Everyone knows by now, or should know, that a majority of Americans “oppose” Obamacare, officially known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Fox News, talk radio and even the mainstream media have pointed this out repeatedly. But the last presidential election was fought largely on this turf, and President Obama was returned to office in an electoral landslide. How can this conundrum be reconciled?
A recent CNN poll reconfirms the numbers: 58% of Americans say they oppose the law. However, this poll does what others generally have not: It drills down into respondents’ reasons for their opposition. It turns out that, of that 58%, 41% oppose the law because it is “too liberal,” while 14% say it’s “not liberal enough.”
So, just to set the record straight, 41% of Americans oppose the ACA because it is socialism, will “destroy the American way of life,” and/or will cause a plague of locusts o’er the land, while 54% either favor it or want something even more far-reaching, e.g. single payer.
So next time you see Sean Hannity touting a poll that he says tells you all you need to know, just remember that it’s likely not necessarily what the respondents truly think, but how he’s asking the question that gets those results.