Obama Hammer


Even after all the media excitement over the passage of Castro Care, and a week of an intensive sales pitch by President Obama, the country is still not impressed with his health reform plan. Here’s what the Washington Post poll, released over the weekend, has to say.

Overall, 46 percent of those polled said they support the changes in the new law; 50 percent oppose them. That is virtually identical to the pre-vote split on the proposals and similar to the divide that has existed since last summer, when the country became sharply polarized over the president’s most ambitious domestic initiative.

Is that because the American people understand that Obamacare and the U.S. Constitution are contradictory concepts?

I fully expected the President to get a bump in the polls after the bill’s passage – the victory lap would  normally have delivered him that, at least. But whatever bump he’s receiving is marginal, and not likely to last with emotions running so much more highly against the bill.

In the days since President Obama signed the farthest-reaching piece of social welfare legislation in four decades, overall public opinion has changed little, with continuing broad public skepticism about the effects of the new law and more than a quarter of Americans seeing neither side as making a good-faith effort to cooperate on the issue.

The Rasmussen poll released today confirms an intransigence on the part of likely voters.

Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports, notes that “the overriding tone of the data is that passage of the legislation has not changed anything. Those who opposed the bill before it passed now want to repeal it. Those who supported the legislation oppose repealing it.”

The numbers nearly identical this week to last.

One week after the House of Representatives passed the health care plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats, 54% of the nation’s likely voters still favor repealing the new law. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 42% oppose repeal.

The encouragement is also thin from Gallup.

The president, whose Gallup approval rating dipped to a record low of 46 percent just 11 days ago, enjoyed a slight improvement in his public standing after health care reform passed, with his numbers climbing up to 51 percent – before falling down to 46 percent again.

There are also some positives in the Post poll.

A Washington Post poll out Monday showed approval of the president’s handling of health care rose from 43 percent in February to 48 percent. The segment that believes Obama brought needed change to Washington went from 50 percent in January to 54 percent. The survey of 1,000 adults was conducted March 23-26 and has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

Obama’s good news from last week is a sense of relief that after a year of hitting himself, and his party, over the head with a hammer, the self-destruction has been stopped by a victory rather than a defeat. Democrats still have broken skulls.

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