WaPo/ABC poll: Obama, ObamaCare unpopularity levels off

posted at 11:21 am on December 17, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

The latest Washington Post/ABC poll has good news and bad news for President Barack Obama and the White House.  The good news: ObamaCare and Obama haven’t gotten any more unpopular over the last month.  The bad news: They’re not gaining much, either, and Republicans are starting to catch up:

Public opposition to the new health care law has eased in the past month, enough to help level off Barack Obama’s falling popularity – but not to turn it around.

Fifty-five percent of Americans in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll disapprove of the president’s job performance overall, unchanged from last month’s reading as the worst of his career. Forty-three percent approve, a scant percentage point from 42 percent in November.

Better for the president is an easing of opposition to the Affordable Care Act, with attitudes back to a close division on the law; 46 percent of Americans support it, with 49 percent opposed. Opposition is down from a record 57 percent last month amid the new system’s troubled rollout.

That’s not much of a gain, especially in this poll series. That just puts the support for ObamaCare back to where it was in October, 46/49, in a series where the opposition gap rarely exceeded single digits in the first place.  In mid-summer last year, when most other pollsters showed significant opposition, the WaPo/ABC series showed 47/47 on the question.  Among registered voters in this poll, it’s 45/51, and the Real Clear Politics average over the last two weeks — including this poll — puts support at 37.8/52. Every poll in that time frame except this one puts the opposition gap at double digits.

Meanwhile, there isn’t much other “good” news for the White House to enjoy here.  Obama is still at 43-55 in a poll series where his last majority disapproval before ObamaCare’s rollout came in March 2012.  On the economy, he’s at 42/55, farther underwater than he has been for more than a year prior to November. He’s essentially unchanged from last month on ObamaCare implementation at 34/62.

Obama supporters will point to Congressional numbers showing the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue doing much worse, and that’s true … to a point. Congress’ approval numbers barely improved to 16/81 from the shutdown’s 12/85, and Democrats in Congress still do better than their Republican counterparts, with their numbers almost exactly the same as the last poll taken on the question in March. However, Obama has lost ground to Republicans in big ways when positioned head-to-head on issues:

  • Coping with the nation’s main problems – Tied 41/41; Obama led 50/35 in December 2012
  • Handling the economy – 41/45; was 44/38 in September 2013
  • ObamaCare implementation: 42/37, essentially unchanged from September 2013′s 41/38
  • Protecting the middle class: 46/40, down from December 2012′s 58/32
  • Trust in finding balance on spending: 40/48, down from shutdown’s 47/36

The reservoir of good will has dissipated, squandered by lies and mismanagement.  This will be the new normal for the second term — and could be the ceiling if the incompetence and prevarications continue.


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Drudge has a picture of Nixon and Obama mashed up into a composite (like Obama’s non-Yeti girlfriends). Kinda creepy actually.

Bottom line, these poll numbers are the results of a year and a few months of demonstrably lying to the American public. Benghazi, IRS snooping, NSA snooping, Obamacare roll out……

It all adds up to a lack of credibility and trust in the rat-eared wonder and his filthy party.

Happy Nomad on December 17, 2013 at 11:25 AM

We are in a bit of a lull here, from the October-November bad news period, to the January 1 bad news, when people who are losing their insurance who think they’re covered with new ObamaCare plans find out otherwise. And that’s the way it’s going to be in 2014, as well, as we get closer to the employer mandate taking effect — lull periods of little new information mixed with times when there’s lots of stories about new groups of people finding themselves negatively affected by ObamaCare.

The White House’s goal is to make sure one of those lull periods of little new news happens between mid-October and Nov. 4, when people will be casting their midterm election ballots. The task for Republicans is to make sure the low-info swing voters don’t get distracted during the lull, in the same way some have been gobsmaked this year by the results of the ACA because they didn’t pay attention over the previous four years.

jon1979 on December 17, 2013 at 11:27 AM

They’re not gaining much, either, and Republicans are starting to catch up:

They catch up on one item only – utter stupidity.

Harry Reid/Pelosi are principled Utopian thugs, out to win.

Rs have NO principles and get romneyed by the left, every time.

RINOs deserve full demise, and will get it, every time.

If amnesty passes Pelosi will be speaker in Jan. 2015.

On topic, the dead will be on TV in 2014, videos all over, families…all due to obama and all who voted for the national travesty.

The Rs won’t move a single finger to stop it.

Schadenfreude on December 17, 2013 at 11:28 AM

To the land, especially from the RINOs.

Congratulations America! Just lay down and enjoy the raping…like the cops say in India.

Schadenfreude on December 17, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Correction:

“Obama popularity circles the drain.”

