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 Majorities of both men (65%) and women (62%) want ObamaCare repealed. Majorities in every age demographic want it repealed as well, including a shocking 70% of 18-29YO voters, which normally form the base of Barack Obama’s age-demographic support.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 Seventy-two percent of independents want it repealed, and even 36% of Democrats support repeal — 17% of them strongly.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.