Pew survey shows Americans not celebrating ObamaCare’s 4th anniversary

posted at 12:01 pm on March 21, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

ObamaCare turned four yesterday, but Americans aren’t enchanted by this toddler, according to a new survey by Pew. Not only has its overall approval not budged, but the subgroups targeted by the Obama administration for support are not buying into the program, either. Fox News offered its take on the numbers today:

Like party-goers who wish they weren’t invited, as ObamaCare hits its fourth birthday this Sunday a new poll shows Americans don’t much like the birthday boy. And who can blame them?  Born of highly-partisan passage in 2010 by a then Democratic-controlled Congress without a single favorable Republican vote, the president’s signature health law has unleashed a cascade of confusion via a disastrous rollout, millions of policy cancellations and sticker shock. Results of the latest Pew Research survey show 53 percent of respondents disapprove of the entitlement program, while 41 percent approve. Opposition to the health law is just one point shy of the poll’s all-time high. This can’t be a welcome gift as team Obama continues its feverish enrollment push to reach a scaled-down goal of six million ObamaCare sign ups by March 31.

The breakdown - Equally damaging to the White House: its effort to boost enrollment among Hispanics is falling flat. Pew finds a dramatic drop in Hispanic support for the health law from September when 61 percent approved of ObamaCare. Now, despite a flurry of appearances on Spanish television by President Obama, only 47 percent approve of the program. While young people, another critical group remain split, some 32 percent say they disapprove very strongly of the president’s signature healthcare law. If the administration can’t convince enough of these young invincibles to enroll the impact on insurance risk pools could result in even higher premium costs for all.

The poll itself has a little more nuance to it. In the Pew series, the approval/disapproval numbers mostly remained within the margin of error for the first three years of the law, which notably didn’t have a lot of direct impact on American consumers during that period. The implementation of it in the last six months has dramatically changed its perception, as their chart shows:

pew-ocare-approval

They have a bone to throw ObamaCare supporters, too, but the question itself calls into question its usefulness:

A majority of ACA opponents – representing 30% of the public overall – want politicians to do what they can to make the law work as well as possible, compared with 19% of the public that wants elected officials to do what they can to make it fail. These opinions are little changed from December, but in the September poll opponents were more evenly divided over how they wanted elected officials to deal with the law.

Most opponents of ObamaCare who want repeal aren’t agitating for politicians to sabotage the law. They want it repealed because they believe it cannot succeed in the first place, and that it will create long-term damage to the American economy, to health care, and to personal liberty — all of which, by the way, we’ve already seen in the short term. If that’s how the question was asked (and it appears it was), those results are useless.

Meanwhile, it’s notable that the impression of ObamaCare is worse among independents (37/59) than the general population (41/53). Very few of the other demos give Democrats much reason for hope, either. Black voters are overwhelmingly in favor of it, but not to the same extent they normally support Democrats (77/18). Half of voters under 30 years of age support it, but it’s a virtual tie with disapproval (50/47), with majorities disapproving in every other age demo. The same approval percentage applies to college graduates, with all other education demos firmly disapproving of the law. Every income demo has an underwater rating; even among those earning less than $30K per year, the law gets a 45/47 virtual split.

The question then becomes this: who are the targets of the Democratic pitch on ObamaCare? Nancy Pelosi wants Democrats to run on the law as a boon to their base, but as Erika noted yesterday, Larry Sabato thinks that’s a disastrous strategy.  He warns that Democrats talking about ObamaCare will only boost turnout for their opponents. This is a trap of their own making, the petard by which Democrats will hoist themselves in November. It only looks good from the safe seats, as Sabato points out, and when massive premium increases hit this fall, there may be fewer of those safe seats than Pelosi imagines.


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All things must pass.

Akzed on March 21, 2014 at 12:06 PM

ObamaCare turned four yesterday, but Americans aren’t enchanted by this toddler, according to a new survey by Pew.

Must. Carpe. My diem. Harder.

Axe on March 21, 2014 at 12:10 PM

ObamaCare turned four yesterday, but Americans aren’t enchanted by this toddler,

If there were ever a case for post-birth abortion….

CurtZHP on March 21, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Those who do not attend the MANDATORY SPONTANEOUS celebrations of Dear Leader’s key TRIUMPH and who do not show the proper ENTHUSIASM shall be sent to prison audited by the IRS then sent to prison.

