Gallup: Pluralities of Republicans and Democrats agree — ObamaCare is Obama’s biggest failure

posted at 3:01 pm on December 23, 2013 by Allahpundit

One of the last polls of the year, but also one of the most fascinating. Take advantage of the holiday news lull to go through the tables with some care, not so much to see what’s on top of the biggest achievement/biggest failure lists as to see what’s on the bottom. Key caveat here: The public has a short memory, so anytime you’re polling big-picture stuff like this, whatever’s at the forefront of their mind is bound to get a boost. O-Care would have topped the list regardless, I think, but relentless coverage of the rollout over the past three months has helped give it a singular place in the public’s imagination for now. So much so, in fact, that even when you break down the achievement/failure lists by party, there’s only one issue beside ObamaCare that manages to crack double digits.

But like I say, the news here is what didn’t come close to topping the list. Poll Americans under normal circumstances about their policy concerns and the economy/unemployment inevitably leads the pack. Not here. Not even close.

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Three percent on each side. Drill down to the partisan split and you find that just six percent of Dems call “stabilizing the economy” O’s greatest achievement and just two percent(!) of Republicans call the economy his biggest failure. Believe it or not, slightly more Democrats (three percent) list “unemployment” as his biggest failure than Republicans do (two percent.) Maybe that helps explain why so many people still blame Bush more than Obama for the country’s economic problems. Everyone agrees that things are better now than they were during the depths of the financial crisis, and pretty much everyone agrees that things … aren’t good. Hard for the average voter to have a strong opinion on O’s economic record as somehow legacy-defining against that backdrop.

As for O-Care, 50 percent of Republicans and 25 percent of Democrats call it his biggest failure, tops for both parties. (The only other failure to reach double digits is “not getting along with Congress/not working with Republicans, which reaches 15 percent among Democrats.) ObamaCare, predictably, is also his greatest achievement according to Dems, 39 percent of whom say so versus just eight percent of GOPers. An obvious question: What about NSA surveillance and l’affaire Snowden? That’s also been percolating in the news in December, so you’d think it’d be on the public’s mind. Nope. There’s no option that directly mentions the NSA, but “taking away our rights/overstepping constitutional powers” scores just three percent among Republicans and one percent among Democrats in the “biggest failure” list. Another issue, listed simply as “spying,” draws fewer than 0.5 percent in both parties. So, for that matter, does gun control — despite the months-long post-Newtown push, less than one half of one percent of Democrats consider it O’s signature failure. Granted, asking people to name a pol’s biggest success or disappointment isn’t exactly the same as asking them to list their policy priorities; it could be that, say, 10 percent of Democrats consider the failure of gun control to be the biggest failure of O’s term but, because they blame the NRA for it, they assign no culpability for it to Obama himself. Hard to make that same argument about the NSA, though, which answers to the president. Same goes for Benghazi, which is almost a complete afterthought here. No one expects those issues to top a list like this, but just two or three percent? Really?

By the way, his biggest success overall is … “none/nothing” at 23 percent. ObamaCare finishes a point behind.


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Actually, with the number of failures this clown has had that is saying quite a lot.

whbates on December 23, 2013 at 3:05 PM

FAILURE:

Rush was Right!!

canopfor on December 23, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Not having the populace subdued and compliant by now is his biggest failure…..tho I’m sure he’s still workin’ on it…IRS, NSA, the personal information gathering for voter fraud scam known as Obamacare..psychological “nudging” programs..etc. are still churning “under the radar”, I’m sure.

Mimzey on December 23, 2013 at 3:10 PM

you find that just six percent of Dems call “stabilizing the economy” O’s greatest achievement

“stabilizing” … LOL. More like “stagnating” and killing.

They made a desert and called it ‘peace’.”

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on December 23, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Wait…I thought that was his biggest achievement?

JeffersonFan on December 23, 2013 at 3:15 PM

The jury is still out.

It will take a Republican Administration and some determination to discover what the worst of Obama really was/is/will be.

We still lack major details on Fast & Furious, we know only what Christian Adams has related about the politicization of DOJ, and he only knows part of the story from the Civil Rights Division.

We lack enough information on Benghazi, IRS, and NSA to know how malevolent Obama’s influence and appointments have been. They won’t even tell us where Obama was during the Benghazi attack, and of course none of the boot-licking sycophants we wittily refer to as the White House Press Corps would dare ask such an impertinent question.

