It’s a fact. Political campaigns live and die by public polling. The position politicians take on any given issue are poll-tested. (You didn’t really think Obama means anything he says did you?)
It’s too bad the Obama campaign gurus haven’t paid closer attention to their pollsters. Chief Justice Robert’s SCOTUS ruling that the #ObamaTAX is constitutional isn’t polling well — at all.
In fact, Scott Rasmussen of Rasmussen Reports says if it were not for the SCOTUS
ruling Hail Mary, ObamaCare would be dead.
Rasmussen writes that ObamaCare is on life support, barely “alive for now”:
- In March, I wrote that the health care law was doomed even if it survived the court. Looking at the data today, it’s hard to draw any other conclusion.
Fifty-four percent of voters nationwide still want to see the law repealed. That’s going to be a heavy burden for the Obama campaign to bear.
It’s hard to believe that public opinion will change between now and Election Day because opinion on the law hasn’t budged in two years. In fact, support for repeal now is exactly the same as it was when the law first passed.
Consistently, for the past two years, most voters have expressed the view that the law will hurt the quality of care, increase the cost of care and increase the federal deficit.
As a result, the fact that the law remains in place may end up hurting the president’s chances for re-election more than helping them. It gives Mitt Romney another easy target and one that can be tied directly into concerns about the economy.
If Romney wins, there is virtually no chance the existing health care law will survive.
And if Obama should win the re-elect? Rasmussen continues: “the law has a better chance of surviving, but it would still face an uphill struggle”. It would face a steady stream of legislative attacks through a second term, Rasmussen thinks. (Not to mention challenges of all sorts coming from the 57 states.)
And, of course, if Obama should win again, there’s that pesky little mid-term election coming up in 2014 — after parts of the health care law have been implemented — providing fodder to turn out even more RINOs and liberals. Remember, all members of the House are up for re-election every two years and a goodly number will be as well in the Senate.
Building that bullet-proof Congress to take down #ObamaTAX may take longer than we’d like but would still be doable.
Rasmussen reminds us:
- Seventy-six percent think they should have the right to choose between expensive insurance plans with low deductibles and low-cost plans with higher deductibles. A similar majority believes everyone should be allowed to choose between expensive plans that cover just about every imaginable medical procedure and lower-cost plans that cover a smaller number of procedures. All such choices would be banned under the current health care law.
Americans want to be empowered as health care consumers. They don’t want the government telling them what to do.
Once they get to see what was really in that ObamaCare bill, aside from Nancy Pelosi’s delusional claims, Americans are NOT going to like it. Just. Not. Possible.
Blogger Jammie Wearing Fool explains that, according to a Gallup poll, health care is a top priority for only 6% of the public. Additionally, only 20% of those polled are satisfied with the job POTUS is doing.
Those are very very bad odds for the re-elect.
Perhaps that’s why, as John Nolte reports at Big Government, Survey USA’s overnight poll revealed that two key states — Florida (45% opposed) and California (50% opposed) — were less than thrilled by SCOTUS’s decision. Middle America’s Kansans — 52% of them — also opposed the ruling. This is definitely not good news for Obama.
As the polls clearly show, the Obama campaign has a nearly unsurmountable problem. Folks have not been happy with the liberals’ scheme for their health care practically since the legislation was passed (suggesting they would have been perfectly happy if members of Congress would have bothered to read the 2,000+ pages before it was passed — and helped block it).
How do Obama and liberals plan to “sell it” now — now that it’s no longer simply a mandate but a full-blown BIG FAT TAX?