Published May 22, 2013
Majorities of American voters say their family will be worse off under the Affordable Care Act, and think it would be better to go back to the pre-ObamaCare health care system.
A Fox News poll released Wednesday finds that while 26 percent of voters say their health care situation will be better under the new law, twice as many -- 53 percent -- say it will be worse. Another 13 percent say it won’t make a difference.
Almost all Republicans (85 percent) and just over half of independents (51 percent) say they will be worse off under ObamaCare. Nearly half of Democrats expect to be better off (48 percent), while about one-quarter believe they will be worse off (24 percent).
Young voters and seniors are pessimistic about ObamaCare. Majorities of those under age 35 and those 65+ think things will be worse under the 2010 health care law.
That helps explains why a 56-percent majority wants to go back to the health care system that was in place in 2009. Some 34 percent would stick with the new law.
Three in ten Democrats would rather go back to the pre-ObamaCare system (30 percent). That view climbs to 55 percent among independents and 85 percent among Republicans.
The desire to go back to the 2009 system is widespread. Majorities of higher and lower income groups feel that way, as do men, women, voters with and without college degrees, and voters across all age groups.
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The new poll asks voters why the economy is not doing better under President Obama’s leadership. Forty-one percent think Obama has had good ideas, but too few of them have passed. That’s down 11 percentage points from 52 percent who felt that way in 2011.
Forty-nine percent say Obama’s ideas have been bad and too many of them have been implemented, up from 37 percent two years ago.
By a 14-point margin, independents say Obama’s ideas on the economy have been bad. That’s a reversal from 2011 when they thought his ideas were good by a 15-point margin.
How do voters feel about the sequester? By a 61-29 percent margin, they think the automatic across-the-board cuts that took effect March 1 were a bad way for the president and Congress to deal with the country’s budget problems. Majorities of Republicans (67 percent), independents (61 percent) and Democrats (57 percent) agree it was a bad way to handle the issue.
The Fox News poll is based on landline and cell phone interviews with 1,013 randomly chosen registered voters nationwide and was conducted under the joint direction of Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R) from May 18 to May 20. The full poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.