AP poll shows ObamaCare support hits new low … of 26%

posted at 8:01 am on March 28, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Democrats who still think that defending ObamaCare makes for a great midterm strategy will be shocked, shocked by the latest AP-Gfk survey results. The rest of us … not so much. Support for the law dropped to a record low in this polling series, and even the slight improvement in the perception of its implementation leaves it far below the Democratic base numbers:

Public support for President Barack Obama’s health care law is languishing at its lowest level since passage of the landmark legislation four years ago, according to a new poll.

The Associated Press-GfK survey finds that 26 percent of Americans support the Affordable Care Act. Yet even fewer — 13 percent — think it will be completely repealed. A narrow majority expects the law to be further implemented with minor changes, or as passed.

Even the good news is remarkably bad:

Impressions of the health care rollout while low, have improved slightly.

While only 5 percent of Americans say the launch of the insurance exchanges has gone very or extremely well, the number who think it has gone at least somewhat well has improved from 12 percent in December to 26 percent now. The exchanges offer subsidized private coverage to people without a plan on the job.

Democratic candidates had better avoid having the President on their campaign trails, too, at least on this issue. Barack Obama’s approval rating for his handling of health care — a longtime Democratic policy stronghold — is now 39/61. Democrats’ lead on trust for working on health care has fallen to a margin-of-error 30/26, a loss of six points in the gap since December.

The 26/43 for ObamaCare is almost identical to December’s 27/44. That means that the three months of supposedly “fixed” operation of Healthcare.gov has changed few minds. The law has never been popular, as the series shows — disapproval peaked at the 2010 midterms, 41/52 — but its popularity has never been this low. The “strongly support” number is at its lowest, too, at 13%. That number has never been higher than 21% in this series, but it was still at 16% at the start of the rollout.

The individual mandate draws most of the opposition in the poll. A plurality of 49% oppose it outright, and 41% want it repealed. The rest of it has more support, especially the provisions that keep young adults on their parent’s family plan until 26 and the must-issue provision for those with pre-existing conditions. That might point the way to a so-called “fix,” except that the individual mandate is needed to have those two provisions along with “community pricing” that forbids insurers from calculating premiums based on individual risk. One of those things would have to go without the mandate.

Finally, keep the poll composition in mind while considering the support numbers. The D/R/I split is 30/27/24, with AP’s usual large number of “none of these” (16%). ObamaCare support doesn’t even manage to get to the number of Democrats in the survey. If Democratic incumbents plan to defend ObamaCare to the general electorate, they may need to start with their own base first.


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26%? That’s not healthy.

Don L on March 28, 2014 at 8:05 AM

Why do you think they are signing up illegals and anybody else they can dredge up?

crankyoldlady on March 28, 2014 at 8:05 AM

Maybe if they changed its name to Affordable Care Act … that’s “affordable, affordable, affordable,” people!

texacalirose on March 28, 2014 at 8:08 AM

That’s funny, the Whitehouse just released a report that shows 100% support with over 100 million people polled. There must be something wrong with the AP poll.

tdarrington on March 28, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Finally, keep the poll composition in mind while considering the support numbers. The D/R/I split is 30/27/24

Thanks, Ed, as you know some of us are ever mindful of the demo.

So, in reality everyone is pretty much on board with ZeroCare™ SUCKS.

dogsoldier on March 28, 2014 at 8:09 AM

That’s funny, the Whitehouse just released a report that shows 100% support with over 100 million people polled. There must be something wrong with the AP poll.

tdarrington on March 28, 2014 at 8:08 AM

The Boston Herald reported yesterday that the Mass health portal website is so FUBAR the state sent out 84,000 letters and told people to use the letters like credit cards at their doctor’s and the drug store.

I posted the link yesterday.

It’s time to repeal it and try the republican plan.

dogsoldier on March 28, 2014 at 8:11 AM

26% of the people recognize the brilliance and benevolence of the great leader Obama. 74% of the people still need to be “educated.”

tdarrington on March 28, 2014 at 8:12 AM

New idea for the ACA. A website where you enter your name and address and the amount you have been charged for medical expenses. The govt will send you a check within 10 days. There won’t be much fraud because, being a federal website, people just don’t lie on those things.

tdarrington on March 28, 2014 at 8:16 AM

Hopefully these numbers will sway the voters next election. But even if it does, I don’t know what can be done about this monstrosity.

scalleywag on March 28, 2014 at 8:19 AM

Congrats on finding an obscure poll that supports your obscure opinion, because that worked out so well for you in the last presidential election.

