A new Gallup poll shows that every segment of registered voters now believes the health insurance mandate – the key, critical part of the Obamacare legislation – is unconstitutional.
Across all groups, 72% of registered voters believe the mandate should be struck down, while only 20% believe it to be constitutional.
The splits were decisive among all voting groups.
- Among Democrats, 56% believed the mandate to be unconstitutional. Only 37% thought it was OK.
- Among Independents, the gap was wider, with 70% believing the mandate to be unconstitutional. Only 21% thought it was OK.
- Among Republicans, 94% believed the mandate to be unconstitutional, while only 6% thought it was constitutional.
The respondents were also grouped as to whether they thought it was a good or bad law.
- Among those who thought the healthcare law was a good thing, 54% believed it to be unconstitutional. 38% believed it unconstitutional.
- Among those who thought the law to be a bad thing, the split was 94% to 4%.
For those who do not grasp the meaning, let’s be clear:
Even among the law’s most strident supporters, the overwhelming belief is that Obamacare is unconstitutional.
Furthermore, the respondents seem to slightly favor (47%) a Republican president’s repealing the 2010 healthcare law if elected this November. 44% opposed the idea – however, that could also be tied into whether or not they want to see a Republican win the White House at all.
Lastly, more voters (38%) expect the law to hurt them instead of help them (24%), with the rest not believing it will impact them or unsure how it will affect them.
The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments on the constitutional validity of Obamacare next month, in a case sure to have a big impact on this year’s elections.