American voters overwhelmingly support a delay of Obamacare’s individual mandate to purchase health insurance, according to a portion of a new Republican poll shared with the Washington Examiner.
Republican pollster Glen Bolger of Public Opinion Strategies, in a survey conducted for the GOP group Crossroads GPS from Sunday through Tuesday, found that 70 percent of “registered voters” support delaying the individual mandate in the wake of problems with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. Fifty-five percent said they “strongly favor” such a delay.
Meanwhile, 23 percent said they opposed delaying the individual mandate and its accompanying tax penalty for non-compliance; 14 percent said they strongly opposed. The poll surveyed 661 registered voters nationally and had a margin of error of 4 percentage points.
Its release comes as Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is set to testify before Congress for the first time since Obamacare's Oct. 1 rollout and the problems with the federal website for purchasing health insurance became apparent. Here is the question as posed to respondents of the poll:
Now, as you may know, the Obamacare law requires individuals to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty in the form of a tax. However, because of the significant problems that have been reported with launching Obamacare and difficulties people have experienced in signing up for coverage, would you favor or oppose a delay of one year in enforcing the new requirements for individuals, including the tax penalty?
(IF FAVOR/OPPOSE, ASK) And, do you strongly (favor/oppose) a delay of one year in enforcing the new requirements for individuals, including the tax penalty, or somewhat (favor/oppose) this?
70% TOTAL FAVOR
23% TOTAL OPPOSE
55% — Strongly Favor
15% — Somewhat Favor
9% — Somewhat Oppose
14% — Strongly Oppose