After years of trying, Congress finally passed a bill to repeal many parts of Obamacare. That legislation also included a provision cutting off federal funding for Planned Parenthood for one year.
Even though President Obama promptly vetoed the measure when it made it to his desk last week, Utahns mostly approved of the effort.
A new UtahPolicy.com/Dan Jones & Associates survey finds 54% say they support the legislation to kill Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood. 38% were opposed. That includes 40% who say they are “strongly” in favor and 28% who replied they are “strongly” opposed to the measure.
House Republicans voted to repeal Obamacare more than 60 times over the past few years, but those efforts were stymied in the Senate where Democrats blocked a vote through some procedural moves. This time, Senate Republicans successfully passed the repeal through reconciliation, which bypassed the normal legislative process and got around Democratic filibusters. However, once the bill made it to the president’s desk, it was DOA and was swiftly vetoed. The bill now goes back to Congress where Republicans do not have enough votes to override the veto.
The Planned Parenthood measure was added after videos, which have been mostly discredited, surfaced purportedly showing officials with the organization
Not surprisingly, Utah Republicans overwhelmingly support the Obamacare repeal effort with 76% in favor. Only 15% in that group are opposed.
On the other hand, Utah Democrats and independents are opposed to the legislation. 87% of Democrats and 50% of independents say they are against repealing the Affordable Care Act and defunding Planned Parenthood.
Our survey finds Mormons mostly support the repeal of the ACA coupled with defunding Planned Parenthood, while those of other faiths in Utah are opposed to the move:
“Very active” members of the LDS Church are in favor 67-23%
“Somewhat active” Mormons favor the move 64-25%
“Not active” Mormons are split, with 44% in favor and 48% opposed.
Catholics oppose the idea 52-44%
Protestants are opposed 58-38%.
Those who say they subscribe to no faith are opposed 76-18%.
The poll was conducted December 8-14, 2015 using landlines, cell phones, and online means. 622 adult Utahns were surveyed with a margin of error +/- 3.93%.