As reported in The Daily News, Fox News recently ran a poll asking its Republican viewers their opinions. The poll indicated that only 14% of Republicans support Obamacare. That is to be expected, but what makes this newsworthy is that the same people were asked if they supported the Affordable Care Act, and 22% said that they did! This means that a full 8% of the people polled didn’t even know that the ACA and Obamacare are the exact same thing.
This brings up two questions. Why did these people not understand that they were being asked about the same thing, and why is the Republican party ignoring the fact that nearly a quarter of their constituents actually approve of the law? The second question is a much bigger issue that would require much more time to delve into, so for now let’s focus on the first one. Fox’s Own Poll Proves Its Viewers are Practically Brain-Dead
The major problem with the war over the Affordable Care Act is that there is so much misinformation out there being perpetrated by the Right that everyday citizens are left confused. We’ve reported on the misinformation surrounding the Affordable Care Act many times like here, here, here, here, and here, and that’s just in the past two weeks! And as this poll, and Daily Kos, show even the use of the name ‘Obamacare’ is causing great confusion. Unfortunately no matter how much the Democrats and the Left try to disseminate the truth and make sure that people truly understand how the law works and what it will mean, the ears of conservatives are closed.
Everyone enjoys it when the sources for their information jive with what they personally feel, but unfortunately too many pundits and people in power on the Right continue to push the misinformation. One might think that something that helps people would be supported in a bipartisan manner, but obviously there is an ulterior motive to their insistence on ignoring the truth and spreading lies. We’ll leave what that motive is alone for another discussion.
However, there is a lesson that can be learned by this. People who take Fox polls don’t know what they’re talking about, or at least 8% of them don’t. Think of it this way; if 8% prove that they don’t even know that ACA and Obamacare are the same thing, imagine how many more don’t actually know anything about the law. But don’t waste too much time trying to convince them they’re wrong, you may just end up losing friends over something that they’ll never change their minds about. I wouldn’t be surprised if even after it starts improving their lives that they’re still against it, probably at least 8%.