Of course, which version of ObamaCare got polled may be in question with today’s results. Is this Public Option ObamaCare? Medicare Buy-In Obamacare? ObamaCare Lite, with two-thirds less government intervention than either? As it turns out, it probably doesn’t make much difference anyway, as the results are little changed from the end of November:
As the U.S. Senate continues working to craft a filibuster-proof healthcare reform bill, a new USA Today/Gallup poll finds public support for such efforts still below the majority level. Forty-six percent of Americans say they would advise their member of Congress to vote for healthcare legislation (or lean toward doing so), while 48% would advise a no vote (or lean in that direction).
Support had been at or above 50% in September and early October, but slumped to 43% by early November. It has recovered somewhat since then but remains below the earlier levels. …
The views of Republicans and Democrats generally follow those of their respective parties’ political leaders. Democratic identifiers overwhelmingly favor passing a healthcare bill, with 76% saying they would advise their member to vote for a bill (or lean in this direction) and 16% preferring a “no” vote. Meanwhile, Republicans oppose the healthcare legislation efforts by 83% to 13%. Political independents are more inclined to oppose (49%) than to favor (44%) a new healthcare bill.
In fact, the independents are slightly more inclined to oppose the bill and slightly less inclined to favor it than the general population. That indicates that the Democrats are not winning this political fight, either on the merits or on the rhetoric. Independent support for the bill dipped all the way to 37% in November, so the new results show some bounce, but it’s still below the 48% in September.
Whose fault is it that ObamaCare can’t even win a poll among adults, as opposed to likely or registered voters, where the sample favors Democrats? Greg Sargent says Congressional Democrats have begun to hang it on Barack Obama:
Little by little, Congressional Dems are beginning to pin the lion’s share of the blame for the badly weakened health care bill on a single figure: President Obama.
“This bill appears to be legislation that the president wanted in the first place, so I don’t think focusing it on Lieberman really hits the truth,” said Feingold. …
“Snowe? Stupak? Lieberman? Who left these people in charge? It’s time for the President to get his hands dirty. Some of us have compromised our compromised compromise. We need the President to stand up for the values our party shares. We must stop letting the tail wag the dog of this debate.”
Feingold and Weiner want a single-payer system, and probably believed Obama did too … since Obama had said that he wanted one in the past. They’re disillusioned to find that their President has no stomach for political battle outside of campaigning. Instead, he let Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid craft a bill that turned out to be too radical for the American electorate. Blame Pelosi and Reid for their mismanagement and their misreading of the electoral mandate, but Obama’s somewhat pusillanimous display of “leadership” should get a lot of scrutiny.
Of course, we warned people what would happen when the Democrats nominated a man with no executive experience and a long track record of voting present to the toughest executive office in the US. If they’re shocked, shocked! to find his executive leadership skills wanting, they deserve this Captain Louis Renault Award: