NPR Poll: Obamacare More Popular with Americans Than President Obama

A new NPR poll finds that Obamacare is more popular than President Obama and the approval numbers for the landmark healthcare legislation is rising.

NPR Poll: Obamacare More Popular with Americans Than President Obama

NPR Poll: Obamacare More Popular with Americans Than President Obama (Credit: NPR)

Our survey of likely voters, conducted for Morning Edition by Democrat Stan Greenberg of Democracy Corps and Republican Whit Ayres of Resurgent Republic, shows the president’s health care law is still unpopular but it might not be as heavy a millstone for Democrats as expected.

After a horrendous debut in October, the Affordable Care Act ended its enrollment period with more than 7 million people signed up. And our poll shows the law is viewed a little more favorably now. That’s welcome news for the Democratic half of our polling team, Stan Greenberg.

“The conventional wisdom that it’s an unpopular program that hangs around the necks of Democrats is absolutely a misreading of the poll data,” he says. “If you look at this poll for NPR, we asked whether you favor or oppose the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. It comes out 47 percent support and 51 percent oppose, with the intensity on the opposition side.”

In our poll, the number of people who intensely oppose the law is 12 points higher than those who strongly support the law — bad news for Democrats. But, Greenberg points out, 7 percent of likely voters in our poll oppose the law because it doesn’t go far enough — presumably these are Democrats who wanted a single payer Medicare-for-all system. Whit Ayres — the Republican half of our polling team, points to other data that suggests Obamacare will still be a great issue for Republicans this fall.

“First, more people oppose than support Obamacare, as has been the case since it passed. Second, the intensity is on the side of opposition and intensity drives voting behavior,” he says. “Third, independents oppose Obamacare by 21 points in this survey and they hold the balance of power in this election.” Source: NPR

This latest news could work against the Republican Party, with lawmakers hellbent on repealing the legislation, though they have not put forth an alternative. Sen. Ted Cruz engineered a government shutdown last year over defunding Obamacare.

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Majority of Americans Say Republicans Shouldn’t Control House After Government Shutdown

Majority of Americans Say Republicans Shouldn't Control House After Government Shutdown

Majority of Americans Say Republicans Shouldn’t Control House After Government Shutdown

More bad news for GOP:  A new CNN/ORC poll finds that 54% of Americans say it’s a bad thing that the Republican Party controls the House of Representatives, up from 11 points last December. Only 38% of Americans say it’s a good thing that the GOP controls the House, a 13-percent-plunge from the end of last year. Just 12% say they approve of the job Congress is doing.

CNN/ORC:  “This is the first time since the Republicans won back control of the House in the 2010 elections that a majority say their control of the chamber is bad for the country.”

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Poll: 72 Percent of Americans Oppose Government Shutdown to Block Obamacare

Poll: 72 Percent of Americans Oppose Government Shutdown to Block Obamacare

Poll: 72 Percent of Americans Oppose Government Shutdown to Block Obamacare

A new Quinnipiac University poll found that American voters, by 72% to 22% strongly oppose Congress shutdown the federal government to block implementation of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Here’s the breakdown from Quinnipiac:

Voters also oppose 64 – 27 percent blocking an increase in the nation’s debt ceiling as a way to stop Obamacare, the independent Quinnipiac University poll finds.

American voters are divided on Obamacare, with 45 percent in favor and 47 percent opposed, but they are opposed 58 – 34 percent to Congress cutting off funding for the health care law to stop its implementation.

Republicans support the federal government shutdown by a narrow 49 – 44 percent margin, but opposition is 90 – 6 percent among Democrats and 74 – 19 percent among independent voters.

American voters disapprove 74 – 17 percent of the job Republicans in Congress are doing, their lowest score ever, and disapprove 60 – 32 percent of the job Democrats are doing.

“Americans are certainly not in love with Obamacare, but they reject decisively the claim by Congressional Republicans that it is so bad that it’s worth closing down the government to stop it,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

“President Barack Obama enters this standoff over the budget with an edge over Congressional Republicans in the voters’ eyes.”

American voters trust President Obama more than Republicans in Congress on a number of issues:
63 – 26 percent on helping low income families;
51 – 38 percent on helping the middle class;
47 – 38 percent on handling health care;
47 – 42 percent on handling the economy.

