In the midterm elections, voters across the country repudiated President Obama’s policies which by the president’s own mouth were on the ballot. Voters elected the GOP to both the House and Senate in majorities the party has not had since 1942.
At the same time, 31 of 50 governorships are in control of the GOP. 23 states have the GOP in charge of both the governor’s house and both chambers of the state legislature. The party has not had state level dominance like this since 1929. The most important issue for voters across the board was the economy, and their belief that it is going in the wrong direction.
There is one salient economic policy of the president that has risen above any other, and it is his health care law. 56 Democrat Senators voted to pass Obamacare several years ago. Now, 30 of them have either been forced into retirement or defeated at the polls. As one political pundit once put it, the voting polls are the single most accurate poll in existence. Yet, Gallup’s latest poll suggests that is not the case. Their poll finds that despite the fact that voters threw out Democrats in record numbers over the economy, they love Obamacare by the overwhelming margin of 70%.
Quite likely the poll is designed to encourage the uninsured to enroll in the health care plan. HHS believes enrollment will fall nearly 4 million below their original projections. Insurers are set to raise rates significantly in the coming months. They waited to mail out the announcements until after the elections. That said, if the Gallup poll is accurate, the electorate loves Obama’s signature legislative achievement and expressed that by tossing his party out of power.