Rasmussen: Oddly, “finding out what’s in it” hasn’t done much for the merits of ObamaCare

posted at 2:11 pm on October 30, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

“We have to pass it to find out what’s in it,” they said — and more than two years after the fact, it seems that as people have found out more and more about what’s in it, the “thanks, but no thanks” consensus has only grown larger. According to Rasmussen,

Mitt Romney says he will repeal President Obama’s national health care law if he is elected, and most voters continue to believe that’s a good idea.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 54% of Likely U.S. Voters favor repeal of the health care law, while just 39% are opposed. This includes 43% who Strongly Favor repeal, and 30% who are Strongly Opposed to it.

As the Weekly Standard points out, in the first few polls following the March 2010 zero-bipartisanship passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,

Rasmussen showed that likely voters then favored repeal by margins of 13 points (55 to 42 percent), 12 points (54 to 42 percent), and 12 points (54 to 42 percent). …

The repeal of Obamacare is now supported by men (by 24 points), women (by 7 points), voters between the ages of 40 and 64 (by 22 points), seniors (by 32 points — and better than 2-to-1), Republicans (by 75 points — and better than 7-to-1), independents (by 9 points)…

I.e., there are now several percentage points fewer people directly opposed to the repeal of ObamaCare; seniors, who frequent the health care system the most as a group, are widely in favor of repeal; and independents are leaning towards direct repeal as well.

In a nutshell, it seems that the steady stream of revelations concerning ObamaCare’s added bureaucracy, added costs, added taxes, not to mention a whole host of adverse neighborhood effects, haven’t done anything to win voters over to the health care overhaul’s side the way the Democrats promised us it inevitably would. If Romney & Friends are sure to keep hammering away ObamaCare on the stump over the next week, I think the more likely it is we’ll actually get this thing repealed.


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