NEW YORK (MainStreet) — A majority of Americans continue to be upset with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) commonly referred to as Obamacare. According to the latest Rasmussen poll, 54% of 'Likely U.S. Voters' view it unfavorably. This includes 42% who have a 'Very Unfavorable' opinion.
Other results by the Rasmussen survey are that Millennials, voters under 40, are more likely to have been benefited or to have been hindered by Obamacare than the previous generation. Married voters dislike it more than unmarried.
Twice as many people think the ACA made the healthcare system worse than better. 56% believe the U.S. healthcare system will be worse with the ACA. Only 28% think it will improve.
More than one-in-four surveyed say the law has changed their health insurance coverage. Along political lines, 72% of Democrats view the ACA favorably. 85% of Republicans dislike and - here is the problem for Obama and the Democrats - 62% of voters of Independents regard the law unfavorably.
These are all significant problems for the Obama administration and the Democratic Party which promised Nirvana for Americans if they went along with the ACA. According to Rasmussen, "12% say they personally have been helped by the law, while 30% say they have been hurt by it. 53% say Obamacare has had no impact on their lives."
But there is a bright side for the Obama administration. 41% have a somewhat favorable opinion of the health care law. 20% of those have a 'Very Favorable' opinion. Rasmussen said that 'Unfavorables' are down slightly from an all-time high of 58% in mid-November, but favorables remain near their low for the year.
The survey indicates that 27% of voters say their health insurance coverage has changed because of the law. Apparently this is consistent with findings since August. 61% say their coverage has not been affected, while 11% are not sure.
But where Obamacare will greatly impact the 2014 elections - if the Republicans can keep this in the forefront - is that opposition to the individual mandate has hit an all-time high of 58%.
Another mountain to climb for ACA proponents is that, according to Rasmussen, 56% of voters still believe that the free market will do more reduce healthcare costs than more government intervention. Although that is down from November's poll which found 62% favored the free market it is still a clear majority.
A minority, 27%, think more government regulations are the better way to reduce healthcare costs. 17% do not know.
A clear indication that Democrats have a lot of damage control to do is this finding by the Rasmussen poll: "Voters overwhelmingly want to change or repeal the new national health care law, including 50% who want to scrap it completely and start over again."
We will see what the Democrats and the Obama administration will do to counter this. So far the pajama boy campaign that the administration recently rolled out to spur increased enrollment has not struck exactly the right chord.
—Written by Michael P. Tremoglie for MainStreet