More Obamacare Polling

by Ramesh Ponnuru

A new Reason-Rupe poll contains tons of good news for Obamacare opponents. Fifty percent of respondents have an unfavorable impression of the law, compared to 32 percent with a favorable impression. (The number of people with a “strongly” unfavorable impression matches the total number of people with any kind of favorable impression.) Like almost every other poll on the subject, this one found opposition to the mandate and strong support for the view that it is unconstitutional. Support for the law’s regulations concerning pre-existing conditions is soft: While a small majority supports them, that support vanishes if the regulations involve costs such as higher premiums. The concept of revamping Medicare along the lines of the Paul Ryan plan gets majority support. And voters trust their employers and their insurance companies more than their government.

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