CNN poll: ObamaCare support cratering at 35/62
posted at 8:01 am on December 23, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
People still have two more days to get their Christmas shopping completed, but the deadline for enrolling in ObamaCare is today — and people are even less inclined to view it as a gift than ever. A new CNN poll shows ObamaCare approval at an all-time low, and disapproval at an all-time high, with a 35/62 rating, thanks to an exodus of women from the ranks of supporters:
Only 35% of those questioned in the poll say they support the health care law, a 5-point drop in less than a month. Sixty-two percent say they oppose the law, up four points from November.
Nearly all of the newfound opposition is coming from women.
“Opposition to Obamacare rose six points among women, from 54% in November to 60% now, while opinion of the new law remained virtually unchanged among men,” CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. “That’s bad news for an administration that is reaching out to moms across the country in an effort to make Obamacare a success.”
Last week, Barack and Michelle Obama urged moms to start chatting up strangers in grocery stores to discuss ObamaCare. Maybe they’d like to rethink that idea. If moms start talking about ObamaCare in grocery stores these days, they’d be more likely to discuss why they can’t buy enough groceries because of the expense.
The 35% support level is the lowest since CNN started polling on the question after the bill’s passage. (The historical data shows a 29% approval rating in June 2011, but that appears to be a typo, as it also shows 39% approval in the same poll when broken down into too liberal/not liberal enough opposition responses.) This is the first time that opposition in the CNN poll has hit 60%, too. The 27-point split in the gap is the highest in the poll, and a nine-point jump in a month.
By the way, the opposition to ObamaCare is nearly identical for all income types. The approval rating for those making less than $50K is 35/60; above $50K, it’s 36/63. Among those 18-34 years of age, the approval rating is 38/59. That’s bad news for Democrats.
CNN offers this thought on the idea that 15% of people think it’s not liberal enough:
According to the survey, 43% say they oppose the health care law because it is too liberal, with 15% saying they give the measure a thumbs down because it is not liberal enough. That means half the public either favors Obamacare, or opposes it because it’s not liberal enough, down four points from last month.
Talk about a stretch! And even that doesn’t hold up, as the artificial support/too conservative is declining, too. Here’s a better measure of what people think about the Affordable Care Act: 63% of respondents think that it’s going to make their health care cost more, compared to only 28% who think it will stay the same — and only 7% who think it’s going to make it more affordable. The last time CNN polled on that question was September 2009, when a majority thought it would make no difference or help it cost less (51%) as compared to 47% who thought it would make it more expensive. As the price tag becomes clear, so does the opposition based on its reality.