We certainly don’t know what we don’t know about scandals yet unexposed or yet to come (Barry has three more full years to screw up, and he is just the half-man to do it).

How to give an opinion on such a question? It’s like asking “How’s the soup?” while the cook is still chopping vegetables.

Adjoran on December 23, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Gallup: Pluralities of Republicans and Democrats agree — ObamaCare is Obama’s biggest failure

Well, on professional/political level, yes, certainly. But the girls are just now reaching the age where we’re going to be treated to a spectacular parenting fail. And I feel confident it’s coming … before 2016.

M240H on December 23, 2013 at 3:17 PM

You can bet on one thing for sure : There will be no end to the propaganda and money used to prop this debacle.

CWchangedhisNicagain on December 23, 2013 at 3:18 PM

But to the MSM that does not make it Obama’s Biggest Nonaccomplishment. Oh no. It is some sort of masterpiece beyond the understanding of us peons and racists.

pat on December 23, 2013 at 3:24 PM

So, does this mean that he has finally “brought us together”?

oldleprechaun on December 23, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Twas the two nights before Christmas, and all through the Liberal land,KAOS/and FAILURE was ruining American by there/their hands!

The Low Info Voters, KOOL_AID DRINKERS and MSM Suck-Ups
could hardly believe, that the Progressive Messiah,could
botch such a deed!!
(Snark)

canopfor on December 23, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Probably his biggest, but just one of many ………….. the list is too long to get into here on this board.

SC.Charlie on December 23, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Smell the stank of FAIL all over this lying, conniving, miserable fraud.

Impeach him.

Key West Reader on December 23, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Not having the populace subdued and compliant by now is his biggest failure…..tho I’m sure he’s still workin’ on it…IRS, NSA, the personal information gathering for voter fraud scam known as Obamacare..psychological “nudging” programs..etc. are still churning “under the radar”, I’m sure.

Mimzey on December 23, 2013 at 3:10 PM

What are the demographics of the “populace?” ;)

davidk on December 23, 2013 at 3:42 PM

But we should just keep it the law of the land for some reason.

Oil Can on December 23, 2013 at 3:43 PM


Smell the stank of FAIL all over this lying, conniving, miserable fraud.

Impeach him.

Key West Reader on December 23, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Succinctly put, perfectly stated. Absolutely true.

HomeoftheBrave on December 23, 2013 at 3:43 PM

canopfor on December 23, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Hah! Good one!

Key West Reader on December 23, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Smell the stank of FAIL all over this lying, conniving, miserable fraud.

Impeach him.

Key West Reader on December 23, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Key West Reader:

Percisely so,.. Peppy Le Pew to high heavens!——–:0

canopfor on December 23, 2013 at 3:47 PM

How to give an opinion on such a question? It’s like asking “How’s the soup?” while the cook is still chopping vegetables.

Adjoran on December 23, 2013 at 3:17 PM

You bring up good points.

davidk on December 23, 2013 at 3:48 PM

canopfor on December 23, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Hah! Good one!

Key West Reader on December 23, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Key West Reader:Hehe,..I dreamed that up on zee fly—:)

canopfor on December 23, 2013 at 3:48 PM

bwahahahahahahahah

Gallup in 1945 probably would of called Hitler’s providing housing and showers for da jews his biggest achievement.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on December 23, 2013 at 3:48 PM

By the way, his biggest success overall is … “none/nothing” at 23 percent. ObamaCare finishes a point behind.

Bwahahah–laughing so darn hard I am about to puke in my stocking…

hillsoftx on December 23, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Smell the stank of FAIL all over this lying, conniving, miserable fraud.

Impeach him.

Key West Reader on December 23, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Key West Reader:)
=================

Reuters Politics ‏@ReutersPolitics 22 Dec

Democratic senator says Obamacare could have ‘meltdown,’ hurt party http://reut.rs/JVRcI1
===========================

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/22/us-usa-healthcare-idUSBRE9BL0AF20131222?feedType=RSS&feedName=politicsNews&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&dlvrit=574655

canopfor on December 23, 2013 at 3:54 PM

And it stands to become an even bigger failure. Was there ever a time when a president’s major achievement ended up becoming his biggest failure covering TWO years? Or more?

