Just 24% Of Americans Want Supreme Court To Uphold Obamacare

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According to a new New York Times/CBS poll, a strong plurality of respondents want Obamacare overturned entirely. Some 27% want just the health insurance mandate over turned, and 24% don’t want it touched at all.

There was greater Republican opposition to the law than Democratic support. About two-thirds of Republicans in the recent survey said the entire law should be overturned, while 43 percent of Democrats said all of the law should be upheld.

More than 70 percent of independent voters said they wanted to see some or all of the law struck down, with a majority saying they hoped to see the whole law overturned. Twenty-two percent of independents said they hoped the entire law would survive.

Responses varied by education, too. Nearly a third of respondents with a college education said they would like to see the law upheld, compared with about 20 percent of those without a college degree.

Of course, public opinion matters very little at this point. Or should matter very little. The Justices are to rule based on the law, not how people think things ought to be.

SCOTUS is expected to release their ruling some time later this month.

What this poll does show is that there’s little appetite for tinkering with the law. The “Obama just needs some tweaking and changes” line we’re hearing from some Democrats, notably liberal candidates like Heidi Heitkamp here in North Dakota facing a long-shot election in a state that despises the law, isn’t going to cut it.

Obamacare needs to be overturned and replaced with reforms that move away, rather than toward, third-party health care payers. Health care would be cheaper and more accessible if health care were a personal responsibility.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Bat One

    Interesting that less than half of Democrats polled think the entire law should be retained as is.  And that 43% of Democrats seems vaguely familiar.  Pity the survey wasn’t broken down by states..

  • borborygmi

    Shocker: Less then 1/2 of want the Healthcare thrown out
    only 27% want to overturn the Mandate, a decrease from previous poll.
    Fun with Headlines 101;    Rob you make me smile. Thanks

    • Wayne

      I know this will be hard for you to understand but 41% that want the whole thing thrown out plus 27% that want just the mandate overturned means that 68% want the mandate overturned.

      • Wayne

        I believe this poll is much too optimistic about the favorability of Obamaocare.

        • Wayne

          So what if everyone has government health insurance?  In the not to distant future there is no government (taxpayer) money for health care.  Old people and those with expensive diseases to treat will be the first to be left to die.

          • borborygmi

            I like the steady progression , 68%, wait the poll is too optimistic , wait so what if it passes there won’t be any money,   from no doubt to some doubt to old people are going to die.  Too funny Wayne.  Way to be sure of yourself.  One little poll and you are pissing down your leg.
                    Side note old people do die, even under the present insurance program.  The insurance company won’t cover some things. They don’t want to it cuts into their bottom line.

          • Gern Blanston

            Better that option than “the government doesn’t want it to cut into their bottom line – especialy in states where they didn’t get stong support at the polls.”  Of course, the current government has no bottom line. Heathcare will be paid for everyone becasue they’ll just print more money.

          • borborygmi

            Either way old people die.  Oh and the ones that can’t get coverage because of preexisting conditions we will continue to pay for them.

  • LastBestHope

    Just linked this poll over to POLITICAL WIRE…a hive of liberals that attack any and all news that is not Obama friendly.

    Visit for fun and leave a post..it’s a Disqus site. You WILL get a reaction….

    http://politicalwire.com/archives/2012/06/07/obama_and_the_media_freak_show.html

  • howiseeit

    I’m still disgusted that our legislators passed a bill that the majority did not want.  They are no better than liars and thieves.   Everyone who voted for it should be tossed out on their a*s and maybe sent to jail.  It’s unconscionable.

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