Rasmussen: ObamaCare falls to lowest level of support

posted at 9:30 am on September 28, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama’s woes on ObamaCare continue to worsen, as Rasmussen now puts support at its lowest point of the year.  Only 41% favor the health-care reform plans in Congress now, while a steady 56% oppose them.  Seniors hate the idea, and independents have almost disappeared from Obama’s flank on this issue:

Just 41% of voters nationwide now favor the health care reform proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats. That’s down two points from a week ago and the lowest level of support yet measured.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 56% are opposed to the plan.

Senior citizens are less supportive of the plan than younger voters. In the latest survey, just 33% of seniors favor the plan while 59% are opposed. The intensity gap among seniors is significant. Only 16% of the over-65 crowd Strongly Favors the legislation while 46% are Strongly Opposed.

For the first time ever, a slight plurality of voters now express doubt that the legislation will become law this year. Forty-six percent (46%) say passage is likely while 47% say it is not. Those figures include 18% who say passage is Very Likely and 15% who say it is Not at All Likely. Sixty percent (60%) are less certain.

If Democrats still believe that the anger during the August recess in town-hall meetings was inauthentic, their own polling numbers will shock them:

The health care debate has produced a difficult political environment for Democrats. Several incumbent Democratic senators currently are behind in their reelection bids including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in Nevada, Chris Dodd in Connecticut and Michael Bennet in Colorado. Republicans appear to have a better shot than expected at hanging on to the New Hampshire Senate seat, and GOP incumbents lead in both North Carolina and Iowa. The races for soon-to-be-vacant Senate seats in Missouri and Ohio are neck-and-neck, and longtime incumbent Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer polls under 50% against two potential 2010 challengers in California. Appointed Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand holds a very narrow lead over former Governor George Pataki in a hypothetical match-up for New York State’s 2010 Senate race.

If the signs point to a midterm debacle for Democrats, no one can say they weren’t warned.  Two demographic factors will come into play a year from now: seniors and independents.  In 2008, Democrats got enough of the youth vote to limit any skepticism from older voters, and independents flocked to Barack Obama.  On this issue, the Democrats’ signature domestic policy, both seniors and independents have fled their coalition.

Independents now oppose ObamaCare by almost than 3-1, 72%-26%, which is almost the same as the Republican split at 79%-19%.  More tellingly, a majority of independents (52%) strongly oppose it.  Fifty-nine percent of seniors oppose ObamaCare, with the aforementioned 46% strongly opposing and only 16% strongly supporting it.  But the news gets even worse in the preceding age demographics, with majorities in opposition among voters in their 30s (57%), 40s (65%), and 50-64 (58%).  Among the 40s, a majority are strongly opposed (54%).

Where will Democrats get their support in 2010?  The only age demographic supporting ObamaCare at all is the 18-29 year olds, who are rather poor at showing up for elections.  In a midterm, that will be even more the case, especially without a charismatic presidential candidate promising Hope and Change at the top of the ticket.  When Democrats run for Congress in the midterms on ObamaCare, cap-and-trade, and the stimulus package, they may have most of the party faithful behind them — but no one else.


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The Taliban is worried the quality of health care for all their Gitmo relatives will be cut back, too.

Cybergeezer on September 28, 2009 at 10:20 AM

Where will Democrats get their support in 2010? The only age demographic supporting ObamaCare at all is the 18-29 year olds

Wait until the kids find out they’re gonna face JAIL time if they don’t buy ObamaCare. Oh, and, will Obamacare cover their vision/dental visits? If so, I picture standard-public-option-issued false teeth and olive-drab specs across college campus…

TN Mom on September 28, 2009 at 10:21 AM

GWB was on the horn regularly with these guys, we’d get word from him like 2nd person.

ted c on September 28, 2009 at 10:18 AM
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I know,it’s unreal.Nothing gets me going quicker that someone trying to pull the rug out from under our,my husband served and my son is in the A.F., military!!Thems fightin’ words in my estimation!

ohiobabe on September 28, 2009 at 10:21 AM

sorry OT last post.

ted c on September 28, 2009 at 10:19 AM

Me too. That said, one conversation in 70 days? Are you fricking kidding me? The GOP members of Congress should be screaming their heads off and demanding a halt to this Copenhagen trip. Contrary to what he Obama claims, he can’t handle more than one thing at a time. And despite what those NJ kids sang, I’m not seeing what he’s accomplishing.