HiJack on December 23, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Gallup: Pluralities of Republicans and Democrats agree — ObamaCare is Obama’s biggest failure

So what? He’ll still be revered in the media and academia as the best president evah!

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 23, 2013 at 3:55 PM

canopfor on December 23, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Well the smell of FAIL is all over the Dem party.

You know, I really loathe the fact that so many responsible American Citizens have been put through the ringer with this Obamacare sh*t. I’m in the insurance industry (not health), but anyone with the brain of a 12 pound monkey would/should know that an endeavor of this size was bound to fail.

Shame on him. When people and their children start dying maybe THEN it’ll be time to REPEAL this garbage law. Until then? Anything to protect this lying sumbich – media creation –

The 2014 Websters Dictionary should have Obama’s picture next to the definition of the word FAIL. And LIAR.

/Sorry, just in a mood today because my folks are losing Medicare coverage that they previously had. Gotta take care of Obamapeeps – they’re so speshul.

Key West Reader on December 23, 2013 at 3:58 PM

So in the fall of 2014 when nobody has health care the MSM lead will be: “What about those Duck Dynasty homophobic rednecks?”

Deano1952 on December 23, 2013 at 3:59 PM

So in the fall of 2014 when nobody has health care the MSM lead will be: “What about those Duck Dynasty homophobic rednecks?”

Deano1952 on December 23, 2013 at 3:59 PM

If memory serves here, Obama droned a wedding party the day before GQ went public with the Phil Robertson non-issue-issue-public-outrage-of-the-day-distraction.

/Just sayin’

Key West Reader on December 23, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Government controlled and administered social services is a BIG failure, all the time, everywhere it becomes ‘law.’

Doesn’t matter whose name is on it, or how good the intentions are.

listens2glenn on December 23, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Amazing, there was no plurity in voting to pass this failure. Every Democrat in the House and Senate voted for something they refused to read, but liked ideologically . These idiots in our government will not understand that when enacting laws, the laws should be understood not only by the lawyers, but by the citizens of this country. Add to that, a Supreme Court that puts international law above our Constitution, and we have a government that has run amok. Politicians never learn, they did almost the samething with the Ryan/Murray Budget Bill, just pass do not read it!

savage24 on December 23, 2013 at 4:07 PM

What are the demographics of the “populace?” ;)

davidk on December 23, 2013 at 3:42 PM

He’ll decide… when the time is right. I’m pretty sure it’ll be mostly made up of whichever demographic has the most poor people…IYKWIMAITTYD. :)

Mimzey on December 23, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Well, the degree of incompetence displayed by Obama and his goons is staggering, but the fact that he only met once with Sebelius says to me that Obama doesn’t really give a damn about Obamacare’s implementation.

There’s a theory out there that says that Obamacare is actually succeeding (accomplishing the left’s goals). Destruction of the private health insurance industry, and creating as much chaos as possible, seems to be the goal. At a certain point, they hope the American people will surrender and admit that single payer is the only option.

TarheelBen on December 23, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Gallup: Pluralities of Republicans and Democrats agree — ObamaCare is Obama’s biggest failure

…then it’s great that the “Arab Spring” is such a success!

KOOLAID2 on December 23, 2013 at 4:15 PM

At a certain point, they hope the American people will surrender and admit that single payer is the only option.

TarheelBen on December 23, 2013 at 4:14 PM

That will never happen. You can dress up a community organizer, teach him to speak in dialects that delight his audiences, make up posters about Hope and Change, and package him in a nice, shiny box with a beautiful bow on top… But underneath?

He’s just a shuck and jiving Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson forever aggreived agitator.

The election of Barack Hussein Obama will go down in history as the biggest failure and the biggest fraud ever perpetrated on our Nation. Our children and our children’s children will associate the name “Obama” with communism, socialism, statism, and failure.

That is Obama’s greatest achievement. So, be thankful. And, be hopeful that he won’t last through the rest of his “term” in office.

He’s better suited in a mail room somewhere in Chicago.

Key West Reader on December 23, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Pluralities of Republicans and Democrats agree — ObamaCare is Obama’s biggest failure

Good news for Obama. He was afraid that it would ultimately be called something else. Nobody would be madder about that than Obama.

