Rasmussen: ObamaCare repeal support rises to 63%

posted at 2:20 pm on May 24, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Democrats may be celebrating holding a seat in a Pennsylvania district by eight points with a 2-1 registration advantage, but a new Rasmussen poll shows that as whistling past the graveyard.  Support for repealing ObamaCare has risen by seven points in the last week, hitting its highest level ever at 63%.   Opposition to the idea of repeal dropped seven points, for a total of a fourteen-point swing in eight days:

Support for repeal of the new national health care plan has jumped to its highest level ever. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 63% of U.S. voters now favor repeal of the plan passed by congressional Democrats and signed into law by President Obama in March.

Prior to today, weekly polling had shown support for repeal ranging from 54% to 58%.

Currently, just 32% oppose repeal.

The White House has attempted to front-load the rollout of ObamaCare with its most popular elements in an attempt to change the narrative.  Not only has that effort completely failed, it also leaves Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi with little ammunition left with which to fight in the upcoming general election.  Despite their bravado, Democrat Mark Critz won PA-12 by running against ObamaCare, not in support of it, in a momentarily successful triangulation against a tough Republican challenge from Tim Burns — one that will be repeated in November.

Not only has support grown for repeal overall, it has also grown broadly in the electorate.  Majorities of both men (65%) and women (62%) want ObamaCare repealed.  Majorities in every age demographic want it repealed as well, including a shocking 70% of 18-29YO voters, which normally form the base of Barack Obama’s age-demographic support.  That includes a 47% plurality that strongly supports repeal, suggesting that younger voters have finally realized that ObamaCare uses them to subsidize insurance premiums of older Americans.

In other demographics, the news is equally bad.  Only the lowest income earners don’t want repeal, and that’s just by eight points, 40/48.  Solid majorities support repeal in every other income bracket, and “strongly supports” doesn’t get below 48% in any of them.  Seventy-two percent of independents want it repealed, and even 36% of Democrats support repeal — 17% of them strongly.

The more people discover about ObamaCare, the more they want an end to it.  What does it say about the chances of Democrats in the midterms when support for their one legislative accomplishment (32%) gets outstripped by the number of Democrats who want it reversed (36%)?  I’d expect to hear a lot about the Lily Ledbetter Act in October, because thanks to their singular focus on the ObamaCare hobby horse, Democrats have nothing else on which to run.


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Waterloo afterall?

RobCon on May 24, 2010 at 2:25 PM

We’ve passed Waterloo and moved to Hiroshima territory.

gsherin on May 24, 2010 at 2:26 PM

This is encouraging!

Dire Straits on May 24, 2010 at 2:27 PM

There is one other alternative. Every Dem in a purple or red district who voted for Obamacare could retire. Then at least the replacement candidate could run against it like Critz did. Somehow I don’t see that happening though.

Doughboy on May 24, 2010 at 2:27 PM

The Political Class continues to be a strong supporter of the plan, however. While 67% of Mainstream voters believe the plan will be bad for America, 77% of the Political Class disagree and think it be good for the country.

There’s a shocker.

Rae on May 24, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Seventy-two percent of independents want it repealed, and even 36% of Democrats support repeal — 17% of them strongly.

nice job champ. You’re 0-4 and your own team is against you. time for a speech, eh?

ted c on May 24, 2010 at 2:28 PM

We’ll find out what’s in it when we repeal it.

SlaveDog on May 24, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Obama/Reid/Pelosi to America; Screw off!

jukin on May 24, 2010 at 2:29 PM

We’ll find out what’s in it when we repeal it.

SlaveDog on May 24, 2010 at 2:29 PM

they’ll find out what the accommodations are in their jail cells…..when they see them….

ted c on May 24, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Repeal the Deal!!!

Just 37% to go!

canopfor on May 24, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Good news, everyone!”

Fuzzlenutter on May 24, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Seventy-two percent of independents want it repealed, and even 36% of Democrats support repeal — 17% of them strongly.
nice job champ. You’re 0-4 and your own team is against you. time for a speech, eh?

ted c on May 24, 2010 at 2:28 PM

No speech just double down on fighting Arizona and BP.

Dire Straits on May 24, 2010 at 2:32 PM

We’ll find out what’s in it when we repeal it.

SlaveDog on May 24, 2010 at 2:29 PM

SlaveDog:Ain’t that the truth!!:)

canopfor on May 24, 2010 at 2:33 PM

Congress to Scooter: But…but…you told us the voters would love it if we passed it!

kingsjester on May 24, 2010 at 2:33 PM

I am beginning to think repeal is likely. I believe that once it comes to paying for this POS, the projected monies won’t be there and they will be forced to repeal it.

bopbottle on May 24, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Greece is the Word.

