Obamacare Launch Eroding Faith in Government as Problem Solver: Reason-Rupe Poll December 2013


"One word that kept coming up over and over again was the word 'disaster,'" says Reason-Rupe polling director Emily Ekins when referring to responses to the question, "What one word would you use to describe the implementation of the federal health care law so far?" Pollsters rated an overwhelming 65 percent of responses to that question as negative.

Ekins sat down with Reason TV's Zach Weissmueller to discuss the portion of the results from the December Reason-Rupe poll focused on the implementation of Obamacare in the wake of a disastrous website rollout and the broken pledge that, "If you like your plan, you can keep it."

The poll found President Obama's job approval rating at 47 percent, with only 38 percent of respondents approving of how he's handled the health care issue. But the problems seem to go even deeper than that, with 47 percent of respondents answering that the implementation of the health care law has decreased their overall confidence in the government's ability to solve problems. Even worse for the president, 52 percent disagree with what they perceive to be his view about the proper size and power of government, and these numbers hold up among Obama's key constituency of 25-34 year olds. 

Watch the video above to hear Ekins delve deeper into these results and more.

For full poll results, check out reason.com/poll.

Approximately 5 minutes long.

Produced by Zach Weissmueller. Camera by Sharif Matar and Tracy Oppenheimer.

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