Poll: Democrats drive declining approval of Obamacare

posted at 12:45 pm on October 28, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Far from becoming more popular as it begins to be implemented, Obama’s signature legislative achievement draws ever lower levels of approval and support as more and more Americans “find out what’s in it.” According to a tracking poll by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, just 34 percent of Americans view the law favorably — the lowest level of approval since Obama signed the legislation into law in March of last year.

Interestingly, waning approval among Democrats drove this. In October, just 52 percent of Democrats viewed Obamacare positively, compared to 65 percent who liked the law a month ago. Support among independents and Republicans dropped, too, but not nearly so drastically — from 36 percent to 32 percent and from 14 percent to 11 percent, respectively.

And Americans are now more than twice as likely to say they think the law will make no difference in their lives as they are to say it will improve circumstances for their family.

If only it were true that the law will make no difference. It’s encouraging that fewer folks look at the law favorably, but more work still needs to be done to spread the message that Obamacare is not only massively expensive at a time when the nation can’t afford it — it also costs jobs.

Consider these facts:

  • From the recession’s low point in January 2009 to April 2010, the private sector added about 67,600 jobs a month.
  • The president signed the PPACA into law on March 23, 2010.
  • After April 2010, the private sector added just about 6,500 jobs a month.

The Heritage Foundation has a handy infographic that illustrates this:
Obamacare effect on employment

Additional research demonstrates that low-skilled workers are most likely to be priced out of a job.

The Kaiser Family Foundation poll also had interesting information for Mr. Romney: Nearly three quarters of the public, including seven in 10 likely Republican presidential primary voters, say they don’t know enough about Romneycare to have either a favorable or unfavorable opinion of it. And 71 percent say they don’t know whether the law closely resembles Obamacare.

Either way, the low level of approval for Obamacare underscores the importance of hammering this issue in the 2012 elections — both in the presidential election and in Senate races. Obama attempted to sell Obamacare with more speeches than he’s devoted to the American Jobs Act and the American people still haven’t bought into it. No amount of stumping on this issue on the campaign trail — provided his talking points are countered with the facts — will work in his favor. He’ll probably stay away from the topic, except to tout it as an accomplishment to friendly audiences. But if the GOP nominee brings it up relentlessly — and repeatedly reminds voters the law can only be repealed if Obama is not reelected — that can only be a boon to the Republican campaign.


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With Romney as our nominee, what could go wrong?

Missy on October 28, 2011 at 12:49 PM

I said this in the headlines too:

Most policies are renewed in the fall. So right round Sept/Oct millions of people got a letter from their insurance company with the yearly increase.

Democrats believed Obama when he said prices would not increase. Now that they see the 10, 15, 20% increase in their premiums a year later, the little light bulb is going off.

angryed on October 28, 2011 at 12:50 PM

O/T–

Is anybody else having problems with Hot Air on Firefox? It keeps going blank for me. The URL still shows, but if I go back to the homepage, refresh, or click on a story I end up with a blank white page.

MayBee on October 28, 2011 at 12:53 PM

Also I don’t know if this line of argument is so good. So what you’re saying is that up to April 2010, the economy was booming under Obama’s policies. But then Obamacare stopped it? So does that mean the stimulus, cash for clunkers, higher taxes, Solyndra, etc were all working, but it was just Obamacare that stopped the good times?

angryed on October 28, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Anyone have the jobs/month for 2011 after June? It would be nice to see how the trend has continued.

thanks
tom51

tomg51 on October 28, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Either way, the low level of approval for Obamacare underscores the importance of hammering this issue in the 2012 elections — both in the presidential election and in Senate races.

This is precisely why I cannot support Romney, whereas I could hold my nose and vote for him despite other of his downsides. If he gets the nomination, it takes Obamacare off the table as an issue, no matter how often Romney says he will repeal it. You will see millions of dollars in ads tying Romneycare with Obamacare, should he get the nomination.

Of equal concern is taking this issue effectively away from or mitigate its usefulness in the various Senate races should Romney win the primary. And this would otherwise be a lead-pipe cinch issue against the Dem senators who voted for Obamacare.

