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WP/ABC: Obama-Care Support Hits New Low

From a perplexed ABC News:

New Low in Support for Health Law; Half Expect Justices to Go Political

By Greg Holyk
April 11, 2012

Last month’s hearings on the constitutionality of health care reform didn’t help its popularity: Public support for Barack Obama’s signature domestic legislation has hit a new low in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, with criticism of the individual mandate as high as ever.

Half the public, moreover, thinks the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on the legislation on the basis of the justices’ partisan political views rather than the law. Fewer, 40 percent, think impartial legal analysis will carry the day, with the rest unsure.

And yet, According to Rasmussen, the Supreme Court’s approval rating has skyrocketed 13% since mid-March.

Fifty-three percent of Americans now oppose the law overall, while just 39 percent support it – the latter the lowest in more than a dozen ABC/Post polls since August 2009. "Strong" critics, at 40 percent, outnumber strong supporters by nearly a 2-1 margin in this poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates.

This actually seems a little low to us. New York Times polls have found that Obama-Care is opposed by anywhere from 60% to even 70%.

Two-thirds continue to say the high court should throw out either the entire law (38 percent) or at least the part that requires most individuals to obtain coverage (29 percent) or face a penalty; just a quarter want the court to uphold the law as is. Those numbers, like views on the law overall, are essentially unchanged from a month ago.

So the recent debate since the oral arguments have really made no difference, after all.

There are political differences: Republicans, who are most likely to oppose the law, are less apt to think the justices will rule on the basis of politics; 41 percent say so, still a not-insubstantial number when it comes to a basic assessment of independent jurisprudence. More Democrats and independents, 55 and 52 percent, respectively, suspect the justices will go political

Which actually shows that most people in both parties now believe Obama-Care will be struck down. (Otherwise, the GOP would think it will be decided by politics and the Democrats would claim the ruling will be based on the law.

Seventy-nine percent of Republicans oppose the law in general and nearly two-thirds would like the Supreme Court to throw out the law entirely, for instance, while 63 percent of Democrats support it and nearly half want the court to keep it intact…

Further, more independents oppose it than support it – 56-35 percent – and 73 percent would like it rejected entirely (41 percent) or insofar as the individual mandate (32 percent), much more in line with Republicans than Democrats.

Well then, we have to throw out Obama-Care, since the precious ‘Independent voters’ are all that matter.

Similarly, Americans who see over-regulation of the free market as a greater problem than "unfairness in the economic system that favors the wealthy" are nearly twice as likely as their counterparts to oppose the law overall, and nearly three times as apt to want the high court to axe it entirely…

Which is why Obama is beating the ‘fairness’ drum for the stupids.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, April 11th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “WP/ABC: Obama-Care Support Hits New Low”

  1. P. Aaron says:

    Since they like it so much,let the liberal press take Obamacare and try it themselves.

  2. AcornsRNutz says:

    This article seems poorly constructed. It almost seems like the mish-mosh of two totally different polls (“how do you feel about it” and “why do you think the justices will rule however they do) is obscuring the facts of the matter. Most people don’t like the bill, most think it won’t make it through the court. Your personal opinion of why the judges rule a certain way is a foolish attempt to save a little cred for the bamster with his party line of “legislating from the bench”, and has no bearing on the meat of the matter. Frankly, since the law (and most which have snuck by under the guise of interstate commerce) is unconstitutional, and if the court agrees they will have done their job correctly for the first time in a long time.


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