BuckeyeSam on September 28, 2009 at 10:23 AM

Quick, stick an amnesty provision in the bill, import 20 million new Democrat party serfs, and negate all the anger!

amkun on September 28, 2009 at 10:23 AM

Contrary to what he Obama claims, he can’t handle more than one thing at a time

BuckeyeSam on September 28, 2009 at 10:23 AM

He can’t handle one thing at a time…

amkun on September 28, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Everyone now knows Oba-Mao lies.

tarpon on September 28, 2009 at 10:13 AM
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Yeah,love how this author Anderson has by accident uncovered pretty much what we knew,Ayers wrote most if not all of o’s books!:)Do you hear much about it?Of course not!!!

ohiobabe on September 28, 2009 at 10:25 AM

Including Fox News? I could just see Megyn Kelly making him squirm, big time. Sweeeeeeeet !

Steve Z on September 28, 2009 at 10:20 AM
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I would get my popcorn for that one!

ohiobabe on September 28, 2009 at 10:27 AM

He can’t handle one thing at a time…

amkun on September 28, 2009 at 10:24 AM
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Hmmmm,sounds like “you can’t handle the truth”!

ohiobabe on September 28, 2009 at 10:29 AM

Don’t celebrate too soon.

The public may be turning away from Osama Obama’s “a camel in every tent and a lamb in every cooking pot” plans, but he still has Congress, the Obama Jugend, SEIU and ACORN (which is wounded but far from dead) on his side.

We have not seen the serious dirty work yet. The Chicago Jesus will get what he wants, or leave the USA a smoking wreck.

MrScribbler on September 28, 2009 at 10:31 AM

Somebody has to produce that cash before they can take it away at the point of a gun.
That’s the big flaw in the whole plan.
Chainsaw56 on September 28, 2009 at 9:44 AM

But, we will all be standing in bread lines, before the ObamaNuts realize what happened.
faraway on September 28, 2009 at 9:55 AM

The sad fact of the matter is that the Obamabots know that will be the case and they don’t care, as long as they are in control.

The Bread lines being Government administered, Environmentally friendly lines handing out Organic, whole wheat bread to everyone who toes the party line and deferentially bows to ‘The Won’.

Hopefully, people will wake up to the fact that it is the achievers that fuel the engine of enslavement and do something about it before it’s too late.

Chainsaw56 on September 28, 2009 at 10:31 AM

And Rasmussen’s daily POTUS approval poll is -9.

Heh.

Akzed on September 28, 2009 at 10:34 AM

Coming to a cable channel for Christmas; ObamaOnDemand.com! buy one now, get one free!
Or, the Obama Apology game for WII, Playstation II, X-Box, DS, and Gameboy. You’d better put one under your Christmas tree, or you will be classified as racist by the census.

Cybergeezer on September 28, 2009 at 10:36 AM

These results are skewed too. What percentage of liberals to conservatives? Reality is that close to 70% are opposed to obamunistcare now. And it may even be higher.

First of all they always skew the poll, for dubious reasons.
Second, they skew the questions
Third, Its been shown that many people try to give the ‘right’ answers to polls.

Fourth, if the pollster chooses to poll an area that is politically leaning one way or the other, the responses will be more heavily weighted in the direction of the lean.

and on and on.

dogsoldier on September 28, 2009 at 10:37 AM

It doesn’t make any sense why they would push a plan that is this unpopular ‘because they can’.

When the war was going poorly and people didn’t want to continue to fight, that took leadership to do the right thing instead of the thing polls want.

Health Care is something they chose. If they did it right, they wouldn’t have any trouble with it. If they make it incredibly liberal, they won’t get it passed.

I have no idea why this president wants to go up in flames over health care.

ThackerAgency on September 28, 2009 at 10:41 AM

ThackerAgency on September 28, 2009 at 10:41 AM

Doesn’t make any sense to me, either. The “manufactured crisis” strategy isn’t working here, at all. No one but Obamabots buys the lie that the American health care system is about to fall apart.

And with numbers like this, if they do pass it, and when it does fail, people will be more PO’d than ever before. Americans will rightly see it as an unwanted, tyrannical “fix” that broke the system as they wait 6 months for MRIs and will want blood.

amkun on September 28, 2009 at 10:49 AM

The Democrat(ic) party insist on passing a bill that the population of the United States of America is against.

In keeping with Truth In Labeling statutes, isn’t it time that we insist that that party change its name to something other than a word that means a government controlled by the will of t the people?

kurtzz3 on September 28, 2009 at 10:54 AM

I don’t actually think this ass cares about polls or a bounce in the poles or anything of the sort. He’s so egotistical and narcissistic, he thinks he’s some sort of christ figure.

