Quinnipiac Poll: Voters Disapprove Obama and Obamacare
Neither the President nor his landmark domestic policy achievement received positive marks in the latest Quinnipiac survey of Pa voters. They disapprove Barack Obama’s job performance 51% to 44%, and disapprove the 2010 Affordable Care Act 53% to 37%.
The President’s numbers are in the same neighborhood as his lowest ever in Pa., which Quinnipiac recorded as 53% disapproval to 42% approval in April 2011.
Independents disapprove Obama by at 23 point margin, 58% to 35%, while men disapprove 57% to 39%. Women approve Obama’s job performance 49% to 46%. The President is also on positive ground among voters with a college degree (52% to 44%) and voters ages 18 to 34 (50% to 44%).
The Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, fared even worse. 53% of respondents said they disapproved the law, including 37% who said they did so strongly. 37% of them approved it, just 17% of them doing so strongly.
The pollster phrased the question thusly: “35. From what you’ve heard or read, do you approve or disapprove of the health care law that was enacted in 2010?”
While Republicans disapproved it strongly (83% to 10%) Democrats were more split (approving it 65% to 21%). Among other demographic categories including gender, age, income and education level, only those with a college degree gave the law favorable marks (49% to 45%).
By a wide margin, voters said they predict the law will either not help them personally (42%) or indeed hurt them (40%) versus those who believe the law will help them personally (13%).
Quinnipiac interviewed 1,116 registered voters from March 6 to 11 via land lines and cell phones. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.9%.