Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, December 20, 2013
Americans are sick and tired of hearing “Obamacare” according to a new Marist University poll, ranking it as the word Americans want to hear least in the new year.
The poll, which was released Friday, found that four in ten Americans would be content without having to ever come across the nickname for President Obama’s Affordable Care Act ever again.
Unsurprisingly, Republicans are even more vehement about their disgust for the word, with 59 percent of them wishing they wouldn’t have to hear the word “Obamacare” come January. Just one in four Democrats are tired, however, of hearing about the new law.
“Shutdown” – in reference to the government closure back in October – was the second-most dreaded word, with 30 percent of Americans selecting it as their top choice. Rounding out the top five were “Gridlock” (11 percent), “Fiscal Cliff” (10 percent), and “Sequestration” (4 percent).
The poll was part of Marist’s annual “Most Annoying Phrase” study, and for the fifth straight year “Whatever” took home the award with 38 percent of the vote. The nonchalant phrase is particularly annoying to Mid-Westerners, with more than half of them choosing it as their top choice. Americans also became more disturbed by the word’s frequent usage in the past year, as just 32 percent of Americans thought it was the most abrasive word in the English language in 2012.
The other most annoying words were “like” (22 percent), “You know” (18 percent), “Just sayin’” (14 percent), and “Obviously” (6 percent).
Marist University conducted a nationwide telephone study of 1,173 adults from December 3-5, 2013. The study has a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points at a 95 percent level of confidence.