Constantine on March 26, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Heh.

Pless1foEngrish on March 28, 2014 at 8:22 AM

Republicans ramp up planning to replace Obamacare as Senate prospects rise

The Republican Party’s rising Senate prospects are forcing House Republicans to craft a health care agenda that could function as a feasible legislative blueprint for overhauling Obamacare in January 2015.

Flora Duh on March 28, 2014 at 8:24 AM

Just shows how arrogant these Democrats were in passing this thing. They thought they were just going to pass it, and people were going to just have to take it, even the lowest income people they claim to represent, and damn the popularity of it. Their only saving grace is the GOP. If Obamacare is saved, it will be those two-timing Republicans that will do it.

rickv404 on March 28, 2014 at 8:25 AM

The one thing this president clearly has some talent for is managing his own political fortunes. That’s why it still amazes me that he not only allowed, but eventually endorsed, having his name linked to this misbegotten monstrosity. Now every time a new failure of the plan is highlighted anywhere, it is inextricably linked to Obama personally. He has become the new Edsel Ford.

SacredFire on March 28, 2014 at 8:26 AM

There was 100 percent support among those polled who completely support it.

hawkdriver on March 28, 2014 at 8:27 AM

SacredFire on March 28, 2014 at 8:26 AM

The big difference of course being that although unpopular, the Edsel actually, worked.

hawkdriver on March 28, 2014 at 8:29 AM

Every newly-elected Congressman needs to pledge to repeal ØbamaMonstrosityCare, first order of business, before anything else, no BS. I mean, NO BS… This crap needs to go.

ExpressoBold on March 28, 2014 at 8:32 AM

Who could have predicted that America would HATE a non-representative law that strips Americans of their freedom to choose the insurance policy they want, need, and can afford…one than causes them to lose their jobs, their existing health care plans, the health care facilities they currently go to, and the doctors they have…one that FORCES them to buy an agenda-driven/infused, one-size-fits-all policy many of them can’t afford while NOT meeting their needs or giving them as many benefits as their previous policies?!

Oh wait….if Democrats would have paid attention…or more likely, would have CARED…when they rammed this intrussive, socialist EDICT into law they would have realized people opposed it from the start. The truth is, however, they DID know Americans hated this law which is why they built it behind closed doors, would not allow Americans to read it before a vote was taken, and why they rammed it through both Houses of Congress and onto the President’s desk in the wee hours of the morning.

I find it ironic and humorous how Liberals, especially the ones who perpetrated this ‘CRIME’ against the American people, hate the TEA Party so much.
1) ‘TEA’ stands for ‘Taxed Enough Already’…and Obama promised the ACA would NOT create any new taxes. He lied. The ACA created a medical device tax AND includes a punitive TAX on anyone who refuses to purchase Obamacare insurance.

2) The Original ‘TEA Party’ occurred in Boston over THIS exact type of NON-representative government and it’s ‘Taxation without Representation.’ The self-appointed Liberal dictators sure didn’t represent the majority of Americans that day they voted this disaster into law.

easyt65 on March 28, 2014 at 8:34 AM

Maybe we should give the Fascist-Democrats the blue pill. I’d give them the solyent green pill but the British NHS burned all the bodies for heat.

rbj on March 28, 2014 at 8:34 AM

The legislation gets 26% approval while its author is at 39% on health care….okay, thank you.

hillsoftx on March 28, 2014 at 8:34 AM

If Democratic incumbents plan to defend ObamaCare to the general electorate, they may need to start with their own base first.

most people that identify as democrat will vote that way no matter what, if the repubs are lucky they will stay home.

RonK on March 28, 2014 at 8:35 AM

While only 5 percent of Americans say the launch of the insurance exchanges has gone very or extremely well

Wow, didn’t realize HHS employed 5% of America!

Tsar of Earth on March 28, 2014 at 8:35 AM

and 41% want it repealed.

I want it repealed and everyone who participated in the criminal passage of it (and asinine, insane claim that it was Constitutional) jailed. Yes, jailed.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 28, 2014 at 8:36 AM

Democratic candidates had better avoid having the President on their campaign trails, too, at least on this issue.

