President Obama's support has hit an all-time low amid ObamaCare's glitch-filled rollout, according to the latest IBD/TIPP Poll. But Democrats are sticking by their man and his signature legislation.
The IBD/TIPP Presidential Leadership Index fell 0.5 point to 43, the lowest of Obama's presidency. His support has been below the neutral 50 level for eight straight months.
Obama did slightly better with Democrats and independents in the latest poll, but saw a sharp drop in his already-low approval among Republicans. That could be a lingering effect of the partial government shutdown.
Americans still oppose ObamaCare 50%-44%, but that's notably closer than the 54%-41% a month earlier. The conservative effort to defund the law via the budget standoff may have shored up support for the health reform.
That could be a temporary boost, especially given the ObamaCare exchange website woes that have made difficult just to get started, let alone actually enroll for insurance at Healthcare.gov. That raises the risk that the exchanges will skew older and sicker, making the system's finances untenable.
By 60%-18%, Americans give bad marks to ObamaCare's implementation so far, with 43% saying it's unacceptable.
A plurality of Democrats — 35%-31% — actually say the rollout has been good or excellent. That may reflect a tribal desire to avoid criticizing a president and policy they support. Even Obama has said he's "angry" and that there's "no sugarcoating" the website problems.
The launch already has made Americans feel worse about ObamaCare, 37%-13%, though 47% say their opinion hasn't changed. Again, despite the widespread problems, more Democrats say the rollout has made them feel better about the law, 27%-12%. The opposite view dominates among Republicans (65%-2%) and independents (40%-10%).
Administration officials — who insisted until the launch that the websites would be working by Oct. 1 — now say the site will finally be working by the end of November. But many neutral observers have serious doubts. Americans agree, 57%-42% — even with Democrats expressing confidence by nearly 3-to-1.
While website technical woes continue, media attention has begun to shift to the millions of people losing coverage due to ObamaCare regulations.
The president for years repeatedly promised, without reservation, that if you like your current health plan you can keep it under ObamaCare. But just 40% say that's proving true vs. 46% who it's false.
That reading may be deceivingly close. Once again, Democrats stand by their man, blunting solid majorities of Republicans and independents. Also, news coverage of the widespread cancellation notices picked up midway through the Oct. 26-30 IBD/TIPP poll of 919 adults.
Obama and other administration officials are trying to pin the blame on insurers, but even experts who back the law say that's not really true.
Americans overwhelmingly believe their own premiums will rise due to the Affordable Care Act, 53%-9%. Even Democrats are more apt to agree than disagree.
Support is growing for delaying ObamaCare's individual mandate. Americans back the idea, 55%-32% vs. 51%-39% a month ago. Democrats now support a delay, 48%-35%, up from 41%-43%.
ObamaCare is a complex web of taxes and subsidies to make healthy and well-off Americans do more to help cover poorer, older and sicker peers. But by 64%-27%, poll respondents say it's not the government's job to redistribute wealth and income. That includes a plurality (42%-27%) of Democrats.
Americans are split 40%-40% on whether the country is evolving into a socialist state. Democrats overwhelmingly disagree, while Republicans and, to a lesser extent, independents, say America is on the road to serfdom.