By a colossal margin, middle class Americans want Obamacare to be repealed. The latest Rasmussen poll of likely voters shows that, among those who make between $40,000 and $60,000 a year, a whopping 68 percent support the repeal of Obamacare, while only 27 percent oppose it — a margin of 41 points. Among those who feel “strongly” (either way), the margin is 52 to 15 percent — or better than 3 to 1.
Such respondents represent the typical American household. The median American household income (based on the latest Census figures) is about $50,000. That’s the same median American household whose real income has fallen 6.7 percent — or $3,609 — during President Obama’s economic “recovery.”
However, those making between $40,000 and $60,000 are hardly the only Americans who support repeal. The poll shows that every income group that makes less than $100,000 (under $20,000; $20,000 to $40,000; $40,000 to $60,000; $60,000 to $75,000; and $75,000 to $100,000) supports repeal — and all but one of those five groups (those making less than $20,000) supports repeal by double-digits. Only those who make more than $100,000 oppose repeal — and even most people who reside in that group think Obamacare would be “bad,” rather than “good,” for the county (by a tally of 46 to 45 percent).
In short, the more you move toward the middle of the income spectrum, the more unpopular Obamacare gets. A party looking to retain or reestablish the connection with the middle class that led to its overwhelming victory in 2010 would be well served to take increased notice of this. The economy is not the route to a GOP victory in 2012 (at least not in isolation); repeal is.