Americans prefer the pre-ObamaCare health care system

Some interesting results from a Reason-Rupe poll:

  • 55 percent of Americans say they prefer the old pre-ObamaCare health care system, while 34 percent prefer the new health care system.
  • 70 percent of Americans oppose making young people pay more for health care to help fund health care for older or less healthy Americans.
  • 57 percent believe lower cost health care plans that provide fewer benefits than required by the Affordable Care Act should be allowed.
  • 54 percent of those surveyed feel government is generally a “burdensome part of society that impedes the ability of people to improve their lives,” while 41 percent feel “government is primarily a source of good and helps people improve their lives.”

Many more poll questions and responses here.

Democrats Are the Out-of-Touch Extremists

The public overwhelmingly believes the country is headed in the wrong direction, that current economic policies aren’t working, that President Obama is doing a bad job, that government should be smaller and that ObamaCare should be repealed. But not Democrats.

Those are findings from a new poll by Investor’s Business Daily. On issue after issue, large majorities of the public tilt one way, but the Democrats tilt the other way.

Is the country headed in the right direction? 64% say no. Among Independents, 71% say we are headed in the wrong direction along with 92% of Republicans. But 66% of Democrats think we are headed in the right direction.

On all of the poll’s questions, Independents aligned with Republicans and against Democrats.

Gallup: Record number say not much economic opportunity

Fewer and fewer believe that there is “plenty of opportunity” to get ahead in today’s America – and that number is trending downward. As recently as fifteen years ago, optimists outnumbered pessimists by almost five to one. Today it is about even.

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Barely half of Americans believe that today’s youths will have a better life than their parents.

Related: America’s best days are in the past

Poll: America’s best days are in the past

More than half (52%) of likely voters think the nation’s best days are in the past. Only 31% think the best days lie still ahead. — Rasmussen Reports

It is understandable that so many people think that. But they are wrong. The economy does stink. We are in the worst, most prolonged recovery in 70 years. Unemployment is awful. Millions of people have given up even looking for a job. Median family income is down. Debt is up. Growth is down.

But these bad things don’t just happen. They are the result of bad policies from politicians who do not understand the Law of Unintended Consequences, who do not understand that good intentions are not the same as good results.

The right policies can put us back on the right track to growth and prosperity. Most people think the country is headed the wrong direction. We need to elect politicians who agree with us, who know that we are on the wrong track and that we need to change direction. 

 

Poll: Public favors smaller government

Encouraging results from recent Pew polls:

  • Only 1 in 4 Americans say they trust the federal government all or most of the time. Even among Democrats a majority trust the government only some of the time or never.
  • A majority of Americans also say the federal government is a threat to their personal rights and freedoms.
  • One-quarter are angry at the federal government and another half are frustrated.
  • Barely a quarter (28%) of Americans have a favorable view of the federal government.
  • People have a much more favorable view of local (63%) and state  (57%) governments.
  • A whopping 69% said the federal government should only run things that cannot be done at the local level.
  • By a margin of 56-35 the public overall favors smaller government providing fewer services than a bigger government providing more services.
  • A large majority agree that government regulation of business does more harm than good.

These polls show that voters by and large agree with us. Our problem is that too many national Republicans have destroyed our brand. Those are the Republican “leaders” who are okay with big government as long as they are the ones running it. The grassroots and growing numbers of upper-level real leaders want to shrink the size and power of the federal government, have it run only those things that cannot be done at the local level, and transfer power from the untrustworthy federal government to the more trusted state and local levels.

Republicans have done a terrible job in letting people know that we strongly agree with them.

Federal government has too much power – Gallup

A record high number, 60%, of Americans believe that the federal government has too much power, according to a recent Gallup poll. The previous high was set in September 2010. Hmm, wasn’t there an election about that time?

81% of Republicans think the government has too much power; 65% of independents; and even 38% of Democrats.