SCOTUS Approval Ratings Takes a Hit over Obamacare

Monday, July 2nd, 2012 and is filed under Blog, Obamacare

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We all know that GOP consultants (as well as their Democrat counterparts) live and die by polls.  They couldn’t care less about prudent policy; they simply desire power for power’s sake.  Unfortunately, they are not too keen on reading the right polls either.

Republicans are petrified to talk about traditional marriage and counter Obama’s assault on the institution, despite winning in every state, including the recent smashing victory in North Carolina.  They refuse to stand up to Obama’s illegal vitiation of our immigration laws, as they are convinced it is a losing issue.  Will they turn the world upside down with Obamacare as well?

Rasmussen is the first to publish post-SCOTUS ruling polling data, and it appears that the public is not too happy with the Court:

A week ago,  36% said the court was doing a good or an excellent job. That’s down to 33% today. However, the big change is a rise in negative perceptions. Today, 28% say the Supreme Court is doing a poor job. That’s up 11 points over the past week.

The new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey, conducted on Friday and Saturday following the court ruling, finds that 56% believe justices pursue their own political agenda rather than generally remain impartial. That’s up five points from a week ago. Just half as many — 27% — believe the justices remain impartial. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Thirty-seven percent (37%) now believe the Supreme Court is too liberal, while 22% think it’s too conservative. A week ago, public opinion was much more evenly divided:  32% said it was too liberal and 25% said too conservative.

Remember that following oral arguments the Court’s favorability increased.  It’s quite clear that the overwhelming majority of the public not only believes that the law is bad policy, they believe it’s unconstitutional as well.  As such, they view the decision of John Roberts as politically motivated.

As we noted last week, Republicans need to aggressively pursue an agenda to defund Obamacare even as we seek control of all the branches of government in an effort to statutorily repeal the law.  We simply cannot rely on full repeal alone.  We may not win 51 seats in the Senate.

Undoubtedly, Republicans will fear a government shut down over funding Obamacare, but if the polls are any indication, the Democrats would get slaughtered over a direct confrontation over Obamacare.