Wednesday, September 09, 2009

New Poll: 52% Oppose Obamacare

As Barack Obama attempts to salvage some form of health care reform with a prime time speech to a joint session of Congress, a new Associated Press-GfK poll says 52 of Americans oppose Obamacare.

The poll also finds Obama's job approval numbers heading south.

From The Associated Press:
With his health revamp moving slowly and unemployment edging ever higher, Obama's overall approval rating has also suffered a blow. The survey showed that 49 percent now disapprove of how he is handling his job as president, up from 42 percent who disapproved in July.

The grade people give Obama on health care also has worsened since July, when just 43 percent disapproved of his work on the issue.

The poll underscores how the president has struggled to win public support to reshape the nation's $2.5 trillion health care system and to put the brakes on a deep recession.

Forty-nine percent say they oppose the health overhaul plans being considered by Congress, compared to just 34 percent who favor them.

Obama's marks are also poor on the economy, with 52 percent saying they disapprove of how he's handled that issue.

A similar number disapprove of his handling of taxes, some of which may rise to help finance his health overhaul. And 56 percent dislike his handling of the budget deficit, which has skyrocketed under the costs of the financial bailouts and a recession that has caused sinking federal revenues.
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1 comment:

A Big Fat Slob said...

You are misrepresenting the poll results.

While the poll says that 52% are unhappy with how President Obama is handling the health insurance reform matter, only 49% oppose the insurance reform initiatives in Congress.

Of course, your headline is bigger if you say a majority oppose health insurance reform.

This poll is a pretty weak evaluation of where people stand.

For example, those disapproving of how the President is handling things might include people like me, who would rather see him give the back of the hand to the obstructionistas in the No Party and crack some heads in the Democratic Party to get this done.

The poll does nothing to sort out why people are unhappy with the handling.

As far as popular opposition to the proposals for health insurance reform, smart pollsters consistently find that people actually support, by large numbers, the actual proposals. When, of course, they learn what those proposals are. What they oppose are the false proposals presented by the No Party as the real thing.

This poll makes no effort to determine if the opposition is to the Sarah Palin wingnut version of the proposals, or the real thing.