A new Gallup Poll shows that there has been little change in the public’s opinion of Obamacare since January of 2011, according to a Gallup Poll result released on Friday. Though the percent of people who want President Barack Obama’s health care law – the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare – repealed is up slightly, the numbers are basically the same, according to a Yahoo! News report on Friday.
Fifty-two percent of Americans want Obamacare repealed or changed. Specifically, 32 percent say repeal it and 20 percent say that the law needs to be changed. This is a two percent increase in the percentage of people who don’t want Obamacare or Obamacare-as-is, in the past month-and-a-half. These have pretty much been the same figures against the program that Gallup polls on the topic have shown for the past three years. Obama has repeatedly said that the law will not be repealed as long as he is president – which is just over three more years.
Basically, people are responding to Obamacare by how it affects their lives personally. Despite the trouble with the web site’s launch, people who can find less expensive, better health insurance say they like Obamacare. People who are seeing their premiums increase in cost or who are losing their doctors due to the new law are very much opposed to the federal program.
Where numbers have moved in public opinion is in the public’s perception of President Barack Obama. Since the failed web site’s launch on Oct. 1 of this year, his approval rating has dropped a great deal. Obama’s approval rating sunk below 40 percent – a new low - in the Real Clear Politics average on Dec. 3, 2013. In recent weeks, other pollsters have reported like-results for the president. Three of the polls in the RCP average have Obama’s approval rating at either 37 percent or 38 percent. The largest approval to disapproval ratings’ differentiation has been an Economist/YouGov poll which scored Obama with a 37 percent approval and 58 percent disapproval.
Of the groups most turned-discontent with the president are Hispanics. They’re approval rating of Obama has dropped 23 percent since Obama was elected to a second term. His approval rating with Hispanics was 75 percent a year ago and is only 52 percent as of Dec. 6, 2013.
Of the characteristics that are pulling his approval ratings down, a common thread is the trustworthy factor. People are not trusting Obama as much as they have in the past.