ABC/WaPo poll: Democratic support for ObamaCare surges, plurality of public now supports the law

posted at 4:01 pm on March 31, 2014 by Allahpundit

In November, at the depths of the Healthcare.gov 404pocalypse, support overall stood at 40/57. Today: 49/48 thanks to a collective sigh of relief over the new sign-up numbers from Democrats.

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Is that an outlier or an early indicator of a broader shift in O-Care’s polling? I ask because, as of a week ago, most major pollsters still had support for the law deep underwater — Fox News at 40/56, the AP at 26/43, Rasmussen at 42/54, and CBS at 41/53. And all of that followed good news from the White House on March 17 that they’d already hit five million “sign-ups,” whatever that means, and were on pace for at least a million more (which they achieved) before the deadline. If enrollment is goosing popular support, you’d have thought those polls would have seen an uptick by then. Nope. Hmmm.

Maybe Ben Domenech has the answer:

Yep, that’s how ABC/WaPo phrased it. Remove any reference to “ObamaCare” and refer to generic “changes” to the health-care system and the numbers might bump up. Then again, this is the same wording that WaPo used back in November when it got that horrid 40/57 number for O-Care that righties like me touted. There’s been movement within its own numbers even if no one else is picking up the trend. (Yet?)

What if it is a trend, though? Specifically, what if it’s true that the law has become a bit more popular with Democrats now that it’s kinda sorta in range of its original goal of seven million enrollments if you squint real hard and ignore things like nonpayment of premiums and the age mix of America’s many new O-Care risk pools? The better the polling gets, especially among independents, the more reluctant some Republicans in Congress will be to support full repeal later. In fact, forget the polling: If it’s true, as it seems to be, that somewhere between four and six million people now have coverage through the ObamaCare exchanges, the upheaval involved in tossing those millions into a new system yet again if/when the law is finally eliminated may make squishier Republicans blanch. It may be, as both Chuck Todd and Ross Douthat believe, that ObamaCare is here to stay in some form for the foreseeable future. In fact, that was one of Ted Cruz’s key rationales for the “defund” effort last fall — the law had to be stopped before people signed up and grew dependent on the subsidies, since the more reliant they become, the harder it’ll be to take those subsidies away later. The fact that the White House now has millions on the books is a realization of that prophesy, even though more than one election modeler has the odds of Republicans winning the Senate this fall at roughly 80 percent. Obama will trade two years of Republican control for a permanent foothold for his boondoggle.


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Single payer is coming sooner than later…

OmahaConservative on March 31, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Outlier to show support for an outright liar.

hillsoftx on March 31, 2014 at 4:05 PM

LOL. ABC/WAPO to the rescue! What great…timing! Almost like it was planned!

LOLOLOLOLOLOL

Rational Thought on March 31, 2014 at 4:06 PM

And I believe a very bad man made a very bad video that incited people to kill our ambassador too. /s

rhombus on March 31, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Just wait until employers start dumping people…

djl130 on March 31, 2014 at 4:08 PM

And within the last week, different poll shows something below 30%.

WTF, why does anyone give a shit what these f*cktastic and conveniently timed biased polls say?

Midas on March 31, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Sorry, not buying it for a minute. I saw the dem. strategy today and they’ve just flown by six or seven million with a new number 0f 13 million.

jmtham156 on March 31, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Democrats should run on ObamaCare then. It’s clearly a winner!

Punchenko on March 31, 2014 at 4:10 PM

over the new sign-up numbers from Democrats.

…and I believe them!….I believe everything they say!

KOOLAID2 on March 31, 2014 at 4:10 PM

This demonstrates the difference between Republicans and Democrats.

Republicans follow the polls.

Democrats move the polls.

Obamacare has never been popular. Has the polling stopped the Democrats from pushing through their agenda? Of course not. They’ve pounded and pounded and pounded the table until they can change the polling.

Republicans on the other hand? Not so much.

Hence the reason why we tea party folks want to get rid of the establishment Republicans. We’re tired of following the polls. It’s time we made the polls.

Baggi on March 31, 2014 at 4:11 PM

“Overall, do you support or oppose the federal law making changes to the health care system?”

