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Key Public Opinion Insights from the Cato Institute
May 24, 2019
HEALTHCARE

Gallup: 56% Say Healthcare is Not Government’s Responsibility

Recent polls indicate Obama is slipping on key measures of presidential trust and empathy. An ABC/Washington Post survey finds 50% do not believe Obama is honest and trustworthy, 51% say he does not understand the problems of “people like you” and 53% say he is not a strong leader. Similarly a Quinnipiac poll found 52% distrust the president. (Critical to President Obama previous weathering of political controversies has been…)
     
PRESIDENTIAL TRUST

President Obama Loses Americans’ Trust

Recent polls indicate Obama is slipping on key measures of presidential trust and empathy. An ABC/Washington Post survey finds 50% do not believe Obama is honest and trustworthy, 51% say he does not understand the problems of “people like you” and 53% say he is not a strong leader. Similarly a Quinnipiac poll found 52% distrust the president. (Critical to President Obama previous weathering of political controversies has been…)
     
PRESIDENTIAL TRUST

President Obama Loses Americans’ Trust

Recent polls indicate Obama is slipping on key measures of presidential trust and empathy. An ABC/Washington Post survey finds 50% do not believe Obama is honest and trustworthy, 51% say he does not understand the problems of “people like you” and 53% say he is not a strong leader. Similarly a Quinnipiac poll found 52% distrust the president. (Critical to President Obama previous weathering of political controversies has been…)
     
AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

Public More Positive Toward “Affordable Care Act” than “Obamacare”

NBC/WSJ Revisited: Given the inauspicious roll out of the new federal health care law, it’s worth revisiting an NBC/WSJ poll from September which asked half respondents their opinions about “Obamacare” finding 46% with negative feelings toward it, and asked the other half about the “Affordable Care Act” finding 37% with negative impressions.  In fact, 30% said they did not know enough about the Affordable Care Act to have an opinion compared to 12% regarding Obamacare.
     

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Most Blame Obama Administration for Problematic Exchange Websites: Most Americans blame the glitch-ridden roll out of the health insurance exchanges on the Obama administration (39%) and the contractors who designed the website (20%).  Only 4% blame Republican governors, 11% blame Republicans in Congress, and 10% hold insurance companies responsible. (Fox News Poll)

Republicans and Democrats Tied Hypothetical Congressional Match-up 43% to 43%: A recent Fox News poll finds Republicans tied with Democrats on a hypothetical Congressional match-up (43% to 40%) just weeks after the government shutdown when Democrats led Republicans 45% to 37% in a hypothetical match-up. (Fox News Poll)

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50% Disapprove of 2010 Affordable Care Act – Gallup ➞ SEE TREND

65% Favor Approving the Building of Keystone Pipeline –Fox News ➞ SEE TREND

50% Say Temperatures Increasing Due to Human-Caused Climate Change–Gallup ➞ SEE TREND

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