ConstantineXI on March 21, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Pew survey shows Americans not celebrating ObamaCare’s 4th anniversary

Nancy Pelosi – “Lies! All Lies!”

GarandFan on March 21, 2014 at 12:15 PM

massive premium increases hit this fall

To the Fall!!!

Bmore on March 21, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Nancy Pelosi – “Lies! All Lies!”

GarandFan on March 21, 2014 at 12:15 PM

If someone said “Betelgeuse!, Betelgeuse!, Betelgeuse!” to her face would she disappear?

ConstantineXI on March 21, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Most opponents of ObamaCare who want repeal aren’t agitating for politicians to sabotage the law. They want it repealed because they believe it cannot succeed in the first place, and that it will create long-term damage to the American economy, to health care, and to personal liberty — all of which, by the way, we’ve already seen in the short term. If that’s how the question was asked (and it appears it was), those results are useless.

It won’t matter. “Sabotage,” in the end, is what it will be. The reason for the failure of Progressive ideas is just as predictable as their failure — the evil people resisted.

Socialism works — it failed there because people resisted and it couldn’t be fully expressed. ObamaCare is fine — it failed there because the opposition party deliberately broke it anyway they could.

Death, taxes — and obstinate unaccountability for arrogant social planners.

Axe on March 21, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Aww yeah, passed by the dem controlled house on Christmas eve 2009 and by the dem controlled senate on Good Friday 2010. Remember the rush the senate declared was so essential? Not letting Scott Brown in until the vote was made? And then Obama took off for a vacation before signing it into law with a send-off by Big effin’ Deal Biden? Fun, fun times right dems?

DanMan on March 21, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Interesting that the approval rate for ObamaCare is the same as for Obama…

albill on March 21, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Woman Stuck Paying for 2 Healthcare Plans After She Can’t Disenroll From Obamacare…

OmahaConservative on March 21, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Now that is what I call Progressive!

Lean Forward!

Murphy9 on March 21, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Interesting that the approval rate for ObamaCare is the same as for Obama…

albill on March 21, 2014 at 12:18 PM

If Obama weren’t (half) black and blacks weren’t so racist his approval would be about 10%.

ConstantineXI on March 21, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Woman Stuck Paying for 2 Healthcare Plans After She Can’t Disenroll From Obamacare…

OmahaConservative on March 21, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Before I sympathize with any CommieCare victim I want to know who they voted for…

PatriotRider on March 21, 2014 at 12:22 PM

My faith in America is restored by its ever-increasing refusal to pretend to enjoy sh*t sandwiches.

Barack Obama is a Stuttering Clusterf*ck of a Miserable Salesman.

Eric in Hollywood on March 21, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Ellen Degenerate weeps.

Schadenfreude on March 21, 2014 at 12:29 PM

ObamaCare turned four yesterday, but Americans aren’t enchanted by this toddler

This toddler is just now learning to speak clearly and the adults are just now starting to understand.

bbordwell on March 21, 2014 at 12:35 PM

This is why we can’t have nice things.

No matter how well our betters try to look after us, no matter how nice they are to us, we nekulturny muzhiks stubbornly remain ungrateful and even sullen about their efforts.

Pless1foEngrish on March 21, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Interesting that the approval rate for ObamaCare is the same as for Obama…

albill on March 21, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Hmmm.

Axe on March 21, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Black voters are overwhelmingly in favor of it, but not to the same extent they normally support Democrats (77/18).

Go figure. I could suggest reasons but I might get labeled a racist.

slickwillie2001 on March 21, 2014 at 12:41 PM

But But But Ellen Degenerate said “we” all love Obamadontcare.

neyney on March 21, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Yep, and for proof, Pelozilla’s anniversary party yesterday was a flop for sure. That must have rekindled unpleasant memories of her youth, when she was always sidelined by the cool kids.

It only looks good from the safe seats, as Sabato points out, and when massive premium increases hit this fall, there may be fewer of those safe seats than Pelosi imagines.

To “imagine” something, one must have a brain. If you call an oozing mass of murky reflexes and opaque perception a brain, well maybe that’s what she imagines.

Affordable-affordable-affordable-affordable-affordable (five times in a row and numerous other times during the same response). What a gnat-brain.

nekulturny muzhiks

Pless1foEngrish on March 21, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Hah! Got it. Love how my favorite hobby provides another dimension to my reading.

MisterElephant on March 21, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Black voters are overwhelmingly in favor of it, but not to the same extent they normally support Democrats (77/18).

