Just a quarter, or 26 percent of those surveyed by the polling company on Election Day supported implementing Obamacare completely. Even less than half (48 percent) of self-identified Democrats want full implementation, suggesting that the health care law remains a liability, even within the president’s party.
Forty-three percent of voters surveyed want Congress to either “just repeal the law” (30 percent) or move toward repeal, while pursuing other measures – including defunding, amending, and blocking – to prevent its implementation (13 percent). Another quarter (23 percent) favor amending the law, rather than full repeal.
Jobs and the economy was the hands-down winner (at 41 percent) as the issue most often cited by voters asked what issue was most important for determining their vote. But health care was the second most often cited issue (at nine percent), followed by “government programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid” (eight percent), and “government spending,” both of which could include concerns about Obamacare.
When asked specifically about the role health care played in determining their vote, two-thirds (67 percent) of voters said it was “very important” that the candidates they supported want to “repeal and then replace” the new health care law. Only five percent of voters thought this was “not at all important.” Indeed, on this measure, 2012 voters echoed 2010 voters in identifying Obamacare as a key symbol of government overreach.