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As Supreme Court about to hear Oral Arguments, Three Polls show strong opposition to ObamaCare

by | Mar 20, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

A week out from a three-day vetting by the United States Supreme Court, three recent polls showed the depths of the opposition to ObamaCare. The numbers are genuinely striking, especially given that supporters have massaged questions for months to try to tamp down the level of opposition.

From a story at ABC News summarizing the key results of an ABC News/Washington Post poll that was conducted by telephone March 7-10,

“Two-thirds of Americans say the U.S. Supreme Court should throw out either the individual mandate  in the federal health care law or the law in its entirety,  signaling the depth of public disagreement with that  element of  the Affordable Care Act. This ABC News/Washington Post poll finds that Americans oppose the law overall by 52-41 percent. And 67 percent believe the high court should either ditch the  law or at least the portion that requires nearly all Americans to have coverage.”

And, as so often is the case with anything related to President Obama, the intensity edge goes to opponents. Forty-one percent strongly oppose the law, as compared to only a quarter strongly support it.

The same ABC News story adds

“The Obama administration has long had difficulty convincing Americans of the benefits of the law. In a January 2011 ABC/Post poll, for example, more people expected the law to increase rather than decrease the deficit (62-29 percent), hurt rather than help the economy (54-39 percent) and cut rather than create jobs (46-38   percent).”

In results from a poll taken over the weekend by Rasmussen Reports of likely voters, 56% at least somewhat favor repeal of ObamaCare (including 46% who Strongly Favor it). On the other side 39% oppose repeal, with 29% who are Strongly Opposed.

More evidence the public has zip confidence either in the law itself and/or the likelihood the Supreme Court will uphold ObamaCare. A poll taken for The Hill newspaper “indicated that 49 percent of likely voters said they expect a court ruling that is unfavorable to the Affordable Care Act, while just 29 percent think it will be upheld and 22 percent aren’t sure,” writes the Hill’s Elise Viebeck.

According to ABC News, sentiment runs along party lines. 63% of Democrats support the law (41% strongly) compared to three-quarters of Republicans who oppose (60% strongly). Moreover the key group–Independents– oppose the law by 51%-43%. Among Independents, strong opponents outnumber strong supporters by 2-1.

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