Most Utahns are not ready to give in to Obamacare or President Barack Obama himself, a new UtahPolicy poll finds.
A new survey by Dan Jones & Associates finds that 52 percent of Utahns want opponents of the Affordable Care Act to continue suing in court, even though the U.S. Supreme Court recently upheld Obamacare again.
And 57 percent of Utahns want our all-GOP congressional delegation to continue attempting to repeal the ACA.
And what about the president’s job performance?
Two-thirds of Utahns “strongly” or “somewhat” disapprove of the job Obama is doing as president.
In short, Utahns don’t like the president.
They don’t like his landmark healthcare program, either.
Like all presidents, Obama will leave office. In his case, at the end of 2016.
But with the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the ACA twice, and control of the U.S. Senate uncertain for Republicans in the 2016 elections, Obamacare’s future is less uncertain – despite Jones’ findings in Utah.
Some of the numbers in the new poll:
65 percent of Utahns disapprove of Obama’ job performance, only 34 percent approve and 1 percent don’t know.
Seems just about every Utahn has an opinion on the president – as it should be.
You probably couldn’t find a topic in this state that more divides Republicans and Democrats: 92 percent of Republicans disapprove of the job the president is doing while 95 percent of Democrats approve of Obama.
Political independents are split but lean against the president – 56 of political independents disapprove of the job Obama is doing, 42 percent approve.
“Very active,” “somewhat active,” and “no longer active” Mormons all disapprove of Obama, 83 percent, 64 percent and 52 percent, respectively.
But Catholics, Protestants and those with no religion like him – 64 percent, 52 percent, and 76 percent, respectively.
The high court ruled last month, 6-3, that the Constitution allows Obamacare to subsidize federal ACA healthcare exchanges in the states.
Experts say there are no other significant legal challenges that could come to the U.S. Supreme Court that would overturn Obamacare.
But most Utahns are not willing to give up the anti-Obamacare ghost.
Most, 52 percent, favor more legal challenges to the ACA. Forty-two percent say enough is enough, and the lawsuits should end.
And if you are U.S. Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee, both R-Utah, and U.S. Reps. Rob Bishop, Chris Stewart and Jason Chaffetz, all R-Utah, your constituents want you to keep voting to repeal Obamacare, whether there’s a chance the repeal could pass or not.
Interestingly enough, while freshman Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, is also strongly against the ACA, her 4th District voters favor support of the national healthcare law.
Not that she’d go along with that.
Jones finds that 54 percent of 4th District voters say it’s time to accept the ACA and stop the lawsuits against it.
Fifty-two percent of 4th District voters say Republicans in Congress – which would include Love – should stop trying to repeal Obamacare and just move forward.
Jones finds that 42 percent of 4th District voters want to continue anti-ACA lawsuits, while 45 percent say Utah’s federal delegation should keep trying to repeal Obamacare.
The statewide numbers, of course, tell our two U.S. senators what to do with the ACA, while voters in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Congressional Districts all stand strongly against the ACA – keep up the lawsuits, keep up the repeal Obamacare votes, constituents say, Jones finds.
So, Love may want to walk a bit more tenderly in her anti-Obamacare rhetoric in her 2016 re-election – where she is opposed once again by Democrat Doug Owens.
And Owens may have found an issue – national healthcare – where he can stand against Love, if only by a half-dozen polling percentage points.
Jones polled 610 registered voters from July 14-21, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.97 percent.