Two New Opinion Polls Find More Americans Oppose Repealing Health Care Law

Two new polls solidify last week’s argument that most Americans don’t support repealing the health law. The surveys from Gallup and AP-GfK chip away at the Republicans’ argument that they have a mandate to eliminate or defund the health law:

Gallup poll released this morning: 42 percent want to repeal it in some way, shape, or form. 49 percent would keep it or expand it. Significantly, 43 percent of Independents believe it goes to far and should be repealed, why the majority, 46 percent of want to keep or expand it.

AP-GfK poll released on Thursday morning: 39 percent want to repeal of scale back the law. 58 percent would keep it or expand it. 21 percent want to leave it as is; 38 percent want to expand it.

Last week’s national exit polls found that 48 percent of Americans want to repeal the law, while 47 percent would keep it or expand it, suggesting that neither party has a mandate on the issue. But Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) still pressed on the party’s repeal rhetoric, arguing that Americans wanted to eliminate the law. [W]hether or not the administration has a mid-course correction, Republicans have a plan for following through on the wishes of the American people,” McConnell said in a post-election speech titled “Listening To The People Who Sent Us Here.”

“It means sticking ever more closely to the conservative principles that got us here…And, above all, it means listening to the people who sent us here,” he added. Unfortunately, McConnell didn’t explain what it would mean if his “conservative principles” clashed with “the people who sent us here.”