Repeal Can't Be Embraced Without Being Offered
First things first.
12:16 PM, Apr 10, 2010 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
"Repeal, and then real reform" is clearly the political message that most Americans, especially most of those who are strongly engaged, want to hear. However, the Left has taken some solace in a CNN poll showing that "only" 47 percent of Americans want to see Obamacare repealed, as opposed to Rasmussen's poll which shows that 54 percent do (compared to only 42 percent who don't).
Three things need to be noted: One, CNN didn't screen for likely voters; Rasmussen does. Two, CNN echoes Rasmussen's findings on voter intensity, noting that "The new law seems to have riled up Republicans without really getting Democrats fired up. Half of Republicans are angry about the new health care law; most Democrats favor the law but only one in three are enthusiastic about it." Three, when CNN asked Americans whether they thought the law is good as is, is good but doesn't go far enough, is bad but has some merit, or has no merit whatsoever, 56 percent picked one of the last two answers, compared with only 42 percent who picked one of the first two. But when asking about repeal, CNN asked whether Congress should let the bill stand, should amend it "to increase the government's involvement," or should repeal "most" parts and "replace them with a completely different set of proposals." These three answers more or less correspond to the first three answers to the previous question. But the obvious fourth answer -- that the law should be repealed altogether (with or without subsequent reforms) -- wasn't even asked. About half of all respondents still picked the answer that sounded most like full repeal. But the way the question was asked demonstrates this truth: If you don't even offer full repeal, Americans can't embrace it -- a lesson for CNN and the GOP alike.