He doesn’t give a damn what anyone wants for healthcare or anything else. He’s going to shove through what he wants shoved through like it or not. To him this is not about government serving the people, it’s not about free market capitalism or democracy. It’s all about him and screw the American people for thinking about themselves in all this when there’s OBAMA to think about.

I hate this sonofabitch, and I despise every stupid, lazy, piece of crap that voted for him.

Spiritk9 on September 28, 2009 at 10:55 AM

I don’t actually think this ass cares about polls or a bounce in the poles or anything of the sort. He’s so egotistical and narcissistic, he thinks he’s some sort of christ figure.

He doesn’t give a damn what anyone wants for health care or anything else. He’s going to shove through what he wants shoved through like it or not. To him this is not about government serving the people, it’s not about free market capitalism or democracy. It’s all about him and screw the American people for thinking about themselves in all this when there’s OBAMA to think about.

I hate this sonofab1tch, and I despise every stupid, lazy, piece of crap that voted for him.

Spiritk9 on September 28, 2009 at 10:55 AM

Drain the D.C. swamp in 2010, again.

allahallahoxenfree on September 28, 2009 at 10:58 AM

LOL..If Obama keeps getting on TV all the time he’ll soon have
what he wants, syndication. They’ll be playing Obama speeches on obscure channels 50 years from now like old I Love Lucy episodes.

Jeff from WI on September 28, 2009 at 9:47 AM

And Odinglenuts will send a boxed set of DVD’s of the best of them to the Queen of England.

mr.blacksheep on September 28, 2009 at 10:58 AM

This ought to help.

Nothing like putting your political(democrats pandering for the Latino vote) interest in front of what is best for the country:

Not only do we need to pay for the health care of people who choose not to have it or don’t work,let’s pay for people that are not even citizens:

Liberals Seek Health Care Access for Illegals
A group of House Democrats say it’s unfair to bar illegal immigrants from paying their own way in a government-sponsored exchange
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/09/27/liberals-seek-health-care-access-illegals/

The Washington Times
FOXNews.com
Sunday, September 27, 2009

Undocumented, if they can afford it, should be able to buy their own private plans. It keeps them out of the emergency room,” said Rep. Michael M. Honda, California Democrat and chairman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.

They are here illegally,how are you going to make them pay.
How are you going to enforce payment from people we have no valid or reliable records on or any way to track them once they leave.

They are here illegally,dumba$$.
Does anybody believe they will all of a sudden start respecting our laws when it comes to health care.

Ask the boarder states how this is working out because their hospital and human services or overrun and broke taking care of illegals.

We all know that it is the tax payer that will get stuck with this health care bill, not the illegal immigrant.

Baxter Greene on September 28, 2009 at 10:59 AM

In keeping with Truth In Labeling statutes, isn’t it time that we insist that party change its name to something other than a word that means a government controlled by the will of t the people?
kurtzz3 on September 28, 2009 at 10:54 AM

Instead of the Democratic Party it should be the Statist Party.

Chainsaw56 on September 28, 2009 at 11:00 AM

And still they’re going to try to ram it through…. for our own “good” of course.

Yakko77 on September 28, 2009 at 11:01 AM

If you think this low number will stop the Libs/socialist from passing this bill.Then your kidding yourself.They know along with Obama that these numbers they have in both the Sen. and house may never come again in 50 years and they will cram anything and everything down our face.They also know we can,t do anything about it until 2010 and a year and half in politics is a life time.

thmcbb on September 28, 2009 at 11:02 AM

The bigger picture is the Congress ignoring the wishes of the masses and trying to cram this fiasco down our throats.

When will get rid of these clowns?

bluegrass on September 28, 2009 at 11:03 AM

kakistocracy

allahallahoxenfree on September 28, 2009 at 11:05 AM

And still they’re going to try to ram it through…. for our own “good” of course.

Yakko77 on September 28, 2009 at 11:01 AM

When will the media label them “out of touch and out of step with the American people”?

Oh yes, that’s only used to knock down Republican Presidents.

Where Democrats are concerned, it’s about making “tough choices” and “a willingness to lead”.

Because what matters is who is in touch with the media groupthink.

NoDonkey on September 28, 2009 at 11:08 AM

There is no “healtcare crisis”. The only crisis we are in right now is a “government spending crisis.”

