After the Election, Support for Obamacare Repeal Drops To All-Time Low

November 14th, 2012

HuffPo links to a new Kaiser Family Foundation Poll shows that barely a third of participants want to see the ACA repealed, as opposed to 40% prior to the election.

Support for keeping or expanding the bill remained steady at 49 percent, while the percentage of those who weren’t sure about the law ticked up to 18 percent.

Declining enthusiasm about a repeal might signal resignation, rather than any major change of opinions on the law itself. In the latest poll, 43 percent of Americans had a favorable opinion of the ACA, and 39 percent an unfavorable one — not all that different from the 46-to-40 split in opinion a month after the law’s passage in 2010.

Breathe everyone. Even if it results in fiscal calamities, Obamacare is here to stay.

Another interesting bit is that voters did not see health care as a top issue at hand in the election.

Although health care has been hotly debated, it wasn’t the foremost election issue for backers of either Obama or GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Kaiser found. Only 16 percent of Obama’s supporters and 13 percent of Romney’s supporters cited health care as the top factor in their choice for president, with the economy and the candidates’ records seen as significantly more important.

Voters who did put health care first voted heavily for Obama — by a 3-to-1 margin, according to national exit poll results, and by 14 points in Kaiser’s November survey. Those specifically concerned about Medicare or women’s health also favored Obama, while those who said the ACA was a “major factor” in their vote narrowly preferred Romney.

I think a poll was conducted right after the election in 2008, and one of the top priorities was health care.