Nation goes, “hooraaaayy.”

Lourdes on December 17, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Meanwhile, this guy and Snowden show you what the USA looked like, right before the full plunge into the abyss.

Schadenfreude on December 17, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Who gives a flying donut, the dog eating Dog Eater doesn’t care and the pinheaded retards who voted for him are at this very moment having conniptions about the latest person kicked off “The Voice”.

“Duh! Free stuff, right? Duh! Hey let’s move to Colorado so we can buy weed! Duuuuuuuhhhhh! Hey look I got ten more people on my Facebook friends list! Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuhhhhhhhh!”

It’s over already, we’re simply managing the collapse as our overlords beam soothing messages to us that everything will be fine.

Bishop on December 17, 2013 at 11:31 AM

I don’t know HappyNomad. He has been successful at garnering no blowback from all of his previous lies. Nobody even knows what Darrel Issa is doing anymore. I think with the lies so personally effecting folks re: Obamacare he has finally met the wall. I sure it lights a fire in the other areas though.

DanMan on December 17, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Pew: Liberal support for Obama at all-time low, worse than George W. Bush and conservatives

The Bush part must really burn.

Schadenfreude on December 17, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Congress’ approval numbers barely improved to 16/81 from the shutdown’s 12/85, and Democrats in Congress still do better than their Republican counterparts, with their numbers almost exactly the same as the last poll taken on the question in March.

The reason for this is obvious. Democrats are happier with their representatives, and the Democrat leadership doesn’t attack its base all the time.

TarheelBen on December 17, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Public opposition to the new health care law has eased in the past month, enough to help level off Barack Obama’s falling popularity –

For now anyway. Next year there will be more people in the productive sector experiencing the wonderfulness that is Obamacare.

DaveDief on December 17, 2013 at 11:35 AM

As long as the State-Run media is actively colluding with the Regime and are fanboy’s of Obama and his radical leftist Regime, his and ObamaGlitch’s popularity will hit a very hard bottom.

The bottom is of course the number of those that either A) don’t know about anything that’s going on and are gleefully living in Obama’s bliss, or B) kind of know what’s going on, but buy the State-Run media’s narrative that everything bad in the world is the result of Conservatives and the Tea Party.

Either way, the hard bottom for Obama’s and ObamaGlitch’s approval ratings are yet another indicator that we’re doomed as a nation. The only question is when the melt down will kick into high gear.

Meople on December 17, 2013 at 11:37 AM

WTF??

How come you schlubs in fly-over country don’t love the messiah?

txdoc on December 17, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Obamacare he has finally met the wall. I sure it lights a fire in the other areas though.

DanMan on December 17, 2013 at 11:32 AM

That’s exactly it. The lazy stupid coward’s numbers would be different if there were not such a long line of lies ending with Obamacare and the three years of lies about bending the cost curve and being able to keep one’s current plan, doctor, hospital, meds, and fire department. Bengahzi or the NSA alone will find Obama defenders but they are force multipliers when one finds that they will now have to pay thousands more in health insurance so that some slut doesn’t have to pay for birth control.

Happy Nomad on December 17, 2013 at 11:40 AM

WTF??

How come you schlubs in fly-over country don’t love the messiah?

txdoc on December 17, 2013 at 11:38 AM

We’re racists?

justltl on December 17, 2013 at 11:45 AM

obama’s people, the ones he protects and wanted you to send your families to war with.

Schadenfreude on December 17, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Correction:

“Obama popularity circles the drain.”

Nation goes, “hooraaaayy.”

Lourdes on December 17, 2013 at 11:30 AM

But Bammy’s still in office and able to do damage. He’s watching, reading and listening, or at least has some flunkies doing it for him, so ya’all better be a bit careful with that “hooraaayy”. Premature exuberance like that may have undesirable and unexpected consequences.

hawkeye54 on December 17, 2013 at 11:49 AM

These are considered “good bad numbers” until the next Republican gets in, then they will reflect a complete loss of confidence with the American people and should be cause for immediate resignation and appointment of a progressive Democrat successor…

Khun Joe on December 17, 2013 at 11:51 AM

GOP’s fault…. don’t blame me
-Obama

cmsinaz on December 17, 2013 at 11:52 AM

obama’s people, the ones he protects and wanted you to send your families to war with.

Schadenfreude on December 17, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Not only that, but his State Dept is working around the clock bringing hordes of Obama’s people into our nation. It may not be long before your families finds war with Obama’s people here at home.

hawkeye54 on December 17, 2013 at 11:52 AM

RINO leadership thinks they can win by playing defense against the Dems and offense against the conservative base.

Wigglesworth on December 17, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Yeppers.. Doesn’t matter though the GOP will snatch defeat from the jaws of Victory every damn time.

