Obamacare Opposition at Near Record Highs as Crucial Election Approaches

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 29, 2014   |   9:41AM   |   Washington, DC

When Democrats in Congress approved Obamacare, over pro-life objections because of abortion funding and rationing concerns, they should have known the massive government takeover of health care would draw strong opposition from Americans.

The opposition to Obamacare has always been high and, as the midterm Congressional election approaches, a new pol shows near record high opposition to the health care scheme.

pichealth33“Dislike of the new national health care law is at its highest level in several months, with half or more of voters continuing to question its impact on the quality and cost of care,” Rasmussen Reports says of its new national survey.

“The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 39% of Likely U.S. Voters share a favorable opinion of Obamacare for the second month in a row, a low for the year to date. Fifty-seven percent (57%) have an unfavorable view of the law, up three points from 54% last month and just short of April’s high of 58%. The latest findings include 17% with a Very Favorable view of the law and 41% with a Very Unfavorable one,” it says.

Most voters have had an unfavorable opinion of the law in weekly surveys since the beginning of last year. Favorables have ranged from 36% to 45% during that period, while unfavorables have run as high as 58%.

From the survey:

Voters have long cited cost as their number one health care concern, and 59% think the cost of health care will go up under the new law. Just 19% expect costs to go down, while 15% believe they will remain about the same. This is comparable with findings since the troubled rollout of the health care law last October. Belief that costs will rise peaked at 61% in November.

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Twenty-one percent (21%) still feel that the quality of care will get better under the new law, while 50% predict it will get worse. This is in line with the more pessimistic assessments voters have had since October. Twenty-three percent (23%) expect the quality of care to remain about the same.

Just 31% of voters rate the current health care system as good or excellent, but 79% describe the overall quality of care they now receive as good or excellent.

Voters still expect Republicans to repeal Obamacare if they take control of Congress in November, but they’re slightly more sympathetic now to a piece-by-piece approach to changing the law rather than a total overhaul.

Seventy-three percent (73%) of voters think the health care law is likely to cost more than the official estimates, with 56% who say it is Very Likely to do so. Only 16% say the law is not very or Not At All Likely to cost more than its supporters have predicted. These attitudes have changed little over the past year and a half.

Also little changed are the 51% who believe the health care law is likely to increase the deficit and the 18% who think it will reduce the deficit instead. Another 18% say it will have no impact.

Seventy-three percent (73%) of blacks have a favorable opinion of Obamacare. Sixty-one percent (61%) of whites and 57% of other minority voters view the law unfavorably.

Democrats remain strong supporters of the law. Republicans and voters not affiliated with either major party oppose it just as strongly.

Men and those 40 and over believe more strongly than women and younger voters that the quality of health care will suffer under the new law. But most voters in all these groups agree that the law will force up the cost of health care.

Voters who earn $50,000 or less a year are the most convinced that the cost of health care will go up as a result of the law.

Sixty percent (60%) of voters with a Very Favorable opinion of the law think it will cause health care costs to go down. Ninety-five percent (95%) of those with a Very Unfavorable view of the law expect it to increase health care costs instead.