The burst of polls and reactions to last week's Supreme Court "Obamacare" ruling should give the president's supporters hope that his signature legislative achievement is no longer poised to handicap his re-election effort. The health care law might yet sow his eventual defeat, but early evidence indicates the political albatross that has hindered Democrats for two solid years could be rebounding.
Surveys released since the decision point toward the same Obama-friendly conclusion: Independents, heretofore ginning for repeal, are split evenly about the ruling. A Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that among independents who don't lean either ideological direction, 39 percent approve of the court's move and 39 percent disapprove. A substantial 22 percent of them said they didn't know enough to form an opinion or refused to answer. (Other surveys show similar findings, both among independents and the general public.)