Saturday, November 21, 2009

Senator Byron Dorgon: Is he Prepared to Walk the Health Care Plank?

Zogby shows what is at stake with his health care vote for Senator Byron Dorgon who already trails Republican Governor John Hoeven in the poll for reelection 56% to 36% but has a lead on another potential challenger Duane Sand 60% to 28%. 62% of those polled either strongly or somewhat oppose the health care legislation making its way through Congress. Independents oppose the legislation by a similar margin.
When asked how a vote by Senator Dorgan in support of the healthcare bill would impact their potential vote for the Senator in the 2010 election, 12% of likely voters say they would be more likely to vote for Senator Dorgan as a result, while 40% would be less likely. Forty-six percent say Senator Dorgan's vote on health care makes no difference, including 62% of likely-Dorgan voters.
Voting for health care legislation does nothing to improve Dorgan's chances for reelection.  In fact quite the opposite, the key here being the Independent opposition:

Will Dorgan walk the plank?
H/T: Memeorandum

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