Public Rejects Obamacare

New York Times downplays findings

• June 8, 2012 9:40 am


National Journal reports on a CBS News/New York Times poll that does not bode well for supporters of President Obama’s controversial healthcare overhaul.

A new poll released on Thursday found that 41 percent of Americans want the Supreme Court to overturn the entire health care law passed in 2010, while another 27 percent want the court to throw out the part of the law that requires most people to buy coverage.

The poll, conducted by the New York Times and CBS News, reveals that more respondents disapprove of the law than approve, 48 percent to 34 percent. That marks only a one-percentage-point uptick in those who disapprove of the law since the last poll was conducted, in mid-April, but a five-percentage-point drop in those who approve.

The percentage of people saying they want the court to throw out the entire law rose four points, from 37 percent to 41 percent, since the last CBS News/New York Times poll was conducted. About a quarter in the new poll—24 percent—said they want the whole law upheld.

The Times evidently did not consider such dramatic opposition to the president’s signature legislative achievement to be worthy of a headline, and buried the results in the fifth paragraph of its A1 story on the poll, under the header: "Approval Rating for Justices Hits Just 44% in New Poll."