And once again – here’s a surprise – they’re Democrats.
According to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll, opinions of the Affordable Care Act, generically referred to as “health reform” or more tellingly as “Obamacare,” can be influenced by what it’s called.
The massive law foisted on the country in 2010 by a fleeting majority of Democrats in both houses of Congress and a committed ideologue in the White House is still disliked by more people in general, but the numbers change depending on which term is used in the question.
Overall, the law called “health reform” gets a 43-35 percent disapproval rating. When it’s called “Obamacare,” 47 percent don’t like it, versus 42 percent who do.
Among Republicans, calling the law “health reform” draws a 76 percent disapproval rating. When the question inserts President Obama’s name by calling the law “Obamacare,” it raises a lot of hackles – the disapproval rate goes to 85 percent.
More troubling for the law’s backers as it heads toward full implementation this year and its sure place as an issue in the 2014 mid-terms, Independents still disapprove of the law by a 43-32 percent margin when it’s called “health reform.” When it’s called “Obamacare,” that disapproval rate rises to 52 percent, versus 33 percent.
But here’s the thing.
Among Democrats, “health reform” gets an approval rating of 58 percent to 17 percent, with 25 percent saying they don’t know. But when the question calls it “Obamacare,” the approval rate rises 15 points, to 73 percent, with the “don’t-knows” dropping a corresponding 15 to 10 percent.
So, the biggest change in the country’s social framework get passed by a Democratic Congress and a Democratic Senate and signed by the Democratic president who championed it. It’s been a major issue in every federal campaign for three years, including the presidential election, and it’s due to be rolled out in full in three months.
And 15 percent percent of Democrats polled act like they’ve never heard of the thing until you attach Obama’s name to it?
Maybe they think it comes with a phone.
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