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Poll: 60 percent call Obamacare rollout “a joke,” Obama approval dips again

posted at 11:03 am on October 24, 2013 by

A few nuggets, fresh off the presses from Fox’s pollster:

(1) By a two-to-one margin (60/31), Americans say Obamacare’s implementation has been “a joke,” as opposed to it’s “going fine.”  According to a recent CBS News survey, just 12 percent of the public says the launch has gone “well.”

(2) By a similar margin (59/31), Americans say the Obama administration is doing more to deepen the partisan divide in Washington, rather than bridge it.  Hope and change, baby.

(3) Confirming a slew of other polls, it appears that the shutdown showdown actually boosted Obamacare’s overall perception. Slightly.  A majority (51/41) would still prefer to “get rid of” the new law rather than keep it, but that’s down slightly from (53/40) in July.  Independents support trashing the law by a 30-point margin.

(4) A strong plurality (49/38) of Americans believe that administration officials responsible for the failed launch should be fired.  Fully 92 percent support the principle behind the so-called “Vitter Amendment” (which would have stripped away Washington’s sweetheart Obamacare carve-out).  House Republican leaders were preparing to make this item their final shutdown/debt ceiling “ask,” but the rank-and-file crumbled, handing Democrats a lay-up win.  If the GOP had stuck together, they could have dared Obama to follow through on his veto threat.  Would the president have kept the government shut down and risked technical default for the sole purpose of protecting wildly unpopular Beltway exceptions?

(5) Nearly two-thirds of Americans say no one “won” the shutdown impasse; of the 40 percent of the public who disapproved of the eventual deal that ended the stand-off, the overwhelming majority gave it the thumbs down because “it doesn’t solve anything.”

(6) The president’s job approval rating took a hit because of the recent skirmish — even as more people blamed Republicans.  Overall, Obama’s approval rating is underwater (41/53 — down from 45/49 three weeks ago), and scraping rock bottom among independents (30/57).  Obama’s personal favorability rating is also upside-down (45/50), another number being dragged down by independents (30/60).

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(6) The president’s job approval rating took a hit because of the recent skirmish — even as more people blamed Republicans.

U.S. Pravda in full bloom.

NJ Red on October 24, 2013 at 11:13 AM

40% were laughing too hard to respond to the poll.

Christien on October 24, 2013 at 11:20 AM

According to a recent CBS News survey, just 12 percent of the public says the launch has gone “well.”

In an unrelated story, ticket sales for trips on Titanic II and Hindenburg II reaching just 12% of their goals.

mankai on October 24, 2013 at 11:21 AM

But, but, but Cruz and teh shutdown *whined the hand wringers*

clearbluesky on October 24, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Exit question for righties:

ATHEIST FFFFEEEEEEEEEEEEEEVVAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH UPDATE ???????????????

Eph on October 24, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Well now that each day more LIVs are seeing whats in it these numbers will go down further.

neyney on October 24, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Guess how I knew that the polls showed Obama slipping to new lows…. ‘cuz Morning Joe didn’t spend their first hour today talking about daily polls.

Bensonofben on October 24, 2013 at 12:05 PM

40% were laughing too hard to respond to the poll.
Christien on October 24, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Or – further proof that 40% of the population is completely clueless.

dentarthurdent on October 24, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Just remember that Hitler’s early mass executions didn’t go well, either. It took them several years to perfect the gas chambers and their methods for disposing of the bodies.

We shouldn’t take comfort in the fact that they are doing an evil thing badly.

kbTexan on October 24, 2013 at 12:37 PM

We’re flushing out the 30% of the public who are hopeless idiots and/or parasites of the US taxpayers.

cajunpatriot on October 24, 2013 at 1:00 PM

According to a recent CBS News survey, just 12 percent of the public says the launch has gone “well.”

Who knew that MSNBC had that many viewers?

Mallard T. Drake on October 24, 2013 at 1:13 PM

House Republican leaders were preparing to make this item their final shutdown/debt ceiling “ask,” but the rank-and-file crumbled, handing Democrats a lay-up win. If the GOP had stuck together, they could have dared Obama to follow through on his veto threat.

The rank and file didn’t want to actually have to suffer along with the American People. And they had to have a Tea Party loss in order to purge them from the party and begin to push for amnesty for their moneyed interests.

magicbeans on October 24, 2013 at 1:21 PM

According to a recent CBS News survey, just 12 percent of the public says the launch has gone “well.”

Who knew that MSNBC had that many viewers?

Mallard T. Drake on October 24, 2013 at 1:13 PM

I’m gonna guess that they called everyone that works at MSNBC and Pelosi’s office. That’s where the 12 percent comes from.

Bitter Clinger on October 24, 2013 at 1:23 PM

magicbeans, I can’t tell whether or not that comment was supposed to be sarcastic.

Guy Benson on October 24, 2013 at 3:42 PM

I thought this was something of a deal until Fox showed the number in August was 57%.

So after the website fiasco the number is up 3% to now 60%.

Pretty clear that the poll is biased to get enlist a strong positive or negative result.

I hate polls. Worthless.

Carnac on October 24, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Carnac, I agree that the “joke” question was silly…but some of the others are more useful.

Guy Benson on October 24, 2013 at 5:22 PM