Human Exceptionalism

Obamacare: More Proof That Supporters Have Lost the Political Debate

Date Favor Oppose
Nov 21-22 38% 56%
Nov 13-14 47% 49%
Nov 7-8 45% 52%
Oct 30-31 42% 54%
Oct 24-25 45% 51%
Oct 16-17 42% 54%
Oct 10-11 44% 50%
Oct 2-3 46% 50%
Sep 24-25 41% 56%
Sep 16-17 43% 56%
Sep 15-16 44% 53%
Sep 14-15 42% 55%
Sep 13-14 45% 52%
Sep 12-13 51% 46%
Sep 11-12 48% 48%
Sep 10-11 47% 49%
Sep 9-10 46% 51%
Sept 8-9 44% 53%
Aug 25-26 43% 53%
Aug 9-10 42% 53%
Jul 26-27 47% 49%
Jul 20-21 44% 53%
Jul 10-11 46% 49%
Jun 27-28 50% 45%

Obamacare supporters have clearly lost the political debate–as demonstrated by the constant erosion of support reflected in the Rasmussen Poll reproduced above.  I have always thought that support would have to get into the low thirties to stop this turkey. And we are almost there. Indeed, in the most recent survey, just 38% of those surveyed support the program.  From the poll:

Just 38% of voters now favor the health care plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats. That’s the lowest level of support measured for the plan in nearly two dozen tracking polls conducted since June. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 56% now oppose the plan.

That’s quite a plunge from the early days when 50% supported.  People–me included–want our system to be reformed. But Hillarycare II was not the way to unite the country behind hope and change.

Not only are the numbers against Obamacare, so is the intensity of opposition versus support:

Intensity remains stronger among those who oppose the push to change the nation’s health care system: 21%  Strongly Favor the plan while 43% are Strongly Opposed.

None of this means it won’t pass, of course.  Congressional leaders are ruthless in their determination to get this done–if only to prevent a collapse of support among their base.  But it could mean that what does pass will be less damaging than the current versions–and/or that the political ramifications of forcing this down the collective throat could dramatically change the current political paradigm.

Wesley J. Smith — Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism.

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