Gallup: ObamaCare still trailing among adults

posted at 2:55 pm on December 16, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Of course, which version of ObamaCare got polled may be in question with today’s results.  Is this Public Option ObamaCare?  Medicare Buy-In Obamacare?  ObamaCare Lite, with two-thirds less government intervention than either?  As it turns out, it probably doesn’t make much difference anyway, as the results are little changed from the end of November:

As the U.S. Senate continues working to craft a filibuster-proof healthcare reform bill, a new USA Today/Gallup poll finds public support for such efforts still below the majority level. Forty-six percent of Americans say they would advise their member of Congress to vote for healthcare legislation (or lean toward doing so), while 48% would advise a no vote (or lean in that direction).

Support had been at or above 50% in September and early October, but slumped to 43% by early November. It has recovered somewhat since then but remains below the earlier levels. …

The views of Republicans and Democrats generally follow those of their respective parties’ political leaders. Democratic identifiers overwhelmingly favor passing a healthcare bill, with 76% saying they would advise their member to vote for a bill (or lean in this direction) and 16% preferring a “no” vote. Meanwhile, Republicans oppose the healthcare legislation efforts by 83% to 13%. Political independents are more inclined to oppose (49%) than to favor (44%) a new healthcare bill.

In fact, the independents are slightly more inclined to oppose the bill and slightly less inclined to favor it than the general population.  That indicates that the Democrats are not winning this political fight, either on the merits or on the rhetoric.  Independent support for the bill dipped all the way to 37% in November, so the new results show some bounce, but it’s still below the 48% in September.

Whose fault is it that ObamaCare can’t even win a poll among adults, as opposed to likely or registered voters, where the sample favors Democrats?  Greg Sargent says Congressional Democrats have begun to hang it on Barack Obama:

Little by little, Congressional Dems are beginning to pin the lion’s share of the blame for the badly weakened health care bill on a single figure: President Obama.

Here’s Russ Feingold, for instance, making a striking accusation: Obama may be more to blame than Joe Lieberman for the current state of play…

“This bill appears to be legislation that the president wanted in the first place, so I don’t think focusing it on Lieberman really hits the truth,” said Feingold. …

Meanwhile, here’s Anthony Weiner, making the surprisingly aggressive accusation that Obama’s lackluster leadership is to blame for letting the process get hijacked by Lieberman et al:

“Snowe? Stupak? Lieberman? Who left these people in charge? It’s time for the President to get his hands dirty. Some of us have compromised our compromised compromise. We need the President to stand up for the values our party shares. We must stop letting the tail wag the dog of this debate.”

Feingold and Weiner want a single-payer system, and probably believed Obama  did too … since Obama had said that he wanted one in the past.  They’re disillusioned to find that their President has no stomach for political battle outside of campaigning.  Instead, he let Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid craft a bill that turned out to be too radical for the American electorate.  Blame Pelosi and Reid for their mismanagement and their misreading of the electoral mandate, but Obama’s somewhat pusillanimous display of “leadership” should get a lot of scrutiny.

Of course, we warned people what would happen when the Democrats nominated a man with no executive experience and a long track record of voting present to the toughest executive office in the US.  If they’re shocked, shocked! to find his executive leadership skills wanting, they deserve this Captain Louis Renault Award:


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There’s a report in The Hill that SEIU is on the verge of withdrawing their support for the bill. Unhappy about the cave in to Lieberman.

Popcorn time.

TXUS on December 16, 2009 at 3:04 PM

Now that the flimsy reed of Ben Nelson is the only roadblock to Obamacare-the only hope, ironically, is from the far left-angry at recent exclusions (albeit more cosmetic than real) such as the public option.

MaiDee on December 16, 2009 at 3:05 PM

Great post, Ed.

RushBaby on December 16, 2009 at 3:06 PM

Obama Bush’s fault?

FIFY /libtroll

NoFanofLibs on December 16, 2009 at 3:06 PM

Gallup: ObamaCare still trailing among adults

What about Obama supporters?

MNHawk on December 16, 2009 at 3:06 PM

Of course, we warned people what would happen when the Democrats nominated a man with no executive experience and a long track record of voting present to the toughest executive office in the US

How how this man operates was not obvious to anyone that follows politics is just fricken amazing. Ed, you need to have L’il Buckley on TEMS so we can understand how someone let’s themselves be duped.

WashJeff on December 16, 2009 at 3:06 PM

What percent of adults wants ReidCare passed by Christmas without a CBO score or any of the Senators actually reading the bill?

pedestrian on December 16, 2009 at 3:09 PM

Obama gets the blame, libs get a bill signed and spend the rest of the year convincing voters that Obama made ‘em do it.

