Quinnipiac: Most Americans Say Obamacare Is a Tax Hike

Thursday, 12 Jul 2012 08:52 AM

By Greg McDonald

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Most Americans believe Obamacare, is a tax increase, despite efforts by the administration to describe it as anything but. According to the latest Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday, 55 percent agree the law will raise taxes while 36 percent disagree.
 
But in an answer to another question, 48 percent of 2,722 registered voters surveyed by Quinnipiac July 1-8 said they agreed with the Supreme Court decision upholding the law, while 49 percent said Congress should repeal it.
 
“President Barack Obama has worked mightily to avoid the ‘T’ word, but most American voters say [Obamacare] is in effect a tax hike,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “The big question is whether the Republicans can sell the idea to voters that the president’s Affordable Care Act breaks his promise not to raise taxes on those who make less than $250,000. That’s why what voters believe on this issue matters.”

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The survey found that 55 percent of Americans believe a candidate’s position on healthcare is “extremely important” or “very important” in determining how they will vote in November.
 
Concerning the mandate in the law that all Americans must be covered by health insurance, the voters surveyed appeared to be sharply divided with 48 percent favoring it and 47 percent opposed.
 
The opposed side was made up mostly of Republicans by a margin of 76 percent to 19 percent, while Democrats said they support the mandate by a margin of 79 percent to 16 percent.
 
The poll also asked voters about Obama’s new policy on deportation of young illegal immigrants. Fifty-five percent said they agreed with ending the deportation of some young illegal immigrants to 39 percent who said they were against it.
 
But at the same time, voters by a margin of 61 percent to 34 percent said they would like to see their own state adopt an Arizona-type law that requires police to check the immigration status of someone that has already been stopped or arrested.
 
Quinnipiac pollsters also asked voters to weigh in on the recent vote by the House to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress over the Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation.
 
By a margin of 44 percent to 29 percent, voters said they supported the citation, but 42 percent said it was politically motivated compared to 36 percent who said it was a legitimate.  

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