Report: 80 Percent of U.S. Adults Struggle with Unemployment, Near-Poverty

Report:  80 Percent of U.S. Adults Struggle with Unemployment, Near-Poverty

Report: 80 Percent of U.S. Adults Struggle with Unemployment, Near-Poverty (

(Huffington Post) — Four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream.

Survey data exclusive to The Associated Press points to an increasingly globalized U.S. economy, the widening gap between rich and poor, and the loss of good-paying manufacturing jobs as reasons for the trend.

The findings come as President Barack Obama tries to renew his administration’s emphasis on the economy, saying in recent speeches that his highest priority is to “rebuild ladders of opportunity” and reverse income inequality.

As nonwhites approach a numerical majority in the U.S., one question is how public programs to lift the disadvantaged should be best focused – on the affirmative action that historically has tried to eliminate the racial barriers seen as the major impediment to economic equality, or simply on improving socioeconomic status for all, regardless of race.

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Obama’s Approval Rating Plunges Fueled by 17-Point Decline Among Voters Under 30

A new CNN/ORC poll finds President Obama’s approval rating plunging eight percentage points over the past month, to 45%, his lowest rating in more than a year and a half. Why? Trust issues, controversies, among other things.

U.S. government surveillance program; the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of tea party and other conservative groups who applied for tax-exempt status; the administration’s handling of last September’s attack in Benghazi that left the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans dead; and the Justice Department’s secret collection of journalists’ phone records as part of a government investigation into classified leaks.

Keating Holland: “The drop in Obama’s support is fueled by a dramatic 17-point decline over the past month among people under 30, who, along with black Americans, had been the most loyal part of the Obama coalition.”

President Obama is starting to look a lot like George W. Bush, isn’t he?

Obama’s Approval Rating at 53% Despite IRS Snooping, AP Wire Tapping & Benghazi ‘Scandals’

After last week’s Republican freak-out over so-called scandals — Benghazi attack cover-up, IRS snooping scandal, AP phone record seizure and Umbrellagate, the last thing they expected was that President Obama’s approval rating would be in positive territory.  I wonder if the Republicans will ever realize the average American is on to their game? Last week was probably one of the toughest weeks of the Obama presidency, but a new CNN poll shows that people are still in his corner:

A new poll shows a majority approving of President Obama’s job performance after a week where his administration faced a tough trio of controversies.

A CNN/ORC poll released Sunday morning shows 53 percent approve of the president, with 45 percent disapproving. Obama held a 51 percent approval in the last CNN poll conducted in early April.

“An approval rating that has not dropped and remains over 50 [percent] will probably be taken as good news by Democrats after the events of the last week,” said CNN polling director Keating Holland, announcing the poll findings.

Seventy-one percent said that the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative political groups seeking tax exempt status for higher scrutiny was unacceptable, with 26 percent finding those actions acceptable.

The IRS actions brought criticism from the White House and both parties. Obama called the actions “outrageous,” and accepted the resignation of Steven Miller, the acting director of the agency, last week.

Lawmakers have begun hearings and Republicans have vowed to discover if officials at the White House knew about the scandal, despite claims from Obama that he didn’t “know anything” until reading news reports of the matter.

The poll, though, finds support for the president, with 61 percent saying that his statements on the scandal have been accurate, with 35 percent disagreeing with his characterization of the IRS actions.

But there is also support for the GOP handling of the IRS matter, with 54 percent saying congressional Republicans are reacting appropriately and 42 percent saying they are overreacting.

Fifty-five percent believe the nation’s tax agency acted on its own, with 37 percent saying they believe the administration ordered the IRS to target Tea Party groups.

But the poll finds less support for the administration’s handling of the Benghazi Consulate attack, with 42 percent satisfied with the White House. Fifty-three percent say they are dissatisfied.

Don’t expect Republicans to suddenly have an epiphany and stop their overreaching. They would rather manufacture scandal after scandal to deflect from confronting the issues we are grappling with as a country. Why? Because they have nothing tangible to solve this country’s problems. I have no doubt they will try to keep these so-called scandals going. But it probably won’t have much effect over time.

Chris Christie Only Republican to Poll Competitively with Hillary Clinton for Election 2016

English: Chris Christie at the 2011 Time 100 gala.

