When the Washington Post/ABC News poll came out on Tuesday showing a leap in support for Obamacare, the question arose whether it was an outlier or a trend. If one believes the Quinnipiac poll released today, the answer is that it was an outlier. According to the Quinnipiac poll, Americans still don’t like the President’s signature legislation.
According to the poll released Wednesday morning American voters, oppose the Affordable Care Act 55 to 41%. In addition, 40% are less likely to vote for a candidate who supports Obamacare, while only 27% are more likely.
Obamacare opposition has been relatively flat after taking a dive when the exchanges opened in October 2013.
Other political hot buttons in the poll:
- Immigration is also a possible pitfall for candidates, as 39% of voters say they are less likely to vote for a candidate who supports a path to citizenship for illegal aliens, while 29% are more likely and 29% say it won’t make a difference in their vote.
- Raising the minimum wage is more popular, with 50% saying they are more likely to vote for a candidate who supports raising the minimum wage, while 25% are less likely and 24% saying it won’t affect their vote.
While Obama’s overall approval has edged up from 40% to 42%, Americans continue to lose faith in the President’s handling of foreign policy. In the past month his disapproval in this area has gone from 49 to 55%.
In the end this poll, like all polls, is a snapshot of one moment of time and the 2014 elections are still very far away. Seven months is an eternity in politics.