A quarter of the country (25%) has been hurt by Obamacare. While only 16% have been helped by it. Most people (57%) have felt no direct impact.
A year ago 54% had felt no direct iimpact, 29% had been hurt and 17% has been helped.
Byron York points out that the only income group that views Obamacare favorably is those earning under $40,000. And they aren't crazy about it. Only 42% are favorable vs. 38% unfavorable. In the middle class ($40,000 to $89,999) 57% are unfavorable vs. 33% favorable. York underlines that this does not bode well for the 2016 election.
Democrats have already paid a pretty high political price, losing control of the House in 2010 and the Senate last year. But the price-paying is probably not over.
Of course President Obama will continue to defend Obamacare until he leaves office and beyond. Hillary Clinton, should she be the Democratic nominee in 2016, will perhaps be more flexible in implementing the law, or more open to tweaking it, but on the most fundamental level will be stuck defending it.
Meanwhile, middle class voters will probably have the same opinion of Obamacare when they go to the polls on Nov. 8, 2016, as they do today. Of course other factors will play a role in those voters' decisions, but Obamacare will be part of it.However, most people (50%) and most independents (51%) want to see debate on the law continue. Only a minority (45%) want to see the country focus on other issues. So, Obamacare's unpopularity will undoubtedly play a role in 2016.