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Poll shows Obamacare at new record low: Americans not sold on 'Christmas treat'

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A poll released Monday by CNN-Opinion Research revealed that approval of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law – otherwise known as Obamacare – has reached a record low.

According to the survey, only 35 percent of Americans approve of the law. The vast majority, 62 percent oppose the law.

That’s a five percent approval drop and a four percent rise in opposition from the results of the survey released by CNN-ORC a month ago.

As Examiner reported Sunday, the president and First Lady Michelle Obama have teamed up with Organizing for Action – formerly known as Obama’s 2012 reelection team, Obama for America – in an extensive, highly coordinated effort to promote Obamacare to millennials and to encourage moms to sell Obamacare as a “Christmas treat” to their children and grandchildren.

As Examiner noted Saturday, the first lady first partnered with OFA to promote the program – “Healthcare for the Holidays” -- just before Thanksgiving.

However, “subsequent polling showed it didn’t work – at all.”

As National Journal reported Dec. 5, polling provided by the Kaiser Family Foundation showed “that white women have soured considerably on the law.”

According to Kaiser, 40 percent of college-educated white women hold a “very unfavorable” view of the law—10 points higher than a month ago. An additional 10 percent view the law “somewhat unfavorably.” A month ago, those two groups together totaled just 42 percent.

A survey released by Harvard Institute of Politics Dec. 4 showed that 57 percent of American millennials -- ages 18-29 -- disapprove of Obamacare and less than one-third said they're likely to enroll in the exchange.

More significantly, 52 percent of them said they would support removing Obama from office.
According to Monday’s CNN-ORC survey, approval for Obamacare has fallen further -- in both demographics – and disapproval is on the rise.

Only 35 percent of the women surveyed by CNN-ORC approve of the law. The vast majority, 60 percent, disapprove.

The October CNN-ORC survey showed that 44 percent of women approved of the law and 54 percent disapproved. That’s a double-digit approval fall of 11 percent in one month, and a disapproval increase of six percent.

Among those aged 18 to 34, only 39 percent said they approve of Obamacare. The majority, 59 percent, are opposed.

That’s an approval drop of nine percent, and a two percent rise in opposition from a month ago.

In November, the approval-disapproval ratio was tied at 48 percent.

The Nov. 18-20 CNN-ORC survey also showed that Democrats – who a held an eight-point advantage over Republicans among registered voters in a 2014 generic ballot because of the government shutdown – now trailed the GOP by one percentage point among “all Americans” and by two percentage points among “registered voters” because of Obamacare.

That’s a shift of nine percentage points in favor of the GOP.

The results of November’s Fox News survey gave Republicans a three-point advantage.

In October, the Fox News survey also gave Democrats an eight-point edge. That’s an 11 percentage-point shift in favor of Republicans.

Respondents in the survey released Dec. 10 by Quinnipiac University Polling Institute also said they would vote for a Republican over a Democrat for the U.S. House of Representatives by a margin of 41 percent to 38 percent.

More striking, the majority of voters -- 47 percent -- said they would like to see Republicans gain control of both houses of Congress.

Quinnipiac’s Dec. 18 survey showed that Iowa voters -- by a margin of 46 percent to 41 percent -- said they want the Republican Party to control the U.S. Senate.

Citing Obama’s “consistently low job approval numbers and his increasingly unpopular health care law,” Public Policy Polling concluded from the results of its Dec. 10 survey that “the political climate has turned sharply against Democrats over the last month and a half.”

Described as “casualties of the general dip in favor for Democrats around the country over the Affordable Health care snafus,” Democrats – who were favored by voters in the 2014 Senate and gubernatorial races six months ago -- are also now trailing their Republican counterparts in Michigan.

As of Monday, according to the Real Clear Politics Average of national polls, the 6.5 percent advantage Democrats held over Republicans in the “2014 Generic Congressional Vote” on Oct. 31 has dwindled to just 0.8 percent.

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