So notes the Weekly Standard’s Jeffrey Anderson:
One week before the election that will likely determine Obamacare’s fate, Americans support its repeal by an even wider margin than they did in the immediate aftermath of its highly unpopular passage.
According to newly released polling from Rasmussen Reports, by a margin of 15 percentage points (54 to 39 percent), likely voters now support the repeal of President Obama’s centerpiece legislation. In the first three polls taken in the wake of the House’s passage of Obamacare (on March 21, 2010), Rasmussen showed that likely voters then favored repeal by margins of 13 points (55 to 42 percent), 12 points (54 to 42 percent), and 12 points (54 to 42 percent). Cementing Obamacare would be the principal focus of Obama’s second term.
The repeal of Obamacare is now supported by men (by 24 points), women (by 7 points), voters between the ages of 40 and 64 (by 22 points), seniors (by 32 points — and better than 2-to-1), Republicans (by 75 points — and better than 7-to-1), independents (by 9 points), those who make less than $20,000 annually (by 15 points), those who make between $20,000 and $40,000 (by 18 points), those who make between $40,000 and $60,000 (by 12 points), those who make between $60,000 and $75,000 (by 35 points — and better than 2-to-1), those who make between $75,000 and $100,000 (by 12 points), those who make $100,000 or more (by 3 points), those who work for private companies (by 6 points), those who are entrepreneurs (by 28 points), those who are retired (by 30 points), those who didn’t graduate from high school (by 49 points — and better than 3-to-1), those who graduated from high school but haven’t attended college (by 51 points — and better than 2-to-1), those who went to college but haven’t graduated (by 29 points), and those who graduated from college but haven’t attended graduate school (by 8 points).
This being the case, I can’t help but wonder why Romney doesn’t make this Achilles’ heel for the Democrats one of the centerpieces of his campaign as we enter the final week. Obamacare, unpopular as it was, polled better in 2010 than it does now and Republicans rode that issue to historic gains in the mid-term elections. Why doesn’t Romney exploit Obamacare now given that it’s even more unpopular? I’m confused. Any theories? If he wins, he’d have a clear mandate to repeal it if and only if he made it a central focus of his campaign. Read Anderson’s entire piece here.