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Poll: Obamacare Not a Primary Issue in Elections

Posted on September 29, 2012 by admin

From Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) to Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Republicans have been vowing and trying with the greatest of zeal to repeal Obamacare, or, at the very least, to convince the public of its “evils.” On innumerable occasions, they’ve condemned it as a doombringer, ushering in the destruction of the nation’s healthcare system. Hence, the call for repeal, reform, and in some cases, repeal and then reform.

Obamacare’s conservative opposition has suggested them all at one point or another, hoping to gain a significant edge in the upcoming elections by capitalizing on the public’s disapproval of the law. After all, 45 percent of the nation still has negative views on President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. But a recent poll suggests that Obamacare is hardly the most prominent issue on the public’s mind for the midterm elections. The economy is.

What about jobs?

That’s what the people are asking. According to the latest Gallup poll, the economy ranked the highest in overall importance when compared to other issues at 90 percent. Finishing in second place was the federal budget deficit at close to 80 percent, with taxes close behind in third at just around 70 percent.

The Affordable Care Act, though constantly debated by both parties, finished in fourth.

Essentially, the public is not as interested in the Obamacare debate as they once were. They’ve seen the program’s successful implementation, the enrollment of millions of people, and while there are still numerous citizens who look upon it with disfavor, they’ve come to accept the law for its benefits. Furthermore, the Gallup poll also monitored the Democratic advantage in each of the aforementioned topics and more. Those who were polled lean left when it comes to views on same-sex marriage, global warming, immigration, and yes – the Affordable Care Act.

But don’t call the election for Democrats just yet. Most of the issues listing a Democratic advantage were labeled as less important by the participants in the study. Of the nine topics included, Democrats have the advantage in five of the bottom six. Republicans, however, win the top three: economy, federal budget deficit and taxes. Thus, with midterm elections constantly creeping closer, the left’s congressional candidates have to strengthen their messages and improve their campaigns. Nevertheless, it should not be forgotten that Obamacare, once the bane of every liberal’s existence, is now a subject in which they have a substantial advantage.