So they are polling something that might be Obamacare to some people, and might be repeal or partial repeal bills to other people. Right now, Obamacare is the status quo, so “making changes” would appeal to opponents.

Nice trick.

forest on March 31, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Obama will trade two years of Republican control his nonexistent soul for a permanent foothold for his boondoggle.

Schadenfreude on March 31, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Yet the website is down. Try polling those that tried to enroll this weekend vs those that tried today.

AH_C on March 31, 2014 at 4:12 PM

since the more reliant they become, the harder it’ll be to take those subsidies away later.

Don’t care.

Kill it. I’ll not lose sleep over several million losing subsidies when compared with tens of millions who are getting f*cked over by this already, with tens of millions more coming in the future.

Midas on March 31, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Boiled frog analogy comes to mind. Also, the ole, “If you hit someone in the head with a hammer long enough, when you stop, they get pissed” (or, words to that effect). Even if the numbers ‘internals’ are negative as far as the Prog’s plan, the Sheeple will keep on keepin’ on into a ‘better’ future’…

vnvet on March 31, 2014 at 4:13 PM

I’m waiting for the Big Poll coming out this November before I accept how who and how many support Obamacare.

HiJack on March 31, 2014 at 4:13 PM

The fact that the White House now has millions on the books is a realization of that prophesy, even though more than one election modeler has the odds of Republicans winning the Senate this fall at roughly 80 percent. Obama will trade two years of Republican control for a permanent foothold for his boondoggle.

Republicans controlling the Senate is not going to make any difference, it is good but no required… The most important and absolutely required thing is for them to keep controlling the House… Obamacare is here to stay but mostly with the Medicaid expansion… The percentage of uninsured will remain the same and hence Obamacare failed utterly… Remember that delaying the employee mandate and so many other aspects of Obamacare has already killed Obamacare…

mnjg on March 31, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Big surprise that when you delay the painful parts of the law and just go with handing out free stuff that the law gets more popular. We are becoming such a joke of a nation.

JohnInCA on March 31, 2014 at 4:15 PM

There’s no end to the lies these people perpetrate in their desperation.

crankyoldlady on March 31, 2014 at 4:19 PM

All the R’s have to do after taking control of the Senate and House is repeal the whole damn thing and have Obama issue a statement that:

“If you like your more expensive policy you can keep it and, if you like your subsidy, I’ll pay it myself — but I’ll need to churn out another dozen or so autobiographies.”

This might sound far-fetched, but the autobiographies will all be different so there’s no risk of boredom for those fascinated by BHO’s life (complete with halo, pen and phone).

IndieDogg on March 31, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Methinks the government of the US could turn communist or totalitarian (or even Russian!) and the US people would quickly support it.

albill on March 31, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Fuck this country. Idiots here voted that disaster into office twice and now they’re taking their beating with a smile and asking for more. So, screw them. Let them turn this country into another Cuba or Venezuela. They deserve the poverty and the executions.

Cyhort on March 31, 2014 at 4:21 PM

If that was actually the question, then the results literally have no meaning whatsoever except to day people do want to get sick and not have healthcare.

georgealbert on March 31, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Never trust an ABC poll. Never.

Stephanopolus runs the news division, title or not. He’s always attempting to shape the national debate.

budfox on March 31, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Single payer is coming sooner than later…

OmahaConservative on March 31, 2014 at 4:04 PM

heh, then no one gets healthcare……

The government will be the gatekeeper and all healthcare workers are government employees.
All this will do is create a huge underground healthcare system.

redguy on March 31, 2014 at 4:22 PM

LOL…

d1carter on March 31, 2014 at 4:23 PM

These numbers are absolutely meaningless until people start realizing that although they are “insured”, they will not see many immediate benefits (Sandra Fluke excepted), until they paid all their premiums and hit their deductible limit.

What…you mean this stuff ain’t free? I gotta pay?

can_con on March 31, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Obama will trade two years of Republican control his nonexistent soul for a permanent foothold for his boondoggle.

Schadenfreude on March 31, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Obama already made a deal with the devil to get his ACA passed…..

I wonder what he will have to do to foist it on the America people in total???

I think Obama is making a deal with Putin.

redguy on March 31, 2014 at 4:24 PM

ABC/WAPO poll?