Fletch54 on December 16, 2009 at 3:11 PM

Reading every single line of the bill should help boost these numbers!

Chuck Schick on December 16, 2009 at 3:11 PM

I knew we would be seeing the Captain Renault Award today!
This day is turning out better than I thought it would! The bill’s stalled, Arnold gets flattened by the Artic Fox, and now the SEIU is pulling out. All we need is for ARP to listen to it’s members, and pull out, to make my day complete…

lovingmyUSA on December 16, 2009 at 3:11 PM

All we need is for ARP to listen to it’s members, and pull out, to make my day complete…

lovingmyUSA on December 16, 2009 at 3:11 PM

I would expect Tiger to pull out first.

WashJeff on December 16, 2009 at 3:17 PM

All we need is for AARP to listen to it’s members, and pull out, to make my day complete…

lovingmyUSA on December 16, 2009 at 3:11 PM

Fuc$ the AARP. They rolled the dice on this and now are going to get screwed coming and going. They wagered their membership against huge potential revenue from selling policies under the new plan.

Now they have neither.

BacaDog on December 16, 2009 at 3:22 PM

Obowma would fu%k up a lemonade stand…

Seven Percent Solution on December 16, 2009 at 3:30 PM

Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore on Thursday called for a boycott of the state of Connecticut in reaction to Sen. Joe Lieberman’s (I-Conn.) opposition to key provisions of healthcare reform legislation.

On a personal note, Moore can’t fit into Connecticut .. not matter

J_Crater on December 16, 2009 at 3:35 PM

WashJeff on December 16, 2009 at 3:17 PM

Zing.

LibTired on December 16, 2009 at 3:35 PM

On a personal note, Moore can’t fit into Connecticut .. not matter

J_Crater on December 16, 2009 at 3:35 PM

Moore’s been ordered by the government not to dive into a lake of any size, or especially an oceanside beach, the reason being that doing so would cause a tidal wave.

Dark-Star on December 16, 2009 at 3:40 PM

Now that the flimsy reed of Ben Nelson is the only roadblock to Obamacare-the only hope, ironically, is from the far left-angry at recent exclusions (albeit more cosmetic than real) such as the public option.

MaiDee on December 16, 2009 at 3:05 PM

Nelson will cave and all those things the far left are angry about will get put back in during conference. This isn’t going away.

a capella on December 16, 2009 at 3:43 PM

Don’t know if this has already been mentioned on HotAir, but my mother called me this afternoon really angry about something she heard on Fox News. Apparently a reporter on the network said Democrat Senators are all saying they have received calls from the White House that say “vote for the Health Care bill or you will be sorry”.

I don’t know if other Presidents have done this in the past, but I do not ever remember hearing about if they did. Nothing like a threat from Dear Leader to encourage you to vote for a crap bill.

Unbelievable! I guess this is business as usual in Chicago?

Susanboo on December 16, 2009 at 3:58 PM

Of course, we warned people what would happen when the Democrats nominated a man with no executive experience and a long track record of voting present to the toughest executive office in the US.

–Remind me again what executive experience McCain had?

Jimbo3 on December 16, 2009 at 4:01 PM

Remind me again what executive experience McCain had?

Jimbo3 on December 16, 2009 at 4:01 PM

McCain did become commanding officer of a training squadron stationed in Florida. Noting major in the scheme of things in my opinion, but he was not afraid to take a position during his legislative career. Obama had a history of not taking positions and voting present.

WashJeff on December 16, 2009 at 4:09 PM

I would really like to see Gallup ask those responding favorably to the bill if they have the first clue what’s in it. I’d bet that number is 99% (don’t know) vs (1%) ( I know a little).

Why do they bother?

orlandocajun on December 16, 2009 at 4:11 PM

Top Ten Best scenes ever!

jukin on December 16, 2009 at 4:52 PM

Don’t know if this has already been mentioned on HotAir, but my mother called me this afternoon really angry about something she heard on Fox News. Apparently a reporter on the network said Democrat Senators are all saying they have received calls from the White House that say “vote for the Health Care bill or you will be sorry”.

I don’t know if other Presidents have done this in the past, but I do not ever remember hearing about if they did. Nothing like a threat from Dear Leader to encourage you to vote for a crap bill.

Unbelievable! I guess this is business as usual in Chicago?

Susanboo on December 16, 2009 at 3:58 PM

–Oh, come on. Bush, Rove and DeLay did this sort of thing plenty of times.

Jimbo3 on December 16, 2009 at 5:02 PM