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Political Insiders Poll

Poll: Which Party's Obamacare Message Has Been More Effective?

Which party has been more effective in its messaging about Obamacare?


Democrats: 25%
Republicans: 50%
Neither: 25%



"Republican message is just wrong. Polls say people are embarrassed to admit they are Republicans."

"But it's still hard to turn a sow's ear into a purse!"


"The Republicans have well overplayed their hands on this. It is the law, and voters are really tired of the playing around with their lives."

"A year ago, the answer would be the GOP."


"The GOP has all the easy messages on Obamacare. Can't wait for the Halloween ads."


"Barack Obama fell into the same trap the Clintons did by sponsoring a proposal that was way too complex to explain to the public. The White House forgot the KISS rule of politics: Keep It Simple, Stupid."

"Supporters and the media took a sleeping pill on Obamacare."

"The GOP has done a good job scaring a lot of Americans."

"Lies are very powerful when repeated."

"It is turning around, but it has not been the Democrats' finest hour."

"They have succeeded in making it a dirty word."

"Democrats and the White House have mistakenly assumed the merits of the plan will convince the public."

"Has there been Democratic messaging?"


"Democrats haven't defended it properly, and Republicans have squandered their opportunity by acting like lunatics."

"The average voter is dazed and confused about Obamacare, with both parties equally to blame."

"Is bad or is it good? No one seems to know."

"People are confused. One party is lying, and the other has been inept."


Which party has been more effective in its messaging about Obamacare?


Democrats: 12%
Republicans: 59%
Neither: 29%


"It helps that the media regurgitates their talking points and starts with the premise that the president is the one everyone should agree with."

"We're living in an echo chamber, while Obama is aiming for middle-of-the-road voters who hate Congress even more than they dislike Obamacare."


"Republicans have the best messaging until they start linking Obamacare to a government shutdown. That shifts the advantage to the Democrats—dramatically."

"It doesn't really matter, because it's not going away."

"How else do you explain that people hate Obamacare in the aggregate, but when asked about most of the particular parts individually, they find themselves in agreement? Republicans have owned Democrats on this issue from day one."

"The poll numbers tell the story."

"Obamacare unites the Republican coalition like nothing since the Cold War."

"SNL spoof on Sept. 28 was relentless and negative—Obamacare is now a joke."

"The glitches, flaws, and implementation delays all contribute to the GOP effort."


"Messaging this issue is like counting fleas on a dog's ass. Doesn't matter. It's the law of the land. Both sides are inflicting the same damage. No new territory is gained on either side."

"It's hard to win the PR battle when teammates are shooting at each other."

"Americans are smart enough to wait until it's actually rolled out to see if it's good or bad."

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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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