We would get a more honest result if we just asked Obama, Reid, and Nanzi.

jukin3 on March 31, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Lol, haven’t you heard? We’re all democrats now:
http://www.10news.com/news/local-couple-upset-after-receiving-pre-marked-voter-registration-card-from-covered-california-03282014

FontanaConservative on March 31, 2014 at 4:26 PM

I’m not buying.

Cindy Munford on March 31, 2014 at 4:26 PM

AP/WAPO: heh!

bernzright777 on March 31, 2014 at 4:26 PM

So they’ve now stooped to asking a question that no matter the answer, they get what they want. Shame on AB C/WaPo.

sadatoni on March 31, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Because Dems like expensive things that don’t work.

Akzed on March 31, 2014 at 4:27 PM

A Promise of a subsidy for a few million people does not equal a suicide pact. There are 330 million people in this country, the majority of which will refuse to comply.

Nobody opposes a “safety net” (electorally speaking) but a VAST majority oppose a “leisure hammock”.

Mord on March 31, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Dear Leader is taking the State Run Media down with him…faster please.

d1carter on March 31, 2014 at 4:28 PM

…Lean Forward!

KOOLAID2 on March 31, 2014 at 4:28 PM

To quote Rep. Wilson (TX): YOU LIE!
The graph data shows Dems up 10%; Independants DOWN 2% and Republicans DOWN 1%.
And yet the ‘plurality of public support’ ObummerCare.
Hell even someone who is totally ignorant of statistics would say BS.
Some worthy researchers are going to study this someday and the results are going to totally destroy Saul Alinsky and the methods of his minions.
Hardest hit: KILLARY.
The road to the 2016 Gimmedat Convention is gonna be beyach.

Missilengr on March 31, 2014 at 4:28 PM

This demonstrates the difference between Republicans and Democrats.

Republicans follow the polls.

Democrats manipulate the polls to get the desired results they are looking for.

Baggi on March 31, 2014 at 4:11 PM

FIFY

Del Dolemonte on March 31, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Actually hardly any change from 3 months ago. According to RCP, the previous WaPo/ABC poll taken between 1/20 – 1/23 had support at 49-50.

Now they have it at 48-50.

Statistical noise that was an outlier then and is an outlier now – but that said still lost a point of support in the last 3 months.

Ca97 on March 31, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Alphapundit ever the negative I dont it will be permanent but it will cause another healthcare overhaul to fix this mess.

sorrowen on March 31, 2014 at 4:29 PM

So Obamacare can knock 6 million off insurance without being questioned but proposing to have those 6 million that signed up for Obamacare go back where they were can’t be done because of what? It’s too practical?

DanMan on March 31, 2014 at 4:29 PM

The poll’s underlying (and timely) message: “Resistance is Futile!”

otlset on March 31, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Somebody is lying… Somebody knows they are lying.

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

oscarwilde on March 31, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Yeah, apparently support nearly doubled in a three-day window if ABC’s poll is to be believed. Even Jesus’ resurrection would pale in comparison to that kind of miracle.

Stoic Patriot on March 31, 2014 at 4:30 PM

I think he is trying to get it cemented in but he is so so inept at implantation that it’s questionable if it can even get to get a foothold. The only thing it has a foothold in is negative numbers

sorrowen on March 31, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Even if they are using the same question as before it doesn’t mean it wasn’t skewing the poll in the direction they want it. The one last November could have been 30/70 with more honest wording and the one today could have been 45/55.

Wigglesworth on March 31, 2014 at 4:32 PM

oscarwilde on March 31, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Yeah, apparently support nearly doubled in a three-day window if ABC’s poll is to be believed. Even Jesus’ resurrection would pale in comparison to that kind of miracle.

Stoic Patriot on March 31, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Hey… It could happen… A Unicorn could have farted on the poll and made it grow…

oscarwilde on March 31, 2014 at 4:37 PM

“Overall, do you support or oppose the federal law making changes to the health care system?” Which one?

If Obamacare is the law I would support
a federal law to change it. However, in this question, if Obamacare is viewed as the law that will change the health care system, I’d oppose it.

This is a horribly written poll question – even by ABC/WaPo standards.

