Even as President Obama’s approval ratings hit record lows – he’s down to 43% at the end of his fifth year of presidency, while George W. Bush stood at 47% -- The Washington Post struggles to find a “silver lining.” Reporters Aaron Blake and Sean Sullivan write on Wednesday that there is indeed a “silver lining for Democrats on Obamacare.”
What exactly is the silver lining? Here are Blake and Sullivan:
The myriad problems with the rollout of HealthCare.gov and the Obamacare exchanges have pushed President Obama’s approval ratings to a new low and, to hear many tell it, might give Republicans a leg up in the 2014 election. But tucked into the new Washington Post-ABC News poll released Tuesday is a cautionary tale for the GOP.
It is this: Despite the country’s opposition to the Affordable Care Act and Obama’s leadership on it, it doesn’t want to turn the reins over to Republicans.
The Washington Post said that the poll shows while 62 percent of Americans disapprove of Obamacare, 42 percent think Obama should be in charge of the implementation of the law, as opposed to 37 percent picking Republicans. That’s likely because Republicans have expressed no interest in applying Obamacare, instead preferring to repeal it. The proof: 34 percent of Americans approve of Obama’s implementation, but 42 percent want him to continue to implement it. And on the economy, while Obama’s approval rating stands at 42 percent, Americans prefer Obama on the economy, 45-41.
But according to The Washington Post, this is a silver lining for Obama. “So, to sum it all up, on arguably Obama’s worst issue, he leads Republicans by five points,” said Obama. “On one on his best, he trails by four. Up is down. Black is white. The Minnesota Vikings won the Super Bowl.”