Survey: Public Opposes ‘Obamacare’, Wants Repeal

Although most people polled want to repeal the law, the majority also believe they agree with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling.


A national poll by Quinnipiac University finds that 55 percent of voters believe the Affordable Care Act , while 36 percent say otherwise. By a 49-43 margin, the poll shows the majority of voters interviewed want a repeal. 

Still, there’s a close 48-45 split with most people saying they agree with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the law.

"President Barack Obama has worked mightily to avoid the 'T' word, but most American voters say the ACA is in effect a tax hike," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, in a press release. "The big question is whether the Republicans can sell the idea to voters that the president's Affordable Care Act breaks his promise not to raise taxes on those who make less than $250,000. That's why what voters believe on this issue matters." 

The Supreme Court decision may have an effect this November for Obama and presidential hopeful Mitt Romney because 55 percent of American voters say a presidential candidate's position on health care is "extremely important" or "very important" to their vote.

The survey found 59 percent say the Supreme Court decision will not affect their vote, 27 percent say it will make them less likely to vote for Obama, while 12 percent say more likely. Independent voters say they are less likely to vote by 27 - 9 percent. 

From July 1-8, surveyed 2,722 registered voters with a margin of error of 1.9 percentage points. Interviewers called land lines and cell phones. 

The poll hit on a number of national issues, such as the contempt charges against U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Of the two-thirds who said they knew something about the vote, 44 percent supported it, while 29 percent were opposed and 27 percent undecided. The bulk of those polled – 42 percent – said the vote was political rather than legitimate.

Interviewees were asked how they think the U.S. economy is faring, and the perception is that it’s as bad as Europe. The survey showed 86 percent of people think the U.S. economy is “not so good” or “poor.” Europe fared better, with only 81 percent saying the same. 

This story was based on a press release.

Waterford Rez July 16, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Here is a novel idea. IAW the Constitution, get out of the health care business. Let the states figure out what is best for themselves, kinda like what the 10th amendment states. While they are at it, they can get out of Education, Energy, Foreign Aid, Housing, Nation Building, Student Loans, and about 2 dozen other depts that are unconstitutional. Cut the fed gov by 2/3s and lover taxes by half. Make all health care expenses tax deductible, allow unrestricted health savings accounts and expect people to pay their bills (what a concept). Encourage catastrophic plans (for the bigs bills, i.e. serious sicknesses etc). Allow cross state purchasing and end ridiculous law suits. Hunt down every scammer and abuser of the system (you know, like people on "permanent disability" but owns a lawn service or a roofing business) and those milking the system. Health expenses will go down and people will have more money to PAY THEIR BILLS!!!! (due to lower taxes because of a smaller fed gov). Only in this country do people own wide screen TVs, iPhones, cars, bling, drink, smoke, party and otherwise live a pretty comfortable life but completely blow a gasket when you tell them they may have to ACTUALLY PAY A MEDICAL BILL!
Waterford Rez July 16, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Just because there is a problem doesn't mean it is the federals government responsibility to solve it. Just because you have a need (health care) doesn't mean I give up my rights (keep my own property, which includes $$$). Your need does not outweigh my right.


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