ABC Poll Finds Health Care Law Is Massively Unpopular, Network Offers Scant Coverage
Published: 12/14/2010 1:54 PM ET
A December 13 ABC News/Washington Post poll found Barack Obama's health law at a new low in popularity, but Monday's World News and Tuesday's Good Morning America offered only meager coverage of the development.
Released the same day a Virginia judge ruled part of ObamaCare to be unconstitutional, the only mention on Monday came when Jake Tapper briefly highlighted the findings. At the end of a segment on the court ruling, he explained, "And, Diane, an ABC News/Washington Post poll out today shows the health care law at its lowest level of popularity ever. Just 43 percent support with 52 percent opposition, just weeks away from the Republican House taking office."
On Tuesday's Good Morning America, George Stephanopoulos talked to his friend and former Clinton White House colleague James Carville. Stephanopoulos allowed, "And we have a new poll out just yesterday, showing that public support for health care is the lowest it's ever been."
Referencing the judge's ruling and the incoming Republican House majority, he worried, "How much time and energy can the President and his team afford to invest in this fight?"
The poll was not mentioned again on the show during subsequent news briefs.
A partial transcript of the GMA segment, which aired at 7:11am EST, follows: