How Badly Is Obamacare Hurting the President in the Polls?
A new Washingon Post/ABC News poll has been released, and it doesn’t bode well for President Barack Obama’s popularity, with a majority of respondents shown to disapprove of the way that the president is doing his job — 55 percent compared to a 42 percent approval. When asked about his economic policy and leadership, 57 percent disapproved of how he has handled the economy, and 41 percent approved.
Without question, one of the major items bringing him down is healthcare — particularly the implementation of the cornerstone provision of the Affordable Care Act, the federal website, and the disaster of terminated insurance policies — leaving 63 percent disapproving of his “handling implementation of the new healthcare law,” and only 33 percent approving, according to the Washingon Post/ABC News poll. As per the Washington Post, this is up from a 53 percent disapproval last week.
The increase in negativity comes in the wake of low enrollment numbers due to website difficulty at Healthcare.gov, as well as a speech from the President offering solutions to some of the bigger problems with the healthcare legislation — and apologizing for mistakes made. “I think it’s fair to say that the rollout has been rough so far,” said the president, according to a press release.
“Yesterday, the White House announced that in the first month, more than 100,000 Americans successfully enrolled in new insurance plans. Is that as high a number as we’d like? Absolutely not,” he said. “But it does mean that people want affordable healthcare.” The president is insistent that they can, and will, fix the problems presently plaguing the Affordable Care Act. Based on the recent poll though, Americans are riding right on the edge of believing that.
When asked whether the federal government “can recover from its problems implementing the new healthcare law and get it working successfully,” or whether the law is “unworkable,” those polled were split down the middle, with 49 percent saying the government can recover, and 49 percent saying the law is unworkable.
Obama has also faced accusations that he was less than honest when he promised Americans that they could retain their old policies — only for some to find themselves being booted form their insurance. When asked whether they believed Obama was intentionally misleading the public, or had simply told Americans what he believed to be the case, only 44 percent though he was intentionally being dishonest, with 52 percent giving the president the benefit of the doubt.
As for the rest working in Washington, supporting the new healthcare act isn’t exactly a boon to popularity, much as the president’s ratings have shown us — with the poll revealing that 37 percent would oppose those running as a candidate for Congress if they supported the healthcare reform law. Twenty-one percent would be more likely to support such candidates, and 40 percent said it wouldn’t matter.
According to the Washington Post, Obama’s exceptionally low polling is a result of independents and self-identified moderates jumping the Barack boat, with the healthcare debut resulting in increased disapproval of 14 percent from independents and moderates from October onward.
The poll also revealed some negative sentiment on the Tea Party, with 43 percent saying they believed the Tea Party has too much influence on the Republican Party, though 21 percent believed the GOP was influenced too little, and 25 percent believed the Tea Party had just the right amount of influence.
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