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March 6, 2010

WHAT THE GOP DOESN'T TELL YOU ABOUT HEALTHCARE POLLS

BARRY SUSSMAN, HUFFINGTON POST - Comes now a McClatchy/Ipsos poll of 1,076 people that on first glance offers rocks to sling at Obama. The lead question asks, "As of right now, do you favor or oppose the health care reform proposals presently being discussed?" Forty-one percent said they favored them, 47 percent said they were opposed, and the rest said they were unsure. Those are numbers the Republican leaders could work with.

But the pollsters went a step further, asking those opposed -- 509 people in all -- if they were against the proposals because they "don't go far enough to reform health care" or because they go too far. Thirty-seven percent said it was because the proposals don't go far enough. Thus the addition of an obvious, simple follow-up question completely turns the tables. The overall numbers switch to 59 percent in favor of health care reform, 30 percent against. Putting aside those with no opinion, it becomes 66 percent in favor of health care reform, 34 percent against. Some would call that a consensus, or these days, a super majority. . .

The poll did find resistance to key measures in the legislation. Seven of ten interviewed said they opposed putting "new taxes on the most expensive insurance policies;" six of ten opposed "a government requirement that everyone buy health insurance."


3 Comments:

Anonymous Here we go with the least worse in healthcare... said...

Actually, this article is misleading. Most voters are opposed to this legislation because it is a corporate handout mandating people purchase fraudulent insurance. That infuriates voters of all parties. Most people want single payer aka an expansion of Medicare. Congress, with the exception of Kuccinich, and Obama are too corrupt to acknowledge that.

March 6, 2010 4:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a lot of things the GOP doesn't tell you.

March 7, 2010 3:39 AM  
Anonymous wellbasically said...

What would happen to the 41% in favor of the bill if you appeased the 37% who oppose because it doesn't go far enough? It is arguable that you would lose more people off the other end.

March 7, 2010 11:26 PM  

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