These are just brutal numbers and considering the history of these polls, it’s probably they sampled far more Democrats than Republicans. We surmise that since there’s no breakdown. Yet if they actually sampled only Democrats support for this abomination would only be 63%.
Last month’s hearings on the constitutionality of health care reform didn’t help its popularity: Public support for Barack Obama’s signature domestic legislation has hit a new low in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, with criticism of the individual mandate as high as ever.
Half the public, moreover, thinks the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on the legislation on the basis of the justices’ partisan political views rather than the law. Fewer, 40 percent, think impartial legal analysis will carry the day, with the rest unsure.
Fifty-three percent of Americans now oppose the law overall, while just 39 percent support it – the latter the lowest in more than a dozen ABC/Post polls since August 2009. “Strong” critics, at 40 percent, outnumber strong supporters by nearly a 2-1 margin in this poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates.
Two-thirds continue to say the high court should throw out either the entire law (38 percent) or at least the part that requires most individuals to obtain coverage (29 percent) or face a penalty; just a quarter want the court to uphold the law as is. Those numbers, like views on the law overall, are essentially unchanged from a month ago.
Obama might actually be rooting for this to be overturned since he can then demagogue the issue to no end and allegedly he polls higher than Mitt Romney on healthcare (but again, in a slanted poll). If it’s upheld the huge swath of the population that detest ObamaCare will show up in November looking for an ironclad GOP majority in the House, as well as taking the Senate and White House as a means of scuttling this mess.