Chip on May 24, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Greece is the Word.

Chip on May 24, 2010 at 2:35 PM

+ 100. That is a classic! :)

Dire Straits on May 24, 2010 at 2:36 PM

Let’s repeal so we can find out what’s in it!

Seriously, I hope that people don’t just favor repeal, but care enough about it that the issue could drive their voting. Then again, so far I’m not hearing much “repeal” verbiage coming out of the RNC.

Blacklake on May 24, 2010 at 2:36 PM

The closer that people’s perceptions line up with reality, the worse it is for Despotcrats.

Akzed on May 24, 2010 at 2:37 PM

The Liberals could give rats *ss about the HealthCare Bill,
only in that,come election time,they could have a feather in
their caps,to tell their voters,see we delivered,and thats
it!!

canopfor on May 24, 2010 at 2:40 PM

When it finally gets up to 85% of the country wanting it repealed, I guess that’s what Obama would call a solid B+.

RBMN on May 24, 2010 at 2:41 PM

We’ll find out what’s in it when we repeal it.

SlaveDog knocked that one out of the park.

liberty0 on May 24, 2010 at 2:42 PM

The malignancy that is the Obama administration is begining to dawn on vast swaths of the American public. Other than a few (D)freshman distancing themselves, my bet is the old guard D’s are going to thrust another surprise on the electorate this session before possibly losing
the house. They’ll only pass it in the House as the they a lot less likely to lose the Senate which can safely pass
the bill after the mid-terms.

I don’t know if it it’ll be cap & tax, amnesty or what, but methinks they’ll slip in one last power grab while they can.
They won’t be finished there though, merely delayed till after ’12. I am highly suspicious of anything resembling free & fair elections taking place in the next Presidential cycle. The authoritarian instincts of the pregressives is just too great to relinquish power without pulling out all the stops to retain control.

Banish me to the tin foil hat rack if you wish, but just wait and see. Tactics like the Black Panthers in Philly and the SEIU at the BofA exec’s home are just the begining.

Archimedes on May 24, 2010 at 2:42 PM

Klan membership rises to 63% of Americans.

/KO filter

mankai on May 24, 2010 at 2:42 PM

So, why did Republicans stop talking about it?

Why haven’t they got a concrete plan on how to do it?

Make Obama veto the repeal.

Chickens.

petunia on May 24, 2010 at 2:43 PM

The Liberals could give rats *ss about the HealthCare Bill,
only in that,come election time,they could have a feather in
their caps,to tell their voters,see we delivered,and thats
it!!
canopfor on May 24, 2010 at 2:40 PM

We could call it: Obama-Don’t-Care

Chip on May 24, 2010 at 2:44 PM

The correct view is that the polling finally caught up with reality.

platypus on May 24, 2010 at 2:45 PM

We’ll find out what’s in it when we repeal it.

SlaveDog on May 24, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Indeed, I think there may be some truth to that, I by no means think all the nasty little tid-bits in HCR have been yet revealed.

Archimedes on May 24, 2010 at 2:45 PM

The closer that people’s perceptions line up with reality, the worse it is for Despotcrats.

Akzed on May 24, 2010 at 2:37 PM

Akzed:Desperado Despotcrats!:)
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The Eagles – Desperado

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8vtYBbhINM

canopfor on May 24, 2010 at 2:45 PM

I’d expect to hear a lot about the Lily Ledbetter Act in October, because thanks to their singular focus on the ObamaCare hobby horse, Democrats have nothing else on which to run.

What they don’t have, they’ll make up. That’s the liberal way! ;)

capejasmine on May 24, 2010 at 2:45 PM

Klan membership rises to 63% of Americans.

/KO filter

mankai on May 24, 2010 at 2:42 PM

+100. And the hits just keep coming :)

Dire Straits on May 24, 2010 at 2:47 PM

canopfor on May 24, 2010 at 2:40 PM
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We could call it: Obama-Don’t-Care

Chip on May 24, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Chip:Perfect,now it just needs a music piece!!

canopfor on May 24, 2010 at 2:48 PM

We are now at the part in the movie where Godzilla stops by Tokyo for a visit.

pilamaye on May 24, 2010 at 2:49 PM

Klan membership rises to 63% of Americans.

