Majority of Democrats want Obamacare implementation delayed, new poll finds

Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, December 19, 2013

Even a majority of Democrats believe that the implementation of the Affordable Care Act should be delayed by a year, according to a new Fox News poll released Thursday.

The poll found that 54 percent of Democratic voters in the United States would support the one-year implementation, while 41 percent of voters believe it should go into law come January 1. Overall, 67 percent of voters believe the law’s implementation should be delayed, with 28 percent of voters opposing the delay.

Not many people seem to be convinced that the Affordable Care Act will succeed at this point, either, with 60 percent of Americans doubt that enough people will sign up by next week for the program to be successful.

Voters are particularly troubled as well by the number of now-broken promises about Obamacare that the president and Congressional Democrats told them over the past few years. The survey found that one in three voters believe it’s more troubling that Americans were told they could keep their healthcare plans when they can’t, while 15 percent think it’s worse that the administration told people they could keep their doctor. The rest of the respondents were largely divided between finding the broken promises either equally troubling or not troubling at all.

The poll also found that 54 percent of Americans wish the Affordable Care Act was never passed in 2010, including 52 percent of self-identified independent voters and 55 percent of voters under the age of 35. Moreover, 53 percent of Americans – including 58 percent of independents and 54 percent of young voters – would vote to repeal the law if given the opportunity.

The American voters aren’t very convinced, however, that the law will be changed at the end of the day. Just 40 percent of voters overall believe the law will be repealed or defunded, while 54 percent believe it will remain the law of the land.

Fox News conducted a telephone study of 1,027 registered voters nationwide from December 14-16, 2013. The margin of error for the study is +/- 3 percentage points at a 95 percent level of confidence. 

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