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Gallup: Obamacare popularity in free fall, reaches lowest rating in pollís history
Hotair ^ | 11/17/2014 | Noah Rothman

Posted on 11/17/2014 1:56:50 PM PST by SeekAndFind

Just after President Barack Obama was reelected in 2012, the health care reform law which bears his name as its sobriquet was, according to Gallup, at least somewhat popular.

Gallup’s findings in November, 2012, bucked a trend wherein the majority of pollsters determined that the law was still unpopular. The Real Clear Politics average of polls in this month found the Affordable Care Act was underwater by 5.4 points, but Gallup’s results showed the ACA rebounding to 3 points above water with 48 percent approving of the law and only 45 percent disapproving.

That popularity boost did not last long. When Obamacare began being implemented in the fall of 2013 and the federal health insurance exchange website debuted with a thud, the ACA’s approval rating collapsed to 40 percent with 55 percent disapproving. Once the kinks were worked out of the website and the first open enrollment period completed, however, the ACA rebounded slightly.

In the summer of 2014, the law was just 8 points underwater. By October, amid a heated election season in which Republican candidates mobilized their base voters with anti-Obamacare messaging, the ACA had sunk to 13 points underwater. Today, Gallup revealed, Obamacare has reached an all-time low of 19 points underwater. Only 37 percent expressed some approval for the ACA while 56 percent disapprove of what most agree will be Barack Obama’s legacy achievement in office.

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In October, 39 percent of independents said they approved of the ACA. Today, only 33 percent of that key group said the same. Similarly, approval for the law has sunk at a faster rate among non-whites than among whites. Today, 56 percent of minority respondents said they approve of the ACA whereas 62 percent said the same in October.

Gallup’s finding comports with the majority of polls that have taken the nation’s temperature on the health care reform law since October. Of the seven pollsters who asked respondents for their opinion on the ACA, only Pew Research Center found the margin of disapproval over approval in the single digits. The majority determined that the Affordable Care Act remains an albatross around Democratic necks.

The conclusions Gallup’s Justin McCarthy draws from this survey are enough to leave the average ACA supporter despondent:

Americans have never been overly positive toward the ACA, at best showing a roughly equal division between approval and disapproval early on in the law’s implementation. The percentage of Americans who approve of the law represents a new numerical low, which could indicate a loss of faith in the law amid the aftermath of the 2014 midterms. Although the ACA, also called Obamacare, was not as dominant an issue in this year’s congressional elections as it was in 2010, the issue was part of Republicans’ campaign efforts to oppose the president’s agenda overall. In doing that, many of the party’s candidates were successful.

Though the law’s implementation suffered setbacks last fall, government officials have greater optimism for the health insurance website’s usability this time around. Importantly, though, approval of the law has remained low throughout the year even as it has had obvious success in reducing the uninsured rate. And with approval holding in a fairly narrow range since last fall, it may be that Americans have fairly well made up their minds about the law, and even a highly successful second open enrollment period may not do much to boost their approval.

The record number of respondents souring on the ACA must not be reading NBC News. To take a glance at today’s First Read report on Obamacare is to learn that Jonathan Gruber may have had a point about those stupid American voters not knowing what’s best for them:

The uninsured rate, per Gallup, has dropped from 18.0% last year to 13.4% now. Many premiums for 2015 are lower than expected. Medicare’s finances have improved due in part to the health-care law. And as for the website, it’s working much better than it did a year ago.

NBC’s reporters observe that the administration believes it has a communications problem when it comes to the ACA, and that the law’s popularity would spike if only the White House could frame it in the right way. For their part, Republicans should be thrilled that this is the administration’s conclusion. Surely, the only strategy the White House could adopt with regards to the ACA that would disappoint the GOP is if they stopped talking about it at all.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aca; approval; bhojobapproval; gallup; obama
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RE: Only 37 percent expressed some approval for the ACA while 56 percent disapprove of what most agree will be Barack Obama’s legacy achievement in office.

Folks, not only Gallup, but poll after poll after poll of other polling outfits seem to show that Obama's approval floor is between 37 to 39 percent. This particular poll is no different. It hasn't changed for the past year and his floor seems to be stuck at that range. This tells me that he still has THAT BASE of support he can always pander to no matter what happens.

My personal conclusion is this : 37% of this country is a lost cause.
1 posted on 11/17/2014 1:56:50 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Of the “approve”, they actually mean

“I approve of the self-righteousness I feel when I think about how much I care about providing affordable healthcare for everyone.”


2 posted on 11/17/2014 1:57:51 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: SeekAndFind

Just wait until ABC & the rest hear about this.


3 posted on 11/17/2014 1:58:06 PM PST by skeeter
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To: SeekAndFind
Way past time for Impeachment, I hope the military doesn't remove him and seize power.
4 posted on 11/17/2014 1:59:29 PM PST by 2001convSVT (Going Galt as fast as I can.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Waitress, could I have another cup of coffee to go with my big steaming plate of schadenfreude?

CC


5 posted on 11/17/2014 2:01:25 PM PST by Celtic Conservative (stercus accidit)
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To: SeekAndFind

Right into the Gruber.


6 posted on 11/17/2014 2:01:50 PM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: SeekAndFind

This was discussed this morning on bloomberg. It is interesting that the approval/disapproval ratio is reversed for those actually using obamacare. Supposedly signups and renewals are happening much smoother this year at twice the pace or something like that.


7 posted on 11/17/2014 2:02:18 PM PST by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Let me tell you something: the lower it goes, the more Obola, Gruber and Pelousy enjoy cramming it down our throats.


8 posted on 11/17/2014 2:03:08 PM PST by Steely Tom (Thank you for self-censoring.)
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To: skeeter

“Just wait until ABC & the rest hear about this.”

They’ll ignore it.


9 posted on 11/17/2014 2:03:39 PM PST by vladimir998
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To: SeekAndFind

He Does Not Care. He’s narcissistic. It’s all about him.


10 posted on 11/17/2014 2:03:45 PM PST by SkyDancer (I Was Told Nobody Is Perfect But Yet, Here I Am)
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To: DonaldC

Yeah right! The folks signed up for a freebie, love it. But signing up and actually USING it are two different things. I’d like to see the numbers for people who have actually triedto use it for something other than the sniffles, and those whoare actually paying for it, without subsidies.


11 posted on 11/17/2014 2:23:58 PM PST by GilesB
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To: vladimir998
Oh no thats not possible. When Bush's popularity hit 40% they ran it as a headline.

Day after day.

12 posted on 11/17/2014 2:25:15 PM PST by skeeter
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To: MrB

I don’t doubt the existence of people like that but I believe most of this 37% is people who still think they are gonna get something free out of bammycare. Watch what happens as these leaches find out that their shiny new bammycare card won’t actually get them a free doctor, or possibly any doctor at all.


13 posted on 11/17/2014 2:31:06 PM PST by RightOnTheBorder
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To: skeeter

No wonder Obama thinks he just got a mandate... /s /s /s /s /s


14 posted on 11/17/2014 2:31:52 PM PST by DoughtyOne (The mid-term elections were perfect for him. Now Obama can really lead from behind.)
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To: RightOnTheBorder

no, the 37% is hard core leftist that mindlessly support the liberal agenda.


15 posted on 11/17/2014 2:36:25 PM PST by bert ((K.E.; N.P.; GOPc.;+12, 73, ..... Obama is public enemy #1)
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To: SeekAndFind

I lost my insurance at work because of it.
In MY house it’s 100% disapprove.......................................


16 posted on 11/17/2014 2:37:58 PM PST by Red Badger (If you compromise with evil, you just get more evil..........................)
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To: DoughtyOne
Beg yer pardon, but 146 million voters is a huge mandate, their not voting notwithstanding.

Incidentally that is approximately the same number of voters not voting for Obama in '12. Can you imagine the reaction from the MSM if the GOP had tried to claim to speak for them as Obama did recently? They still be laughing.

17 posted on 11/17/2014 2:46:25 PM PST by skeeter
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To: skeeter

LOL, ya think?

I agree!


18 posted on 11/17/2014 2:47:38 PM PST by DoughtyOne (The mid-term elections were perfect for him. Now Obama can really lead from behind.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Kill it NOW.


19 posted on 11/17/2014 2:52:01 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: SeekAndFind

While the public appears to have the same opinion of both, this particular poll is about the ACA (Obamacare) and not about Obama’s approval rating.


20 posted on 11/17/2014 2:52:23 PM PST by centurion316
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