Speaking Of Polls....
"I Don't Mind A Parasite. I Object To A Cut-Rate One."
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….according to an article posted a short while ago in the Washington Examiner:

“Survey: Fewer than 1 in 5 better off because of Obamacare; many more worse off

Eighteen percent of Americans, or fewer than one in five, say they or someone in their family is better off because of the Affordable Care Act, according to a new poll by CNN. Nearly twice that number, 35 percent, say they or someone in their family is worse off. A larger group, 46 percent, say they are about the same after Obamacare as before.

In nearly all demographic categories — age, income, education, etc. — more people say they are worse off because of Obamacare than say they are better off.

For example, one might expect respondents with incomes below $50,000 to be somewhat likely to say Obamacare has helped them. And that is the case: 21 percent say they are better off because of the Affordable Care Act. But 35 percent say they are worse off. (Forty-four percent are the same.)

Likewise, one might expect young respondents to report benefits from Obamacare. And they do: 23 percent say they're better off. But 33 percent say they're worse off. (Forty-three percent are the same.)

In other categories, the gap between better off and worse off is larger. In just one demographic group, nonwhites, is the group of those who say they are better off, 29 percent, bigger than the group who say they are worse off, 17 percent. (Fifty-four percent say they are the same.)

CNN also asked a slightly broader question, in which in addition to asking if the respondent or his family is better off, the question also asked if "other families in this country" are better off because of Obamacare. Thirty-five percent of respondents said that other families are better off, while 44 percent said Obamacare has "not helped any families." It's not clear if those answers were based on personal knowledge, news reporting, ideology, or some other factor, so for that reason, the information doesn't seem nearly as valuable as the straight question of whether the respondent or a family member is better off.

The CNN numbers are basically consistent with other surveys. The most recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll, for example, found that 18 percent said that they or their family were better off because of Obamacare, while 26 percent said they were worse off and 53 percent reported no difference.

Numbers like those in the CNN poll are always subject to partisan interpretation. For example, Obamacare supporters could add the 18 percent who are better off with the 46 percent who are the same and argue that 64 percent are better off or the same after Obamacare. The law's opponents could add the 35 percent who are worse off to the 46 who are the same and argue that 81 percent are worse off or the same. But the basic better off-worse off number is as solid an indicator as we have of how many people Obamacare is helping or hurting. And if the polling is correct, Obamacare is leaving more people worse off than better off.”

For the article, see: http://washingtonexaminer.com/survey-fewer-than-1-in-5-better-off-because-of-obamacare-many-more-worse-off/article/2551199

For the hard poll results, see: http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2014/images/07/22/rel7c.pdf

So - ".....many more worse off." These results come as no surprise, as ObamaCare was by design only going to help a small percentage of the American population (i.e., electorate). But these survey results do validate the conclusion that more people are HURT by the legislation than are being HELPED. This is the ultimate test for any law, especially one which was supposedly designed to – according to the Democrats – help EVERYONE with lower rates, more “choices,” and better overall health care..

Politically, this is obviously more good news for the GOP in the run-up to the November elections. ObamaCare continues to do the work. Even the Dems have begun to see the light:


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JimmyMack commented on Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 07:53 AM

There are lies, damn lies, statistics and then polls. In fourth Grade at BI we took a silent poll for a class monitor. All of them were blank. So, the teacher, Ms. Cohen, appointed a reticent female. She was cruelly ostracized up thru Junior High.

God (Karl Rove) works in mysterious ways. He attempts to ruin BHO, but is successful in devising ways to harm children.

shannalat commented on Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 at 11:00 AM

I have never been a big fan of polls. When I see polls used I think about the headline "Dewey Defeats Truman"

Are they lies? ehh depends on who was polled doesn't it? That is the thing about polls they can and are manipulated with data sets and questions.

Now does the affordable care act make health insurance something every American can access? Almost yes. But let me ask you this about the affordable care act..
Is there a difference in health care and health insurance?
Do we the people need health care or do we need health insurance?

sebekm commented on Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 at 19:56 PM

"Dewey Defeats Truman" was NOT a poll. It was a headline in a newspaper which inaccurately predicted the results of a presidential election. That prediction was not based on a poll in the sense of the polls I discuss in my blogs. That prediction was based on post-election canvassing of voters after they came out of the voting booth.

The "lies, damn lies, statistics and they polls" comment is just Jimmy's attempt to spin away the bad news today's polls provide for his party and its leaders. Recognize it for that, and drive on.

JimmyMack commented on Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 08:30 AM

I hate to tell ya poll-meister but:

"canvassing of voters after they came out of the voting booth" IS a poll.

Yeah, we are being shot at right now with all this whining and crying, but we will survive and be stronger for having endured it.

We are not going away...no matter how many polls see press.

sebekm commented on Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 14:37 PM

Repeat: Dewey Defeats Truman was not a poll. It was a headline. And the canvassing upon which it was based occurred 68 years ago in times of stubby pencil and personal election-site interviews. That's apples-and-oranges when compared to today's means and methods.

And nobody is asking you to "go away." I'd much prefer you STAY and share what this November will bring.

JimmyMack commented on Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 12:27 PM

The way humans 'count' have evolved thru time. Whether its done with moving beads on a string, scratching diagonally thru 4 vertical lines, using a stubby pencil, phone calls, computers...it still is counting\polling and maybe I need correction here being I am a mentally slow southerner of ill repute, but to my mind canvassing is polling and polling is counting, no matter the method utilized.

And, no worries, my Center-Right wordsmith friend, I don't PLAN on going anywhere. I must admit tho, that I DO detect a hint of possible pleasure, anticipated on your part, regarding my reaction to what November may bring. No?

You, my friend, should know better than anyone here, that no matter what happens, even if it is of a TITANIC sinking nature regarding my political posture, that I WILL be one of those in the life boat.

And, I will not be unarmed. Wet...MAYBE...but still packing heat. And, (another and) perhaps a little pi$$ed, angry, and looking for trouble. From ANYBODY.

sebekm commented on Wednesday, Aug 06, 2014 at 13:59 PM

I don't want you to go anywhere. Where did you get that idea?

Keep on packin'.

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