Polls: 2/3’s Of Americans Want Obamacare Overturned, Just 39% Of Democrats Want It Upheld


According to an ABC News/Washington Post poll, 2/3’s of Americans want either the Obamacare individual mandate overturned, or the whole law overturned. Just a quarter of respondents want to keep the law as is, and overall the law has just a 39% approval rating.

And that, as Ed Morrissey points out, from a poll that oversamples Democrats by 11 points.

Last month’s hearings on the constitutionality of health care reform didn’t help its popularity: Public support for Barack Obama’s signature domestic legislation has hit a new low in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, with criticism of the individual mandate as high as ever.

Half the public, moreover, thinks the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on the legislation on the basis of the justices’ partisan political views rather than the law. Fewer, 40 percent, think impartial legal analysis will carry the day, with the rest unsure.

Fifty-three percent of Americans now oppose the law overall, while just 39 percent support it – the latter the lowest in more than a dozen ABC/Post polls since August 2009. “Strong” critics, at 40 percent, outnumber strong supporters by nearly a 2-1 margin in this poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates.

Two-thirds continue to say the high court should throw out either the entire law (38 percent) or at least the part that requires most individuals to obtain coverage (29 percent) or face a penalty; just a quarter want the court to uphold the law as is. Those numbers, like views on the law overall, are essentially unchanged from a month ago.

Meanwhile, an Investor’s Business Daily poll indicates that support for Obamacare is low even among Democrats, with some 50% of those identifying themselves as a member of that party saying they want the law overturned in part or entirely:

Polls continue to show it has little popular support either. For example, a poll just conducted for IBD by TechnoMetrica Market Intelligence found that only 22% said they wanted the justices to uphold the entire law, while 37% said strike down the whole thing and 30% said to strike down only the law’s individual mandate to buy health insurance. Another 10% were unsure.

Strikingly, the same poll found that while 39% of Democrats wanted the law upheld, 38% wanted the mandate struck down and another 12% wanted the whole thing thrown out. In other words, 50% want part or all of the law tossed. Even taking into account that some of those may be liberals who dislike ObamaCare because it isn’t more expansive, it’s a striking rejection of the president’s main accomplishment by his own party.

If you’re wondering why Democrat candidates, especially those campaigning in “red states” like Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota, are very quiet about Obamacare…this is why.

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.

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  • Neiman

    Polls have so little value that I am surprised we keep going to that well, especially as there are virtually no polls that are not designed to produce preferred outcomes. I must also question such yes or no answers, it is easy to say yes or no without thinking what will be the result of our saying yes or no. If we reject it, as I believe it needs to be to preserve our constitution, where are we then with the many problems within our health care delivery system? What would the people accept as good changes, what possible changes could our hopelessly divided Congress agree upon and pass into law that achieves those better ends without producing more problems?

    I do not like a mindless rejection of Obamacare any more than I liked the mindless passage of that damnable law. We are bereft of leadership and right now, it appears only Obama can, to our harm, fill that role for the country.

    • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

      ObamaCare solves no real health care problems.  It creates huge new ones.  One of the massive delusions is that—if ObamaCare survives—you will actually get any sort of quality health care.  Having health care insurance ≠ health care. This has always been true to some extent.  Under ObamaCare, it will be the rule.

      • Neiman

        I think I said more than once, I want Obamacare rejected, I am only complaining about how people respond to issues without any thought of what the impact of their yes or no will have in reality.

  • Jay

    Obamacare was a bill the Dems had “to pass to know what was in it.” It was an attempt to finally foist Hillarycare on the American people. It should be rejected. If there are any aspects of it that are worthwhile, then Congress can pass them in a less clandestine manner than the Dems adopted two years ago. I will not at all be upset to see the Supremes overturn it.

  • SigFan

    It’s not surprising that the public as it learns more about the mess that Obamacare is has turned against it – even it seems some that previously supported it.  Now the questions is how SCTUS will rule, and if they overturn the law if Obama will obey the court or ignore them.  Going to be interesting to say the least.