/KO filter

mankai on May 24, 2010 at 2:42 PM
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+100. And the hits just keep coming :)

Dire Straits on May 24, 2010 at 2:47 PM

Dire Straits:Klan Membership,

OOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHH my Freaggin ears!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

canopfor on May 24, 2010 at 2:50 PM

I am beginning to think repeal is likely. I believe that once it comes to paying for this POS, the projected monies won’t be there and they will be forced to repeal it.

bopbottle on May 24, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Repeal would have to go through both houses and then across the Prez’s desk, where it’ll get vetoed. I’m fairly certain we’ll take the House back, but enough to hold 2/3′s? That’s kinda dicey, and the Senate is a much shakier prospect to even get a majority, 2/3′s is out of the question. I hate burst the bubble of euphoria thats gripped this thread, but we all know these people care not what the public thinks. As was evident by the polls before they even passed this POS!

Archimedes on May 24, 2010 at 2:52 PM

O-BOMB-A Care: Change you can make believe in.

parteagirl on May 24, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Greece is the Word.

Chip on May 24, 2010 at 2:35 PM

+ 100. That is a classic! :)

Dire Straits on May 24, 2010 at 2:36 PM

I nominate that one to the Comment Hall of Fame.

Laura in Maryland on May 24, 2010 at 2:52 PM

We are now at the part in the movie where Godzilla stops by Tokyo for a visit.

pilamaye on May 24, 2010 at 2:49 PM

pilamaye:Sounds good,lets rock!!:)
=================================================

Blue Oyster Cult Godzilla

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T65rW_SIzg0

canopfor on May 24, 2010 at 2:52 PM

I mentioned in another thread that I just learned that my family’s health insurance premiums are going up another 25% starting next month.

Thanks, Obowmao!

Laura in Maryland on May 24, 2010 at 2:54 PM

canopfor on May 24, 2010 at 2:40 PM
================================
We could call it: Obama-Don’t-Care

Chip on May 24, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Chip:Perfect,now it just needs a music piece!!

canopfor on May 24, 2010 at 2:48 PM

Obama dont’care, and your daddy don’t rock and roll.

What was the title to that song?

Archimedes on May 24, 2010 at 2:58 PM

These people are INSANE!!!

Doughboy on May 24, 2010 at 2:51 PM

Like we didn’t see that one comin, I’m telling you the crooks will keep looting the store until they hear the sirens coming.

Archimedes on May 24, 2010 at 3:01 PM

O-BOMB-A Care: Change you can make believe in.

parteagirl on May 24, 2010 at 2:52 PM

ROFL!!!

capejasmine on May 24, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Archimedes on May 24, 2010 at 2:58 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdtzuY1z5RI

Laura in Maryland on May 24, 2010 at 3:02 PM

canopfor on May 24, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Thank you!

Laura in Maryland on May 24, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Like we didn’t see that one comin, I’m telling you the crooks will keep looting the store until they hear the sirens coming.

Archimedes on May 24, 2010 at 3:01 PM

I didn’t think they’d have the stones to offer it up in an election year. God help us if they pick off a Republican to get it passed.

Doughboy on May 24, 2010 at 3:04 PM

canopfor on May 24, 2010 at 2:48 PM

Obama dont’care, and your daddy don’t rock and roll.

What was the title to that song?

Archimedes on May 24, 2010 at 2:58 PM

Archimeds: Must of heard it a million times,but for the life
of me,I don’t know who sang it,thank-gawd for you
-tube!!:)
==================================================

Loggins and Messina: Your Mama don’t dance.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hlMi6PvUDE&feature=related

canopfor on May 24, 2010 at 3:04 PM

Like we didn’t see that one comin, I’m telling you the crooks will keep looting the store until they hear the sirens coming.

Archimedes on May 24, 2010 at 3:01 PM

Archimedes: Until the sirens are a blar’n,LOL!:)

canopfor on May 24, 2010 at 3:06 PM

I didn’t think they’d have the stones to offer it up in an election year. God help us if they pick off a Republican to get it passed.

Doughboy on May 24, 2010 at 3:04 PM

What part of Snowe, Collins and Brown are you not familiar with?

