overwhelming majority.
What do people dislike most about the law? The most common answer given (29%) was that it raises people’s health costs or premiums. The second most common answer (20%) was that it involves undue government intrusion or coercion and therefore undermines freedom.
The poll also showed most people (58%) have either been personally affected by ObamaCare or else have a family member or close friend who has been. These people say, by a 2 to 1 margin, that the effect has been “very negative’ (46%) rather than “very positive” (24%).
The Need for an Alternative
As you might expect, there is great interest out there for a suitable alternative to ObamaCare. The poll asked whether likely voters support or oppose repealing ObamaCare “and replacing it with a system in which patients and their doctors, not government bureaucrats, are in control of their choices.” With this wording of their choice, 68 to 27 percent favor repeal and replacement.
The same poll also asked whether likely voters support or oppose repealing ObamaCare “and replacing it with a market-based system in which health insurance companies have to compete for business and individuals can shop for the policies they want at the best possible price.” Respondents liked this idea even more with 71 to 27 percent support for repeal and replacement in that context.
Democrats are pretending that ObamaCare is no longer an issue but they aren’t running ads to boast about it, either. Looks like they read these polls, too. Republicans should not be shy about campaigning to repeal and replace ObamaCare with conservative alternatives like the ones described in the poll above.