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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Wildly Popular Health Care Law Has Majority Support for Repeal

H/T: Hot Air
Rasmussen's latest poll, conducted two nights after the health care bill was passed, shows a majority supports repeal of the bill:
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey, conducted on the first two nights after the president signed the bill, shows that 55% favor repealing the legislation. Forty-two percent (42%) oppose repeal. Those figures include 46% who Strongly Favor repeal and 35% who Strongly Oppose it.

In terms of Election 2010, 52% say they’d vote for a candidate who favors repeal over one who does not. Forty-one percent (41%) would cast their vote for someone who opposes repeal.

Not surprisingly, Republicans overwhelmingly favor repeal while most Democrats are opposed. Among those not affiliated with either major party, 59% favor repeal, and 35% are against it.

Most senior citizens (59%) also favor repeal. Earlier, voters over 65 had been more opposed to the health care plan than younger adults. Seniors use the health care system more than anyone else. But 58% of those 18 to 29 also support repeal of the plan which requires all Americans to have health insurance.
This ought to put a crimp in the latest efforts to show Americans are slowly warming up to health care legislation. The big surprise here is the sudden awakening of the 18 to 29 age group. Obama never mentioned the mandate when I saw him address a group of college students in Pennsylvania two weeks ago. He did, however, emphasize they would be able to stay on their parents plan until they were 26, which was greeted with enthusiasm. Too bad they left that part out of the bill. Though that provision is likely to be fixed as it was included in reconciliation, Democrats left out another major promise to cover children with preexisting conditions. Read the bill much Democrats? It seems the answer to that question is a resounding, HELL NO!

Democrats vulnerable in the coming midterm elections must take a moment's pause when they hear the senior citizens who always come out to vote support repeal by 59% as do 59% of independent voters. Jennifer Rubin thinks this puts taking the Senate on the table:
but it’s no longer inconceivable that the Senate could flip, leaving the remaining Democrats (especially those up for re-election in 2012) quaking. Republicans have excellent to good shots at picking up Pennsylvania, Delaware, Colorado, Arkansas, North Dakota, Nevada, and Illinois. Throw in Wisconsin (if former governor Tommy Thompson runs) and California as competitive states, and you see a pathway to a GOP Senate takeover.
Will remaining Democrats who survive the midterms continue to ignore the will of the voters? Perhaps we might find those survivors amenable to overriding a presidential veto to repeal the bill.

More on this at Memeorandum

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