Archimedes on May 24, 2010 at 3:06 PM

Obama Doesn’t Care

J_Crater on May 24, 2010 at 3:10 PM

The malignancy that is the Obama administration is begining to dawn on vast swaths of the American public. Other than a few (D)freshman distancing themselves, my bet is the old guard D’s are going to thrust another surprise on the electorate this session before possibly losing
the house. They’ll only pass it in the House as the they a lot less likely to lose the Senate which can safely pass
the bill after the mid-terms.
I don’t know if it it’ll be cap & tax, amnesty or what, but methinks they’ll slip in one last power grab while they can.
They won’t be finished there though, merely delayed till after ‘12. I am highly suspicious of anything resembling free & fair elections taking place in the next Presidential cycle. The authoritarian instincts of the pregressives is just too great to relinquish power without pulling out all the stops to retain control.
Banish me to the tin foil hat rack if you wish, but just wait and see. Tactics like the Black Panthers in Philly and the SEIU at the BofA exec’s home are just the begining.
Archimedes on May 24, 2010 at 2:42 PM

The House has already passed cap n tax.

bluemarlin on May 24, 2010 at 3:10 PM

slow road, but the cliff is in sight.

tarpon on May 24, 2010 at 3:11 PM

I mentioned in another thread that I just learned that my family’s health insurance premiums are going up another 25% starting next month.

Thanks, Obowmao!

Laura in Maryland on May 24, 2010 at 2:54 PM

Laura in Maryland:Yup,the reality is now sinking in,and I
would imagine,your paying 25%,for some
body else!–:)

canopfor on May 24, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Can you imagine what the numbers would be if the MFM had highlighted the the many lowlights of HC Deform.
And that’s not even to mention the dubious accuracy of the projected cost to a country already in debt up to it’s chin.

Add to that the dirty little secret, that it’s not about health care, or fairness and compassion, but about marxist control of the masses.

If the media had been out front with the truth about this whole process, it would probably be at about 75-80% in favor of repeal.

Even the moochers and illegals would realize that this is going to water down their emergency room health plans.

ontherocks on May 24, 2010 at 3:15 PM

Archimedes on May 24, 2010 at 2:58 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdtzuY1z5RI

Laura in Maryland on May 24, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Laura in Maryland: Kudos L in M!!!:)

canopfor on May 24, 2010 at 3:16 PM

bluemarlin on May 24, 2010 at 3:10 PM

Damn, that’s right. Then it looks like it’ll be something else. Any bets that after the mid-terms the 1st thing the Senate takes up will crap & tax? I’m serious people, we may think that winning the house is great, but will we have 2/3′s to overide a veto in either body? Without 2/3′s we’re not repealing anything!

Archimedes on May 24, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Chip: winner!

cmsinaz on May 24, 2010 at 3:18 PM

I sent this stat to Dipsh*t Donnelly (In-2nd…voted for Obamacare) and reminded him how happy I will be to work for Jackie Walorski’s election this year. Actually, happy doesn’t describe it. I’m positively giddy.

Extrafishy on May 24, 2010 at 3:30 PM

That’s almost 2 to 1.
Obviously, but even so..

2 to 1 in this country in this day and age is awesome.

rollthedice on May 24, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Archimedes

Kerry, Lieberman, and Graham were working on the Senate version, Graham dropped out but the other two have introduced the bill. It is dead for the moment but how many times did we say that about HC. They are willing to push anything through no matter the public opinion. I assume they figure the bigger the entitlements and Government by extension the more likely they will be voted in later. Or they just hate the country and productive citizens who would take an interest in their futures. I vote both of those combined!

bluemarlin on May 24, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Archimedes

Kerry, Lieberman, and Graham were working on the Senate version, Graham dropped out but the other two have introduced the bill. It is dead for the moment but how many times did we say that about HC. They are willing to push anything through no matter the public opinion. I assume they figure the bigger the entitlements and Government by extension the more likely they will be voted in later. Or they just hate the country and productive citizens who would take an interest in their futures. I vote both of those combined!

bluemarlin on May 24, 2010 at 3:33 PM

As I’ve stated, I suspect that they will pass everthing they can now, count on BHO’s veto till ’12, and then….

And thats what worries me, are they counting on us to have gone down the fiscal sh!tter by then, or do they think for whatever reason they won’t have to get elected. I mean really what are they thinking. Something ain’t right, and its making me very uneasy.

Archimedes on May 24, 2010 at 3:48 PM

Turd meet punch bowl!

P.S.

Don’t drink the Koolaid….

TheSitRep on May 24, 2010 at 3:50 PM

Let’s repeal Obamacare….then repeal Obama. Let him go play basketball, golf and pick arugula with Michelle on his own time and not on taxpayer time. Oh, and he can take Pelosi with him.

search4truth on May 24, 2010 at 3:53 PM

Extrafishy on May 24, 2010 at 3:30 PM

I’m right there with ya….she’s not in my district, but we heard her talk and I was VERY impressed with Walorski. Get rid of that slug Donnelly and replace him with a good, conservative candidate like Jackie!

search4truth on May 24, 2010 at 3:55 PM

So, why did Republicans stop talking about it?