Megyn Kellys Lipstick on March 31, 2014 at 4:37 PM

If this is really happening AP it could make so called immigration reform less likely this year. The RINOs may figure a sellout on amnesty will at worst reduce an Obamacare-inspired landslide to a respectable win in November, but if the Obamacare polls are turning then an amnesty sell-out could turn a modest midterm win into an election where they gain nothing or lose.

Wigglesworth on March 31, 2014 at 4:39 PM

If that was actually the question, then the results literally have no meaning whatsoever except to day people do want to get sick and not have healthcare.

georgealbert on March 31, 2014 at 4:21 PM

No kidding. If the only way to get Obamacare’s favorability to the break-even point is to omit any mention of the law’s real name or nickname and ask the most vague and generic question possible, then bravo drive-bys. Mission accomplished. Something tells me no Democrat outside of Pelosi’s district is going to believe this poll and start running on a platform of defending the law.

Doughboy on March 31, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Fuck this country. Idiots here voted that disaster into office twice and now they’re taking their beating with a smile and asking for more. So, screw them. Let them turn this country into another Cuba or Venezuela. They deserve the poverty and the executions.

Cyhort on March 31, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Wow,, how did you get that first word past the filters?

OmahaConservative on March 31, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Instant Classic: Sebelius Literally Speechless After She’s Told How Unpopular Obamacare Is…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=GPYKFs8QOT8http:

DinaRehn on March 31, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Cyhort on March 31, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Wow,, how did you get that first word past the filters?

OmahaConservative on March 31, 2014 at 4:40 PM

AP’s sock’s apparently have garter-belts… <—- Insert maniacal laughter here…

oscarwilde on March 31, 2014 at 4:48 PM

I don’t think this poll is even legit.

sorrowen on March 31, 2014 at 4:48 PM

DinaRehn on March 31, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Showed that to my old man. We were laughing pretty hard at that.

FontanaConservative on March 31, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Come on guys, it’s Monday. What’s the big A to do, after all it is a slow news day. Just Putin threating the Baltic’s, The Korea’s exchanging fire(again!). Obamacare blowing up(again!)……..

flackcatcher on March 31, 2014 at 4:50 PM

I don’t think this poll is even legit.

sorrowen on March 31, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Hmmm, ya think? The Washington Post even came right out and admitted that they lie to promote their agenda. What do you think they were talking about?

oscarwilde on March 31, 2014 at 4:50 PM

In the next WaPoo / ABC poll, we’ll have this question –

The Administration is urinating onto your back…is it raining, Yes or No?

49% will say, Yes, it’s raining….

Athos on March 31, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Cyhort on March 31, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Wow,, how did you get that first word past the filters?

OmahaConservative on March 31, 2014 at 4:40 PM

First character isn’t a real ‘F’, it’s some other character…

Midas on March 31, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Well the poll has a lot of issues besides the Washington post credibility issue.

sorrowen on March 31, 2014 at 5:13 PM

DinaRehn on March 31, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Showed that to my old man. We were laughing pretty hard at that.

FontanaConservative on March 31, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Oddly enough, they weren’t please to see that over on the Politico.

DinaRehn on March 31, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Obamacare is imploding yet A always posts these questionable fantasy polls…the Red Sea would part twice before this poll would be accurate. It’s at 26%…plain and simple no fantasy poll can stop that

sorrowen on March 31, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Sample of 1017 adults.

So, when regional demographics look like this, how many people from the West have to be included in this “random sample” to get the outcomes shown in this poll?

lineholder on March 31, 2014 at 5:28 PM

lineholder on March 31, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Okay, so you have to select “region” in the “show results by” menu.

lineholder on March 31, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Big surprise that when you delay the painful parts of the law and just go with handing out free stuff that the law gets more popular. We are becoming such a joke of a nation.

JohnInCA on March 31, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Overall do you support or oppose the law that is taking away the insurance 80 million people already have so they can pay for the 14 million who are currently uninsured?

Vince on March 31, 2014 at 5:31 PM

lineholder on March 31, 2014 at 5:28 PM

PPP does this on our in-state polls all the time.

lineholder on March 31, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Is that an outlier or an early indicator of a broader shift in O-Care’s polling?

..c’mon, Sgt Shaw! You asking this question seriously or are you just trolling for hits?

