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In Gallup poll, 55% of Americans now support Affordable Care Act

In the category “You don’t miss the water till the well runs dry,” a pretty solid majority of Americans tell Gallup they approve of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). As recently as Election Day, disapprovers of the ACA outnumbered approvers by 53-42 percent, according the Gallup organization.

The act has not improved in any way since then, nor have Republicans stopped calling it a disaster that is imploding or exploding or reploding.

But this week, in the latest Gallup measure of the exact same question, approval of the act is up an impressive 13 points to 55 percent, the highest the ACA has ever scored, while disapproval fell 12 points to 41 percent, a new low. Personally, I prefer the Trump plan, from the campaign, which he said would insure “everybody” and “the government will pay for it.” Still waiting for the details on that one.

In the spirit of fairness to President Trump, whom I noted the other day had a Gallup approval/disapproval rating of 36/57, by far the worst ever for a president this early in his term, I should also note that his approval rating has shown a slight recovery. The latest numbers show him at 39 percent approval/55 percent disapproval. I congratulate him.

Comments (7)

  1. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 04/05/2017 - 02:12 pm.

    One possibility

    is that -anything- that Trump opposes is going to become more popular, as people learn the reasoning (or lack of it) behind Trump’s decisions.

  2. Submitted by RB Holbrook on 04/05/2017 - 03:21 pm.

    Approval is High

    Did the pollsters ask what the respondents thought of “Obamacare?”

    • Submitted by Paul Brandon on 04/06/2017 - 07:15 pm.

      They don’t like it

      They’re much more positive about the Affordable Care Act.

    • Submitted by Frank Phelan on 04/06/2017 - 09:29 pm.


      Will never be as popular as the Affordable Care Act is.

      And keep your government hands off my Medicare!

      • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 04/07/2017 - 11:49 am.

        Nostalgia Time

        It reminds me of the informal survey back in the 70s that asked what people thought of the Equal Rights Amendment. Most respondents were opposed. They did, however, support a constitutional amendment that said “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”

  3. Submitted by Hiram Foster on 04/06/2017 - 06:39 am.


    Elections are like a pressure cooker where polls are concerned. All the political ads, all the extremely partisan and tribalized talking heads, this changes what people say to pollsters if not necessarily what they think. This puts pressure on poll numbers. Once the elections are over, once the tv talking heads are loosened from the campaigns they were previously bound to, and once the political ads are gone, poll results snap back to what one might call, more normal results. This is a phenomenon we see a lot. Hillary is generally pretty popular when crowds are not shown each night in the media demanding that she should be locked up. Even George W. Bush is fairly popular now that he is no longer the target of daily criticism.

  4. Submitted by Connie Sullivan on 04/07/2017 - 11:59 am.

    So much depends on an informed public.

    Suddenly, as Ryan rolled out his long-hidden “repeal and replace” bill to gut Obamacare or the ACA, the American public began to realize what the ACA was and how the proposed changes would be disastrous for them. The ones who looked into health insurance facts are among those who started to appreciate what the ACA did for them and others.

    Now, we have a President who wants a “win,” no matter what the health care insurance bill contains, and he’s bound and determined to take that “loss” off his books with s ‘win” on health care, any “win.” Trump doesn’t care what’s in the bill. His only interest is whether or not he and Ryan can put together enough Republican votes to pass it. Trump doesn’t care who gets hurt or how.

    What I read about the current “new” proposal is evil: “insurance” plans that don’t cover anything; caps on coverage per patient; hugely-increased premiums for those who have the bad luck to get sick and need insurance to help pay health bills; discrimination against the poor and the elderly. Etc. Awful.

    Will Americans know about this awful stuff coming down the road at them? Who’s explaining it for them? They won’t like it once they find out, but Trump and Ryan are hoping that isn’t until the bill is passed, in Trump’s “win-at-all-costs” column.

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