Head-Scratching Polls: Obamacare, Big Government, and Obama

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The polls really do leave me scratching my head. Obama’s approval ratings (Rasmussen poll) are holding surprisingly steady despite harsh negatives for Obamacare (Gallup poll) and big government (Gallup poll).

How on Earth…? President Barack Obama is a huge proponent of huge government. Obamacare (aka the falsely named Affordable Care Act) is his signature legislation. How can Americans responding to the pollsters separate the man from the rest of it?

Regardless of how it’s happening, it is happening.

Pundits on Fox News (which is the only news channel I watch with any regularity) frequently refer to Obama as “plummeting” in the polls. I have no idea where they get that, except to say that it’s certainly not from Rasmussen. According to the daily Presidential approval poll Rasmussen puts out, Obama’s not even at his lowest poll rating right now, not even after the disastrous Obamacare rollout of the past couple of months.

Website, schmebsite. Democratic legislators up for reelection may find themselves hard pressed to overcome the Obamacare albatross, but Barack himself is hanging right in there. Yes, he’s in negative numbers–53% of people polled disapprove of his performance in office as of today (December 23, 2013), but he was worse off during the Ides of March in 2011.

Take a look.

Screen shot of Rasmussen's Presidential Approval Tracking Poll, showing Obama's disapproval rating at 53% on December 23, 2013.

Screen shot of Rasmussen’s Presidential Approval Tracking Poll, showing Obama’s disapproval rating at 53% on December 23, 2013.

A screen shot of Rasmussen's Presidential Approval Tracking Poll from 2011, showing Obama's disapproval rating at 57% on March 15 of that year, 4% worse than it is today.

A screen shot of Rasmussen’s Presidential Approval Tracking Poll from 2011, showing Obama’s disapproval rating at 57% on March 15 of that year, 4% worse than it is today.

With these numbers showing the President’s ability to keep from bottoming out in the polls beyond a certain point, where are the newscasters coming up with words like “plunging” and “plummeting”?

I don’t know, but it looks suspiciously like they’re following Obama’s own pattern and simply making it up because that’s what they’d like to see.

Yeah, me too. I’d love to see the Socialist in the White House so buried in the polls that the rest of his time in office amounted to Lame Duck Dynasty. That way, he couldn’t do any more damage to what’s left of our Constitutional Republic. But folks, it’s not happening.

Not yet, anyway. As Obamacare moves into the New Year and countless people in need find themselves without insurance when they thought they were covered, it’s possible that even the Good Ship Obamapop will spring a leak and sink. Maybe.

But not yet. The poll numbers that apply specifically to the man in the Oval Office simply do not support the fantasy.

Obamacare, in stark contrast, definitely has hit a new low in the polls. Gallup’s been running a poll that asks the question,

As you may know, a bill that makes major changes to the country’s health care system became law in 2010. Based on what you have read or heard about that legislation, do you generally favor or generally oppose it?

In late March of 2012, 50% stood in opposition to the Affordable Care Act and 7% had no opinion, with 43% favoring the law. In mid-December of 2013, those numbers had shifted noticeably; 62% opposed the ACA, 35% were in favor, and just 3% had no opinion.

The more the law is implemented (so far, anyway), the greater the opposition to its draconian provisions and/or incompetent implementation.

Never a popular law, Obamacare has been garnering greater opposition with every step it's taken.

Never a popular law, Obamacare has been garnering greater opposition with every step it’s taken.

And now: The threat of big government. Americans have always seen big government as the greatest threat to our nation’s future, but the size of the majority…well, on December 18, 2013, 72% of the people polled believed so, and that’s a new record.

There are two major dips in the generally upward trend of that distrust, and the reasons for both are obvious. The biggest drop shows in 2002, shortly after we were attacked on 9/11/2001. At that time, Americans rallied around our government and as a whole said, “Yeah, let’s go kick some Al-Qaeda tail.” Then another drop in distrust hit in early 2009, when the brand new President Obama was riding his message of Hope and Change but We the People (as a whole) had not really figured out what it was he hoped to change.

In December of 2013, a Gallup poll showed 72% of respondents ranked big government as the greatest threat to our nation's future.

In December of 2013, a Gallup poll showed 72% of respondents ranked big government as the greatest threat to our nation’s future.

In summary, there are two signs of encouragement and one of puzzlement, to wit:

    Encouragement #1: As implementation of the Affordable Care Act progresses, more people seem to be understanding the thoroughly rotten nature of the legislation.

    Encouragement #2: Along with the Obamacare disillusionment comes increased distrust of big government.

    Puzzlement #1: Despite this, and despite what we hear on the news, President Obama is not truly sinking in the polls. It’s like he has a concrete pad right there under the quicksand, holding him up at a certain level.

Insert: Jay Leno just mentioned a quote by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who’s now signed up for Obamacare. The coverage is costing him $4500 more per year than he was paying before.

Jay also mentioned that in all fairness, we should note that Reid’s new Obamacare policy does cover his preexisting condition…rigor mortis.

So far, we have (a) Harry Reid paying $4500 more, (b) Speaker of the House John Boehner’s Obamacare coverage costing him twice what he’d been paying, (c) Vice President Joe Biden’s policy tripling his premiums, and (d) President Obama saying he will sign up, but so far not doing it.

“Do as I say, not as I do!” Yep, that’s the man’s motto.

What will 2014 bring? We can only wait and watch. At the very least, it will be interesting to see if Barack Obama can continue to survive as the Incredible Floating President.

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4 thoughts on “Head-Scratching Polls: Obamacare, Big Government, and Obama

  1. You evidently missed that Obama had a staffer sign him up on Saturday. They still do not know if it went through, or what it will cost him extra. It took nine hours to get him signed up. Of course, as Dennis pointed out, he has a private Dr. that travels with him at all times and the best coverage that the military can provide, for life. He also just signed up for a Bronze plan, and did not sign his family up. He is not taking this seriously, because it does not affect him or his family. Unfortunately, it effects the rest of this country quite a bit.

  2. ROFLMAO! Yes, I did miss that. Nine hours…no big, I guess, if you’ve got a staffer getting paid a quarter mil a year to sit around and do stuff like that.

    I’d bet he took the Bronze plan so that he can (he hopes) go on TV and say, “Hey, MY Obamacare signup didn’t cost all that much.” You know, leaving out the parts about Bronze and no family coverage and that sort of thing.

    Of course, he’s not taking this seriously–except in the political sense. And yes, I did miss the Saturday signup. Wanna bet they did it on a weekend for just that purpose, so most folks wouldn’t be paying too much attention at the media outlets?

    And yes, it most certainly does affect the rest of this country quite a bit.

  3. Nor do we. Naturally, we’ll be keeping close tabs on how things go in 2014. It should be interesting, one way or the other.

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