Barack Obama's approval rating really seems to have entered into a holding pattern. Every national survey we've done in the last four months has shown his approval fluctuating between 46 and 49%, and his disapproval fluctuating between 46 and 49%. This month he comes down at 47% approving and 48% disapproving.
While Obama's numbers have remained steady, support for health care is on the rise. 45% of voters now say they're for his plan while 49% are opposed. A month ago the spread was 39% in support and 50% opposed.
Dennis Kucinich's flip on the health care vote this morning is symbolic of a broader shift among liberals. Last month 73% said they supported the plan with 19% opposed. Now 89% say they support the plan with only 3% opposed. Whether it's because of the President's increasing visibility on the issue or because liberals finally decided the current bill is as good as they're going to get and better than nothing, there's been a big rise in support since early February.
The shift has come completely with Democratic voters. A month ago 39% of independents said they supported it, now 40% do. A month ago 10% of Republicans said the supported it, and that's now actually down to 8%. But Democratic support has risen from 63% to 76% in the last month. Obama seems to have succeeded in better unifying the party around his goals.
Republican voters are still more unified in their opposition to the bill (88%) than Democrats are in their support (76%), but the gap is a lot narrower than it had been.
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