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December 19, 2013 / needhamgrassroots

Despite Obamacare rollout, Americans want to expand safety net

fdrIt’s been widely suggested that Obamacare’s rollout failures threaten to bring down the entire liberal project, by getting Americans to turn on the idea that activist government should — or can — solve major problems facing the country and effectively protect people from financial and medical harm.

Anything is possible over the long haul, of course, but a new poll suggests this just isn’t happening. It finds that despite deep skepticism of the law, majorities still support the idea that the federal government has a responsibility to expand health coverage to those who lack it.

… Sure, people tell pollsters they hate generic “government.” But today’s NYT/CBS poll, and yesterday’s WaPo poll finding large majorities want government to combat inequality, suggest majorities still see a valid federal role in intervening in the economy and even expanding the safety net.

Morning Plum: Despite O’care rollout, Americans want to expand safety net.

By the way, this is not a new trend. See polling from 2011.

Related: http://www.jamisonfoser.com/blog/2013/03/americans-are-more-liberal-than-you-think.html

Liberal economic policy is popular policy

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/12/18/morning-plum-democrats-should-prioritize-combatting-inequality-its-popular/

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