Let’s see, pass budget that doesn’t cut spending at all and the ONLY cuts you do make are off the backs of Veterans– CHECK

Amnesty- CHECK

Funding OBamacare- CHECK

Azzes sound more and more like Democrats everyday.

RIP GOP.. Good riddance.

melle1228 on December 17, 2013 at 11:53 AM

These are considered “good bad numbers” until the next Republican gets in,

And that’s assuming a Republican does get in. That isn’t a sure thing, even with disapproval numbers of Bammy and the dems now.

hawkeye54 on December 17, 2013 at 11:54 AM

So, he’s dead in the water?

I don’t think so. He still polls all too well in congress.

More damage on the way.

Meremortal on December 17, 2013 at 11:54 AM

So, he’s dead in the water?

I don’t think so. He still polls all too well in congress.

More damage on the way.

You are quite right….even having 100% disapproval ratings, Bammy still wields executive power…..and sooooo much more time to do us damage.

hawkeye54 on December 17, 2013 at 11:55 AM

and could be the ceiling if the incompetence and prevarications continue.

If? Really? What inkling of a suggestion is there that they will start down the straight-and-narrow now?

This will be the ceiling, all right. But the floor is going to drop out from under him.

iurockhead on December 17, 2013 at 11:55 AM

These are considered “good bad numbers” until the next Republican gets in, then they will reflect a complete loss of confidence with the American people and should be cause for immediate resignation and appointment of a progressive Democrat successor…

Khun Joe on December 17, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Spot on Post.

Hey, speaking of Resignations….

anybody hear about the Justice Department being full
of Obama Bundlers, as employees??

Yeah, prolly nothing….

ToddPA on December 17, 2013 at 11:56 AM

RINO leadership thinks they can win by playing defense against the Dems and offense against the conservative base.

Wigglesworth on December 17, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Yep, glad I already changed my affiliation from Republican to Unaffiliated. As long as they have this “leadership”, I will never go back and will never vote for another (R) unless they’re Conservative enough to earn my vote.

More Conservatives will do the same. Bye bye Repubes, have fun being a small, powerless minority until you whither away and die. Or until you get it over with and merge with the DimocRats.

Meople on December 17, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Wait til they find out if you like your house or car, you can keep your house or car was a lie, too.

Kissmygrits on December 17, 2013 at 11:59 AM

That’s not much of a gain, especially in this poll series. That just puts the support for ObamaCare back to where it was in October, 46/49, in a series where the opposition gap rarely exceeded single digits in the first place. In mid-summer last year, when most other pollsters showed significant opposition, the WaPo/ABC series showed 47/47 on the question. Among registered voters in this poll, it’s 45/51, and the Real Clear Politics average over the last two weeks — including this poll — puts support at 37.8/52. Every poll in that time frame except this one puts the opposition gap at double digits.

This analysis suggests that the ABC/WaPo poll is an outlier to the left compared to other polls. Perhaps the WaPo oversamples its own readers in the DC metro area, who live on the government teat? Sandra Fluke and her classmates and boyfriends love Obamacare! Free love, baby!!!

For the rest of us losing our health insurance, this poll is a Fluke.

Steve Z on December 17, 2013 at 12:00 PM

He’s got another chance for a bump. Gas prices have dropped due to supply increases. Mexico, having smarter crooks in charge than Venezuela, is opening its fields to private operators. This will bring an extra 2.5 million barrels of oil a day to the market (only question is how soon this affects prices), lowering prices more.

Our economy will benefit from the above, which is a good thing, but this will also help the Dem-Destroyers in the next election. They will have a recovery to point to…and the lapdogs will give O all the credit.

Meremortal on December 17, 2013 at 12:02 PM

If? Really? What inkling of a suggestion is there that they will start down the straight-and-narrow now?

This will be the ceiling, all right. But the floor is going to drop out from under him.

iurockhead on December 17, 2013 at 11:55 AM

It won’t though. The State-Run media combined with low-information voters (sheeple), will mean that The One’s ratings will not drop below a certain hard base.

That base consists of those ObamaBots that will approve of his, no matter what. Those that have no idea what’s going on at all. And those that buy the media narrative that every bad thing in the world is the fault of Conservatives and the Tea Party.

His ratings will never drop below probably 35%, maybe 38%.

Meople on December 17, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Must be that a lot of people don’t believe the fake statistics from the government showing that the economy is doing well. Obamacare has given people the opportunity to see everything for what it is and not what the MSM says it is.

COgirl on December 17, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Bottom line, these poll numbers are the results of a year and a few months of demonstrably lying to the American public. Benghazi, IRS snooping, NSA snooping, Obamacare roll out……

It all adds up to a lack of credibility and trust in the rat-eared wonder and his filthy party.

Happy Nomad on December 17, 2013 at 11:25 AM

And it’s astounding (and depressing) that the numbers aren’t worse.

Midas on December 17, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Yes, eventually you will hit bottom!

Another Drew on December 17, 2013 at 12:10 PM

You are quite right….even having 100% disapproval ratings, Bammy still wields executive power…..and sooooo much more time to do us damage.

hawkeye54 on December 17, 2013 at 11:55 AM

The most important obstacle is Eric Holder. Without that clown, Obama and his posse dry up virtually overnight.

BobMbx on December 17, 2013 at 12:16 PM

12/17/2020 Breaking News

After serving only 4 years of their life sentences, former president Barack Obama and ex-wife Michelle escaped from the prison complex at Guantanamo Bay earlier today. It is unclear whether they had assistance, and their whereabouts are unknown at this time. Prison officials are reassuring the public that Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and all other former Democrat congressmen remain in custody under heightened security measures.

Sorry.
I needed to imagine some good news.

justltl on December 17, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Schadenfreude on December 17, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Don’t forget McCain, nothing like bi-partisanship.

DDay on December 17, 2013 at 12:17 PM

I think you have to emphasize the cost to society and health care, the general detriment of Obamacare. You don’t frame it primarily as “peoples health care premiums are going to go up or their quality of care will be reduced to help the uninsured and the poor.” No. The fact that rates are going up etc has to be secondary in how we frame Obamacare because people are NOT going to want to perceive themselves as being overtly selfish.

So, if you say just: “your rates are going to go up… to help the poor,” then most people are going to approve of the program.

anotherJoe on December 17, 2013 at 12:19 PM

“Mission Accomplished!!!”

albill on December 17, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Republicans don’t have a core or a philosophy. They cannot win against passionate progressives who have hijacked the infrastructure of government to self sustain a long term takeover.

Game is pretty much over until the system crashes and burns.

rickyricardo on December 17, 2013 at 12:32 PM

12/17/2020 Breaking News

Cuban authorities turned over custody of the Obamas to officials of the Guantanamo prison complex just hours after their escape. Cuban police were summoned to a nearby McDonald’s restaurant after receiving calls of a disturbance. Employees had called the police after former president Obama insisted on smoking in the facility and after the former first lady became violent, complaining that she was shorted on her order of fries.

I also needed a happy ending.

Carry on.

justltl on December 17, 2013 at 12:42 PM

This president has sealed his fate – he will forever be known as the ” if you like your…..you can keep it” president.

Tater Salad on December 17, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Let’s just wait until late January/early February 2014 when all those Bronze policyholders show up at the hospital for surgery and are told they need to pay their $12,000 deductible upfront prior to being treated. Let’s not forget that Health “Insurance” is NOT Health “Care”.

NOMOBO on December 17, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Obama may measure his success or standing by the monthly opinion polls because he doesn’t know what else to do. But they won’t save him, even if opposition has “leveled off.”

The worst of ObamaCare is yet to come. The employer mandate is going to make the troubles individuals are having now seem like a church picnic.

Adjoran on December 17, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Republicans can’t catch up because there are too many haters who claim to be the real Republicans, when actually they aere simply anti-government and have no where else to go.

This is why we are going to be Socialists. Because the far right is on the side of the Socialists. They pretend otherwise, but results speak much louder than the silly words like “RINO”.

What you have brought down on our heads is no one’s fault but the far right’s.

petunia on December 17, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Up yours, petrollia, you fvck.

Lanceman on December 17, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Obama has a high floor support, because the Democratic strategy is racial, and his strategy is very racial. It’s punish your (white) enemies all the way. When people are voting by tribal loyalty, they don’t evaluate your failures in an unbiased way.

David Blue on December 17, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Say and ponder what you wish LIVeral’s …
The pounding that the Dhimmicrats will experience in 2014 will be a subtle hint what they’ll face in 2016. I just hope the Stupid Party will use the historic change of command to get things straighted out. The problem will be, however, that things will be SO PHUCKED UP that it will take a decade to UNphuck EVERYTHING.
And the Presstititues will be bitching and growling about EVERYTHING … ALL the TIME.
Mark my words. High on the news cycles will be:
UNEMPLOYMENT; NATIONAL DEPT; BALLANCE OF TRADE; DEFENSE SPENDNING; ; EQUAL RIGHTS; IMMIGRATION (rights); MINIMUM WAGE; ; AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE; MENTAL HEALTH CARE; etc.; etc.
If you catch my meaning, if you get my drift.

Missilengr on December 18, 2013 at 12:31 AM