CNN reports ObamaCare approval “rebounding”

posted at 8:01 am on March 11, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

This will undoubtedly appear in everyone’s timelines today as we approach the deadline to avoid the tax consequences of ObamaCare’s individual mandate. After several months of cratering in the polls, CNN reports today that its approval rating is “rebounding slightly.” How slightly? It doesn’t even get outside the margin of error — or crack the 40% mark:

According to the poll, 39% of Americans say they support the health care law, up from 35% in December, a record low in CNN polling. The uptick of four percentage points is within the survey’s sampling error. Fifty-seven percent of those questioned say they oppose the measure, down five points from December.

In other words, a majority still opposes it, and the gap between the two is still about 20 points. The change in question is within the margin of error, at least on the disapproval number, which means that there has been no significant change at all. That’s why polls include that notation. This is just a continuation of the status quo since the ObamaCare rollout late last year.

CNN tries another tactic to argue that the high disapproval numbers don’t mean what readers think it means:

“Not all of the opposition to the health care law comes from the right,” said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “Thirty-nine percent say they oppose the law because it’s too liberal, but 12% say they oppose it because it’s not liberal enough.”

That means half the public either favors Obamacare, or opposes it doesn’t go far enough. Roughly 6% oppose the law but don’t have an opinion on whether it is too liberal or not liberal enough.

It’s difficult to believe that the first sentence of that second paragraph in the excerpt made it through the editing process, or that CNN thought the argument was worth making. Yes, there have been critics from the Left who wanted a single-payer system instead of ObamaCare, but they have been there all along. The point is that the law has little public support, while opposition to it is the broad consensus.

Support did go up for one sector, but those results are a bit counterintuitive:

The poll indicates that the rebound in support for Obamacare has come almost entirely among upscale Americans. The law made no headway among people who make less than $50,000 – 35% of them supported it in December, and 35% support it now.  But among people who make $50,000 or more, support rose from 36% to 46%.

First, the $50K line represents the median household income in the US, not the bottom limit of “upscale.” Someone in the CNN political unit needs a thesaurus (and an editor). If anything, it divides the working class from the middle class, if such distinctions can even be made any more, but earning above $50K is hardly enough on its own to make a family “upscale.”

The fact that support went up 10% in this demo while poorer Americans didn’t budge on their opposition tells me that the ObamaCare system isn’t getting the poorer sector access to health insurance in the way promised by Barack Obama. Assuming that the 10% jump in the higher income scale isn’t a margin-of-error artifact itself within the smaller sample, it might be that this demo relies more on employer-based insurance, which hasn’t suffered through the same kinds of disruption as the individual markets have.

Either way, this isn’t a “rebound,” not overall. It’s the same results we’ve been seeing for months, and with the deadline for compliance fast approaching, Americans are certainly not getting more excited by the prospect of government-run insurance markets.


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Yeah right.

crankyoldlady on March 11, 2014 at 8:05 AM

sure it is.

KOOLAID2 on March 11, 2014 at 8:05 AM

Rebounding?
From what?

TimBuk3 on March 11, 2014 at 8:06 AM

It’s CNN. They wouldnt shill for the Bolshevik healthacre law.

ObamatheMessiah on March 11, 2014 at 8:07 AM

CNN: Wishcasting over a broad spectrum of liberal failures and criminal activities.

ExpressoBold on March 11, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Rebounding?
From what?

TimBuk3 on March 11, 2014 at 8:06 AM

All those liars who claim that Obamacare is about to kill their child, forces them out of their care plan for cancer, or otherwise suggest that Obamacare isn’t the best thing since the Magna Carta. And, of course, the liars are only doing it because they hate it that a black man is in the White House.

***Somebody has to do the job the trolls are no longer doing.

Happy Nomad on March 11, 2014 at 8:09 AM

All is well!

Naturally Curly on March 11, 2014 at 8:15 AM

“Upscale”,……….riiiiiiiiiiiiiight

Offhanded on March 11, 2014 at 8:16 AM

polish that turd cnn, polish it until it glistens in the morning dew…

dmacleo on March 11, 2014 at 8:18 AM

I actually saw 2 different late night shows on 2 different channels cracking Obamacare jokes last night.

trubble on March 11, 2014 at 8:19 AM

Most of the law hasn’t even been implemented yet due to illegal executive fiat. If your ‘upscale’ you aren’t feeling the effects yet.

cktheman on March 11, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Too bad we don’t see this type of critical thinking when blogging on amnesty polls.

