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Quinnipiac: Obamacare Support Still Near Lowest Numbers


Some really interesting numbers from Quinnipiac this morning:

American voters say 54 – 43 percent that the economy is beginning to recover and more voters give President Barack Obama credit for the upturn, but by 48 – 43 percent they want Congress to repeal his health care overhaul, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

The country is in recession, 73 percent of voters say, although that number is down from 79 percent in a July 22 survey by the independent Quinnipiac University.  Voters think 46 – 28 percent that President Obama’s policies will help rather than hurt the economy.

But voters say 32 – 29 percent that Obama’s policies will hurt rather than help their personal financial situation, while 36 percent say these policies won’t make a difference.

Interesting split there. I wonder how many voters think he’s taking money out of their pockets, but that the overall effect will be beneficial.

The recession number, three years after its official start, is terrible, of course.

American voters say 51 – 41 percent that the U.S. should not be involved in Afghanistan, the lowest level of support for this war since Obama became president.

The key to the public support for repealing the new health care law is among independent voters who want it taken off the books 54 – 37 percent.  Republicans agree 83 – 12 percent, while Democrats support the health care reform 76 – 16 percent.  Men want it repealed 53 – 40 percent, while women are split with 46 percent in favor of health care reform and 44 percent for repeal.  White voters support repeal 56 – 37 percent, while black voters say let the law stand 75 – 15 percent and Hispanics want to keep the law 51 – 28 percent.

“The Republicans pushing repeal of the health care law have more American people on their side.  They may not have the votes in the Senate, but they have many on Main Street,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “While President Obama’s poll rating has improved in recent weeks, the coalition against his health care plan remains and is quite similar to the one that existed when his numbers were at their nadir.”

Tags: Economy , Obamacare , Polling


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