COMMENTARY | The health care law has always been a divisive issue among Americans, and even though the Supreme Court ruled the law constitutional on June 28, there are still Americans that are not happy. A new poll was just released on June 1, which showed that overall support of the health care law rose to 48 percent among registered voters, and this is a very surprising 5 percent jump from just over a week ago. The health care law fight does not seem to be over, especially with Republicans, and it just might make or break President Barack Obama’s re-election bid.
Reuters reports that on July 1, a new Reuters and Ipsos poll was released, which showed that 48 percent of Americans now support Obama’s health care law. Thirty-eight percent of Independents now support Obama’s health care law, which is an 11 percent increase from a poll taken right before the Supreme Court ruling. Eighty-one percent of Republicans still oppose the health care ruling, which is only down 5 percent from the poll taken before the Supreme Court handed down the decision.
One of the most interesting parts about this new survey was that it showed 53 percent of Americans would vote for a member of Congress if he or she was supportive of repealing the health care law. This means that although support has increased over the last week, there are still numerous Americans that want to see the law repealed. The decision might have energized a sleeping monster in the tea party and Republicans, because now everyone in opposition of the law will be making their voices heard loud and clear.
I am very surprised that there would already be a 5 percent jump in the number of Americans that support the health care law, although I do not think this is because they actually support the law. The poll seems to indicate that more Americans are just accepting the fact that the Supreme Court ruled the law constitutional. I think there are voters out there that feel there is nothing that can be done about the health care law, since trying to repeal it would take a lot of time and effort. I would not be surprised to see this number rise before the general election, although I doubt support will ever reach above 60 percent.
This poll could indicate the future of the general election, because it might be just what the Republicans needed to get out and register to vote. If there is a rise in the number of Republicans heading to the polls, then Romney could easily pull off a victory against Obama. Although it seems Obama is winning over more Americans with his health care law, the 52 percent of Americans in opposition of it might end up being his biggest weakness. If opposition continues to stay above 50 percent, it can only be a positive thing for Romney, as long as he keeps saying that he would repeal the law immediately.