PPP's first national poll since the passage of the health care bill finds Barack Obama's approval rating basically unchanged, with 46% of voters giving him good marks to 48% who disapprove. A month ago it was a 47/48 spread. This is the 4th out of 5 national surveys in 2010 that has put Obama in negative territory.
The same basic dynamics in Obama's national polling continue to be at play- Democrats pretty universally still love him (84% approval), Republicans don't (87% disapproval), and independents are split pretty evenly. This month they go slightly against Obama by a 45/41 margin and that leads to his overall net negative standing.
Support for the health care bill itself has also remained steady since its passage. 45% supported it a month ago and that 45% figure continues this month with 50% opposed.
A majority of voters express support for repealing the health care bill, but before Republicans get too gung ho there's also a red flag in those numbers. While independents are opposed to the bill by a 47/42 margin, only 34% of them say repeal should be a priority for Congress while 54% think it should not be. Pushing for repeal is certainly popular with the GOP base but it has the potential to turn off swing voters who join Republicans in their opposition to the health care bill but are ready for Washington to move onto other things.
It will be interesting to see if the Republicans overplay their hand and start to move some of these voters back toward the Democrats. At this point there's no doubt health care has been a winning issue for Republicans but it's possible that they've already milked it for all it's worth and could harm themselves by continuing to focus on it.
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