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Gallup Poll Shows ObamaCare’s Enduring Unpopularity

by | Nov 17, 2011

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-abortion President Barack Obama

Two days after the Supreme Court agreed to hear a challenge to ObamaCare, Gallup has released a poll today showing that a plurality of adult Americans want the 2010 “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” repealed.

By way of offering context, not only have other polls have shown more Americans willing to repeal the President’s “signature” domestic issue, innumerable polls have found that many more people have an unfavorable opinion of ObamaCare than favorable. For example, just a few weeks ago a poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation revealed that 51% of the respondents had an unfavorable view of the ObamaCare compared to only 34 % had a favorable impression—a 3-2 margin.

Gallup found

“Given a choice, 47% of Americans favor repealing the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, while 42% want it kept in place. Views on this issue are highly partisan, with Republicans strongly in favor of repeal and the large majority of Democrats wanting the law kept in place.”

That partisan divide is clearly true but slightly misleading. Among Republicans 80% percent want ObamaCare repealed; only 10% want it kept in place By contrast 64% of Democrats want to keep ObamaCare ; but 21% of Democrats want it repealed.

However, Independents favor repeal over maintaining ObamaCare, 48% to 43%, numbers very close to the totals for all of the 1,012 adults surveyed.

As discussed yesterday, both the Obama administration and the lawyer representing the National Federation of Independent Businesses–one of the plaintiffs in the case the High Court will hear– expressed confidence the justices would see the case their way. Ordinary the justices allot one hour to a case. For ObamaCare they’ll devote 5 ½ hours to address four major questions raised by the plaintiff’s suit and the Justice Department’s response.

They are the “individual mandate,” the highly controversial and abidingly unpopular requirement  that virtually every American obtain health insurance by 2014 or pay a penalty; if the mandate is declared unconstitutional, how much (some of the law, as the Administration prefers, all of the law, as the NFIB prefers) of ObamaCare must fall; the law’s expansion of  Medicaid; and finally the threshold question –whether the High Court can get/should get involved until the mandate goes into effect in 2014 and somebody fails to get insurance or pay a penalty.

Two other side notes. Brian Lamb, CSPAN chairman, wrote Chief Justice John Roberts today requesting that he allow for a televised broadcast of the oral arguments in the Obamacare case. This would be unprecedented, but Lamb argued, “It is a case which will affect every American’s life, our economy, and will certainly be an issue in the upcoming presidential campaign.”

In addition the New York Times’ Sheryl Gay Stolberg reminded readers (in “Insurance Mandate May Be Health Bill’s Undoing”) that when Obama was dueling with Hilary Rodham Clinton over health care in the 2008 presidential primaries,  Obama “was adamant about one thing: Americans, he insisted, should not be required to buy health insurance.”

“If things were that easy,” Mr. Obama told the talk show host Ellen DeGeneres in February of that year, “I could mandate everybody to buy a house, and that would solve the problem of homelessness. It doesn’t.”

Given how deeply unpopular the individual mandate was—and continues to be–Stolberg then comments, “Now President Obama may wish he had stuck to those words.”

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