TXUS on October 28, 2011 at 12:58 PM

MayBee on October 28, 2011 at 12:53 PM

It’s happening on Chrome, too, so it must be a HotAir problem.

TXUS on October 28, 2011 at 1:00 PM

it won’t even be mentioned if RINO ROMNEY gets the nod…how could it…..THE MOST SIGNIFICANT campaign issue in 200 years will be lost if McRomneyDole gets the nod……

PATHETIC and mark my words, that will launch a 3rd party effort for sure!

SDarchitect on October 28, 2011 at 1:00 PM

angryed on October 28, 2011 at 12:50 PM

Our open-enrollment started this week, and I know a casual liberal co-worker had her bubble burst a bit when someone explained to her why our premiums rose another 7% or so for the second year in a row.

BlueCollarAstronaut on October 28, 2011 at 1:03 PM

Democrats believed Obama when he said prices would not increase. Now that they see the 10, 15, 20% increase in their premiums a year later, the little light bulb is going off.

angryed on October 28, 2011 at 12:50 PM

I thought our premiums were supposed to drop $2000 a year. He promised!

bopbottle on October 28, 2011 at 1:07 PM

Thank you President Obama.

crr6 on May 1, 2011 at 10:45 PM

Del Dolemonte on October 28, 2011 at 1:08 PM

According to a tracking poll by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, just 34 percent of Americans view the law favorably — the lowest level of approval since Obama signed the legislation into law in March of last year.

Interestingly, waning approval among Democrats drove this. In October, just 52 percent of Democrats viewed Obamacare positively, compared to 65 percent who liked the law a month ago.

October survey, huh. Well, Happy Halloween! Even a pumpkin patch couldn’t save this bloody monster–brought to us, incidentally, by the same people who produced FRANK ‘N’ DODD. Like a raincoated lycanthrope, people are beginning to see that OBAMASCARE is just a wolf in creep’s clothing.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on October 28, 2011 at 1:09 PM

I can’t vote for mitt :0(

tinkerthinker on October 28, 2011 at 1:10 PM

“Obama attempted to sell Obamacare with more speeches than he’s devoted to the American Jobs Act and the American people still haven’t bought into it…”

Now I wonder why that is…?

/

Seven Percent Solution on October 28, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Neither Obama, nor Romney will admit these are gigantic, and extremely expensive debacles.

If they can’t admit it, what makes anyone think Romney would sign a bill to repeal it? He won’t!!!

capejasmine on October 28, 2011 at 1:20 PM

O/T–

Is anybody else having problems with Hot Air on Firefox? It keeps going blank for me. The URL still shows, but if I go back to the homepage, refresh, or click on a story I end up with a blank white page.

MayBee on October 28, 2011 at 12:53 PM

It’s happening in IE also, it started last night.

Eren on October 28, 2011 at 1:32 PM

I’m not really sure whether ObamaCare is the only reason why job creation slowed down by 90% in April 2010. April 2010 was also when the EPA announced a “rule” imposing Best Available Control Technology for carbon dioxide emissions, which brought the power plant construction industry to a screeching halt. Within a few months, there was also the moratorium on oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, and $2 bil to drill in Brazil.

But, whatever the cause, it’s all Obama’s fault–he pushed all these job-killers!

Steve Z on October 28, 2011 at 1:33 PM

I think it was on Monday, Rush was playing audio of an interview with Steve Wynn. Not sure who was conducting the interview, but what Steve said, was very telling.

He said he’d contacted a female Rep from Nevada. Name escapes me at the moment. He asked her why she voted FOR Obama care. She told him, she knew it was awful, and didn’t want to. Her husband is a doctor, and he too is against it. But she had to vote for it, or Pelosi would punish her.

How? What could she do that would be so terrible, it was worth preserving yourself over the good of the country and it’s citizens? What? I surely want to know? Is that position, and power worth more to you, than what was good for the country, knowing what you knew when you voted? Apparently so, and this information should be used excessively against you in your next election.

capejasmine on October 28, 2011 at 1:37 PM

O/T–

Is anybody else having problems with Hot Air on Firefox? It keeps going blank for me. The URL still shows, but if I go back to the homepage, refresh, or click on a story I end up with a blank white page.

