In addendum to yesterday’s post on a wide majority of Americans rooting for the Supreme Court’s unfavorable review of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, here’s another poll with some supporting evidence from CNN.
On health care, a majority continue to oppose the sweeping reform measure, formally known as the Affordable Care Act, which was passed by Congressional Democrats and signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010.
According to the CNN/ORC International survey, 51% of Americans say they oppose the health care law, while 43% say they favor it. It’s important to note, however, that of those who disagree with the law, only a third oppose it because it’s too liberal, while one in six oppose it because it doesn’t go far enough.
The CNN/ORC survey also took stock of another major pending Supreme Court decision on Arizona’s wildly controversial SB 1070 law, which includes the ostensibly harsh measure of allowing police to arrest or detain anyone suspected of being an illegal alien. During oral arguments in April (during which Justice Elena Kagan recused herself), it seemed as if SCOTUS was leaning in SB 1070’s favor, an outcome with which most Americans would be pleased, according to the poll.
As for immigration, the new survey indicates three-quarters of Americans support the contentious Arizona law that allows police to arrest or detain suspected illegal immigrants during the enforcement of other laws.
Asked if they support the measure, 75% of respondents say they are in favor of it, while 24% say they are against it, the poll shows.
Aaaand here’s the immigration-related piece of yesterday’s NYT/CBS News poll, also confirming that the majority of Americans think Arizona has it just “about right” on immigration enforcment.
According to the survey, conducted from May 31-June 3 among 976 adults nationwide, 52 percent of Americans believe Arizona’s immigration policy is about right, while 33 percent say it goes too far. Eleven percent say the law does not go far enough.
The U.S. Department of Justice is challenging the law on the grounds that it conflicts with what it contends is the federal government’s exclusive right to set immigration laws for the country.
Man, this is just not going according to plan for Team Obama! Both decisions are supposed to hit the airwaves before the end of the month, and whatever way the Supreme Court rules, it doesn’t look like even technical victories for the Obama administration are going to help sway the majority over to his side on these issues. It’s what I like to call being “damned if you do, and damned if you don’t” — and you did it to yourself, pal.