Skip to comments.Gallup: Obamacare popularity in free fall, reaches lowest rating in pollís history
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.
Gallups 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 Gallups 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 ACAs 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 Obamas legacy achievement in office.
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.
Gallups finding comports with the majority of polls that have taken the nations 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 Gallups 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 todays First Read report on Obamacare is to learn that Jonathan Gruber may have had a point about those stupid American voters not knowing whats 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. Medicares finances have improved due in part to the health-care law. And as for the website, its working much better than it did a year ago.
NBCs reporters observe that the administration believes it has a communications problem when it comes to the ACA, and that the laws 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 administrations 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.
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.”
Just wait until ABC & the rest hear about this.
Waitress, could I have another cup of coffee to go with my big steaming plate of schadenfreude?
Right into the Gruber.
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.
Let me tell you something: the lower it goes, the more Obola, Gruber and Pelousy enjoy cramming it down our throats.
“Just wait until ABC & the rest hear about this.”
They’ll ignore it.
He Does Not Care. He’s narcissistic. It’s all about him.
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.
Day after day.
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.
No wonder Obama thinks he just got a mandate... /s /s /s /s /s
no, the 37% is hard core leftist that mindlessly support the liberal agenda.
I lost my insurance at work because of it.
In MY house it’s 100% disapprove.......................................
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.
LOL, ya think?
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.
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