Gallup: Opposition to ObamaCare almost at majority … of adults

posted at 8:48 am on November 30, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Whatever uncertainty Americans feel about ObamaCare has begun to dissipate, and in the wrong direction for Barack Obama and the Democrats.  Over the last month, the number of undecided respondents on Gallup’s question of whether American adults would advise their Congressman to vote for or against ObamaCare slid 11 points, while the overall disapproval of the bill itself hit 49%, as opposed to 44% approval:

Americans currently tilt against Congress’ passing healthcare legislation, with 49% saying they would advise their member to vote against a bill (or they lean that way) and 44% saying they would advocate a vote in favor of the bill (or lean toward advising a yes vote). …

Republicans are overwhelmingly opposed to new healthcare legislation — 86% would advise their member of Congress to vote against it, while 12% would want their member to support it. Democrats, on the other hand, favor it by a 76% to 17% margin. Independents oppose passage of a bill by 53% to 37%.

Support among all three party groups has declined since the early October high — falling by 6 points among Democrats, 8 among independents, and 12 among Republicans. However, Democratic support recovered somewhat from early November (71%) to late November (76%).

Without leaners, the picture looks just as grim for ObamaCare advocates.  Only 35% of adults — not registered or likely voters — support the bill, while 42% oppose it.  Not only is the latter the highest level of opposition so far this year, it’s higher than support ever reached this year, too.  Support rebounded from a low of 29% in October, but only claimed about half of those who made up their minds in that period.

Gallup doesn’t present any historical data on Obama’s approval rating on health care, but he’s upside-down by 13 points on this survey, 40/53.  Democrats approve of his work on the issue at 74%, but as Gallup notes, they approve overall at 80%.  Independents have Obama 25 points under water on health care, 33/58, a dangerous level of disapproval heading into the Senate debate.

Are our elected representatives listening?  They’ll listen a year from now, but if these numbers are any indication, that will be far too late.


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No wonder; Democrats pandering to their base of ill informed, illiterate, and happily ignorant supporters.

Cybergeezer on November 30, 2009 at 8:51 AM

Unprecedented.

BPD on November 30, 2009 at 8:52 AM

Waterloo.

I wonder who those 12 percent Republicans are. They need to attend the VRWC re-education camp.

antisocial on November 30, 2009 at 8:53 AM

FULL SPEED AHEAD….DAMN THE REPUBLIC!!!

They must have this power over the people!!!!

SLAVERY HERE WE COME!!!

PappyD61 on November 30, 2009 at 8:54 AM

The only advice I have, is for the democrats not to pay attention to these poles…you were elected to continue to force your solutions upon us.
Keep going dems. don’t stop, don’t hesitate, don’t listen to the polls, carry on…we are counting on it.

right2bright on November 30, 2009 at 8:54 AM

Considering we’ve yet to see a bill from the Precedent, his approval numbers are that good. Just like the campaign, he speaks in generalizations and shies away from the specifics on this or any other issues. Still awaiting his health care draft. At least one page would be significant but nothing, notta, zilch, zero from the great Zero.

larvcom on November 30, 2009 at 8:58 AM

Are our elected representatives listening?

That’s an oxymoron. If they were representatives, they’d be, by definition, listening. However, we no longer have representatives–we have people who, following an election, cede their sovereignty as a representative of a body of citizens over to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. Some say the American public is comprised of sheeple, but I submit to you that the greater body of congressmen and women are sheeple, and shepherded by the amoral House and Senate Leadership. They misrepresent their districts and states, misread their majority, engage in fallacious thinking and completely fail to compete in the arena of ideas.

ted c on November 30, 2009 at 8:58 AM

How long will this administration contiune to totally ignore the will of the majority of Americans, dismiss the polls, town halls, calls, letters? Is Obama in a bubble?

Reality Check on November 30, 2009 at 8:58 AM

They’re just confused.

LibTired on November 30, 2009 at 8:59 AM

Why should Obama put anything in writing? He made it through Harvard without writing anything!

Cybergeezer on November 30, 2009 at 9:02 AM

ted c on November 30, 2009 at 8:58 AM

You omitted criminal activity and cover-ups.

Cybergeezer on November 30, 2009 at 9:03 AM

Reality Check on November 30, 2009 at 8:58 AM

That’s how Obamocracy is supposed to work.

Cybergeezer on November 30, 2009 at 9:05 AM

These are tyrants restrained by the mere threads of the rule of law. Just imagine if these bastards could do whatever they wanted.

I hope to God that this is the end of the plague of the Democrat party.

Akzed on November 30, 2009 at 9:06 AM

They don’t care about polls, dictators never do.

This is about expanding the health care sector to SEIU. SEIU takes union dues and supports democratic candidates. SEIU votes, ACORN covers any spread with fraud, and viola. Democratic majority forever!

A small loss of freshman congressmen now doesn’t matter. They’ll get paid back in the future or with cushy jobs.

