Our newest North Carolina poll finds once again that voters are opposed to the health care bill not so much because they don't like what's in it but because Republicans have won the messaging battle.
58% of voters in the state say that they oppose the plan with 35% in support.
But if you ask them about the bill preventing children from being denied health care because of preexisting conditions there's 59/33 support.
If you ask them about giving tax credits to small businesses that provide their employees with health insurance there's 57/37 support.
If you ask them about stopping health insurance companies from putting caps on how much they will cover there's 52/38 support.
If you ask them about eliminating the Medicare 'doughnut hole' there's 51/38 support.
And if you ask them again at the end if they support the health care bill there's a nine point shift in support of the bill. Voters still oppose it by a 39/53 margin but that net -14 is a lot smaller than the -23 when they were first asked the question about two minutes earlier.
If/when health care passes it will not have the support of the public because Democrats have not done a good job of selling it up front. But what these poll results show is that there is a lot in the bill that the voters are happy with, and if it goes into effect the party and its candidates will just have to emphasize those points and try to flip a skeptical public once it has been enacted.
Full results here