In anticipation of the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act, The Weekly Standard's Jeffrey H. Anderson says no matter what the court decides, the law doesn't have the support of the public.
Jeffrey H. Anderson is a writer for The Weekly Standard and a senior fellow at the Pacific Research Institute.
As the nation awaits the Supreme Court's ruling on President Obama's centerpiece legislation, it's worth reviewing the American public's response to it across the 27 months since Obama signed it into law. Over that span, from March 2010 through a poll released this morning, Rasmussen has conducted 98 polls of likely voters. All 98 times, support for repeal has outpaced opposition to repeal. Across 98 contests, Obamacare has gone 0 and 98.
Here are a few interesting stats from those 98 polls of likely voters:
Number of times that a plurality has favored repeal: 98.
Number of times that an outright majority has favored repeal: 96.
Number of times that repeal has been favored by a double-digit margin: 95.
Consecutive number of times that repeal has been favored by a double-digit margin: 36 (May 2011-present).
Average margin in favor of repeal: 17 percentage points.
Number of times that opposition to repeal has reached even 45 percent: 0.
In addition to Rasmussen's polling, Real Clear Politics lists 20 other polls on repeal from across the past 27 months. In 19 of those 20, support for repeal has outpaced opposition to repeal — giving Obamacare an overall record of 1-117.
In light of these numbers, one can easily see why Obama would emphasize — as he does — that this election is about the economy. If it's about Obamacare, he will lose. Less clear is why Republicans consistently oblige him in echoing that opinion.