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December 4, 2012

Polls show that the nation that re-elected Barack Obama wants more spending cuts than tax hikes, and still hates Obamacare

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Wondering just how stupid American voters can be? Look no further than to the results of two new polls.

First, a survey of 800 Obama voters, conducted last month by Benenson Strategy Group for the moderate Democratic think tank Third Way and shared first with POLITICO, finds that 96 percent believe the federal deficit is a problem and that 85 percent support increasing taxes on the wealthy. Yet 41 percent who supported Barack Obama want to get control of the deficit mostly by cutting spending, with only some tax increases, while another 41 percent want to solve it mostly with tax increases and only some spending cuts. And just 5 percent of Obama supporters favor tax increases alone to solve the deficit. That's half the number who back an approach that relies entirely on spending cuts.

Note that double the number of Obama supporters want to deal with the deficit entirely by cutting spending than want to do it entirely by raising taxes. Yet these are the loons that voted for the man who wants and has offered a far more unbalanced approach than Republicans.

As for how voters feel about Obamacare:

... according to polling by CNN, registered voters oppose Obamacare by a margin of 10 points -- 52 to 42 percent. Independents like Obamacare even less, opposing it by a margin of 22 points -- 57 to 35 percent. Clearly, voters didn't think they were ratifying Obamacare when they pulled the lever for Obama.
And, "for the first time in Gallup trends since 2000, a majority of Americans say it is not the federal government's responsibility to make sure all Americans have healthcare coverage":
The shift away from the view that the government should ensure healthcare coverage for all began shortly after President Barack Obama's election and has continued the past several years during the discussions and ultimate passage of the Affordable Care Act in March 2010. Americans are divided on that legislation today -- 48% approve and 45% disapprove -- as they have been over the last several years.

Republicans, including Republican-leaning independents, are mostly responsible for the drop since 2007 in Americans' support for government ensuring universal health coverage. In 2007, 38% of Republicans thought the government should do so; now, 12% do. Among Democrats and Democratic leaners there has been a much smaller drop, from 81% saying the government should make sure all Americans are covered in 2007 to 71% now.

One thing that has not changed is that Americans still widely prefer a system based on private insurance to one run by the government -- better known as single-payer.
Currently, 57% prefer a private system and 36% a government-run system, essentially the same as in 2010 and 2011. Prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, the percentage of Americans in favor of a government-run system ranged from 32% to 41%.
Judging by these poll results, it seems clear that Obama voters had no clue whatsoever about his ideological agenda and the great difference between what they thought they were voting for and what they actually voted for.

Posted by Hyscience at December 4, 2012 10:09 AM

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