Yeah, sure they are. They just don’t want to seem like they’re not supporting their man who is one of them. I’m sorry, is that racist? Oh wait, everything is racist/homophobic/misogynistic these days.

HiJack on March 21, 2014 at 12:52 PM

But But But Ellen Degenerate said “we” all love Obamadontcare.

neyney on March 21, 2014 at 12:47 PM

If Ellen says it, it must be so. Once we hear from Oprah, game over.

hawkeye54 on March 21, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Jokers of the land

Schadenfreude on March 21, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Employment Q & A

Schadenfreude on March 21, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Why do we keep talking about massive premium increases in the fall? Is there something about that current understanding that prevents it from being extended by obama fiat?

GaltBlvnAtty on March 21, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Schadenfreude on March 21, 2014 at 12:55 PM

“Jokers” is right. Since when have atheists been promoted to sainthood?

MisterElephant on March 21, 2014 at 1:15 PM

This is what happens when Congress passes a 3,000 page bill in three days with virtually no discussion. Republicans should bludgeon Democrats with ObamaCare.

bw222 on March 21, 2014 at 1:37 PM

It should be a national holiday! Call it Dependence Day!

Doug Piranha on March 21, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Well, only 1.5% of the U.S. population has “signed up” for obamacare (according to team obama), so, perhaps they are “celebrating” quietly, all alone in unlit, dank, moldy basements across America, and we just can’t hear them.

Pork-Chop on March 21, 2014 at 2:20 PM

If Obama weren’t (half) black and blacks weren’t so racist his approval would be about 10%.

The very reason he’s president.

newportmike on March 21, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Pew survey shows Americans not celebrating ObamaCare’s 4th anniversary

…Pelosi and Reid…say that is a lie!

KOOLAID2 on March 21, 2014 at 3:20 PM

If Obama weren’t (half) black and blacks weren’t so racist his approval would be about 10%.
The very reason he’s president.

newportmike on March 21, 2014 at 2:26 PM

It also is the only reason he has not been impeached.

GaltBlvnAtty on March 21, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Direct quote from a “young invincible” in my car last night, here on Spring Break:

“ObamaCare only works if you don’t…”

He’s not signing up…

PointnClick on March 21, 2014 at 3:47 PM

It’s too bad that the health care insurers were so supportive of Obamacare and are still so even as the law unravels and collapses.

There are two reason why the insurers supported it and still support it.

First, supported it because they were promised that everyone in the US would be forced to sign up for one of their policies. Who wouldn’t support a law that forced everyone to buy their products or pay a fine? So the insurers were all in with dollar signs in their eyes.

Second they still support it because of the risk corridor provisions. That means that taxpayers will make the insurers profitable even if they lose money on the Obamacare policies.

From the insurers perspective, they either get rich because the government forced people to buy their policies, or they get rich because the government covers their losses if the people don’t buy their policies.

For insurers it was a heads they win and tales we lose proposition.

But Obamacare will fail and insurers know it. They only have three years in which the government will bail them out and probably less if the Republicans take the Senate.

If they were smart, they (who were key players in supporting Obamacare) will see that it is in their best business interest to cut their losses and drive a stake into the heart of Obamacare.

They could do this by announcing the increases in premiums or the expected percent increase in premiums well before the November elections.

It’s true that the State regulators will not have approved the rate increases, but that shouldn’t stop insurers from advising their policy holders to expect their 2015 rates will rise as will deductibles.

That, my friends, would undermine ever delay the HHS has made for their own political gain. The insurers would be alerting the public what will happen after the election before the election–neutralizing everything HHS has done so far to protect the Democrats.

I don’t think the insurers will do that, but they should if they want to stay in business. After all the architect of Obamacare has already stated that Obamacare will be the end of private healthcare insurance. No surprise there since that was the intent all along, but the insurers were too focused on short term financial gains instead of the liberals long term agendas.

BMF on March 22, 2014 at 3:50 PM

I remember so well how it was rammed through Congress with no chance for anyone to read it or discuss how it would function. How people who demonstrated in opposition were called traitors and other epithets.

How corrupt deals were made in the Senate to cobble together enough votes to pass it, like exempting some states without a good reason. And how the Supreme Court had a chance to throw it out and save us all years of uncertainty and waste, and booted it.

Now it’s become an albatross for the Democrats and Obama and their future looks bleak. Let’s all work to make it so.

flataffect on March 23, 2014 at 12:58 AM