Exclusive—Poll: Two-Thirds of U.S. Voters Think Obamacare 'Not Ready Yet'
New polling data obtained exclusively by Breitbart News shows that two thirds of American voters oppose Congress funding the Affordable Care Act—known to its critics as "Obamacare"— because they feel the law is not ready for implementation.
When respondents were asked whether they thought Congress should not fund the law because “it’s not ready yet,” 66 percent of overall likely voters responded in the affirmative while only 26 percent responded negatively.
Self-identified conservatives and Republicans roundly reject any efforts to fund Obamacare, opposing it 84 percent to 8 percent and 86 percent to 7 percent respectively. Independents oppose any congressional efforts to fund Obamacare 71 percent to 21 percent while moderates oppose such an action 62 percent to 30 percent.
Even Democrats oppose congressional efforts to fund Obamacare outside the margin of error, 48 percent to 44 percent.
A total of 53 percent of likely voters polled answered in the affirmative when asked this question: “Would you vote to replace your member of Congress if he/she voted against [Obamacare], then to fund it?” Just 33 percent said no.
69 percent of self-identified conservatives responded yes, and only 21 percent said they would not. Similarly, 66 percent of self-identified Republican voters responded in the affirmative when asked that question, while only 23 percent answered negatively.
Self-identified independent voters answered 53 percent in the affirmative to 33 percent in the negative when asked that question. Moderates said yes 46 percent to 39 percent, too.
Democrats were nearly tied, with 41 percent saying yes to that question and 43 percent saying no.
The poll was conducted by GEB International on behalf of Tea Party Patriots on July 21, and 1,000 likely voters were polled with a margin of error of 3.1 percent. GEB International’s founder and CEO, George Birnbaum, has served in conservative politics for decades and worked in the late 1990s as the chief of staff to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
This poll comes as lawmakers debate defunding the bill before the law’s government-run healthcare exchanges are built in October and the individual mandate, which would require all Americans have healthcare through their employer, on their own or through the government, begins in January.
Opponents of the idea to defund Obamacare in the upcoming Continuing Resolution (CR) that funds government’s operations, which Congress will vote on by the end of September, have been touting a poll by Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS as proof that the American people do not want such action taken against the healthcare law.
The poll, which was conducted between June 2 and June 5, as Media Trackers points out, found that 64 percent of registered voters said it would not be good for “opponents of the health care law to risk shutting down the government in an effort to get rid of the law.”
The question that Rove’s group asked its survey respondents was: “Some people say that the health care reform law is so bad that an effort to repeal it should be attached to a bill necessary to keep the government running. Do you think it is a good idea or a bad idea for opponents of the health care reform law to risk shutting down the government in an effort to get rid of the law?”
Media Trackers argues that polling question “does not accurately characterize ongoing efforts to attach temporary defunding provisions to a stop-gap appropriations bill.”
“Rather than an effort to fully ‘repeal’ Obamacare, the proposal being floated by many congressional conservatives would temporarily defund the law by prohibiting any appropriations from being used to implement the law and by temporarily blocking subsidies created by the law,” Media Trackers wrote. “The defunding provisions would likely be attached to a stop-gap spending bill known as a continuing resolution, or CR.”