The War Planner on March 31, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Because Dems like expensive things that don’t work.

Akzed on March 31, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Just wait until they figure out how to cross Obamacare with a Bullet Train…

trigon on March 31, 2014 at 5:34 PM

You know, never mind my previous comments. That is so weird…first time I looked at the data, it had only the West as a positive gain in the ‘support” column.

Not sure what happened.

lineholder on March 31, 2014 at 5:36 PM

WAY too many Dems sampled in trash poll. They buried the DRI, but it’s looking like D+11 or so based on the percentages. Trash it.

cdog0613 on March 31, 2014 at 5:41 PM

All you have to do is look at the question asked to see why the numbers vary so much with a month ago. My God! What a stretch of a question. Why not just come out and say “Do you support or oppose Obamacare?”. Use the derogatory word “Obamacare” which is what the majority of people use and let the chips fall where they may. I’m surprised that they didn’t get Pelosi to ask the question herself since she lives in a fantasy world all of her own making. This is also known as “Whistling past the graveyard” for the Dems.

inspectorudy on March 31, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Why not just come out and say “Do you support or oppose Obamacare?”. Use the derogatory word “Obamacare” which is what the majority of people use and let the chips fall where they may.

Because then you would preclude analysis such as this that cracks the door on leaving it alone…few bite on the joke poll other than obamabots…but they are out there/here

winston on March 31, 2014 at 5:53 PM

its simple you can get the results you want when you PICK the people you want.

so who did they poll democrat govt union members.

sniffles1999 on March 31, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Why not just come out and say “Do you support or oppose Obamacare?”. Use the derogatory word “Obamacare” which is what the majority of people use and let the chips fall where they may.

Because then you would preclude analysis such as this that cracks the door on leaving it alone…few bite on the joke poll other than obamabots…but they are out there/here

winston on March 31, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Well, not just obamabots, but GOPbots and pundits who start fretting and theorizing that this might signal that an improving trend is underway, and maybe the GOP will change tactics as a result, and…

*sigh*

Midas on March 31, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Does Allahpundit have any internals for this poll? WaPo could have gotten to 49% approval with a highly skewed sample. For example, if they used 40% D/30% I/30% R and the Obmacare approval numbers among partisans, they could have gotten

D: 40% x 0.76 = 30.4%
I: 30% x 0.44 = 13.2%
R: 30% x 0.20 = 6.0%
Total = 49.6%

No one realistically expects a D+10 turnout in November, especially for midterms when the Kool-Aid drinkers don’t care much about the Senate if Super Kool-Aid isn’t on the ballot. But WaPo could probably find a sample like that for a push-poll if they hang up on enough Republicans for “technical” reasons.

Steve Z on March 31, 2014 at 6:00 PM

ABC/WaPo = fully owned subsidiaries of Goebbels, Inc.

“Whatever you want the truth to be, we make it happen”

BobMbx on March 31, 2014 at 6:18 PM

implantation
sorrowen on March 31, 2014 at 4:32 PM

I think your poor choice of words actually works out better concerning the ‘rat voters. Implantation. Like a microchip.

Lanceman on March 31, 2014 at 6:20 PM

“We love our yummy crap sandwich!”

- Morons Unlimited of America

fogw on March 31, 2014 at 6:30 PM

since the more reliant they become, the harder it’ll be to take those subsidies away later.

Don’t care.

Kill it. I’ll not lose sleep over several million losing subsidies when compared with tens of millions who are getting f*cked over by this already, with tens of millions more coming in the future.

Midas on March 31, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Not in most cases. If you look at the new piece-of-crap Obamacare policy total premiums less subsidy for those subsidized, the resulting amount that the customer has to pay is not necessarily less than what a comparable or even better policy from 2013 (pre-Obamacare) was.

The ‘winners’ are those qualifying for the biggest subsidies, those folks that are just out of Medicaid range.

The big losers are those that qualify for the smallest subsidies. They are not wealthy people by any stretch, and they are totally screwed by the piece-of-crap Obamacare.

Additional losers, those that don’t qualify for any subsidy, -the Kirsten Powers of the world. Their premiums have ‘necessarily skyrocketed’.

