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Issues that unite: the repeal of ObamaCare

In another “temperature of the electorate” poll, USA Today/Gallup have a swing state poll out that points to an issue that remains an advantage for Republicans: the repeal of ObamaCare.

The poll sampled the opinions of 1,137 likely voters in 12 swing states, states critical to a win in the upcoming election.  The subject was ObamaCare:

In a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll of the nation’s dozen top battleground states, a clear majority of registered voters call the bill’s passage "a bad thing" and support its repeal if a Republican wins the White House in November. Two years after he signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act— and as the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments about its constitutionality next month — the president has failed to convince most Americans that it was the right thing to do.

You sort of have to root through the story to get an idea of the depth of the swing state voter’s resistance to the law, but it is significant:

Voters in swing states stand overwhelmingly on one side of the debate: Three of four voters, including a majority of Democrats and of liberals, say the law is unconstitutional.

So about 75% in those states find it to be a major issue in which they side with the GOP.  undo_obamacare

Many try to paint this result as one of poor messaging on the part of the Obama Administration and Democrats.  Of course that’s a favorite fallback position – its not the message, it’s how it has been delivered.

In fact, it is the message.  The message is “we can mandate whatever we wish and your only choice is to do what you’re told to do.”

Americans, in general, naturally resist such a power grab.  And that’s what you see in this poll. 

Opposition to the law is eroding Obama’s support among the middle-of-the-road voters both nominees will court this fall. Among independents, 35% say the law makes them less likely to support Obama, more than double the 16% who say it makes them more likely.

The intensity of feeling among potential swing voters also favors opponents. Among independents who lean to the GOP, 54% say they are much less likely to support Obama as a result. Among independents who lean to the Democrats, 18% say they are much more likely to support him.

As we’ve noted any number of times, such as last night’s podcast,  it is the “middle of the road” or “independents” are the key to victory.  And they find the law very objectionable.  It is also an issue likely to motivate these voters (see note about the “intensity of feeling”).

As we noted in last nights podcast, while the GOP is seen to be thrashing about right now, once a nominee is settled upon and the focus turns on Obama and his record, it is issues like this that the GOP must use to defeat him.  It resonates (here’s a recent national poll on the subject).  If they let the Democrats or the media set the agenda and deflect or redirect the debate to issues of no real importance in this election, but issues which are likely to hurt them among moderate voters, then they stand a chance to lose.  If they allow that to happen, shame on them.

Obama finally has a record, and it is not a good one.  ObamaCare and its repeal should be front and center of any issue oriented GOP campaign.  It is a winner for them.

~McQ

Twitter: @McQandO

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23 Responses to Issues that unite: the repeal of ObamaCare

  • As we “learn what’s in it”, it just keeps getting worse and uglier.

    That could be said of both Obama’s presidency and ObamaCare.

  • Except how do we square that with Romney as the nominee?

    • @The Shark
      That’s the uncomfortable million dollar question. And one that McQ will avoid like the plague.

      • @PogueMahone Why avoid it? It is a prime reason Romney is so weakly supported. A fact you appear to avoid like the plague.

        • @Ragspierre “A fact you appear to avoid like the plague.”

          Really? How do I “appear” to avoid it like the plague? Hell, I think it’s funny as sh!t that the presumtive GOP nominee is hated by most corners of the Republican base.

      • @PogueMahone All Romney has to say is ‘it was a mistake and unlike Obama I learn from my mistakes.’

    • @The Shark – Check out the results in the article. That question is answered.

      • @McQandO Yeah… You’ve got that all figured out. Right.

        • @PogueMahone What figured out Pogue? What am I conspiring about this time? I assume you think I’m favoring Romney. Sorry, no go on that one. Try NOTA. I’m making the point that the ObamaCare thing is a winner in the swing states no matter who the nominee is – even Romney.

    • @The Shark Romney is unelectable even without the Romneycare shadow on him. Romneycare is the reason that he should never have gotten this far in the primary process and the contest should be between Cain, Perry, Santorum and Gingrich.

  • If Romney gets the nomination then any comments on Obamacare will be about how Romney signed a mandate into law when he was governor.
    If Standorum gets the nomination then any comments on Obamacare will be about how it is a Christian idea to help the poor.
    The last thing Obamacare will be as an issue is how bad it is. The MSM will see to that.

  • The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 24% of Likely U.S. Voters favor applying affirmative action policies to college admissions. Fifty-five percent (55%) oppose the use of such policies to determine who is admitted to colleges and universities. Twenty-one percent (21%) are undecided.–Rasmussen
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    ANOTHER winning theme for Conservatives.

  • Deemocrat messaging genius Ditzy Wasser-Name Schultz…

    http://news.investors.com/article/602313/201202241858/want-obamacare-repealed-than-ever.htm

    “People in those polls are teh stupid…”

  • Obamacare has already done severe damage, much of it on its own behalf, that is, the more it distorts prices in the medical industry, just by its anticipation plus the uncertainty it cause, it destroys the existing competitiveness of private health insurance and creates a greater need for itself and for its intended successor, a single-payer and directly nationalized health care system. Obama will run on the pleading, “let’s not go back, let’s not give up the ground we’ve finally gained after all these decades. We can fix anything that’s wrong with our health care plan. Don’t let the Republicans destroy it.” Etc. He’s so predictable at this point you could almost write the history of this campaign before it starts.

  • Obamacare has already done severe damage, much of it on its own behalf, that is, the more it distorts prices in the medical industry, just by its anticipation plus the uncertainty it causes, it destroys the existing competitiveness of private health insurance and creates a greater need for itself and for its intended successor, a single-payer and directly nationalized health care system. Obama will run on the pleading, “let’s not go back, let’s not give up the ground we’ve finally gained after all these decades. We can fix anything that’s wrong with our health care plan. Don’t let the Republicans destroy it.” Etc. He’s so predictable at this point you could almost write the history of this campaign before it

  • Obamacare has already done severe damage, much of it on its own behalf, that is, the more it distorts prices in the medical industry, just by its anticipation plus the uncertainty it causes, it destroys the existing competitiveness of private health insurance and creates a greater need for itself and for its intended successor, a single-payer and directly nationalized health care system. Obama will run on the pleading, “let’s not go back, let’s not give up the ground we’ve finally gained after all these decades. We can fix anything that’s wrong with our health care plan. Don’t let the Republicans destroy it.” Etc. He’s so predictable at this point you could almost write the history of this campaign before it begins.

    • @martinmcphillips ObamaCare has also already impacted medical innovation negatively, along with crippling domestic medical device makers with its new tax imposition, and pushing some out of the US.

      The litany of crap they said could not POSSIBLY be true coming to fruition is too long to name, including and especially the costs.

  • Perhaps the Obamas would feel better if they invested in a good chabuk and practiced flagellation on themselves instead of doing it to our entire country.

    • @Neo_ That sort of thing is for the little people Neo. Big Ears has always been good at telling people what to do, not so good at doing it himself. Remember most of his speeches have been merely telling and are seldom followed with any doing.

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