Another poll, and more evidence that the Republican obsession with repealing the Affordable Care Act is getting old. Like the Kaiser Family Foundation poll from a few weeks ago, this poll by Democrat Stan Greenberg of Democracy Corps and Republican Whit Ayres of Resurgent Republic for NPR shows that a majority of voters say it’s time to move on. It’s a slimmer margin in the NPR poll (51 percent, versus 56) but the message is pretty clear.
That 51 percent comes up from 49 percent with the addition of a message about dealing with the economy. The methodology of the poll is to give participants two statements, one from a generic Democratic candidate and one from a Republican candidate and to say which they supported more. When the statement “our main focus should be on our economy—getting people back to work with better paying jobs. Let’s not go back and reﬁght the same old health care political battles,” is added to a “let’s move on” statement, support increases by two percent overall.
But here’s the interesting part. The pollsters separated out responses from 10 battleground states (Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin), and the statement with economic message polled eight points better in those states than the one without it.
As if it hadn’t been clear from months and months of polling, what the country cares about most is jobs and the economy. And what are Republicans doing? Voting to kill Planned Parenthood and to repeal contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Again.
Source: Daily Kos