Rasmussen: ObamaCare more unpopular than ever
posted at 12:16 pm on September 16, 2009 by Ed Morrissey
And on the seventh day since Barack Obama gave The Word to a joint session Congress, the voters have seen ObamaCare and pronounced it … not good. Rasmussen now reports that opposition to ObamaCare has hit its highest level yet at 55%, with its low equaling its August nadir:
One week after President Obama’s speech to Congress, opposition to his health care reform plan has reached a new high of 55%. The latest Rasmussen Reports daily tracking poll shows that just 42% now support the plan, matching the low first reached in August.
A week ago, 44% supported the proposal and 53% were opposed. Following the speech last Wednesday night intended to relaunch the health care initiative, support for the president’s effort bounced as high as 51% (see day-by-day numbers). But the new numbers suggest that support for health care reform is now about the same as it was in August.
Why have voters so firmly rejected the new appeal from Obama and the Democrats? For one thing, it’s not terribly new. Obama has not offered any new arguments for months on health-care reform. In fact, his White House press office announced that Obama would have his own plan launched before the speech, which has yet to materialize.
Democrats have offered a new argument, though, one that has been firmly rejected:
While some Democrats have charged that opposition to the president’s plan is based upon racism, just 12% of voters agree.
If anyone wonders why the ObamaCare proposals have run into so much firm opposition, one only needs to look to this argument. Democrats can’t understand why Americans don’t want government in charge of the most personal decisions in our lives, and therefore assume we’re all just a bunch of racists. This argument fails to explain why the same idea was just as unpopular 16 years ago when the Clintons tried forcing it on the US. More to the point, it insults the very people Democrats hope to convince.
However, it is nice to see that Jimmy Carter is now identified clearly as a fringe lunatic. Nice.