Skip to comments.Poll: Undecided 2014 Voters Overwhelmingly Disapprove of Obamacare
Posted on 01/09/2014 5:46:07 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Where have we seen an anti-Obamacare threshold of two-thirds before? Oh, right. In this case, undecided voters basically fall into two categories. They're either pure independents, or they're low information voters who nonetheless say they're likely to go to the polls in November. It looks like the GOP is enjoying a significant advantage among both groups heading into the midterms -- including with those under-informed voters who are so often ripe for Democrats' picking. The perception that Obamacare stinks has calcified in the public's imagination, and it's tough to reverse those sort of sentiments, especially amidst powerful headwinds. Check out this graph:
Overall, a majority of likely voters disapprove of the Democrats' law by a double-digit margin, but opposition is particularly strong among self-identified undecided and independent voters. TMC's nationwide poll includes some additional mention-worthy nuggets:
- On the generic Congressional ballot, 53 percent of likely voters say they'd support a "Republican who will be a check and balance to Barack Obama," while 47 percent prefer a "Democrat who will help Obama pass his agenda." That's a six-point GOP edge. Among independents, Republicans hold a 30-point lead on this question.
- Eighty-seven percent of respondents say the "Affordable" Care Act will not make their coverage more affordable, with nearly six in ten predicting higher costs as a result of the law.
- Question: "Has the government's implementation of the 1010 health care law...made you more confident in the government's ability to address problems in the health care sector, less confident, or...no effect either way?" Twenty percent (virtually all Democrats) say more confident, while fully 56 percent say less confident -- including two-thirds of independents. This speaks to my point about Obamacare failing much faster than pro-single-payer Democrats may have hoped.
Allahpundit flags a Pew survey showing strong Republican enthusiasm for the 2014 election cycle. GOP loyalists hold a ten-point enthusiasm edge, and the percentage who say they're excited to vote is higher today than it was in January of 2010. AP correctly notes that Obamacare hadn't yet passed at that point, whereas the current Obamacare implementation meltdown is fresh in citizens' minds. Speaking of which, here's Politico:
Problems with the rollout are sure to continue, and theyll get plenty of attention when they do. Its also a rule of storytelling that the unexpected always makes a better story and people couldnt keep their health plans because of Obamacare is always going to be a twist that commands more coverage than people gain health coverage because of Obamacare. Even if the Obama administration succeeds in steering more attention to the successes, like the people with pre-existing conditions who are getting better deals now, that may not make a big difference to the mindset of the majority of Americans who already have health insurance through the workplace, who just want to make sure their own coverage wont be affected.
But for tens of millions, coverage most certainly will be affected -- on costs, access, and "keeping your plan." National Journal notices that the administration shifts its own definition of Obamacare "success" with such regularity that's hard to keep track. The goalposts are being dragged all over the field. They're desperate to distract from relentless headlines about rising premiums, swelling out-of-pocket costs, denied care due to Obamacare snafus, and the onslaught of new Obamacare taxes: "Starting in 2014, the Obamacare tax man is coming for insurance companies who contend a good chunk of these costs will be passed on to consumers in the form of higher premiums." In other words, higher taxes on insurers equals more money out of your wallet, too. Taxing big corporations may sound great, but it impacts average people.
UPDATE - A new Q-poll pegs Obama's approval rating at 41 percent. He's 26 points underwater on healthcare approval, and (-19) on the economy.
It doesnt appear that there are ANY available coattails for democrack politicians to ride into office on do!
They overwhelmingly disapprove of the “one’s” signature effort, but yet they are still undecided. We’re so screwed.
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My thoughts too. We live in a nation of idiots.
John Boehner and Reince Priebus aren’t doing much to inspire undecided voters either.
The 18% of Republican voters who “approve” of Obamacare must be on some good, Obamacare-funded drugs.
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Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
Somehow or the other, I’m sure this will be presented as bad news for Republicans.
H. L. Mencken (born 1880 - died 1956) was a journalist, satirist, critic, and Democrat . He wrote this editorial while working for the Baltimore Evening Sun, which appeared in the July 26, 1920 edition.
As democracy is perfected, the office of the President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their hearts desire at last and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and complete narcissistic moron.
- - - H. L. Mencken, The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920
?So it was written and so it has come to pass.
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