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

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Michael Catalini Alex Roarty and Peter Bell
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Michael Catalini Alex Roarty and Peter Bell
Oct. 3, 2013, 4 p.m.

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

DEMO­CRATS (89 VOTES)

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

Demo­crats

“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.”

Re­pub­lic­ans

“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?”

Neither

“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?

RE­PUB­LIC­ANS (100 VOTES)

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

Demo­crats

“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

“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.”

Neither

“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.”

… … … … … .

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.

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

DEMO­CRATS (89 VOTES)

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

Demo­crats

“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.”

Re­pub­lic­ans

“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?”

Neither

“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?

RE­PUB­LIC­ANS (100 VOTES)

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

Demo­crats

“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

“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.”

Neither

“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.”

… … … … … .

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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