Democrats up for re-election in 2014 are trying their best to pretend that Obamacare never happened as the party leadership continues to urge them to embrace the healthcare law. But the results of a new survey out from Pew Research makes clear that running on—not away from—Obamacare could bring about big losses for politicians on the left.
As the President’s healthcare overhaul nears its four-year anniversary, Pew reports that opposition to Obamacare, at 53 percent, remains near an all-time high. Meanwhile, 41 percent of Americans say they approve of the law.
For Democrats, perhaps the most troubling finding in the latest Pew numbers is that Obamacare approval remains virtually unchanged from six months ago when the rollout of the President’s plan was producing daily headlines about major policy and technical issues.
Republicans who have offered plans to re-work Obamacare with conservative addendums, rather than scrapping the law altogether, get some good news in the report. Forty-percent of Republicans, 17 percent of Democrats and 36 percent of independents who disapprove of Obamacare said that they would like politicians to find a way to fix it rather than making it fail.
But, Pew notes, the Nation’s most conservative voters are still firmly opposed to Obamacare, “Nearly all Republicans and Republican leaners who agree with the Tea Party disapprove of the law (97%) and 60% want elected officials to try to make it fail. A large majority of non-Tea Party Republicans (81%) also oppose the law, but just 25% want politicians to try to make it fail.”
The full Pew results can be viewed here.