Skip to comments.Two new polls show majority want Supreme Court to overturn ObamaCare
Posted on 03/26/2012 6:24:43 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
As the issue of ObamaCare goes to the Supreme Court this week, two new polls show what most other pollsters have found for the last two years — the majority of Americans want ObamaCare overturned. We’ll start with the new Reason-Rupe poll, which surveyed 1200 general-population adults to find that 62% believe that the individual mandate is unconstitutional:
As the Supreme Court hears challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act this week, a new Reason-Rupe poll of 1,200 adults finds 62 percent of Americans believe it is unconstitutional for Congress to mandate the purchase of health insurance, while 30 percent think requiring health insurance is constitutional.
Legal experts have suggested that if Congress has the power to require individuals to buy health care insurance, it may also mandate that Americans buy broccoli. The Reason-Rupe poll finds 87 percent of Americans believe Congress does not have the power to require the purchase of broccoli, while 8 percent say Congress can force you to buy vegetables.
Reason-Rupe finds 54 percent of Americans think the health care law will result in the rationing of health care services. Half of Americans have an unfavorable view of the health care law, while 32 percent have a favorable view of it. Similarly, 49 percent say the law should be repealed and 36 percent would let it stand.
There’s a fairly obvious disconnect in these numbers, in the 13-point difference between respondents who say that the law is unconstitutional (62%) while only 49% want it repealed. That leaves 13% who think it violates the Constitution but somehow think it should remain law — or at best are unsure whether it should or not. This looks like a symptom of poor civics instruction in the US, which should teach that the Constitution is the foundational legal document of the country, and that laws cannot contradict it, especially federal law, which the Constitution explicitly exists to limit.
Still, only 36% think it should be kept in place in the Reason/Rupe survey, which is otherwise rather friendly to Obama. The D/R/I is a strange 41/38/13, but at least the difference between Democrats and Republicans is within the ballpark, even if independents are undersampled. Obama’s job approval rating in this survey is 48/46, although his approval on economic policy is 44/53. A majority of the respondents say they will either definitely vote for Obama (30%) or could do so (21%). Those are better numbers than Obama gets in other polls, so the survey hardly oversampled Obama critics to get these numbers.
The sample is a little different in The Hill’s poll, but the results are about the same:
Half of likely voters want the Supreme Court to overturn President Obamas healthcare law, according to The Hills latest poll.
Just 42 percent said the court should uphold the law, with 50 percent saying it should be struck down.
A majority of both men and women want the law voided. By a 52-percent-to-39-percent margin women are more opposed to it than men, who oppose it 48 percent to 45 percent, a difference that matches the polls 3-point margin of error.
Only blacks (74 percent), Democrats (71 percent) and liberals (75 percent) want the law upheld. While even the youngest voters oppose the law (47 percent to 42 percent among those aged 18-39), opposition grows to 53 percent among voters aged 65 and older.
This poll surveyed likely voters rather than general-population adults, and its D/R/I is 32/36/32, which probably oversamples Republicans by a small margin at the expense of Democrats. However, the numbers aren’t that much different. That’s bad news for President Obama, especially when it comes to the public perception of his signature legislative achievement. Only 22% believe it will make the quality of health care better — twenty points lower than those who want the bill upheld. Forty-two percent believe it will make health care worse, and another 30% believe it will do nothing to improve or worsen health care, which makes nearly three-quarters of likely voters who believe ObamaCare will either be ineffective or worse.
That’s not the only problem for Obama in this poll, either. Democrats have owned the health care issue for years over Republicans, usually well into double digits. Today’s poll shows a dead heat between Democrats and Republicans on trust regarding health-care policies, 44% each (indies give Dems the edge, but within the MoE at 40/37). That’s a big problem for Democrats heading into the fall elections, especially with Obama getting hammered on another traditional Democratic strength, the economy.
Finally, there is a big vote of no-confidence in the Supreme Court as well. The Hill asked whether the justices decide cases based on the Constitution or on their own personal political beliefs. By more than 2-1 (56/27), voters believe the justices act on their personal political beliefs rather than the Constitution. That ratio holds up across every demographic in the crosstabs. One presumes that a 5-4 decision on this case will only corroborate that impression.