MayBee on October 28, 2011 at 12:53 PM

It’s happening in IE also, it started last night.

Eren on October 28, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Sounds like they’re getting prepared/practicing for the 11/9/11 shutdown, huh? *readjusts tin foil hat* :)

sicoit on October 28, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Our open-enrollment started this week, and I know a casual liberal co-worker had her bubble burst a bit when someone explained to her why our premiums rose another 7% or so for the second year in a row.

BlueCollarAstronaut on October 28, 2011 at 1:03 PM

7%, lucky.

Mine went up 9% this year after going up 10% last year. Hey wait, I guess Obamacare helped. The increase is ONLY 9% this year. I have changed my mind. Obamacare Rocks!!!!

angryed on October 28, 2011 at 1:52 PM

I think it was on Monday, Rush was playing audio of an interview with Steve Wynn. Not sure who was conducting the interview, but what Steve said, was very telling.

He said he’d contacted a female Rep from Nevada. Name escapes me at the moment. He asked her why she voted FOR Obama care. She told him, she knew it was awful, and didn’t want to. Her husband is a doctor, and he too is against it. But she had to vote for it, or Pelosi would punish her.

capejasmine on October 28, 2011 at 1:37 PM

He was talking about her. http://berkley.house.gov/

Oh and as an added bonus she is running for Senate too.

And yes that is a current picture. That is her actual hairdo from 2011, not 1981.

angryed on October 28, 2011 at 1:55 PM

Poll: Democrats drive declining approval of Obamacare

WHAT??? You mean that Obama’s idea that we can save money on health care…by withholding health care…and diverting the money to his friends…isn’t catching on???


/sarc>

landlines on October 28, 2011 at 2:07 PM

I know a casual liberal co-worker had her bubble burst a bit when someone explained to her why our premiums rose another 7% or so for the second year in a row.

BlueCollarAstronaut on October 28, 2011 at 1:03 PM

The fun has barely started. The most expensive mandates don’t kick in for another couple of years. When they do, your premiums (and everyone else’s) will jump by a lot more than 7%.

Good times.\

AZCoyote on October 28, 2011 at 3:17 PM

I can’t vote for mitt :0(

tinkerthinker on October 28, 2011 at 1:10 PM

Well, I can . . . . . BUT I sure as !@#*!!##!@*!! don’t want to ‘have to’.

WE CAN DO BETTER.

listens2glenn on October 28, 2011 at 4:29 PM

The most expensive mandates don’t kick in for another couple of years. When they do, your premiums (and everyone else’s) will jump by a lot more than 7%.
AZCoyote on October 28, 2011 at 3:17 PM

Dittos.

Without TOTAL repeal, “we ain’t seen nothing yet.”

: (

listens2glenn on October 28, 2011 at 4:34 PM

Is this really surprising? The Democrats were the last to entertain the thought that maybe Obama might not be the genius they thought they voted for. So it’s quite natural that most of his initial decline in approval rating would come from non-Democrats, until they were pretty much all disapproving of him. So naturally, the only ones left to start disapproving of Obama now come from the one group that kept the faith for so long.

It’s no mystery that Obama’s approval rating held for a while at a number that corresponded to the number of Democratic voters, then started slipping as they also gave up on him.

tom on October 28, 2011 at 8:07 PM

Another provision in PPACA?

Drive physicians out of the profession & hire more NEA + UAW + AFL-CIO + Teamster + SEIU parasites!

Maybe, if you are ever get so sick that you need to be placed on a ventilator, either a teacher, or an auto factory assembly-line person, or just yer average mindless union goon could intubate you….

Good luck with that!

(Note that Pelosi go her plastic surgery before the PPACA was passed… I think more iron workers worked on that job than there are building the new World Trade Center in NY – and they forgot to put her brain back in!)

Danny on October 28, 2011 at 10:54 PM