Poll: Bad News for Obama

• July 12, 2012 10:04 am


A plurality of Americans stand with Congress in wanting Obamacare repealed, and the issue will weigh heavily on their minds when they step into the voting booth in November.

The majority of voters have ignored Obama’s campaign repeated claims that Obamacare is not a tax, as the Supreme Court ruled in upholding the law. Despite a win in the courts, the law is more likely to hurt the president’s reelection chances, especially among independent voters, rather than provide him a boost, according to the Quinnipiac University poll.

 The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a tax hike, American voters say 55 – 36 percent, but in a mixed message, voters agree 48 – 45 percent with the U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the law, while they say 49 – 43 percent that the U.S. Congress should repeal it, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.

A total of 55 percent of American voters say a presidential candidate's position on health care is "extremely important" or "very important" to their vote in November, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. While 59 percent say the Supreme Court decision will not affect their vote, 27 percent say it will make them less likely to vote for President Barack Obama, while 12 percent say more likely. Independent voters say less likely 27 – 9 percent. …

"President Barack Obama has worked mightily to avoid the ‘T' word, but most American voters say the ACA is in effect a tax hike," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "The big question is whether the Republicans can sell the idea to voters that the president's Affordable Care Act breaks his promise not to raise taxes on those who make less than $250,000. That's why what voters believe on this issue matters."

The poll also provided other good news for Republicans. The poll found that a majority of voters have heard about the Fast and Furious gun-running scandal, and most approve of holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt. More than 60 percent also want an "Arizona-type immigration law for their state," though they also support Obama’s decision to end deportations for young illegal immigrants.