In all cases, the piece-of-crap Obamacare policies have higher deductibles, less comprehensive networks, and fewer drugs covered than the average pre-Obamacare policy.

slickwillie2001 on March 31, 2014 at 6:33 PM

No one realistically expects a D+10 turnout in November, especially for midterms when the Kool-Aid drinkers don’t care much about the Senate if Super Kool-Aid isn’t on the ballot. But WaPo could probably find a sample like that for a push-poll if they hang up on enough Republicans for “technical” reasons.

Steve Z on March 31, 2014 at 6:00 PM

The “poll” internals are usually included with the story as a pdf attachment.

But in the past, many such “polls” have regularly been busted for oversampling Democrats in order for the desired results to be achieved.

I’ve seen “polls” done by C-BS and the NY Times that have oversampled Democrats by between 14% and 19%. Totally out of touch with reality.

But the alltime winner? al-Associated Press, which ran a push poll after O’bama killed Osama bin Laden with his bare hands.

That “poll” showed a modest 5% bump in O’bama’s Job Approval. But for al-AP to get that result, they had to sample twice as many Democrats as Republicans.

Del Dolemonte on March 31, 2014 at 6:36 PM

I’m tired of things necessarily skyrocketing!

Lanceman on March 31, 2014 at 6:41 PM

except for skyrockets.

Lanceman on March 31, 2014 at 6:41 PM

Trolling your own site ….classic.

Maxpower on March 31, 2014 at 6:57 PM

WaPo/ABC polls don’t reach that rural American that now has to drive 300 miles for their weekly medical treatment, the cancer patient who just lost her entire team thanks to the hospital/system out-of-plan, and they haven’t yet seen the results as Obamacare actually attempts to collect premiums and pay doctors.

The fat lady has not yet seen for you to be so giddy in an uptick Allah.

Happy Nomad on March 31, 2014 at 6:57 PM

The insurance death spiral hasn’t started yet.

xuyee on March 31, 2014 at 6:58 PM

In Cahoots. Sadly, not funny. Maddening though.

Bmore on March 31, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Push. Poll.

yaedon on March 31, 2014 at 7:10 PM

Is that an outlier or an early indicator of a broader shift in O-Care’s polling? I ask because, as of a week ago, most major pollsters still had support for the law deep underwater — Fox News at 40/56, the AP at 26/43, Rasmussen at 42/54, and CBS at 41/53.

I would imagine this is pretty much how there was some sort of massive, seemingly “overnight” shift in support of SSM. A poll comes out showing a majority in support; that poll is bandied about endlessly; the herd mentality sets in (“I don’t want to be a different”). We’re pretty much governed by polling firms.

ddrintn on March 31, 2014 at 7:12 PM

This poll is bull. They likely stopped polling people who have been forced to enroll in Obamacare because they got dropped in the first wave.

DaveDief on March 31, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Little bit of push polling, a little bit of Donks circling the wagons around deadline day. If we’re lucky, progs will take this and run right into our cannon fire.

crrr6 on March 31, 2014 at 7:17 PM

At this point “the law that changes the health care system” could well be a bill to repeal obamacare. Extremely misleading question wording, and quite obviously intentionally so. This poll is complete garbage.

paul1149 on March 31, 2014 at 7:18 PM

ABC/WaPo poll: Watch us pull a number out of our ass and try to sell you an Edsel.

GarandFan on March 31, 2014 at 7:19 PM

The repeal/defund talk is nonsense.

Republicans don’t have to fully repeal Obamacare with legislation.

They just need to do two things:
- Repeal the mandate (popular)
- Allow insurers to offer medically underwritten bare bones plans to everyone (popular as it’d allow many of those millions currently in the exchanges to buy cheaper policies)
- End the subsidies to insurance companies under the risk corridor program (this isn’t really necessary but it’d speed up the process while being another popular measure)

They can do this while saying “If you like your Obamacare plane, you can keep your Obamacare plan”. At that point though, Obamacare wouldn’t really exist any more.

Oh, and turn Medicaid into block grants.

joana on March 31, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Oh, c’mon! Puhleease!

ncjetsfan on March 31, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Polling is meaningless until the rates for next year are released. Then you will see this thing crater. Big time.

rmkdbq on March 31, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Calling bull.

22044 on March 31, 2014 at 7:26 PM

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