Wigglesworth on March 11, 2014 at 8:25 AM

CNN lost its credibility for responsible journalism a long time ago. It is about as reliable a source for honest reporting as MSNBC.

pilamaye on March 11, 2014 at 8:27 AM

Well freckin’ great….

I need to sign up then..

NOT!!!

Electrongod on March 11, 2014 at 8:30 AM

I understand statistics and having a “rebound” in the margin of error of the previous poll means nothing. It is statistically not significant. When a poll states that the result is 40% plus or minus 3 points,that means that the true value of the poll is somewhere between 37% and 43%. Having a “rebound” within the margin of error of the previous poll just indicates that some common cause variation is being reflected in the poll. Sample size also plays a role in this. The larger the sample size, the tighter the margin of error. If the sample sizes are significantly different, it is hard to compare the polls.

statsmanblack on March 11, 2014 at 8:31 AM

CNN lost its credibility for responsible journalism a long time ago. It is about as reliable a source for honest reporting as MSNBC.

pilamaye on March 11, 2014 at 8:27 AM

CNN is the USA Today of cable news. All fluff and meaningless reporting. They are a shadow of what they were when they were the only 24/7 news outlet.

Happy Nomad on March 11, 2014 at 8:33 AM

Well freckin’ great….

I need to sign up then..

NOT!!!

Electrongod on March 11, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Oh come on! It’s not all that hard! All you have to do is give your SSN and credit card to one of the felons hired to be a “navigator” and Uncle Sugar will do all the heavy lifting. What could possibly go wrong? And you won’t know some sucker is going have to pay for your benefits if you are eligible for subsidies if you don’t ask!

Happy Nomad on March 11, 2014 at 8:37 AM

That’s upscale? In any case we are way above 50k and still think the law blows. Although, even after passing it we still dont know what the hell is in it because they change it twice a day.

Dash on March 11, 2014 at 8:38 AM

This is even worse than the widespread shoddy reporting on the Gallup poll of people who say or think they have insurance as a hard number increase in the insured rate.

forest on March 11, 2014 at 8:39 AM

“…..but 12% say they oppose it because it’s not liberal enough.”

And not being ‘liberal enough’ always means that the government still doesn’t have its hand deep enough into your pocket.

DaveDief on March 11, 2014 at 8:42 AM

Whah? You don’t want your prostate or gyno exam conducted at the DMV?

To bad.. Obamacare is here to stay – It’s the law of the land!

/Puke

Key West Reader on March 11, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Everybody polled must have gotten the waiver they needed so they like the law better now. Just ask Trumpka.

Kissmygrits on March 11, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Well, I can actually see a basis for the uptick. There could be those, say, small business owners, who saw the impending doom. The uptick is a reaction to Obama (temporarily) shielding them from his own law.

Lolo on March 11, 2014 at 8:46 AM

polish that turd cnn, polish it until it glistens in the morning dew…

dmacleo on March 11, 2014 at 8:18 AM

LMAO!

Key West Reader on March 11, 2014 at 8:46 AM

I bet none of them have it – or if they do – they have not tried to see a doctor yet.

djl130 on March 11, 2014 at 8:52 AM

It’s Awesome.

ToddPA on March 11, 2014 at 9:01 AM

National advertising now for what 3 mos. and billion$ and it cant top 40%—all you need to know but this turd that will never shine..

hillsoftx on March 11, 2014 at 9:01 AM

A dead cat will rebound too, if you drop it from high enough.

CurtZHP on March 11, 2014 at 9:02 AM

“Not all of the opposition to the health care law comes from the right,” said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “Thirty-nine percent say they oppose the law because it’s too liberal, but 12% say they oppose it because it’s not liberal enough.”

Ah, yes, the “we’re not being liberal enough” meme again.

There is nothing ‘liberal’ about the government inserting itself forcefully into every citizen’s health decisions.

