WaPo/ABC poll: Support for Obamacare at all-time high


Despite all the endless lies and all the ridiculous alarmism about creeping socialism and the end of American freedom as we know it, the Affordable Care Act is here to stay and an increasing number of Americans are fine with that.

I suppose we can expect the demagogues to double-down, but THIS is the situation at present:

For the first time, the Washington Post-ABC News poll has found more Americans support Obamacare than oppose it.

The poll, released Monday, the law’s enrollment deadline, found 49 percent of Americans support the law and 48 percent oppose it. It was the first time, dating back  to August 2009, that support outweighed opposition in the poll.

Support among Democrats jumped from 65 percent in January to 76 percent in the new poll. Independents (44 percent support; 54 percent oppose; and Republicans (20 percent support; 78 percent) was more stable, according to the poll. Surprisingly, the poll found a significant shift in support for the law among conservatives, with 36 percent of them backing it now compared to 17 percent in November.




  1. Paul Huber

    Mr. Cunningham:

    Do you pay for your own healthcare?

    For most of the people who haven’t been affected by the ACA yet, and I mean yet (I suspect there is a reason the President continues to delay enforcement), the polls go up and down depending on the latest information (or propaganda from both sides).

    My take is a personal one based on the facts I was confronted with.

    I am 61 years old and before Obamacare, I was paying $950 per month for a Blue Cross PPO plan that covered my wife and I with a annual deductible of $3,500 for the two of us.

    Now, under the ACA, the same plan costs $881.00 per month but the deductible is now $12,700.00.

    My wife has health problems and I slipped and fell is January and my trip to the ER costing me $5,000.00.

    Do the math.

    It is not so bad if I limit my income. The government will pay $700.00 a month towards my premium as long as between the two of us our Adjusted Income is not over $62,400.00, no sliding scale. It is another disincentive to marriage, because two people living together can make $40,000.0 each.

    This is a silly, over complicated law.

    If this wasn’t about government control. The congress could have just set up the tax credit, people could have bought their own insurance and we would have been subjected to this mess.

  2. expdoc

    The results of polls like this are akin to asking a group of marathon runners how the race is going after the first mile. Just before they run up the first hill.

    Of course the President has decided he has the power to keep moving the hills back farther in the race to protect the viability of his political party. Unfortunately that will just make running the race even harder and more exhausting.

  3. wilson

    I guess those Senators will now run on Obamacare vs. running away from it.
    What exactly was the poll question?
    “A newly released ABC News/Washington Post poll has some liberals feeling giddy. The poll shows Obamacare suffering from only a 2-point public-approval deficit among registered voters—with 48 percent in support and 50 percent in opposition. According to RealClearPolitics, that’s the best polling result for Obamacare since the last time ABC News and the Washington Post asked that same question (in late January), at which point Obamacare suffered from a 1-point deficit—47 to 48 percent. In other words, the new ABC News/Washington Post poll finds that Obamacare is slightly less popular than it was two months ago. This is the polling result for which liberals have been waiting?

    The new poll offers even less good news for Obamacare supporters when it comes to those who feel “strongly.” Among registered voters who feel “strongly” (either way), the poll finds that only 27 percent support Obamacare, while 39 percent oppose it. Liberals can take some solace, however, in this 12-point approval deficit’s being slightly smaller than the 13-point approval deficit (26 to 39 percent) among those who felt “strongly” in January’s ABC News/WaPo poll.”

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