Margin Favoring Repeal Hits 20 Points
10:01 AM, Aug 30, 2011 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
According to the latest Rasmussen poll of likely voters, Americans support the repeal of Obamacare by a margin of 20 percentage points (57 to 37 percent), with 46 percent “strongly” supporting repeal. To put that into perspective, more than twice as many Americans “strongly” support repeal (46 percent) as “strongly” support Obama (22 percent — the poll’s tally for the past week).
If this news weren’t bad enough for the White House’s current occupant, independent voters are even less fond of Obamacare than voters as a whole. By a tally of 58 to 37 percent, independents support repeal. Among independents who feel “strongly” (either way), 49 percent support repeal, while only 21 percent oppose it — nearly one-half to barely one-fifth.
It’s hardly just independents, however, that want to give Obamacare the boot. Support for repeal outpaces opposition to repeal among men, women, people who are married, people who are single, all age-groups (even the under-30 group), and all income levels (even the under $20,000 group).
Americans have repeatedly been told that Obamacare would lower health costs, lower deficits, and improve the quality of health care — but they aren’t remotely buying any of that. By a margin of 41 points (56 to 15 percent), likely voters think Obamacare would raise, rather than lower, health costs. By a margin of 43 points (55 to 12 percent), they think it would raise, rather than lower, deficits. By a margin of 29 points (49 to 20 percent), they think it would reduce, rather than improve, the quality of health care.
Clearly, a replacement is in order.