WAKE UP PEOPLE!
The president and congress, unfortunately, are not stupid.

the_moll on November 30, 2009 at 9:14 AM

Call your senator TODAY and demand that they vote against cutting Medicare by $500B because you have paid for it all your lives and you expect to get something for all the money you have paid them for Medicare. Here’s the number:

202-224-6342

Tell them to VOTE NO!

ThackerAgency on November 30, 2009 at 9:15 AM

especially call if it is a D senator. Even if Reid is your senator. . . CALL HIM TODAY and DEMAND THAT HE VOTE AGAINST THIS BILL.

ThackerAgency on November 30, 2009 at 9:16 AM

These are tyrants restrained by the mere threads of the rule of law. Just imagine if these bastards could do whatever they wanted.

I hope to God that this is the end of the plague of the Democrat party.

Akzed on November 30, 2009 at 9:06 AM

They’re already doing whatever they want. They’re spending trillions of dollars we don’t have to bail out their union and Wall Street buddies. They’re ignoring the Constitution as they draft legislation. They’re targeting news organizations and even private citizens whom they perceive as threats. And they’re breaking laws left and right and refusing to hold any of themselves accountable.

Doughboy on November 30, 2009 at 9:18 AM

BPD on November 30, 2009 at 8:52 AM

Wouldn’t that be “un-Presidented?”

Only 1437 days until we get a new President.

coldwarrior on November 30, 2009 at 9:20 AM

Obama: “My Administration is the only thing between you and the pitchforks”
Wall Street: “Sorry, but I think those pitchforks are for you”

J_Crater on November 30, 2009 at 9:22 AM

coldwarrior on November 30, 2009 at 9:20 AM

1146 days….sheesh. Not yet awake this morning.

coldwarrior on November 30, 2009 at 9:23 AM

Are our elected representatives listening? They’ll listen a year from now, but if these numbers are any indication, that will be far too late.

I think they’ll pass the bill. They’ve got 44% support and they have control of most of the media organs in this country. That means once they pass it, they’ll have all of next year to improve public opinion. Plus, all the crazy stuff in the health care bill doesn’t start up until 2013, so nobody will feel any of the pain of the bill in time for 2010.

No, if we want to stop the nationalization of health care, we have to get the oppose number well above 55%. Frankly, I doubt we’ll be able to do that.

Outlander on November 30, 2009 at 9:24 AM

ted c on November 30, 2009 at 8:58 AM

Outstanding.

scalleywag on November 30, 2009 at 9:25 AM

The Congress of the US is the most corrupt, deceitful and self-serving body of government in the world. I despise 90% of them and wish them what they have brought upon us 10 fold.

bluegrass on November 30, 2009 at 9:26 AM

It worries me that 100% of all adults/voters/likely voters etc could be against Obamacare but somehow it could pass. Our congressmen are not listening to us.

behiker on November 30, 2009 at 9:26 AM

They’re in the bunker moving tank formations that do not exist…

mjbrooks3 on November 30, 2009 at 9:27 AM

And where is the debate comparing what they wish on us and what they themselves have with healthcare. Hey MSM are you listening????????????????????????????????

bluegrass on November 30, 2009 at 9:27 AM

Obama Care has a lower approval rating than Hillary Care did in 1993.

“In September of 1993, when Bill Clinton was just starting to roll out his ill-fated health care plan, 54 percent said they supported Clinton’s ideas on that issue. Today 51 percent feel the same way about Obama’s proposals,” Holland says. “That indicates that Obama may have his work cut out for him in the coming months.”

Nelsa on November 30, 2009 at 9:29 AM

As Dr. Z said, freedom is what’s left over after everybody has taken what they want from you.

Mojave Mark on November 30, 2009 at 9:30 AM

My guess is that Congress has stopped listening to their constituents. The ‘rats are intent on getting a bill through with the idea that they’ll fix the apparent flaws down the line.

I’m hoping that the phonelines to DC melt now and scare the living daylights out of the political class before it is too late.

highhopes on November 30, 2009 at 9:30 AM

That means once they pass it, they’ll have all of next year to improve public opinion. Plus, all the crazy stuff in the health care bill doesn’t start up until 2013, so nobody will feel any of the pain of the bill in time for 2010.

CALL YOUR SENATOR NOW! They want to pass this quickly because they know that the longer people look at this, the more they will hate it.

All the ‘crazy’ stuff? Taxes will begin in 2010. So we are going to have to pay for this long before we get anything for our payment.

People are going to hate this. This expansion of entitlements instead of the restriction of them is going to hasten the collapse of this country. We are better off without Washington DC. . . especially if they are going to squander the wealth of this country including the future wealth of this country.

Again, they want control of an industry that is currently controlled by each state and costs 2.5T/year. They only have 2T a year currently in tax revenue. The only way to square that circle is to bankrupt the future.

CALL YOUR SENATOR TODAY! It’s not too late because the debate just started. Ask your D senator what they are bringing back to their state because Louisiana got 300M for their support.

