Rasmussen: ObamaCare support dropping again

posted at 12:55 pm on October 19, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

After the CBO gave the Baucus summary a preliminary score of being deficit-neutral, the Obama administration hoped for a reversal in widespread opposition to the ObamaCare overhaul.  Rasmussen’s latest poll of likely voters shows the opposite has happened.  Opposition has firmed up at 54%, while support has dropped four points over the last two weeks:

Now that the Senate Finance Committee has passed its version of health care reform, 42% of voters nationwide favor the health care reform plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats. That’s down two points from a week ago and down four from the week before.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 54% are opposed to the plan.

The numbers have been remarkably stable throughout the debate. With the exception of bounces following presidential television appearances, support for the plan has stayed in a very narrow range from 41% to 46%. Currently, 24% Strongly Favor the legislative effort and 42% are Strongly Opposed.

While voters are skeptical of the plan working its way through Congress, 54% say that major changes are needed in the health care system. Sixty-one percent (61%) say it’s important for Congress to pass some reform.

In the wake of Obama’s speech to Congress, the ObamaCare effort won a brief moment of majority support, 51% to 46%.  Opposition rose as high as 56% two weeks later, and had bounced around in the low- to mid-50s ever since.  The current 54% is about the average since Congress went on its August recess.  The 42% support rating is the second-lowest in that period, after a 41% recorded three weeks ago.  Even in the summer, with all of the town hall dramas across the nation, it only got to 42% once; support mainly remained in the mid-40s.

The internals of the poll show big problems for Democrats who wind up supporting it in Congress.  Both men and women oppose it, the latter by eleven points (54%/43%).  Only the youngest category of voters support it; majorities in all other age demographics oppose ObamaCare by wide margins, including 18 points among thirtysomethings (58%/40%) and 20 points for fortysomethings (58%/38%).  Independents still oppose it by similar margins, 56% to 38%.  Among income demographics, only those earning under $20K per year support it; majorities oppose it now in every other income category.

The stat of the day from the Rasmussen internals?  Government workers oppose it by a majority, 55%/43%, with 46% strongly disapproving.  When statists can’t even get government workers to get on board the statist bus, they’ve really overshot their intrusion in the private sector.


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But just because I believe in the Baucus bill and, if it becomes law, I want to see it enforced, doesn’t make me a zombie.

No, it makes you naive and ignorant.

If you seriously think that we’re going to have bureaucrats chasing around people who don’t buy health insurance, you’re delusional.

The federal government barely functions now. Look at all of the tax cheats in the Obama administration and the IRS has been functioning for decades.

You really think some start up organization Obama puts together is going to know its ass from a hole in the ground?

It’s really sweet the faith liberals have in the government. Easy to tell that none of you have ever worked for the government, otherwise, you would realize the stark limitations of what they can do and that it costs twice as much as you can ever possibly imagine, to get anything at all done.

NoDonkey on October 20, 2009 at 9:53 AM

The AMA is just another inert “union” that represents essentially no one other than itself. This is a farce, a sham and the best of fascism. Who ever thought the “United States of America” would descend to these totalitarian depths?

rplat on October 20, 2009 at 10:42 AM

But just because I believe in the Baucus bill and, if it becomes law, I want to see it enforced, doesn’t make me a zombie. Do you listen to Rush or Fox News all the time? If you do, I may consider you to be a zombie.

Jimbo3 on October 20, 2009 at 9:29 AM

No, I don’t listen to Rush or Fox News all the time. I supplement my fix with CNN and ABC and others. It behooves me to stay informed and research regardless of who “speaks” it. Just because Fox or Rush say it, don’t make it so, although more often than not the information is accurate and not colored by divisive hate and leftist superiority, nor name calling!

Supporting the Baucus bill doesn’t make sense to me. I doubt it makes sense to those who authored it. But, WHY would you want something passed that is not going to cover all the ones who are currently uncovered – will force many to have to rethink staying on their employer’s plan, due to increased premiums, probable taxation to the insurance company because it’s probably going to be considered a “cadillac” plan causing employee premiums to rise – increased taxes to the middle class effective, oh now, for something not implemented for 2 more years – medical practitioners who don’t want this type of plan – discouragement of future doctors and nurses – reducing services to medicare and medicaid – all the while politicians opting out because they have a “good plan” (paid for by us already) – having your choices and free will taken away from you? To top it off, you’re going to go tattle like a sissy on someone else! We need affordable healthcare and there needs to be reforms, but this isn’t it. Modify medicaid, make it available for those who can’t/won’t/don’t have health insurance if the govt feels this overwhelming need to mandate insurance. DO NOT FORCE people to participate. This isn’t about health care anyway, it’s all about power and control. There’s been discussion of how this craptastic bill can be rammed down our throats without any help from the conservative/Republican segment. Is that what you want? For anyone’s ideology to be passed with trickery and a big FU to the populace? I’ve not liked that kind of chicanery in the past and I like it even less now.

But you go ahead and support it. Support it while you’re driving your govt mandated car, eating what you’re told because certain foods are not healthy (because we, the govt say so) and getting your news from White House Media, all while freezing during the winter months (you know, because of that pesky global warming) when you can’t afford the utilities because the benevolent one is going to see to it that prices skyrocket and allowing you to live on an ever decreasing paycheck, if you are fortunate to have a job! Seems like a win-win situation to me.

ladyhawke53 on October 20, 2009 at 12:46 PM

Supporting the Baucus bill makes perfect sense to me because, if you are going to cover people with pre-existing conditions, you need to incentivize them to have insurance before those conditions arise and you need to cover everyone in order to economically support “community” rates for the insurance. You can’t give people incentives to only buy coverage when they need coverage or you can’t allow people who have pre-existing conditions to purchase insurance.

Jimbo3 on October 20, 2009 at 1:10 PM

NO government hijacking of healthcare needed. Quit whining and buy your own insurance instead of freeloading on other taxpayers.

indypat on October 20, 2009 at 7:04 PM

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