More Bad News for Obama on Obamacare
1:09 PM, Feb 22, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Whatever the press corps may think the upcoming election will be about, one thing remains clear: Americans overwhelmingly support the repeal of President Obama’s centerpiece legislation. According to the latest Rasmussen poll of likely voters, Americans support the repeal of Obamacare by a margin of 15 percentage points — 53 to 38 percent. This marks the 27th consecutive Rasmussen poll, spanning nine months’ time, that shows double-digit support for repeal.
The poll also shows that by a margin of 50 to 32 percent, Americans think it is at least “somewhat likely” that Obamacare will be repealed. Given that Obamacare can’t be repealed while Obama remains in office, such a response would not seem to bode particularly well for Obama’s reelection prospects.
In a way, this isn’t surprising. If a president spends the bulk of his efforts during a 4-year term securing passage of legislation that the American people not only don’t want but overwhelmingly want to have repealed, it seems unlikely that they’d give him another term as a reward for his efforts. And it seems even more unlikely that they’d do so if that meant allowing him to block their desire for repeal.