Obamacare Survey shows public support

In a March 2014 survey the Kaiser Foundation found that almost half of those surveyed (49%) said they wanted Congress to “keep the law in place and work to improve it” and another 10% said Congress should simply leave the law as is.

By contrast, 18% wanted the law repealed outright while 11% wanted it replaced with a Republican alternative.

The survey also found that major provisions of the law are quite popular including subsidies to help people buy insurance, expansion of Medicaid, the guarantee that people can’t be denied coverage because of pre-existing medical problems and the rule eliminating out-of-pocket costs for preventive care. But 40% to 50% of Americans do not know that the law includes each of those provisions.

About a third of the uninsured were not aware that the law includes subsidies that could help them buy insurance.

Source:  LA Times artilce March 2014

Which US politician is the least popular?

As of March 2014 President Obama has a disapproval rating of approximately 52% (varies 1-2% by poll). Contrary to popular opinion, he does not have the highest ever disapproval rating. Here’s the list of the five highest disapproval ratings for US presidents since 1945:

GW Bush                  71%     October 2008
Harry S Truman        67%    January 1952
Richard Nixon           66%     August 1974
GH Bush                   60%     July 1992
Jimmy Carter            59%     June 1979

Obama doesn’t even make the list!

In contrast, the approval rating of the US Congress has not been above 20% since 2010 and in November 2013 the approval rating of the US Congress fell to 9%. This makes the current Congress the least popular since polling of Congress began in 1974.

So, who deserves our disapproval more?