Quinnipiac: Obamacare opposed 51-35

posted at 11:36 am on November 19, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

This time, it’s not Rasmussen delivering the bad news among likely voters, but Quinnipiac among registered voters — a sample that should lean more towards Obama than away from him.  However, in the latest Q-poll conducted over the full week after Nancy Pelosi slammed her health-care reform bill through Congress, a majority of the 2518 respondents oppose ObamaCare.  And while three-quarters of the respondents find Obama personally likable, he’s at a -12 on the issue (via Geoff A):

Three-quarters of American voters – 74 percent – like President Barack Obama as a person, but only 47 percent like most of his policies, and voters disapprove 51 – 35 percent of the health care overhaul passed by the House of Representatives which he has endorsed, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.

Voters disapprove 53 – 41percent of President Obama’s handling of health care.

Obama’s endorsement of the House of Representatives-passed health care plan makes no difference to 44 percent of American voters, while 24 percent say it makes them view him more favorably; 30 percent less favorably.

And once again, independents are fleeing the President and the Democrats:

The fall-off from Obama’s personal likability to approval of his policies is greater among independent voters, a group Obama carried in the election. Overall 28 percent of Americans say they like Obama personally but not his policies, while 34 percent of independents feel that way.

In fact, independents break harder than the general population on Obama’s handling of health care as well. While Obama getsa 41/53 approval/disapproval rating overall on this issue, among independents it is 35/59.  Among women, whom the White House has attempted to woo on health  care by framing it as a “women’s issue,” Obama is still underwater 44/49.  The overall number has remained fairly consistent for the last three months, however; even in August, Obama has a -13 on the issue.

The health-care plan has similar problems. Independents oppose it almost 2-1, 29/57, while women oppose it by double digits, 36/47.  Obama’s support of it erodes his support, too.  Independents are twice as likely to think less of him than more because of it, 17/33, while women split evenly 26/26.  The ObamaCare debate is undoubtedly a big anchor on his approval ratings.

No matter how much Americans would desire to have a beer summit with the President, they don’t want a government takeover of health care to get it.  That’s bad medicine, and that realization has become more apparent the longer the debate goes on.

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As to the Left’s agenda, what is the end game? What kind of nation do they think they would have on their hands if every insane policy they desire were actually passed into law?

I’s like to see some prominent Republican start to go on the offensive against the entire Leftist agenda and not just parts of it. Start asking big picture questions like, what is the ultimate goal? How much of your taxes will the Left be satisfied in taking before even they admit it’s too much? What is their goal with the KSM trial?

The ‘collective’ Left has as its goal to destroy this country. I don’t know what they have in mind to replace it but it can’t be anything other than a living Hell. Let’s start painting that picture for people. Too many people that vote for Democrats are one issue voters who are ignorant of the Left’s overall goal.

DerKrieger on November 19, 2009 at 1:04 PM

Translation: 74 percent are afraid to be called racist.

Daggett on November 19, 2009 at 11:39 AM

I’m not. I’ll go on the record and say he the most arrogant, ineffective, and unaccomplished POS we’ve ever had as a president.

Where does that 74% come from?

BuckeyeSam on November 19, 2009 at 1:05 PM

kingsjester on November 19, 2009 at 12:56 PM

He is going to respond to her at the start of hour. Katy is her name.

Dire Straits on November 19, 2009 at 1:08 PM

I heard earlier today that the Fox poll has Obama down to 46%. But I can’t find it anywhere.

As far as the stuff about Obama being liked as a person, most Americans liked Bush too for a long long time, that was not enough to keep up his numbers.

Terrye on November 19, 2009 at 1:41 PM

On Drudge Report from the Washington Post reporting the President’s Seoul visit with the troops.

You guys make a pretty good photo op

the president said.

A photo op, huh? How about a little respect for our military, Mr. President? Photo op!!!!

yoda on November 19, 2009 at 1:50 PM

Another pretty good photo op?

I feel sorry for our military. Can you imagine having to stand behind him or salute?

lonestar1 on November 19, 2009 at 2:55 PM

And while three-quarters of the respondents find Obama personally likable…

That’s a poll question?

I don’t care if he has the personality of a foulmouthed cabbie, I wont an effective leader who actually follows and adheres to the friggin’ Constitution damn it!!!!


Yakko77 on November 19, 2009 at 4:30 PM