Poll: Brutal numbers for Obamacare
posted at 12:02 pm on May 23, 2013 by Guy Benson
Last month, a Kaiser Foundation poll pegged Obamacare’s public support at a tepid 35 percent. A new survey from Fox News confirms that finding. Asked if they’d rather to keep the new law in place or erase it from the history books and revert back to the 2009 system, Americans say they’d strongly prefer turning back the clock:
22. Do you think it would be better to leave the new health care law in place, or would it be better to go back to the health care system that was in place in 2009?
Better to keep law: 34 percent
Better to go back to previous system: 56 percent
The president’s signature legislative accomplishment is underwater by double digits on this question among every measured demographic — including women, independents and young voters — with the exceptions of registered Democrats and non-whites. The public’s rationale isn’t too complicated. They believe the “Affordable Care Act” will make their families’ lives worse:
23. In general, how do you expect your health care situation will change as the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare goes into effect — will you and your family be better off or worse off under the new health care law?
Better off: 26 percent
Worse off: 53 percent
Implementation begins in earnest next year, and even the law’s staunchest supporters aren’t expecting great things for the grand roll-out. Mix in the radioactive IRS’ enforcement mandate, plus another Fox poll finding that fully 68 percent of the public views the federal government as “out of control,” and you’d at least think that Republicans have a killer narrative on their hands for 2014.