Rasmussen: 57% think ObamaCare will damage economy

posted at 12:52 pm on March 9, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The White House promised a “hard pivot” to jobs and the economy almost three months ago, attempting to put the ObamaCare debate on the back burner after the holidays.  They had belatedly discovered that the electorate was much more concerned about the economic plunge than in retooling a health-care system that works for most Americans now.  Instead of the hard pivot, Democrats have doubled down on ObamaCare — and the latest Rasmussen survey shows that a strong majority believe it to be the wrong direction on both issues:

Fifty-seven percent (57%) of voters say the health care reform plan now working its way through Congress will hurt the U.S. economy.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 25% think the plan will help the economy. But only seven percent (7%) say it will have no impact. Twelve percent (12%) aren’t sure.

Two-out-of-three voters (66%) also believe the health care plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats is likely to increase the federal deficit. That’s up six points from late November and comparable to findings just after the contentious August congressional recess. Ten percent (10%) say the plan is more likely to reduce the deficit and 14% say it will have no impact on the deficit.

Underlying this concern is a lack of trust in the government numbers. Eighty-one percent (81%) believe it is at least somewhat likely that the health care reform plan will cost more than official estimates. That number includes 66% who say it is very likely that the official projections understate the true cost of the plan.

Only a plurality of Democrats believe that the bill will help the economy (43%), while 89% of Republicans and 61% of independents think it will damage it.

Politically, the Democrats have the worst of all worlds.  Not only do they look out of touch for spending all of their efforts on a plan that is deeply unpopular with voters, they now are seen as actively damaging the economy.  The deficit spending alone would be enough to send voters heading for the exits, but the increased costs are even worse.  Seventy-eight percent of all respondents believe that middle-class tax increases will come as a result of ObamaCare, with almost two-thirds (65%) believing that to be “very likely.”  Fifty-eight percent of Democrats expect middle-class tax increases, which shows how effective Obama has been in selling this plan.

What’s the biggest problem with ObamaCare?  Majorities of all political affiliations agree: the cost.    Hardly anyone believes the cost estimates.  When asked whether the bill would exceed its cost estimates, 93% of Republicans, 70% of Democrats, and 80% of independents thought it at least somewhat likely — with 88% of Republicans and 73% of independents calling it “very likely.”  Only 20% of Democrats thought it unlikely.  Again, this looks like a big failure of the Obama administration’s efforts to sell the package as a cost containment program.

Democrats now face the prospect of using arcane parliamentary tricks to pass a bill that has minimal support, one that most voters believe will damage the economy, cost more than advertised, and prompt sweeping tax increases, all while ignoring the issues of a damaged economy while attempting to make it worse.  If they think that’s a winning strategy for the midterms, they need new leadership — and after the electoral disaster coming, they’ll probably be forced to get it.


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and lo, the Democrat party wandered aimlessly in the desert for 40 election years.

TN Mom on March 9, 2010 at 4:13 PM

Great pic!

mikeyboss on March 9, 2010 at 4:18 PM

From the rich being able to buy our representatives and lead our culture by the nose, yes.

Dark-Star on March 9, 2010 at 4:00 PM

Boo hoo, the rich can do things that I can’t, therefore we have to give govt control over everything so that the rich can be punished.

I’m still trying to figure out why you actually believe that everyone who has more than you are is evil.

Is it because you are such a failure in life, that you can’t bear to accept responsibility?

Lord knows, your given your demonstrated intellectual powers, it’s hard to imagine you’ve ever been able to handle a job that doesn’t involve the phrase “would you like fries with that”.

MarkTheGreat on March 9, 2010 at 4:25 PM

and lead our culture by the nose, yes.

Ohh, and people pay more attention to the rich than they do you. I bet that stings.

MarkTheGreat on March 9, 2010 at 4:26 PM

They won’t get new leadership, because Pelosi will be the only one left in the House after November.

joe_doufu on March 9, 2010 at 5:03 PM

If you believe the 57% figure, then you’ll love the fictitious 9% unemployment.
This administration is so inaccurate they couldn’t hit the side of a barn with a tennis racket.

Cybergeezer on March 9, 2010 at 5:23 PM

I’m waiting for Congress to offer shares of stock in the new Health Care Industry they want to create.
Think China will buy any?

Cybergeezer on March 9, 2010 at 5:25 PM

This HealthScare legislation is another omnibus spending bill that lets Congress spend like drunken sailors with unlimited credit cards.
Obama has already signed an omnibus spending bill last year, and he can’t wait to sign another one.

Cybergeezer on March 9, 2010 at 5:30 PM

If we just get enough fed-up conservative-types to move to Costa Rica we could remake that country into what the U.S. should be. The U.S. is going to be a once-great nation in record time and I, for one, don’t feel like being taxed to death as it goes through its all too rapid fall.

Fatal on March 9, 2010 at 5:31 PM

Adding a new entitlement? revenue neutral? Look at the prescription drug benefit enacted by President Bush. In less than 10 years the unfunded liabilities of this new entitlement are nearly 19 trillion (18.7 and climbing).

Congress:
Look at the debt clock. Health care reform, yes. ObamaCare, NO.

Angry Dumbo on March 9, 2010 at 6:50 PM

Democrats now face the prospect of using arcane parliamentary tricks to pass a bill that has minimal support, one that most voters believe will damage the economy, cost more than advertised, and prompt sweeping tax increases, all while ignoring the issues of a damaged economy while attempting to make it worse. If they think that’s a winning strategy for the midterms, they need new leadership — and after the electoral disaster coming, they’ll probably be forced to get it.

This isn’t about winning in 2010.
It isn’t about the leadership.

This is about having the most left leaning leadership in Washington since the early 30′s taking an opportunity to screw the country that they thought they would never have!

We have a Marxist president who has already says he’d content with one term if, BY HIS DEFINITION, he was a good president.

We have a Marxist wax statue House Speaker who comes from a district where the majority probably feel Congress isn’t taking over enough of the private sector on the way to their communist utopia.

We have an old, doesn’t-care-if-he’s-reelected Senate Leader who thinks this is the culmination of his life’s work and that of his dead friend Teddy!

These three jokers are betting that if they can get this passed, rammed through, crammed down America’s throat, that in the future the party can run on “Save Healthcare! Keep those filthy Republican hands off of it!” “Oh, that evil Republican wants to repeal healthcare and kill millions by taking away their coverage!”

Unfortunately, the chaos that’s going to ensue, sooner if they pass healthcare, after we reach banana republic status in the next year, could lead to numerous conclusions. It may be best if it leads to two or more countries if this is the government we’re stuck with.

PastorJon on March 9, 2010 at 8:02 PM

Fifty-eight percent of Democrats expect middle-class tax increases, which shows how effective Obama has been in selling this plan.

Whadda ya know! The Dems are as dumb as the Repubs.

Herb on March 9, 2010 at 8:36 PM

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