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Core Obama/Democratic constituencies rebelling against the President and ObamaCare

by | Dec 5, 2013


By Dave Andrusko

Pro-abortion President Barack Obama

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Yesterday we talked about the tremendous hit that President Obama has taken from so-called Millennials, those 18-29, as has ObamaCare, his “signature domestic achievement” (see “Obama’s approval bottoms out with Millennials”). Today we’ll discuss another core constituency growing increasingly alienated.

On Wednesday we quoted National Journal’s Ron Fournier, who was interpreting the devastating results of a poll taken by Harvard University’s Institute of Politics:

“The survey, part of a unique 13-year study of the attitudes of young adults, finds that America’s rising generation is worried about its future, disillusioned with the U.S. political system, strongly opposed to the government’s domestic surveillance apparatus, and drifting away from both major parties. It blows a gaping hole in the belief among many Democrats that Obama’s two elections signaled a durable grip on the youth vote.

“Indeed, Millennials are not so hot on their president.

“Obama’s approval rating among young Americans is just 41 percent, down 11 points from a year ago, and now tracking with all adults. While 55 percent said they voted for Obama in 2012, only 46 percent said they would do so again” …

“57 percent of millennials disapprove of Obamacare, with 40 percent saying it will worsen their quality of care and a majority believing it will drive up costs. Only 18 percent say Obamacare will improve their care. Among 18-to-29-year-olds currently without health insurance, less than one-third say they’re likely to enroll in the Obamacare exchanges.”

In that survey came another intriguing result: young blacks say they are much less motivated to vote in 2014.

But a story in today’s National Journal is perhaps even more ominous for the President. Alex Roarty observes

“It’s not the voters who hate Obamacare the most who are going to matter in next year’s elections. It’s the independents who frequently side with Democrats but could, if propelled by a distaste for the health care law, take a serious look at the GOP in 2014. And on this front, Democrats have a big problem with one of their most crucial constituencies—white women.

“Polling provided to National Journal by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that white women have soured considerably on the law, especially in the month since its botched rollout. The skepticism runs especially deep among blue-collar women, sometimes known as ‘waitress moms,’ whose deeply pessimistic attitudes toward the Affordable Care Act should riddle Democratic candidates with anxiety.”

Roarty was examining a poll conducted for the National Journal by the Kaiser Family Foundation and found that a total of 50% of college-educated white women either have a “very unfavorable” view of ObamaCare (40%) or “somewhat unfavorable” (10%) —an overall increase of 8 points in a month.

But those numbers are far, far worse among white women without a college education. A total of 63% have a “very unfavorable” (50%) view of the law while an additional 13% view ObamaCare “somewhat unfavorably.” Only one in six (16%) have a favorable view of the law.

Roarty is not exaggerating when he calls these numbers “astounding.”

However there in another development we have posted about regularly that should not get lost in a discussion of Obama’s loss of support among key constituencies. The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake and Sean Sullivan wrote about it today in “Why Barack Obama can’t win.”

“President Obama has reached a new low in his presidency — this much is clear.

“But the president’s lowest-ever approval ratings don’t even tell quite how bad it is for Obama. For that, you need to look at how he is viewed on the issues.

“Recent polling from the Pew Research Center and Quinnipiac University has shown Obama’s approval rating on almost all major issues plunging into the 30s — below even his lowest-ever overall approval rating, which has stood around 40 percent in recent polls.”

Put all of this in the context of the public’s growing loss of faith in the President’s honesty and competence and you see why he out, campaign-style, trying to gin up support.

As we have discussed previously, a majority in several polls do not believe Obama is honest or trustworthy—and when it comes to implementing the rollout of the health insurance exchanges (aka, only one-third described the President as honest and trustworthy.

No wonder the President is trying (yet again) to change the subject.

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