Sadly, none of this matters. The Vichy GOP are going to bat for the dems by continuing to push aid and comfort for the illegal invasion.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 28, 2014 at 8:38 AM

New idea for the ACA. A website where you enter your name and address and the amount you have been charged for medical expenses. The govt will send you a check within 10 days.

tdarrington on March 28, 2014 at 8:16 AM

(hand waving erratically) And… and let’s… let’s call it Single Payer!

Tsar of Earth on March 28, 2014 at 8:39 AM

How many amongst that 26% are part of the alleged six million folks who signed up?

fortcoins on March 28, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Pivot to Immigration…and signup Mexicans for Obamacare at the Mexican Consulates…

WINNING!

OBAMACARE NAVIGATORS HELPING PEOPLE ENROLL AT MEXICAN CONSULATES

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/03/27/Obamacare-Navigators-Help-Enroll-At-Mexican-Consulates

workingclass artist on March 28, 2014 at 8:44 AM

Or another possibility…

The one thing this president clearly has some talent for is managing his own political fortunes.

SacredFire on March 28, 2014 at 8:26 AM

I think that gig is just about up.

That’s why it still amazes me that he not only allowed, but eventually endorsed, having his name linked…

SacredFire on March 28, 2014 at 8:26 AM

And I think that’s just the sheer megalomania typical of sociopaths.

(*I’ve been told I think too much.)

Tsar of Earth on March 28, 2014 at 8:46 AM

That’s funny, the Whitehouse just released a report that shows 100% support with over 100 million people polled. There must be something wrong with the AP poll.

tdarrington on March 28, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Sounds like the recent election in North Korea…100% voted for Dear Leader…

PatriotRider on March 28, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Just pass a law mandating that everyone live forever and never get sick. Problem solved.

WhatSlushfund on March 28, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Hopefully these numbers will sway the voters next election. But even if it does, I don’t know what can be done about this monstrosity.

scalleywag on March 28, 2014 at 8:19 AM

Nothing can be done about it. It’s here to stay in one form or another. Most likely as some single payer system at astronomical cost. All that was needed to plunge us into a European 2nd world society was government sponsored healthcare. Now we have it or will very soon and the transition will be complete. Anyone over 50 years old will never again see the America they grew up it. Those below fifty where part of the decline into European values and don’t notice as much change and anyone under 20 will just understand that the “new” America is just their America. The left has won this round and most here will not see the pendulum swing back in their lifetimes.

Dr. Frank Enstine on March 28, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Pivot to EO Amnesty…Because Mexicans need their Obamacare….

“Report: Obama To Issue New Amnesty Executive Orders If GOP Doesn’t Pass Immigration Legislation By Summer…

http://weaselzippers.us/180879-report-obama-to-issue-new-amnesty-executive-orders-if-gop-doesnt-pass-immigration-legislation-by-summer/

Aaaand….Biden says illegals are already Americans…Pelosi says Immigration more important than winning 2014…

“Passing comprehensive immigration reform is more important than Democrats’ success at the polls in November, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday.

A number of Republicans and other conservative voices have accused Pelosi and the Democrats of using the immigration reform issue as a political crutch, suggesting the Democrats would rather keep the issue alive for campaign purposes than actually pass a bill.

But Pelosi on Thursday rejected that notion outright, and she didn’t mince words.

“I believe, and I say this with all the sincerity I have, that it is more important to pass comprehensive immigration reform — to me and to my caucus — than to win the election in November,” Pelosi said at a Washington gathering of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

The comments arrive as Democrats in Congress and the White House are trying to energize Hispanic voters ahead of this year’s midterm elections. Latinos strongly favored Obama in both 2008 and 2012, and the Democrats are hoping the current debate over immigration reform will spur them to the polls again in November.

On Wednesday, Pelosi and other House Democratic leaders introduced a discharge petition aimed at forcing House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to bring an immigration bill to the floor this year.

“Some say, ‘You don’t have the votes,’ ” Pelosi said. “Well, let’s find out.”

http://weaselzippers.us

workingclass artist on March 28, 2014 at 8:48 AM

But, but everdiso/narutoboy said this was the most popular legislation passed in the history of mankind.

HumpBot Salvation on March 28, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Just pass a law mandating that everyone live forever and never get sick. Problem solved.

WhatSlushfund on March 28, 2014 at 8:48 AM

…and tax those that don’t comply…

PatriotRider on March 28, 2014 at 8:50 AM

The Associated Press-GfK survey finds that 26 percent of Americans support the Affordable Care Act. Yet even fewer — 13 percent — think it will be completely repealed.

