COMMENTARY | The Affordable Care Act has been widely controversial since its inception, with the majority of voters disapproving of the act in general. Since Thursday’s Supreme Court Decision to uphold the act as constitutional, how have Obama’s approval ratings been affected?
President Obama’s job approval rating is an indicator of how Americans view his job performance during his term so far. According to Rasmussen Reports for polls taken this week regarding the president’s overall approval ratings, 46 percent of Americans say they at least somewhat approve of his job performance. Fifty-three percent at least somewhat disapprove. These numbers did not change significantly from the week before.
Gallup Daily lists the president’s approval ratings at 48 percent, with 46 percent of Americans disapproving of the job Obama has done so far as president.
And according to the Rasmussen Reports Daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday, polls show that the Mitt Romney holds 46 percent of the vote to 44 for Obama. Four percent of voters favor a different candidate, while 5 percent are still undecided.
Both of these tracking sites indicate that Obama’s overall approval ratings before the Supreme Court’s decision on Thursday did very little if anything to change the minds of those who already approved, or disapproved, and in each poll taken, the numbers were very similar to the week before.
So why is there a discrepancy with regards to the statistics showing that the majority of Americans strongly disapprove of the Affordable Healthcare Act? Are we to believe that in spite of voter’s opinions of the healthcare reform, they still are in favor of the man behind its creation? Many people agree that Obama’s signature piece of legislation so far has been this controversial law.
If indeed many are in disagreement of the Supreme Court’s decision, so far the polls do not reflect any significant changes with regards to Obama’s popularity. And with Romney leading by 1 percent, one thing’s for sure: its definitely going to be a very close race this November.