It certainly is something, but it isn’t ‘liberal.’ Liberals, at least what used to be known as classical liberals, would be appalled at the aggressive, top-down, heavy-handed manner in which the Obama Administration has chosen to implement its agenda.

But there are no classical liberals left in the Democrat Party. They’ve been driven out for an increasingly shrill, increasingly radicalized gaggle of hard-charging and historically ignorant fools who thing they’re bringing about Lenin’s second glorious revolution.

Which is why they’re poised for a large and satisfying walloping in 7 months.

Good Lt on March 11, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Someone needs to track Obamacare’s popularity vs Al Qaeda’s. They’re going to cross one of these days.

Chuck Schick on March 11, 2014 at 9:47 AM

This is exactly why CNN never makes any ground.

They just cannot help themselves but show sympathy when proggies get worried.

budfox on March 11, 2014 at 9:51 AM

No worries! If you don’t like ‘the law of the land’ this week, King Barack the Magnificent will change it! He has a pen!

GarandFan on March 11, 2014 at 10:02 AM

CNN reports ObamaCare approval “rebounding”

Just like the economy! Ain’t Obama awesome?

All hail “The Won!”

Oldnuke on March 11, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Lying and spinning for the stupid black child on demand.

Every single media member should be tagged with “Liar for Obama”.

Shows how pathetic the stupid black child is that even the media lying for him 24/7 can’t get him over 40%.

northdallasthirty on March 11, 2014 at 10:26 AM

I think it’s time to update the old definition of a conservative as a liberal who got mugged. Bringing it into the 21st century, a conservative is a liberal who found out that the government has run out of other people’s money and is redistributing his.

Kritikal on March 11, 2014 at 10:35 AM

dead cat rebound if I ever saw one…

themistocles on March 11, 2014 at 10:58 AM

CNN’s version of a “rebound” is equivalent to a player trying to dribble a deflated basketball, and the ball hits him in the ankle.

Alternate (factual) headline: Four in Seven Americans Still Oppose Obamacare. (4/7 = 57%)

Steve Z on March 11, 2014 at 11:43 AM

“working class” vs “middle class”?

I think most of the “middle class” would regard themselves as “working class”.

We used to have terms like “blue collar” and “white collar”.

JEM on March 11, 2014 at 11:52 AM

The next thing we’ll hear is how a D+3 poll really means the R is winning.

Carnac on March 11, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Yup, it’s doing awesome.

4 Million have signed up for Obamacare, far below the number they need/expected and does not restrict the number to what part of that 4 Million has actually paid their premiums.

The 6 Million Americans who did not have insurance, Obamacare’s complete justification for existing, STILL do not have insurance.

A reported 6+ million who had plans and were told they could keep them have reportedly LOST their insurance.

THAT means the 4 million who have signed up for insrurance already had it, and instead of providing insurance to the 6 million who didn;t have it Obamacare DOUBLED the number of Americans without insurance.

What an awesome DEAL for Americans every Democratic Party Politician in Washington gave America! They completely ignored the wishes of a vast majority of Americans who opposed the bill and rammed it down their throats. Their tyranical decision to engage in NON-Representative government has resulted in a disaster for Americans. SO, it is time Americans PUNISH the Democrats for daring to ignore the people they were supposed to represent & pass on their own such a disasterous, painful, and Un-Constitutional law.

easyt65 on March 11, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Meh, the Margin of Error on this “poll” is 3.5%. Which means that the number has basically not changed since CNN last asked the question.

But the word “rebounding” will help CNN’s Cult Leader. Dr. Goebbels would certainly approve.

Del Dolemonte on March 11, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Why. Because it keeps being pushed further into the future?

WryTrvllr on March 11, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Someone in the CNN political unit needs a thesaurus (and an editor).

No, what they need at CNN is journalistic integrity. What they need to do at CNN is drop their liberal, progressive. pro-Democrat political agendas.

But I doubt they will put down their tallywhackers long enough to consider doing any real journalism.

novaculus on March 11, 2014 at 2:45 PM

They’ll find out what the “rebound” really means in about 8 months.

CWchangedhisNicagain on March 11, 2014 at 6:29 PM