These two numbers together sound like a nation defeated.

Lolo on March 28, 2014 at 8:50 AM

BUT… BUT 6 MILLION!!!! I don’t know 6 million what, but 6 million!!!

ptcamn on March 28, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Dr. Frank Enstine on March 28, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Sadly, I must agree. Too much damage, too many quislings elected to congress. And through academia, the media/entertainment, and education, the left owns the tools that define the perception of the past, present, and the future.

bofh on March 28, 2014 at 8:57 AM

“I reached six million!!!”
“Really? Congrats. Six million what?”
“… … (shut up) … It doesn’t matter; IT’S SIX MILLION!!!”

ptcamn on March 28, 2014 at 8:58 AM

I really think Pelosi believes everybody is the same as the idiots in her constituency.

crankyoldlady on March 28, 2014 at 8:59 AM

2) The Original ‘TEA Party’ occurred in Boston over THIS exact type of NON-representative government and it’s ‘Taxation without Representation.’ The self-appointed Liberal dictators sure didn’t represent the majority of Americans that day they voted this disaster into law.

easyt65 on March 28, 2014 at 8:34 AM

Why would the liberal left even praise what happen in Boston? The liberal left are the modern Tories. They hate what the Boston tea party spurred and fear the modern version will do the same. They desperately desire the British society and form of government. They effectively remain loyal to queen and country. Reid wants a parliamentary form of government and the majority of liberals would be just fine with a king. Ask a liberal how they feel about Europe compared to America and they will almost every time speak glowingly of Europe and England as morally and socially better than America.

Dr. Frank Enstine on March 28, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Defeated??

Quoting a famous Naval Officer interred under the US Naval Academy Chapel:

“I have not yet begun to fight!”

Khun Joe on March 28, 2014 at 9:01 AM

What an historically amazing success story this is turning out to be. Congrats, Obama!

everdiso on March 27, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Chuck Schick on March 28, 2014 at 9:13 AM

It’s time to repeal it and try the republican plan.

dogsoldier on March 28, 2014 at 8:11 AM

What plan would that be? Repeal? I’m for it.

HiJack on March 28, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Just wait for the rate increases coming this fall. Or does King Barack believe he can put off the elections with his pen?

GarandFan on March 28, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Just pass a law mandating that everyone live forever and never get sick. Problem solved.

WhatSlushfund on March 28, 2014 at 8:48 AM

…and tax those that don’t comply…

PatriotRider on March 28, 2014 at 8:50 AM

…and label those who do don’t comply as liars…

HiJack on March 28, 2014 at 9:17 AM

who don’t comply (sheesh)

HiJack on March 28, 2014 at 9:18 AM

That’s funny, the Whitehouse just released a report that shows 100% support with over 100 million people polled. There must be something wrong with the AP poll.

tdarrington on March 28, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Silly you. That was the Crimea Annexation vote.

(Admittedly similar, though.)

Tsar of Earth on March 28, 2014 at 9:22 AM

ObamaCare is like the fast-talking con man who throws a barrage of words at you with zero interest in what you want or what’s good for you, but rather to get you to do what he wants. But in the case of ObamaCare, we have to listen to every word the con man says, try to make some sense out of it, and then follow it to the letter, or else we get fined, and for good measure, shamed for not being a team player.

LashRambo on March 28, 2014 at 9:29 AM

You mean people don’t really like being forced to buy a product the government tells them is for their own good? Imagine that.

mbs on March 28, 2014 at 9:30 AM

But Ellen D. was just gushing about how we’re all grateful for Obamacare…?

itsnotaboutme on March 28, 2014 at 9:43 AM

You mean people don’t really like being forced to buy a product? the government tells them is for their own good? Imagine that.

mbs on March 28, 2014 at 9:30 AM

fixed

HiJack on March 28, 2014 at 9:44 AM

But Ellen D. was just gushing about how we’re all grateful for Obamacare…?

itsnotaboutme on March 28, 2014 at 9:43 AM

She meant she and her fellow muncher.

HiJack on March 28, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Please stop calling it ObamaCare. It’s 0b00baCare!

Akzed on March 28, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Or does King Barack believe he can put off the elections with his pen?

GarandFan on March 28, 2014 at 9:17 AM

I’m beginning to think he’ll try something to extend his reign. Could very well start with an executive order.

