Poll after poll has shown that the majority of Americans have been against Obamacare. Democratic officials ignored that fact, and Democratic supporters tried to pretend that it wasn’t true. So they forced Obamacare through anyway, and now the majority of Americans want it repealed.
A recent Rasmussen poll documents the opposition to Obamacare:
Just before the House of Representatives passed sweeping health care legislation last Sunday, 41% of voters nationwide favored the legislation while 54% were opposed. Now that President Obama has signed the legislation into law, most voters want to see it repealed.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey, conducted on the first two nights after the president signed the bill, shows that 55% favor repealing the legislation. Forty-two percent (42%) oppose repeal. Those figures include 46% who Strongly Favor repeal and 35% who Strongly Oppose it.
In terms of Election 2010, 52% say they’d vote for a candidate who favors repeal over one who does not. Forty-one percent (41%) would cast their vote for someone who opposes repeal.
Sixty percent (60%) of likely voters believe the new law will increase the federal budget deficit. Only 19% disagree and say it will not. Twelve percent (12%) think it will have no impact on the deficit.
Throughout the legislative debate, advocates of the reform expressed frustration about the fact that voters believe it will increase the deficit. Many, including the president, pointed to Congressional Budget Office projections to argue that the plan will actually reduce the deficit. However, voters are skeptical of the official government projection, and 81% believe the actual cost of the program will be higher than projected.
Voters have consistently said that reducing the federal budget deficit is a higher priority than health care reform. They also believe that deficit reduction is the goal Obama is least likely to achieve as president.
Overall, 41% of voters believe the new health care legislation will be good for the country, while 49% believe it will be bad for the country.
While 64% of Mainstream voters think the health care plan will be bad for the country, 90% of the Political Class see its passage as a good thing.
Twenty-six percent (26%) of voters nationwide say the legislation will have a positive impact on them personally, while 43% expect a negative impact. Twenty-five percent (25%) say the massive overhaul of the health care system will have no impact on them personally.
Golly, that just might affect the elections in November.
A CBS poll showed even stronger opposition to Obamacare:
The poll finds that 62 percent want Congressional Republicans to keep challenging the bill, while 33 percent say they should not do so. Nearly nine in ten Republicans and two in three independents want the GOP to keep challenging. Even 41 percent of Democrats support continued challenges.
The health care bill is already affecting Obama’s popularity. Despite a media predicted spike in Obama’s apporval rating, the National Review Online cites a Quinnipiac poll that shows his approval has gone down since signing the health care bill.
Nice Deb suggests that Obama may want to take immediate action — and give some more speeches condescending to explaining the bill to the American people.