Dems own this and deserve all the credit. It is up to all of us to make sure they get the credit they are due.

Happy Nomad on December 23, 2013 at 4:24 PM

…then it’s great that the “Arab Spring” is such a success!

KOOLAID2 on December 23, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Make no mistake. The “Arab Spring” was supposed to spread to America. Occupy Wall Street was an Obama creation.

I’m so glad he failed. And in such spectacular fashion!

Key West Reader on December 23, 2013 at 4:25 PM

What kind of leader plows full steam ahead with a plan that has been a disaster from the get go, has a dismal approval rating by the majority, and may cause his party to lose millions of votes in the next election? A leader who is insane, that’s who.

scalleywag on December 23, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Where is ex-House speaker Rep Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)??

Can someone post Ms Pelosi’s picture on a milk carton ?

Hey Pelosi was everywhere in Americas face… She was twisting arms in Congress, trying to jam a 2000- plus page UNREAD law down Americas throat!!

ObamaCare is a leftoid law, written by numerous agenda driven disjointed leftist committees, in a hodge-podge fashion. It was UNREAD by Pelosi and the leftiod dem Congress, but so important to the leftist socialist agenda for America that it just HAD TO PASS AT ALL COST ! CONSTITUTION BE DAMNED !!

Well, where is Ms Pelosi today ? Why isn’t MSM hounding this woman at every juncture ??

BigSven on December 23, 2013 at 4:27 PM

At a certain point, they hope the American people will surrender and admit that single payer is the only option.

TarheelBen on December 23, 2013 at 4:14 PM

That was the plan but, to do so, private insurance would have had to die a slow lingering death. Obamacare delivered a DNR order on the single payer scheme because it de-bunks the idea that big government can do healthcare smarter than the private sector.

The lazy stupid shiftless coward isn’t the only casualty of Obamacare. So are many long-lived liberal claims of superiority.

Happy Nomad on December 23, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Key West Reader on December 23, 2013 at 4:20 PM

I agree with you and certainly hope you are right. These five years have seemed like an eternity – and I’m praying the country can stand three more years of this assault on everything that has made American great. My fear is what the 2012 election showed us – that the low information voter is king right now.

TarheelBen on December 23, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Pluralities of Republicans and Democrats agree — ObamaCare is Obama’s biggest failure

SEE OBAMA? WE CAN AGREE ON SOMETHING!

You are a FAILURE!

GarandFan on December 23, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Well, where is Ms Pelosi today ? Why isn’t MSM hounding this woman at every juncture ??

I was wondering that myself.

scalleywag on December 23, 2013 at 4:32 PM

hahah, struck out my own comment, doh!

scalleywag on December 23, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Well, where is Ms Pelosi today ? Why isn’t MSM hounding this woman at every juncture ??

BigSven on December 23, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Likely, she is drunk on an Air Force plane somewhere on Earth snotting on herself and banging her head against a bottle of scotch and eating tranquilizers.

/Safest place she could be at this point, I suppose. No culpability LOL.

Key West Reader on December 23, 2013 at 4:39 PM

SEE OBAMA? WE CAN AGREE ON SOMETHING!

You are a FAILURE!

GarandFan on December 23, 2013 at 4:30 PM

The Yeti was quoted as making discussing Obamacare into a holiday treat. Ethan Krupp (aka pajama boy) pushed sitting around in jammies talking about Obamacare. There is the whole idea of bro-surance and the idea that Obamacare will allow a female to hump like a bunny for free.

Could it be this latest extension is only so people are encouraged to give the gift of Obamacare this holiday?

Happy Nomad on December 23, 2013 at 4:43 PM

…many people still blame Bush more than Obama for the country’s economic problems. Everyone agrees that things are better now than they were during the depths of the financial crisis…

The last month of President George W. Bush with a Republican House and Republican Senate was December 2006. The economy that the outgoing Congressional Republicans left to the new Congressional Democrat majorities was…

BLS data from December 2006:
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Employment-Population Ratio: 63.4%
Labor Force Participation Rate: 66.4%

Compare any one of those three numbers from December 2006 (after 12 consecutive years of Republican majorities) to now (after 7 consecutive years of Democrat majorities).

ITguy on December 23, 2013 at 4:57 PM

My fear is what the 2012 election showed us – that the low information voter is king right now.

