4:16 PM, Nov 2, 2011 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
The latest Rasmussen poll of likely voters shows that, by a margin of 15 percentage points, Americans support the repeal of President Obama’s signature legislation. Among all respondents, 54 percent support the repeal of Obamacare, compared to 39 percent who oppose it. Independents support repeal by a tally of 53 to 38 percent, and more than four out of five independents who support repeal support it “strongly” (43 percent of independents “strongly” support repeal, while 10 percent support it “somewhat”).
The poll comes on the heels of the Kaiser Health Tracking poll released last week. Despite the fact that only 22 percent of the Kaiser poll’s respondents were Republicans, it showed that Obamacare faces a 17-point public approval deficit (51 to 34 percent); that only 2 percent of Republicans, 11 percent of independents, and 20 percent of Democrats have a “very favorable” opinion of the overhaul; and that support for Obamacare is now lower than at any point since Obama signed it into law.
Repealing Obamacare is not only the most important thing that the next Congress and administration can do, it’s also political gold for the GOP — as these polls demonstrate. The Republicans have a winning issue on their hands if only they’ll continually emphasize the urgent need for repeal, the importance of replacing Obamacare with real reform, and the impossibility of doing either without removing Obama from office.
Unfortunately, the Republican presidential candidates have generally — at least so far — shown a lack of willingness to emphasize the singular importance of repeal, a lack of knowledge of why Obamacare is arguably the worst piece of legislation in American history, or both. The first GOP candidate who steps up and shows clear determination and expertise in this realm stands an excellent chance of winning the party’s nomination.
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