The latest failed trope is that a people “really” support the law if you include people who wished it were even more liberal:
Recently, partnering with the polling firm YouGov, Huffington Post polling analyst Mark Blumenthal attempted to duplicate CNN’s method of divining support for the ACA among those who do not support the ACA. To clarify CNN’s findings, he performed one extra step. “In your own words,” HuffPost asked select respondents, “what do you mean when you say the health care law is not liberal enough?”
“[V]ery few said they opposed the law because they would prefer a ‘single payer’ system (6 percent of those answering) or would prefer either the ‘public option’ or an alternative to ensure “healthcare for all” (4 percent),” Blumenthal revealed.
A much larger portion of the not-liberal-enough group referenced high costs (15 percent), the mandate to purchase health insurance (12 percent), or more general complaints about a lack of choice or too much government control (13 percent).
“I don’t think forcing everyone to buy insurance is liberal at all,” one respondent told Blumenthal.
“Liberal means choice to me at least and it leaves us no choice, we are forced to buy insurance we may neither need or want,” another said.
These are not promising results for the set of ACA supporters who had convinced themselves they were members of a new silent majority
I would merely add that Blumenthal is a Democrat pollster and that HuffPo is, well, HuffPo.
For Democrats facing the voters in November, there doesn’t seem to be any safety in the numbers. None at all.