TarheelBen on December 23, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Nah, they are turning against him. The blacks, the poor, the youth. All the people that thought they had a human messiah are devastated.

Key West Reader on December 23, 2013 at 5:00 PM

six percent of Dems call “stabilizing the economy” O’s greatest achievement

The economy didn’t tank until then-Senator Obama and his Democratic colleagues took majority control of the House and Senate on January 3, 2007.

Democrats tanked the economy, and then some Democrats think that “stabilizing the economy” is O’s greatest achievement?

Compare the Employment-Population Ratio during Reagan’s Presidency to Obama’s.

Very eye-opening. What Reagan inherited was worse than what Obama “inherited” (I’m using quotes there because Senator Obama helped CREATE what pResident Obama “inherited” from himself and his Democrat-majority peers who had altered the direction of the economy in 2007 & 2008).

Reagan turned the economy around.

Obama has not.

From September to November of Reagan’s 5th year (1985), the BLS-reported Employment Level increased by 350,000 people.

Compare that to September to November of Obama’s 5th year (2013), the BLS-reported Employment Level increased by only 83,000 people.

——————

And for those who think George W. Bush was worse for the economy than Obama, take a look at September to November of W’s 5th year (2005)… the BLS-reported Employment Level increased by 93,000 people.

During the same 2 months of his Presidency, George W. Bush created more jobs than Barack H. Obama did.

The Democrats, including then-Senators Obama, Biden, Clinton, Kerry, etc. inherited a GOOD economy from the outgoing Republican majority (which had held majority control for 12 straight years) on January 3, 2007. The economy didn’t tank until the Democrats passed a bill to raise the minimum wage 3 times in 3 years and failed to do anything about the Fannie/Freddie crisis about which they were warned but they had chosen to insist that there wasn’t any evidence of “Safety and soundness issues”.

ITguy on December 23, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Wait until next year…the failure list will expand greatly.

albill on December 23, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Nah, they are turning against him. The blacks, the poor, the youth. All the people that thought they had a human messiah are devastated.

Key West Reader on December 23, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Because the free stuff isn’t rolling in as promised. That twentysomething that cast their first Presidential vote for Obama (hope their first time was special) suddenly finds themselves with massive college loan costs, little chance of employment, and now Obamacare. This was not the utopia they signed up for when they had no real financial stake in society.

Happy Nomad on December 23, 2013 at 5:13 PM

his biggest success overall is … “none/nothing” at 23 percent

Hey, “none/nothing” were also Obama’s biggest successes when he was a community organizer, when he was president of the Harvard Law Review, when he was director of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, and when he was a junior senator from Illinois.

What are the odds?

AZCoyote on December 23, 2013 at 5:39 PM

He’s better suited to mopping the floor in a mail room somewhere in Chicago.
Key West Reader on December 23, 2013 at 4:20 PM

FIFY.

avagreen on December 23, 2013 at 6:18 PM

ITguy on December 23, 2013 at 5:01 PM

I’ve posted this over and over on various forums, but didn’t have good link to prove it.

Our local newspaper is full of rabid anti-Christian,anti-Republican, name-calling LBGT Democrat posters. I’ll use that on them.

avagreen on December 23, 2013 at 6:22 PM

And for those who think George W. Bush was worse for the economy than Obama, take a look at September to November of W’s 5th year (2005)… the BLS-reported Employment Level increased by 93,000 people.

During the same 2 months of his Presidency, George W. Bush created more jobs than Barack H. Obama did.

The Democrats, including then-Senators Obama, Biden, Clinton, Kerry, etc. inherited a GOOD economy from the outgoing Republican majority (which had held majority control for 12 straight years) on January 3, 2007. The economy didn’t tank until the Democrats passed a bill to raise the minimum wage 3 times in 3 years and failed to do anything about the Fannie/Freddie crisis about which they were warned but they had chosen to insist that there wasn’t any evidence of “Safety and soundness issues”.

ITguy on December 23, 2013 at 5:01 PM

…I like it when you’re on!

KOOLAID2 on December 24, 2013 at 12:42 AM

Well to be fair…

Obama’s greatest accomplishment was accomplishing his greatest failure!

dominigan on December 24, 2013 at 8:49 AM