How important an issue will Obamacare be in the 2014 elections?
DEMOCRATS (94 VOTES)
Very important: 32%
Somewhat important: 56%
Not important: 12%
"All the Republican extremism ties directly back to Obamacare, making it unavoidable as an issue."
"The 40 million uninsured voters will remember that the GOP wanted to repeal Obamacare and never bothered to offer an alternative."
"Republicans will certainly make a huge issue of it. If Dems can fix these damn 'glitches' (actually huge errors) in the website, then it could become an asset for the Democrats."
"The GOP can't stop their crusade, but by 2014 real Americans will start to see and feel the benefits."
"The rollout looks like it is going to go very poorly for a long time."
"It looks more tempting today than it will really be in October of 2014."
"The debate over Obamacare and the budget never ends, but Americans worry most about the economy and vote their pocketbooks and wallets. It's still the economy, stupid, and the GOP needs to get the message if they are to survive midterm elections."
"It will simply depend on how well it's doing."
"If it goes well, it will only be a base issue for Republicans. If it goes poorly, as it has so far, it will be a serious issue."
"It will still be used in campaigns, but not nearly as much as in the past. Americans want to talk about something else."
"It will play both ways in 2014, but by 2016 it will be a plus for the Democrats."
"Republicans missed their opportunity to make this a big deal for 2014. The worst is behind the administration."
"The public is weary about all the tea-party nonsense about it."
How important an issue will Obamacare be in the 2014 elections?
REPUBLICANS (97 VOTES)
Very important: 71%
Somewhat important: 27%
Not important: 2%
"The horrible rollout means it will be even more of an issue a year from now."
"It creates winners and losers in the middle class. The losers will be motivated to express their dismay."
"Even low-information voters will have figured out what an abomination it is by then."
"By November 2014, people will be feeling the impact of the law in a real and personal way for the first time. It won't feel good."
"It will drive out the GOP base vote, and we'll need it."
"It's an 11 because regular people will lose wages and benefits while seniors will quickly figure out Medicare is getting shorted in the process. Worse than Verdun."
"If GOP can keep the focus on the disaster Obamacare has become and will continue to be, we may actually win a seat or two."
"If Republicans can shake off the devastation of the Cruz shutdown fiasco, they will reap the benefits of voters who discover how bad a deal Obamacare actually is."
"It's the center of the political and policy universe. Debates about the economy, taxes, spending, role of government ... all run through it."
"It will have a greater impact on Republican primaries. The voters are desensitized to the issue ... unless this rollout gets even more embarrassing for Obama."
"In base-vote elections, this will be a big issue. In swing states or districts, not so much."
"People don't care about this as much as Ted Cruz thinks. A functioning government is far more important."
"People in the real world have already moved on."
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