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Fox News Poll – Majority Says They Wish ObamaCare Never Passed

A new Fox News poll found that Americans are strongly opposed to the health care law, with majorities saying they wish it had never passed, would vote to repeal it if they could, and think implementing ObamaCare should be delayed.

Perhaps even more significant, though Americans never supported the law, a strong majority believed the law would survive. However, the latest Fox News poll found just 38 percent of registered voters say they are confident that enough people will sign up for coverage, avoiding a total collapse and astronomical deficits. But far more — 60 percent — don’t think that will happen.

The number thinking ObamaCare will eventually be repealed or defunded is up to 40 percent, which is an increase of 13 points since October, while 54 percent still believe it will remain the law of the land. The number of people who believe the law will remain in place is now down 10 percent, from 64 percent measured in October.

The number of registered voters who want implementation of the law delayed continues to grow. The Fox News poll found that 67 percent think it should be postponed a year “until more details are ironed out,” which is up 4 points from last month, and up 10 points since October.

Significantly, those favoring a delay now includes a majority of Democrats, with 54 percent supporting a delay, up 10 points from 44 percent last month.

The health care law has never enjoyed majority support from the American public, and now by a margin of 54 – 38 percent they wish the law was never passed. If given the chance, 53 percent say they would vote to repeal the law, while 41 percent say they would keep it in place.

President Obama continues to see his approval rating suffer, with 41 percent of registered voters in the Fox News poll approving of his job performance, and 53 percent disapproving. The continued low approval is no doubt fueled by the fact that Americans say Obama is not trustworthy (49 – 45) and the broken promises regarding Americans’ ability to keep their health insurance plan and doctor under the new health care law.

By a 61 – 31 margin, Americans say the Obama administration knew that the president was lying when he promised them they could keep their coverage and doctors, with being “told they could keep healthcare plan” being the worst of the broken promises (32 percent), followed by “both equal” (25 percent), and 15 percent saying the lie about keeping their doctor was worse.

Only 6 percent of registered voters in the Fox News poll said that Obama is “one of the greatest” presidents, with 16 percent saying he was “great.” However, nearly a third of the country (28 percent) said that Obama was “one of the worst presidents” American has had, with 16 saying he was “below average.” Overall, negative opinions of his presidency outnumbered positive by 44 — 22 percent.

Now, 10 percent of Obama voter say they regret their vote in 2012.

Written by
Data Journalism Editor

Rich, the People's Pundit, is the Data Journalism Editor at PPD and Director of the PPD Election Projection Model. He is also the Director of Big Data Poll, and author of "Our Virtuous Republic: The Forgotten Clause in the American Social Contract."

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