POTUS Attack On SCOTUS Fails: Obamacare Falling, Supreme Court Rising In New Polls

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April 13, 2012

It looks like President Barack Obama’s attempt to intimidate the Supreme Court into ruling Obamacare constitutional has failed — at least with the public. Three new polls show the law is in deep political do-do with voters, including Democrats.

Earlier this week, the Washington Post-ABC News Poll raised a lot of eyebrows because it not surprisingly skews left yet showed 53 percent of Americans oppose it while only 39 percent support it. Whatever happened to “The more Americans get to know it, the more they will like it”? Probably, the same thing that happened to, “We have to pass the bill to know what’s in it.” Bryan Preston at PJMedia’s The Tattler has more, here, about this new all-time low for Obamacare.

Meanwhile, an Investors Business Daily poll found that only 22 percent want the Supreme Court to uphold the law, while 37 percent want the law thrown out in its entirety. Another 30 percent think the individual mandate is unconstitutional but want the remainder of the law to stand. But what really shocked the Mainstream Media’s pundtocracy was the number of Democrats who oppose the law. Sean Higgins at the Investors.com Capitol Hill Markets and Politics Blog writes that even members of the president’s own party are unconvinced of its legality:

Strikingly, the same poll found that while 39% of Democrats wanted the law upheld, 38% wanted the mandate struck down and another 12% wanted the whole thing thrown out. In other words, 50% want part or all of the law tossed. Even taking into account that some of those may be liberals who dislike ObamaCare because it isn’t more expansive, it’s a striking rejection of the president’s main accomplishment by his own party.

Among independents, the numbers are even worse for the president: 40% want the whole law repealed, 33% want the mandate overturned and only 18% want the whole thing upheld. Unsurprisingly, Republicans hate it even more: 66% want the whole thing thrown out, 19% want just the mandate gone and only 10% want it all upheld. That’s based on a poll of 906 people, conducted from March 30 to April 5.

Talk about shock and awe. The narcissist-in-chief must be beside himself.

The third poll in this week’s trifecta is from Rasmussen on the popularity of the Supreme Court. It showed the Court’s approval as an institution has shot up to its highest ratings in years. The likely reason is backlash against President Obama’s unprecedented attack on another (and equal) branch of government. While spats with Congress are par for the course, no matter which party controls the capitol or the White House, attacks on the  unelected judiciary are nearly unheard of, as its role is to  carry our justice and interpret the constitution impartially. From Rasmussen:

Forty-one percent (41%) of Likely U.S. Voters now rate the Supreme Court’s performance as good or excellent. … That’s up 13 points from 28% in mid-March and is the court’s highest ratings in two-and-a-half years.

Nineteen percent (19%) still rate the court’s work record as poor, unchanged from last month.

The Court’s audio transmission of the Obamacare hearings, which did more to teach Americans about the Constitution’s limits on government power than anything in recent memory (as I tweeted at the time and posted on Facebook), no doubt also lent itself to a popularity nudge — there were the justices, showing their dignity in not allowing the visual media turn the event into a circus, but recognizing the importance of the moment to the nation. Hearing them engage their work earnestly, instead of demagoguing and grandstanding — or bullying and threatening another branch about its decision — have given it more credibility in three days than all the grandiose speeches and claims of lowering the ocean levels a Chicago street pol can muster in a lifetime.

At the same time, one can’t helped but be amused at the formerly cocksure liberal legal brains, who two years ago were exclusively interviewed by the Mainstream Media, and who unanimously declared no judge in the country would rule Obamacare unconstitutional, much less get to the Supreme Court, lament its demise in the forthcoming June decision.

Rasmussen says it cannot connect the president’s hostile remarks or the popularity of the taped audio transmission to the Court’s improved ratings, but do the math: Its ratings had fallen three consecutive months before the president lambasted the idea of judicial review (prompting a humiliating homework assignment by an appeals court judge to the Justice Department) and before we gathered around around televisions to listen. As incongruous as that sounds — and what a throwback in this digital age to the pre-vacuum tube age — listening can be instructional. A lesson the president should consider.

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