Dictator Baby-Doc Barack has ALWAYS ignored The US Constitution, ESPECIALLY with Obamacare.
The cancer of Obamacare now extends to Obama last week choosing a Public health expert for the World Bank Presidency.
The major problem with THE NINE SUPREMES is that they are chosen for political reasons by the POTUS, and then they vote as an un-accountable democracy, for a Nation that is NOT a Democracy, but a REPUBLIC.
As a result, THE NINE SUPREMES commonly vote 5 to 4 on most issues. Constitutionality is seldom a consideration, and their up-coming ruling on Obamacare will prove my point.
Now is the time to stand and deliver to address our grievances to the dictates of the Left.
Oppose the dictates of Dictator Baby-Doc Barack!
Our ONLY chance to ABOLISH Obamacare rests with THE NINE SUPREMES, because Romney will be defeated by Obama.
IMHO, if Romney is anointed as the RNC Nominee, THE main issue in the National Election, Obamacare, will be taken off the campaign table. Hence, Romney will not only lose, but suffer another crushing, and sadly typical, RINO defeat.
To those who want poster ideas, here are a few ideas for demonstration posters:
Obamacare was robo-signed by Congress, and is therefore illegal.
Obamacare was 2700 pages long, and is still being written, but not by Congress: witness the forced contraception coverage recently added by HHS Regulators.
Obamacare has caused The Catholic Spring.
Obamacare reduces competition, and therefore is illegal by the 1890 Sherman Anti-Trust Law.
Obamacare is designed to be a US Federal Government monopoly, with no competition.
Obamacare also is illegal according to the US Constitution, because it violates our freedom of choice.
Will THE NINE SUPREMES notice any of these three violations? I seriously doubt it.
Impeached Bill Clinton proved that the US President is above US Federal Law, so anything that the President wants he gets, regardless of the Federal Laws that he has violated.
1) The Supreme Court will do whatever they want to do, even if 99% of Americans were against their decision.
2) It is not above Obama to bribe members of the Supreme Court.
“Only blacks (74 percent), Democrats (71 percent) and liberals (75 percent) want the law upheld.”
This group figures someone other than themselves will be paying the bill.
Polls are very interesting I’m sure but more interesting is the frequency with which they are conducted and quoted.
Obamacare has been unpopular from its inception because people understand the implications and because they’ve already had too many tastes of government red tape when it comes to medicine, to say nothing of driving, applying for school loans, etc.
But certain well-known segments of our media won’t sit still for it, so they intend to poll the issue to death while hauling a boxcar full of bias.
Note that when a single poll shows 51% approval for any liberal cause (most notably gay marriage), that poll becomes definitive and is declared to be an irreversible cosmic shift. No further polls will be conducted. ‘A majority of Americans support X!’ Never mind the appeal-to-majority fallacy, just grab a pillowcase and a stick and hoist the white flag.
RE: It is not above Obama to bribe members of the Supreme Court.
What is it that someone like say, Anthony Kennedy, who has his position for life and is 75 years old, would want that makes him bribe-able?
His legacy. Kennedy has grandchildren, does he not?
it won’t be a bribe..
it’ll be blackmail.
——What is it that someone like say, Anthony Kennedy, who has his position for life and is 75 years old, would want that makes him bribe-able?——
That’s why I think threats will be more effective.
Nothing is beyond a pro-infanticide, ends-justify-the-means, Marxist.
Today’s administration argument that “you can’t hear this case until the law goes into full effect” should be fun.
I think Congress should pass a law that mandates everyone to purchase the Limbaugh letter. Heavy penalties/fines for liberals who don’t comply.
Justices act on their personal political beliefs rather than the Constitution.
True see history.
RE: Todays administration argument that you cant hear this case until the law goes into full effect should be fun.
If so, this is going to be an extended variation of Pelosi’s “You’ll have to pass it to see what’s in it” argument.
I’d like to see how convincing this argument will be...
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