According to a poll just released by CBS News, President Obama’s approval rating on health care has reached an all-time low.
Just 36 percent of Americans approve of Mr. Obama’s handling of health care, according to the poll, conducted from Jan. 6 – 10. Fifty-four percent disapprove. In December of last year, 42 percent of Americans approved of the president’s handling of health care, and 47 percent approved in October.
As I wrote at the end of last year, voter disapproval of Obamacare appears to be solidified and there doesn’t seem to be much Congress or the White House can do in terms of changing specific policies to alter the public’s view of health care reform.
While Democrats may try to ignore public opinion in their effort to move through health care legislation, they will have to face up to it before the midterm elections. According to Gallup, support for Democrats is the lowest since 2005. As Resurgent Republic notes, “record Federal spending, deficits and government intervention into the economy” has weakened Democratic support and “caused Independent voters to look more like Republicans.”
If there was any doubt as to how the public feels about Democrats these days, look no further than the Massachusetts senatorial special election. Midterm elections are always a referendum on the party in power, but this time around it’s clear Americans are growing uneasy with the increasingly invasive policies of President Obama and the Democratic Congress.