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Voters Rate Obamacare as Obama's Defining Moment

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Voters are conflicted over outgoing President Barack Obama's place in history, but they agree the passage of Obamacare will be the defining marker of his presidency.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 32% of Likely U.S. Voters believe Obama will be remembered most for the national health care law. His handling of social and racial issues, the Iran nuclear deal and his policies on illegal immigration and refugees are all tied for a distant second with nine percent (9%) support each.

Seven percent (7%) say Obama will be remembered most for his economic stimulus package, while nearly as many say that of the auto industry bailouts (6%) and the killing of Osama bin Laden (5%). Just four percent (4%) think he’ll be mostly remembered for his actions on climate change. A sizable 20%, however, think Obama will be remembered for something else not named in the survey. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The national telephone survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports on January 15-16, 2017. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Fieldwork for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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