California Sours on Obama & Obamacare
Californians, like many of their fellow Americans, are turning against President Obama and his signature legislation, Obamacare.
The latest Public Policy Institute of California survey shows that 51 percent of likely voters in the Golden State view the Affordable Care Act in a negative light. Forty-two percent like it.
The survey was conducted about a month after Obamacare and its craptastic website launched:
California's plan has exemplified one of the Act's few success stories. We have a registration website that actually works, and 431,756 of you have used it to sign up.
But bad vibes about Obamacare resonate way out West.
Among all adult Californians, feelings of love (those favorable) and hate (unfavorable) for the ACA were split 44 to 44 percent, the PPIC says.
The uninsured like it at a rate of 50 percent to 43 percent.
Democrats dig Obamacare at a rate of 60 percent in favor while 80 percent of Republicans are just not that into it.
Mark Baldassare, president and CEO of PPIC:
Californians are evenly split and deeply divided along party lines on federal health care reform. While public awareness of the state's effort is high, there is room for improvement among those in need of health insurance.
And, like we mentioned earlier, Obama is struggling even in this bluest of states. His approval rating dipped to 51 percent from 61 percent in July, the survey says.
Maybe there's some good news here, though:
In order for Obamacare to work, young people who don't actually use insurance as much as older folks will need to sign up, and 72 percent of uninsured Californians aged 18 to 44 say they'll go for it.
Nearly two-thirds (66 percent) of the Golden State's uninsured, regardless of age, say they'll sign up too.
The PPIC interviewed 1,701 random adults in California Nov. 12 through 19 via landline phones and mobile phones.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you'll never miss LA Weekly's biggest stories.