JAM on September 28, 2009 at 11:10 AM

There is no “healtcare crisis”. The only crisis we are in right now is a “government spending crisis.”

JAM

DAMN YOU and your…….truth! It’s EXACTLY that kind of attitude that is going to cost us the Olympics!

allahallahoxenfree on September 28, 2009 at 11:14 AM

Rasmussens numbers are fascinating as are the individual reports from the Dem’s own backyards. Reid and Pelosi are leading the sheep to slaughter. The Dem’s are tied to this bill/effort and the longer it is pushed and crammed down, the lower will be their overall and individual numbers. Go Reid and Pelosi…. go and get down!

highninside on September 28, 2009 at 11:23 AM

DAMN YOU and your…….truth! It’s EXACTLY that kind of attitude that is going to cost us the Olympics!

allahallahoxenfree on September 28, 2009 at 11:14 AM

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Screw the Olympics and the world view of its importance

bluegrass on September 28, 2009 at 11:35 AM

Time for another joint session of Congress

rjoco1 on September 28, 2009 at 11:38 AM

This must be made available to all voters, Hellcare for illegals.

And, may the youth wake up soon. They will be taxed like crazy, paying for the 55 years old.

Schadenfreude on September 28, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Screw the Olympics and the world view of its importance

bluegrass on September 28, 2009 at 11:35 AM

The corruption in the Olympics just about makes them a political party.

The Chinese had those games bought and paid for in more ways than one when they were held in Beijing a couple years ago.

Yakko77 on September 28, 2009 at 11:42 AM

If you think this low number will stop the Libs/socialist from passing this bill.Then your kidding yourself.They know along with Obama that these numbers they have in both the Sen. and house may never come again in 50 years and they will cram anything and everything down our face.

I would believe this, except for the fact that they seem to keep hemming and hawing about passing it. If the politics of it don’t matter, then what are they waiting for? They have HR3200, the Senate could copy it and pass it tomorrow.

It can’t be both ways – IOW’s they can’t be hell bent on passing it, only to not pass it. If politics aren’t coming into play, it would be law by now, they have the numbers. Which leaves only one conclusion: the Dems are scared to pass it now because of it’s unpopularity and the lack of political cover from the Repubs. So, they keep trying to polish it and repackage it hoping to minimize the damage that passage of it is sure to bring. I personally believe that a large number of Dems would prefer to let this die (can’t run an attack ad for a vote not taken) and then spin like heck to blame the “right wing”.

volnation on September 28, 2009 at 11:45 AM

The Dems realize that they have been handed their own wet turd with this health care debacle.
They can’t get the Repubs to handle it and are scrambling to keep them from getting credit for flushing it.

justltl on September 28, 2009 at 12:13 PM

I guess when Americans say “NOPE!”, Obama and the Demorats in Congress hear “HOPE!”

WannabeAnglican on September 28, 2009 at 12:15 PM

Breitbart’s BigGovernment paints an even bleaker picture, i.e. can Dem’s even win at the National level at all without fradulent ACORN votes. Hmmmmmm.

http://esr.ibiblio.org/?p=1261

Archimedes on September 28, 2009 at 12:19 PM

I guess when Americans say “NOPE!”, Obama and the Demorats in Congress hear “HOPE!”

WannabeAnglican on September 28, 2009 at 12:15 PM

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Mabe their hope is for DOPES

bluegrass on September 28, 2009 at 1:01 PM

“geniuses” rahm, axelrEd and obama painted themselves int a corner.

if the force obamacare thru they lose the INd’s.

if they water i down or table it they lose their base.

it’s a win-win for the good guys!

reliapundit on September 28, 2009 at 1:20 PM

How can this be? Super lard ass, Mr. Know-it-all, Michael Moore was on CNN just a few days ago telling us that the vast majority of Americans want this craptastic legislation.

TrickyDick on September 28, 2009 at 1:45 PM

Still don’t have the confidence that the Repubs won’t snatch defeat from the jaws of victory on O-med!

chickasaw42 on September 28, 2009 at 2:16 PM

This looks like an exercise in pushing completely undesirable legislation through Congress regardless of public opinion.
This may be a rehearsal for the election of Barack the Speaker in 2012.

Cybergeezer on September 28, 2009 at 2:21 PM

Fail please!

redwhiteblue on September 28, 2009 at 3:44 PM

I bet if you polled those 18-29 year olds, a majority of them think this is free. I doubt if half of them even bothered to educate themselves on the issue.

Terrye on September 28, 2009 at 3:48 PM

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