ThackerAgency on November 30, 2009 at 9:38 AM

All this dissent doesn’t matter. We’ve slipped into at least a two tier culture, those who rule and those who would be ruled. The ruling class will do what it thinks is right- for itself.

Ask the Czars how that worked out for them.

You’d think someone up in D.C. would pick up a history book and use it for something other than to level a wobbly table. That goes for the climate changers in the UK. Man, what a “duh” moment.

I spent the last ten days deer hunting with my kids. Didn’t see or hear much TV, radio, or Internet. Not surprised to find when I came back, the ruling class is as crass and blind to the obvious as they were when I left.

archer52 on November 30, 2009 at 9:39 AM

MUST HAVE GOP PLATFORM PLANK: Immediately Rescind Every Socialist Action Against America!!

Maquis on November 30, 2009 at 9:43 AM

Really, you have to give the news media a huge amount of the blame in this debacle. Their one sided coverage is a disservice to millions of Americans who depend on them for information.

It’s an uphill battle for those against the bill when you have the dems AND the press advocating in concert for it.

That said, the battle must be fought doubly hard by those who have the truth and it must be won or this country, as we know it, is history.

donh525 on November 30, 2009 at 9:43 AM

Yet, Democrats repeatedly go on television and imply the vast majority of Americans want a bunch of bureaucratic bean counters controlling the destiny of their healthcare. Go figure….

joedoe on November 30, 2009 at 9:48 AM

If the additional taxes go into effect immediately and the benefits do not begin until 2014, just who is going to go in the voting booth in 2010 and vote for more of that?

joedoe on November 30, 2009 at 9:51 AM

Let’s poll the children….

again with the ‘adults’…wtf?

bridgetown on November 30, 2009 at 9:54 AM

The Won has a solution for this.
Watch the voting age drop to 14 before 2012.

nyx on November 30, 2009 at 9:58 AM

If the additional taxes go into effect immediately and the benefits do not begin until 2014, just who is going to go in the voting booth in 2010 and vote for more of that?

joedoe on November 30, 2009 at 9:51 AM

The same people who are waiting on their share of ” Obama money”. The same dunces who voted him in.

Democrats favor the bill by 76%. Blind, deaf, dumb, and crazy!

donh525 on November 30, 2009 at 9:58 AM

GUARANTEE you that a VAST majority of “supporters” have NO IDEA what’s in the bill. I wonder if they know that this $6,000,000,000,000 boondoggle DOESN’T EVEN COVER 12 million currently uninsured? The libs just buy into the whopper feel-good lies that the Democrat criminals in congress tell.

marklmail on November 30, 2009 at 10:26 AM

I just called my senator for the first time today. I’ll call her again tomorrow. It was painless and I actually feel patriotic as though I have done my duty to protect future generations. CALL YOUR SENATOR! IT TAKES 2 MINUTES!

ThackerAgency on November 30, 2009 at 11:01 AM

Are our elected representatives listening? They’ll listen a year from now, but if these numbers are any indication, that will be far too late.

Too late for them perhaps. Not for the country if it causes their electoral demise.

tgharris on November 30, 2009 at 11:43 AM

If the additional taxes go into effect immediately and the benefits do not begin until 2014, just who is going to go in the voting booth in 2010 and vote for more of that?
joedoe on November 30, 2009 at 9:51 AM

Very few people are subject to the tax. And, the pain of the health care “surtax” will be masked in part by the pain of the tax increases that will be coming down the pike in 2010 when the Bush tax cuts expire.

Outlander on November 30, 2009 at 11:59 AM

Without leaners, the picture looks just as grim for ObamaCare advocates. Only 35% of adults — not registered or likely voters — support the bill

Ok so those living off the government support it…and that’s about it.

18-1 on November 30, 2009 at 12:40 PM

Gallup also doesn’t report how they weighted the poll. They always poll dems to conservatives at what 2:1? The last couple I saw were freaking ridiculous with like 17% republicans.

Reality is hard. I would sure like to see some. I am willing to bet opposition to Obamunistcare is closer to 75%, but it will be a while before the “revised” polls get there, because like, polling is “an inexact science”.

dogsoldier on November 30, 2009 at 2:34 PM

How does this poll define “adult”?

Didn’t the Democrats, in S-CHIP, define “child” as being up to 25 or 27 years old?

malclave on November 30, 2009 at 2:53 PM

MUST HAVE GOP PLATFORM PLANK: Immediately Rescind Every Socialist Action Against America!!

Maquis on November 30, 2009 at 9:43 AM

Republicans and Democrats that openly and enthusiastically run on this platform will have a HUGE advantage in the upcoming elections.

“We’ll reverse and repair the damage resulting from the failed policies and ideology of the Obama adminstration.”

That needs to be the meme. That needs to be the battle cry.

techno_barbarian on November 30, 2009 at 4:49 PM