A majority of Democrats in a new IBD poll want to see either the individual mandate or the entire Affordable Care Act scrapped:
And polls continue to show it has little popular support either. For example, a poll just conducted for IBD by TechnoMetrica Market Intelligence found that only 22% said they wanted the justices to uphold the entire law, while 37% said strike down the whole thing and 30% said to strike down only the law's individual mandate to buy health insurance. Another 10% were unsure.
Strikingly, the same poll found that while 39% of Democrats wanted the law upheld, 38% wanted the mandate struck down and another 12% wanted the whole thing thrown out. In other words, 50% want part or all of the law tossed. Even taking into account that some of those may be liberals who dislike ObamaCare because it isn't more expansive, it's a striking rejection of the president's main accomplishment by his own party.
Among independents, the numbers are even worse for the president: 40% want the whole law repealed, 33% want the mandate overturned and only 18% want the whole thing upheld. Unsurprisingly, Republicans hate it even more: 66% want the whole thing thrown out, 19% want just the mandate gone and only 10% want it all upheld. That's based on a poll of 906 people, conducted from March 30 to April 5.
So, in other words, if the Supreme Court does throw out part or all of ObamaCare, it's a pretty sure bet that the American people will not be rising up in outrage.
The Obama campaign is whistling past the graveyard if they really believe that they can make the Supreme Court an issue in the fall campaign if the justices overturn part or all of Obamacare. When half of your own party wants to see the law repealed - or effectively destroyed as a result of losing the individual mandate - the Obama team better find another issue to highlight.