Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Health Care support on the rise

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.

Full results here


Christian Liberty said...

New Poll Finds Americans Really, Really Don’t Like Obamacare

· Most Americans oppose (81%) health care reforms that would increase insurance premiums for healthy people to offset premiums of people who wait until they are diagnosed with an illness to purchase insurance.

· Eight Americans in ten (81%) oppose allowing the government to decide what kind of health care coverage Americans are able to purchase.

· Most Americans (87%) oppose having a government panel recommend or decide what medical procedures or medical advances your doctor or health plan can or cannot use. (ed: this would include the "death panels" that the left likes to PRETEND don't exist in the bill --- but they do!!)

· More than eight Americans in ten (84%) support reforms that would allow people to buy health insurance where it is the least expensive, such as across state lines.

---) Government healthcare is extremely unpopular. And it is unpopular because the government goes too far in abridging the liberty of the American people, NOT because (like some on the left claim) it doesn't goo "far enough".

Christian Liberty said...

For an upcoming poll, test AZ voter's support for a referendum blocking implementation of the Obamacare insurance mandate. I suspect we'll find more support for nullifying (or repealing) Obamacare then there ever was for implementing it in the first place.

Christian Liberty said...

OPPOSITION to the Democrats' healthScare bill is rising faster than support. As many as 38 states may sue the federal government to block implementation of the insurance mandate.





Christian Liberty said...

Health care isn't even popular in Obama's adopted home, deep-blue Illinois. "Illinois voters, by a 52 percent to 39 percent margin, oppose the massive health care reform bill in its current form, preferring Congress pass smaller bills that address individual problems in a step-by-step approach."

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