Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, says that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi isn’t living in reality if she believes that Obamacare is a winning issue for House Democrats running in swing districts.
“Look, Nancy Pelosi is from a deeply blue district. I have no doubt in her district, the San Francisco area, you can be for Obamacare and not have any electoral problems,” said Sabato during a Thursday appearance on Your World w/ Neil Cavuto. “The difficultly for Pelosi and the Democrats is, in every single reliable survey for more than a year a plurality or majority of Americans have been opposed to Obamacare, for a variety of reasons.”
The seven most recent survey show that an average of nearly 54% of Americans oppose Obamacare, while 39% support the law, according to Real Clear Politics. To find a survey in which support for Obamacare was above water, one has to go back to January 2013. Just eight polls taken since March 2011 found a net-positive support for Obamacare. That’s a stunning figure.
“She’s arguing the best defense is a good offense,” said Sabato. “The problem with that is when you’re on offense, using your time in the public arena to discuss a subject that people have more or less already made up their minds about, and they don’t like it, you’re wasting your time in the arena.”