Oldnuke on March 28, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Breaking News on MSNBC: New Poll Finds 74% of Americans are Racist

RandallinHerndon on March 28, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Hands up everyone that’s excited that the GOP are talking about ‘fixing’ Obamacare, not repealing it.

Midas on March 28, 2014 at 10:16 AM

It’s time to repeal it and try the republican plan.

dogsoldier on March 28, 2014 at 8:11 AM

the only ‘republican plan’ i’m interested in consists of one word: “repeal”. i’d also allow an adjective: “full”.

not remotely interested in anything that allows part of it to stay and be ‘fixed’, ‘embellished’, etc – any vestige that remains will simply continue to be intrusive and hell for the citizens moving forward.

Midas on March 28, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Defeated??

Quoting a famous Naval Officer interred under the US Naval Academy Chapel:

“I have not yet begun to fight!”

Khun Joe on March 28, 2014 at 9:01 AM

I’ve seen that crypt. It is awe-inspiring.

SomeCallMeJohn on March 28, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Looks like those evil Koch brothers have been extremely successful in convincing the American people with their lies.

eaglephin on March 28, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Last summer and into the fall, on many sites I go onto there were all the ACA libs always selling the shiny new bauble of their Purr Fect Plan. When I brought up in October that my Regence WA policy was cancelled because it was a “crappy” plan, but the replacement was basically the same for me except a) the deductible was up 250% and b) the premium is up 67% from 360 to 550/mo. I was told in no uncertain terms that I should shop the exchange, the insurance companies were ripping me off, and for god and country I should be patriotic and shell out 200 a month in tribute to their god.

Well, now that the dust has settled, all of those “the ACA is FANTASTIC” folk have disappeared. I think that they too have found what a really good deal O’care is and they don’t like shelling out 200 a month in tribute either. Besides, they got their plan on the exchange and have found it only covers hospitals that their name starts with Z and doctors whose names start with Q, and that a 5K deductible HURTS.

Jay Galt on March 28, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Another speechifyin’ session oughta clear this right up.

/BHO

Key West Reader on March 28, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Dr. Frank Enstine on March 28, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Sadly, I must agree. Too much damage, too many quislings elected to congress. And through academia, the media/entertainment, and education, the left owns the tools that define the perception of the past, present, and the future.

bofh on March 28, 2014 at 8:57 AM

I’m not stupid, but I’m certainly not omniscient. I’ve gotten a lot of things wrong in my life. What’s odd is that it’s that, my own fallibility, which allows me to retain any hope at all, politically speaking. Because, alas, I agree with you both as well.

SacredFire on March 28, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Signature issue.

John the Libertarian on March 28, 2014 at 11:11 AM

I am not sure what the utility of this poll is. I am not convinced people will vote for the Republican candidate based on disapproval of Obamacare. We always seem to find a way to clutch defeat from the jaws of victory. People may not have approval of Obamacare, but there may be enough ambivalent people who don’t like Republicans to limit damage to the Dems.

antisense on March 28, 2014 at 11:35 AM

everdiso!?!?

Bmore on March 28, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Maneuvering around last-second snags with some backroom intrigue, House GOP leaders used a voice vote Thursday to pass another temporary patch to prevent a massive cut to doctors’ Medicare payments.

The decision by Republican leaders to circumvent the planned roll-call vote caught many of their own members by surprise.

“They voiced it? Oh, my God,” exclaimed Budget Chairman Paul Ryan as he walked onto the House floor.

Democrats could have opposed the process and demanded a roll-call vote be taken, but House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi had given assurances they wouldn’t do that. At the very least, the use of a voice vote does not provide the public with a record of who actually supported the measure and who opposed it.

God damn them all.

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Dr. Frank Enstine on March 28, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Sadly, I must agree. Too much damage, too many quislings elected to congress. And through academia, the media/entertainment, and education, the left owns the tools that define the perception of the past, present, and the future.

bofh on March 28, 2014 at 8:57 AM

I’m not stupid, but I’m certainly not omniscient. I’ve gotten a lot of things wrong in my life. What’s odd is that it’s that, my own fallibility, which allows me to retain any hope at all, politically speaking. Because, alas, I agree with you both as well.

SacredFire on March 28, 2014 at 11:03 AM

It may be a rigged game, but seriously?

Myron Falwell on March 28, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Wow how low can you go indeed wow.

sorrowen on March 29, 2014 at 5:23 PM