The reports of the demise of opposition to Obamacare have been greatly exaggerated. In fact, to use a quote from the popular fantasy series, "A Song of Ice and Fire," the Supreme Court's ruling appears to have proven that "what is dead may never die, but rises again, harder and stronger."
Based on a new poll from Quinnipiac, that certainly appears to be the case with respect to distrust of the President's signature health care law, which liberals have repeatedly declared "dead" only to have it rise again, harder and stronger. The Weekly Standard reports:
The latest Quinnipiac poll shows that — by a 15-point margin — the Supreme Court’s Obamacare ruling makes voters less likely, rather than more likely, to cast their vote for President Obama. Twenty-seven percent of registered voters say that the ruling makes them “less likely” to vote for Obama, while only 12 percent say that it makes them “more likely” to do so. Only 9 percent of independents say that they are “more likely” to vote for Obama because of the ruling, compared to 27 percent who are “less likely.”
This is consistent with early signs following Obamacare's being upheld by the Court. Indeed, while many conservatives were still bemoaning the death of individual liberty after that decision, and mourning over what they saw as a still warm corpse, we at The Blaze attempted to put a brave face forward, and suggested that the number one reason the court's decision wasn't all bad was because it was a loser for Obama:
Romney has been handed an issue where 60 percent of the voting public agree with him and told to run with it. The reaction of many people who previously were skeptical of Romney shows just how powerful this is – he has transformed from the problematic standard bearer of a party that might potentially have to face thorny questions on health care to the anti-Obamacare candidate: Anti-mandate, anti-massive tax on the middle class, and pro-liberty. Some have claimed his own law in Massachusetts will end up being used against him in this case. If that’s true, we’re at a loss for who could possibly use it. The Obama administration has to run on their record, and the fact of the matter is that running on a law that imposes a massive, unpopular tax on the whole country, is going to look a heck of a lot worse than running while disowning a previous experiment with the idea at the state level and promising to do away with the national version once elected. Romney’s moment of heresy was years ago. Obama’s is right now.
This poll only lends weight to the idea that Obama is going to face a tougher election as a result of his signature achievement being validated.