A New Washington Post/ABC News poll has plenty of brutal news for President Obama and Democrats as they head into the midterm elections next year. But one clear head-scratcher is that 74% of liberal Democrats (and 71% of Democrats in general) believe that Obama’s implementation of Obamacare is going well.
I know that the man can do no wrong in the eyes of some, but the last 2 months have been nothing short of a disaster for those who favor the law. Vulnerable Democrats are running as fast as they can to change parts of the law, moderate their positions, and claim they didn’t vote for or against things they clearly did.
Can’t blame Democrats for wanting to run from this train wreck, either:
Only 21% of voters say they are more likely to vote for a politician who supported Obamacare, while 39% say they are more likely to vote against an Obamacare supporter. Among just Independent voters, the numbers are 18% support, and 35% oppose.
It’s amazing that just a month ago, the media and Democrats were gleefully predicting doom for the GOP in 2014 over the government shutdown. The GOP has enjoyed a double-digit-reversal on the generic congressional ballot, where they now lead by 1 point according to a Rasmussen poll and 3 points by a Fox News poll.
Click “detailed view” to see interactive results by political and demographic groups (i.e. Democrats, ages 18-39).
Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?
Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling the economy?
Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling implementation of the new health care law?
Q: Do you think things in this country (are generally going in the right direction) or do you feel things (have gotten pretty seriously off on the wrong track)?
Q: Please tell me whether the following statement applies to Obama, or not: He is a good manager?
Q: Overall, do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of Barack Obama?
Q: Please tell me whether the following statement applies to Obama, or not: He is a strong leader?
Q: Please tell me whether the following statement applies to Obama, or not: He understands the problems of people like you?
Q: Please tell me whether the following statement applies to Obama, or not: He is honest and trustworthy?
Q: Overall, do you support or oppose the federal law making changes to the health care system?
Q: Please tell me if you support or oppose each part of the health care law that I describe: Requiring companies with 50 or more employees to provide health insurance to their employees or pay a fine?
Q: Please tell me if you support or oppose each part of the health care law that I describe: Requiring nearly all Americans to have health insurance or pay a fine?
Q: Some people received notices recently saying their health insurance policies had to be replaced because they did not meet minimum standards under the new health care law. Obama now says people with those policies can keep them for the next year. Do you think this issue (reflects a normal startup problem with the new system) or (is a sign of mismanagement of the new health care law)?
Q: Barack Obama said in the past that people who have health insurance can keep their policies. That’s not the case for people whose policies don’t meet the law’s minimum coverage standards. Do you think Obama (told the American public what he believed to be true) or (intentionally misled the American public)?
Q: Do you think the federal government can recover from its problems implementing the new health care law and get it working successfully, or do you think these problems are an indication that the law is unworkable?
Q: You may have heard about problems with the federal government website where people who don’t have health insurance are supposed to sign up for it. Do you think these problems are serious enough that the government should delay the requirement that all individuals have health insurance, or should this requirement proceed on schedule?
Q: If a candidate for Congress supports the health care reform law, would that make you more likely to (support), more likely to (oppose) that candidate or wouldn’t it make much difference in your vote?
Q: When there’s a case of alleged sexual assault in the military, do you think the decision whether or not to prosecute should be made (within the usual military chain of command) or should be made (by an independent group of military prosecutors created to consider these cases)?
Q: How confident are you that such an agreement would prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons – very confident, somewhat confident, not so confident or not confident at all?
Q: Thinking now about the situation with Iran, would you support or oppose an agreement in which the United States and other countries would lift some of their economic sanctions against Iran, in exchange for Iran restricting its nuclear program in a way that makes it harder for it to produce nuclear weapons?
Q: Do you think Obama’s views on most issues are too (liberal) for you, too (conservative) for you, or just about right?
Q: In general, do you think the political views of the Republican Party are too conservative, too liberal, or about right?
Q: In general, do you think the political views of the Democratic Party are too conservative, too liberal, or about right?
Q: In general, do you think the political views of the Tea Party political movement are too conservative, too liberal, or about right?
Q: What’s your view of the Tea Party political movement – would you say you support it strongly, support it somewhat, oppose it somewhat or oppose it strongly?
Q: Do you think the Tea Party movement is having too (much) influence, too (little) influence or about the right amount of influence over the Republican Party?
Q: Thinking back – if the 2012 presidential election were being held today instead of just over a year ago, and the candidates were (Barack Obama, the Democrat), and (Mitt Romney, the Republican), for whom would you vote?
Q: As you may know, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in November 1963, 50 years ago this month. Do you feel the Kennedy assassination was the work of one man, or was it part of a broader plot? Do you feel pretty sure about that, or is that just your hunch?
Q: Do you think there was or was not an official cover-up to keep the public from learning the truth about the Kennedy assassination?
Q: Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as a…