1:03 PM, Sep 16, 2013 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
A new USA Today/Pew poll on Obamacare is out today. According to the fine print on the poll, "Three years after President Obama signed his signature health care overhaul, Americans are as negative toward it as they have ever been, and disapproval of the president on the issue has reached a new high."
What inferences can we draw from this poll result? Well, here's the first paragraph of USA Today's write-up on the poll:
WASHINGTON -- Republican lawmakers have failed in dozens of attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but a new USA TODAY/Pew Research Center Poll shows just how difficult they have made it for President Obama's signature legislative achievement to succeed.
Later in the article, the debate over Obamacare is framed this way:
Opponents say the law's own shortcomings are responsible for its travails. "This program is not ready for prime time," says Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., chief sponsor of a bill passed by the U.S. House last week to delay the exchanges until additional anti-fraud measures are put in place. (Like dozens of previous House-passed measures on Obamacare, it isn't expected to pass the Senate.)
When Obama signed the law more than three years ago, supporters predicted Americans would embrace it as some of the most popular provisions went into effect, including measures that have helped seniors pay prescription costs, protected children who have serious medical conditions and enabled young adults to stay on their parents' insurance plans until age 26.
But that turnaround in public opinion hasn't happened, at least not yet.
It's more than a little odd that the article doesn't acknowledge that the law was deeply unpopular before it was passed, and Democrats insisted on passing it anyway. Supporters may have predicted it would become popular, but there was scant evidence that it would later be embraced following the initial public opposition. It is quite a stretch to to suggest Republican attempts to repeal the bill—which are broadly reflective of the public's sustained dislike of the legislation—are making it difficult for the law to succeed.
It is tiring to complain about media bias, but it remains omnipresent and obvious.
2:14 PM, Jul 24, 2013 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll says that Obamacare is now more unpopular than at any time since the Democrats passed it into law (without a single Republican vote) more than three years ago. The poll shows that, by a margin of 13 percentage points (47 to 34 percent), Americans think Obamacare is a “bad idea,” rather than a “good idea.” Minus-13 points is the worst net approval rating that Obamacare has posted in the ten NBC News/Wall St. Journal polls taken post-passage. Among those who feel “strongly” (either way), Obamacare’s net approval rating is even a bit worse — minus-15 points (41 to 26 percent).
2:42 PM, Jul 2, 2013 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Many Republican insiders continue to push the narrative that the GOP lost in 2012 because of the Hispanic vote and social issues, rather than because a badly broken Republican nomination process produced a candidate who didn’t emphasize Obamacare and didn’t motivate downscale rural white Americans to vote. In light of this ongoing debate, it’s worth revisiting Gallup’s illuminating polling on abortion.
8:14 AM, Jun 26, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The latest depressing news on the descent of a formerly free people into a state of sheepdom comes with a Gallup survey on the matter of regulating the permissible portions of soft drinks. Seems three out of ten Americans are okay with a law (presumably federal) that would limit the allowable serving size of a soft drink to something that is deemed acceptable by busybodies living lives of not-so-quiet desperation.
2:16 PM, Jun 24, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
A new poll by Rasmussen finds that only 28 percent believe the federal government will secure the border if the immigration bill passes.
8:29 AM, Jun 21, 2013 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
The June Kaiser Health Tracking Poll indicates that Obamacare is now less popular than it has been at any time since October 2011 — about three months before Mitt Romney won his first Republican primary. (Romney, of course, chose not to emphasize Obamacare during the presidential campaign.) Kaiser’s polling now says that — by an 8-point margin — Americans hold an unfavorable (43 percent), rather than favorable (35 percent), view of Obamacare. That’s the worst result for Obamacare in the past 17 surveys that Kaiser has conducted.
12:31 PM, Jun 20, 2013 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
The latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll indicates that independents like the sound of “Obamacare” even less than they like the sound of the “health reform law.” By a margin of 11 percentage points (43 to 32 percent), independents have an “unfavorable,” rather than a “favorable,” view of the “health reform law.” By a margin of 19 points (52 to 33 percent), they have an “unfavorable,” rather than a “favorable,” view of “Obamacare.”
1:22 PM, Jun 11, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Scott Brown, the Republican senator from Massachusetts who lost reelection last year to Democrat Elizabeth Warren, could be competitive challenging a Democratic senator in the state next door, according to a new poll from the Washington Free Beacon. In a hypothetical match-up between Brown and New Hampshire senator Jeanne Shaheen, the Democrat would lead by just four points.
Here's more from the Beacon:
9:19 AM, May 8, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The people are speaking, through a Gallup Poll, and as Daniel Strauss writes in the Hill, they aren't talking any language the political class understands:
12:02 PM, May 1, 2013 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
The April Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, which finds that only 35 percent of American have a favorable opinion of Obamacare, has been getting a lot of well-deserved attention. But this top-line finding misses a more compelling point: Even Kaiser, the most reliably pro-Obamacare of all of the Obamacare polling outfits, says that the overhaul’s popularity has dropped dramatically from the time of its passage.
11:00 AM, Mar 9, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
A new poll measuring public opinion of gun control measures being considered in Colorado finds the issue could be politically dangerous for Democrats. And most don’t think “sweeping gun control measures will make them any safer,” according to the pollster.