Chris Christie Only Republican to Poll Competitively with Hillary Clinton for Election 2016. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Public Policy Polling is out with a new poll showing  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) trailing Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton by four percentage points in a hypothetical match-up for the 2016 presidential elections. He is the only one of the possible Republican presidential candidates who could be a threat to any presidential aspirations Hillary Clinton may have. From the poll results, it seems that Joe Biden wouldn’t be much of a threat to Christie.

PPP’s monthly look at the 2016 Republican field for President finds essentially a 4 way tie at the top- Marco Rubio has 16%, Jeb Bush and Chris Christie 15% each, and Rand Paul 14%. Paul Ryan at 9%, Ted Cruz at 7%, Rick Santorum at 5%, Bobby Jindal at 3%, and Susana Martinez at 1% round out the potential candidates we tested.


There hasn’t been much movement on the Democratic side either. Hillary Clinton leads with 63% to 13% for Joe Biden, 4% for Andrew Cuomo, 3% for Mark Warner and Elizabeth Warren, 2% for Martin O’Malley, and 1% each for Kirsten Gillibrand, Deval Patrick, and Brian Schweitzer. Clinton led Biden 61-12 when we started polling on this in December. Clinton has at least 58% support with liberals, moderates, men, women, whites, African Americans, Hispanics, young voters, and seniors- in other words every key segment of the Democratic electorate.

[…]Chris Christie continues to be the only potential Republican candidate who polls competitively with Clinton, trailing her just 47/44. Christie has a 40/32 favorability with Democrats, making him the only potential 2016 contender with any crossover appeal. Clinton holds identical 10 point leads at 51/41 over Paul and Rubio.

Clinton is on average about a 10 point stronger general election candidate than Biden would be. He trails Christie 49/40 in a hypothetical match, including 51/29 with independents. And he leads Paul (46/44) and Rubio (46/45) by pretty tight margins.

Would Hispanics and women really break for Hillary Clinton over Chris Christie in 2016? That will be interesting. I believe they would.

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Poll: Most Americans Side with President Obama on Sequester, GOP Losing Big

Once again, the Republican Party shows just how little it can gauge public sentiment with a new Bloomberg National Poll that shows President Obama’s approval rating hitting a three-year high and public approval of the GOP sinking to a three-year low.  It should be noted that the same poll found that a plurality of Americans blame the House Republicans for “what’s wrong in Washington.” You would never know that from how they seem to think they can call the shots in the whole sequestration matter.

Add a new twist to the Bloomberg poll — a new USA Today/Pew Research Center Poll. This latest poll suggests Americans just aren’t buying the load of crap the Republicans are selling.

Americans side with Obama on sequester GOP losing blame game

Most Americans Side with President Obama on Sequester, GOP Losing Blame Game (Steve Benen/Rachel Madow)

Um, GOP leaders believe they can win the public relations fight on the sequester fiasco, but they are wrong, as usual. They seem to have a really hard time understanding public attitudes, as evidenced from the fact they thought Mitt Romney was going to win by a landslide, when nothing was further from the truth. The reality is that the public is going to hold the Republicans responsible for any undermining of the economy, the military and the public’s needs by allowing sequestration to occur. Sen. Mitch McConnell and Speaker John Boehner like to say they speak for the American people, but do they really? I think not. The two latest polls speak loud and clear on that point. The reality is the sooner the GOP realizes it’s in a weak position on the sequester, the quicker we will reach some type of compromise, as President Obama is calling for.

Hispanics’ Approval of President Obama 70%, Up 12 Points Since August

A new Gallup poll finds 70% of Hispanics approve of President Obama’s job performance, slightly down from 75% in December. The January figure represents an increase of 12 percentage points since last August, prior to the Democratic National Convention.

Hispanic approval of Obama

Hispanics’ Approval of President Obama 70%, Up 12 Points Since August (Gallup)

Poll: President Obama’s Popularity Surges to Three-Year High

Obama popularity surges three year high

Poll: President Obama’s Popularity Surges to Three-Year High (Washington Post)

According to a new ABC News-Washington Post poll, President Obama “has advanced to his highest personal popularity since his first year in office, and Americans who’ve formed an opinion of his second inaugural address last week broadly approve of it.”

The poll found 60% of Americans now express a favorable opinion of Obama overall, up 10 points since last summer, in the heat of the presidential race.