Yet Another Poll Shows Americans Want Obamacare to Go Away
This time it’s Gallup/USA Today:
While the majority of Americans appear to have made up their minds on healthcare reform, 39% say their support for a final healthcare bill will depend on how the details still being worked out in Congress are resolved.
In a follow-up question, Gallup pressed Americans who say their support for a healthcare reform bill “depends” to predict what their position is likely to be once the details of the bill are worked out. Slightly more believe those decisions will cause them to support the final bill than to oppose it. When these “leaned” views are added into the equation, Americans overall appear closely split in their support of healthcare reform. Just under half — 49% — are opposed to the final bill or think they will be opposed to it; 44% support it or lean that way.
By 58% to 38%, Americans would generally prefer to see Congress deal with healthcare reform “on a gradual basis over several years” rather than “try to pass a comprehensive healthcare reform plan this year.”
Yes, the majority of the “undecideds” polled by Gallup want a public option (and to tax the rich, penalize “Cadillac” insurance coverage, and so forth–although not cut Medicare payments!).
But not enough of them to disguise the fact that: a) support for Obamacare, period, still lags behind opposition; and b) 58 percent of Americans want Obamacare to go away this year and for Congress to spend more time thinking more carefully about healthcare-reform ideas that might actually work.