Why haven’t they got a concrete plan on how to do it?

Make Obama veto the repeal.

Chickens.

petunia on May 24, 2010 at 2:43 PM

Because the GOP is infested with balless wonders.? Our women are shaming these dickless fools. Sorry, but I’ve gone from anger to sheer rage.

katy the mean old lady on May 24, 2010 at 3:56 PM

I’ve always wanted to believe that our youths are distracted, not stupid.

year_of_the_dingo on May 24, 2010 at 4:00 PM

It is unconstitutional after all.

Inanemergencydial on May 24, 2010 at 4:06 PM

we may think that winning the house is great, but will we have 2/3’s to overide a veto in either body? Without 2/3’s we’re not repealing anything!

Archimedes on May 24, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Probably won’t have sufficient numbers to override Barry’s veto, but there are other ways to slow this train wreck down until that Marxist fool is booted out of office in 2012. Congress controls the money, and they can refuse to authorize funding to get the initial parts of the HC program up and rolling in 2011 and 2012. Then, in 2013, a new president can sign the law repealing the whole debacle.

AZCoyote on May 24, 2010 at 4:07 PM

The Political Class continues to be a strong supporter of the plan, however. While 67% of Mainstream voters believe the plan will be bad for America, 77% of the Political Class disagree and think it be good for the country.

The GOP will betray you.

True_King on May 24, 2010 at 4:24 PM

Repeal would have to go through both houses and then across the Prez’s desk, where it’ll get vetoed. I’m fairly certain we’ll take the House back, but enough to hold 2/3’s? That’s kinda dicey, and the Senate is a much shakier prospect to even get a majority, 2/3’s is out of the question. I hate burst the bubble of euphoria thats gripped this thread, but we all know these people care not what the public thinks. As was evident by the polls before they even passed this POS!

Archimedes on May 24, 2010 at 2:52 PM

If the Republicans take the House this November, they can refuse to fund anything related to ObamaCare, and especially prevent any cuts in Medicare funding which are needed to fund ObamaCare. Since most of the benefits don’t kick in until 2014, people won’t miss any benefits, but they will probably appreciate the Republicans for preventing a tax increase.

Republicans could also attach a repeal of ObamaCare to continuing budget resolutions, threatening a government shutdown if they are not satisfied. It would be a risky move, since it backfired when tried in 1995 against Bill Clinton, but if support for repeal is still in the 60′s by 2011, Obama may cave, or at least get the worst of voter backlash.

Republicans then could say “we’re acting to prevent tax increases now, for which you’re getting no benefits”, while Obama would be forced to argue for “saving your health care three years from now”. This would be a much weaker argument for Obama than Clinton made in 1995.

If Republicans take the House but not the Senate in 2010 (a likely possibility), Republicans can try to de-fund the ObamaCare bill without repealing it, and if Senate Democrats object, they can be painted as obstructionists, after their votes enabled ObamaCare to pass (including those up for re-election in 2012, such as the two Nelsons (NE and FL), Landrieu(LA), Pryor(AR), Webb(VA), Tester(MT), and McCaskill(MO). If support for repeal is still strong in 2012, Republicans can paint Obama as the obstructionist.

Steve Z on May 24, 2010 at 4:35 PM

canopfor on May 24, 2010 at 2:40 PM
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We could call it: Obama-Don’t-Care

Chip on May 24, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Chip:Perfect,now it just needs a music piece!!

canopfor on May 24, 2010 at 2:48 PM

I can do the lyrics but can’t carry a tune in a bucket…
You know that golden oldie, “Your momma don’t dance…(and your daddy don’t rock and roll)?

I’m hearing:
“Obama don’t Care…(And Pelosi a liberal Hoe).

Chewy the Lab on May 24, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Does “Let them eat cake” ring a bell?

Ray-500 on May 24, 2010 at 6:02 PM

I wonder if these polling numbers are enough to have Obama regret the day he said “bring it on” regarding GOP threats to repeal Obamacare.

As I ask on my own blog, I wonder if this becomes Obama’s Iraq?

Dennis_Second_Thots on May 24, 2010 at 8:33 PM

nice job champ. You’re 0-4 and your own team is against you. time for a speech, eh?

ted c on May 24, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Wrong-Way Barry. Ps-s-st… keep giving him the ball.

Yoop on May 24, 2010 at 9:58 PM