The Blog

Two-Thirds of Independents Support Repeal

8:24 AM, Dec 29, 2010 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Widget tooltip
Single Page Print Larger Text Smaller Text Alerts

The latest Rasmussen poll of likely voters shows that 66 percent of independents support the repeal of Obamacare, while only 30 percent oppose it. Since the Democrats, of course, are the party that passed Obamacare -- without a single Republican vote -- it's amazing that independents are even more supportive of repeal than Democrats are opposed to it. Democrats oppose repeal by the tally of only 60 to 37 percent.

Two-Thirds of Independents Support Repeal

Moreover, among independents who feel "strongly," more than half (54 percent) support Obamacare's repeal, while barely a fifth (21 percent) oppose it. It's not hard to see why: The poll shows that a mere 15 percent of independents think Obamacare would lower health costs, just 9 percent think it would reduce the deficit, and only 11 percent think it would improve the quality of American health care.

Overall, 60 percent of likely voters (independents, Democrats, and Republicans, alike) support Obamacare's repeal, while only 38 percent oppose it. 

CNN, which makes no effort to screen for likely voters, and therefore tends to show more support for Obamacare than actually exists, shows somewhat similar results -- with 54 percent of Americans opposing Obamacare and only 43 percent supporting it. Among independents, CNN shows 59 percent opposing Obamacare and only 37 percent supporting it.  CNN shows that men and women; Americans who are over 50, or under 50; who make more than $50,000, or less than $50,000; who have attended college, or haven't attended college; and who live in rural areas, suburban areas, or urban areas -- all oppose Obamacare.

Recent Blog Posts

The Weekly Standard Archives

Browse 15 Years of the Weekly Standard

Old covers