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Poll: Does Obama's Post-Rollout Handling of the ACA Help or Hurt Your Party's Chances in November?

March 13, 2014

Does the president's handling of the Affordable Care Act since its rollout help, hurt, or not affect your party's chances in November?


Help: 11%
Hurt: 75%
Not affect: 14%



"Not surprisingly, letting things settle down and allowing time to work out the kinks helps the program, the president, and the Democrats."

"A voiceless Cabinet and an ignored Congress has made O-care advocacy a one-man show, but it is not enough."


"Every day it hurts us more and more."

"Considering every targeted Dem has Obamacare ads running against them, it hurts."

"It's no longer popular to stand up for the little guy."

"Not only is it bad media, many people are personally being jerked around."

"Obviously, it's been a disaster but has been better of late. Will hurt in 2014, but over time, it will be a boon for the Dems."

"It hurt, but the pain is receding—thank goodness!"

"The facts that at its core it still doesn't 'work' and that it is called 'Obamacare' are killing us in the midterms!"

Not affect

"The kinks in the ACA rollout have undermined the president' stature and Democratic opportunities in November. But Republicans have a habit of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory."

"The ACA rollout could have gone better, but it is mostly working now, which will neutralize the poor rollout."

"Negativity has died down, and now it's merely a rallying cry for the tea party."


Does the president's handling of the Affordable Care Act since its rollout help, hurt, or not affect your party's chances in November?


Help: 92%
Hurt: 4%
Not affect: 4%


"This law is an albatross around the necks of Democrats in red and swing states, and will remain so."

"People hate Obamacare. It was ineptly conceived and has been even more ineptly executed."

"Even Todd Akin couldn't mess this up."

"Heckuva job, Mr. President!"

"The midterms will be a judgment on every member of Congress who said: If you like your doctor, you can keep him/her. If you like your health plan, you can keep it. Most of those people will lose."

"Only a complete Democratic partisan could argue anything other than this. There is not one shred of data that says the American public likes this new law."

"Obama looks very much like the Dutch boy with his finger in the dike. It's a temporary solution to a big underlying problem."

"Desperate politicians do desperate things. The FL-13 result shows it's not working."

"Democrats won't be able to get that gum off their feet for years to come. The more they try to mitigate/fix it, the worse it gets. This will be the issue for two or three cycles."


"Nothing about this rollout has helped them anywhere but with their base, which is becoming increasingly disenchanted."

Not affect

"If Republicans could offer a coherent alternative, then we would be helped. But unfortunately Republicans are incapable of empathizing with those who were negatively impacted by pre-ACA health care, and they have no plan to improve the system."

"The rollout did all the damage we're going to see. Increasing dissatisfaction with the economy will move into the foreground."

. . . . . . . . .

Democratic Political Insiders Jill Alper, John Anzalone, Brad Bannon, Dave Beattie, Andy Bechhoefer, Cornell Belcher, Matt Bennett, Mitchell W. Berger, Mike Berman, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brathwaite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brewer, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bonnie Campbell, Bill Carrick, Guy Cecil, Martin J. Chavez, Tony Coelho, Larry Cohen, Jerry Crawford, Brendan Daly, Jeff Danielson, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott DeFife, Jim Demers, Tad Devine, David Di Martino, Debbie Dingell, Monica Dixon, Patrick Dorton, Pat Dujakovich, Anita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve Elmendorf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Ferson, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Foley, Jeffrey Forbes, Vincent Frillici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Michael Gonzalez, Joe Grandmaison, Anna Greenberg, Stan Greenberg, Pat Griffin, Larry Grisolano, Michael Gronstal, Lisa Grove, Marcia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Harpootlian, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hattaway, Mike Henry, Karen Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Harold Ickes, Marcus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jarding, Jonathon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kaufman, Lisa Kountoupes, Celinda Lake, David Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Lehane, Jeff Link, Bob Maloney, Jim Manley, Steve Marchand, Jim Margolis, Paul Maslin, Keith Mason, Susan McCue, Gerald McEntee, Steve McMahon, Tom McMahon, Phil McNamara, David Medina, Michael Meehan, Mark Mellman, John Merrigan, Michael Monroe, Steve Murphy, Janet Napolitano, David Nassar, Marcia Nichols, John Norris, Tom Ochs, Tom O'Donnell, Jeffrey Peck, Debora Pignatelli, Tony Podesta, Jefrey Pollock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Reiley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ricchetti, Will Robinson, Steve Rosenthal, David Rudd, Ryan Rudominer, John Ryan, Michael Sargeant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shumaker, Sean Sinclair, Phil Singer, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thornell, Jeffrey Trammell, Ed Turlington, Rick Wiener, James Williams, JoDee Winterhof, Brian Wolff, Jon Youngdahl, and Jim Zogby.

GOP Political Insiders Dan Allen, Stan Anderson, Gary Andres, Saulius (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bainwol, Brian Baker, Gary Bauer, David Beckwith, Paul Bennecke, Clark Benson, Wayne Berman, Brian Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Blalock, Carmine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bonjean, Jeff Buley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Cardenas, Danny Carroll, Alex Castellanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cicconi, Jonathan Collegio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Corman, Scott Cottington, Jay Cranford, Greg Crist, Diane Crookham-Johnson, Fergus Cullen, Tom Davis, Mike Dennehy, Ken Duberstein, Debi Durham, Sara Fagen, Frank Fahrenkopf, John Feehery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Benjamin Ginsberg, David Girard-diCarlo, Bill Greener, Jonathan Grella, Lanny Griffith, Janet Mullins Grissom, Doug Gross, Todd Harris, Steve Hart, Christopher Healy, Ralph Hellmann, Chris Henick, Terry Holt, David Iannelli, Ed Ingle, Jim Innocenzi, Clark Judge, David Keating, David Kensinger, Bob Kjellander, Ed Kutler, Chris LaCivita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lombardo, Kevin Madden, Joel Maiola, Gary Maloney, David Marin, Mary Matalin, Dan Mattoon, Brian McCormack, Mark McKinnon, Kyle McSlarrow, Ken Mehlman, Jim Merrill, Lisa Camooso Miller, Tim Morrison, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nelson, Neil Newhouse, David Norcross, Ziad Ojakli, Jack Oliver, Todd Olsen, Kevin O'Neill, Connie Partoyan, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, David Rehr, Tom Reynolds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, David Roederer, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, Andrew Shore, Kevin Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steeper, Bob Stevenson, Terry Sullivan, David Tamasi, Eric Tanenblatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Timmons, Warren Tompkins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk van Dongen, Jan van Lohuizen, Stewart Verdery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee Westine, Dave Winston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Matthew Zablud. 

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