In the aftermath of the narrow House passage of the Democrats’ package of bills to overhaul our nation’s health care system, their allies in the blogosphere thought had found nirvana. Soon, they were convinced the American people, as long they had predicted, would fall into line, agreeing how wonderful, life-changing and life-affirming was this legislation.
Barely twenty-four hours later, they found an oddly worded poll which confirmed their very presentiments: A Gallup/USA TODAY poll found that 49% of Americans deemed “Congress’ passage of a healthcare reform bill last weekend . . . ‘a good thing.’” Wonder how many of those thought passage of real reforms was a good thing. Or thought it a good thing that the president would stop bloviating on health care.
While even opponents of the legislation expected to see an uptick in the bill’s support after its passage, given how people like to rally around a winner, few expected such a dramatic turnaround. And to the consternation of one of my critics, I called the poll an outlier. Surely, he said, he just might be right and the polls would shift toward Obamacare now that it’s passed and, as Nancy Pelosi might put it, we can find out what’s in it.
Well, in the past 12 hours alone, I have seen three polls, one a survey which skews left, another which supposedly skews right and one that’s, well, just right (as Goldilocks might say). And guess what, fellas? They all show the same thing. No, not that people are pleased with the passage of this bill; they still don’t like it, not one little bit.
They do not like it now that it’s passed. They do not like it and pray it won’t last.
While Quinnipiac found that fewer Americans disapproved than before its passage, they found that only 40% approved of the bill (versus 49% who disapproved): “By a 33 – 27 percent margin, voters are more likely to vote for House members who voted against the health care bill“.
“The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey, conducted on the first two nights after the president signed the bill, shows that 55% favor repealing the legislation. Forty-two percent (42%) oppose repeal.” (Via Instapundit.) 42%? Now, where did I see that number before? Oh yes, that’s right–in the CBS poll, you know, the one that skews left: “While 37 percent approved of it before the vote, 42 percent approved afterward.” An improvement, but still not a majority, not even a plurality because 46% now disapprove.
Guess I was right to call the USA Today poll an outlier. Three polls, taken after the vote, show approval for Obamacare at about 40%, about the same percentage of the vote Walter Mondale took in his successful 1984 bid to prevent Ronald Reagan from winning all 50 states.