If Republicans think they have health care reform to run on for mid terms, they better think again.USAToday/Gallup Poll released today showed a striking difference in the favorable rating of health care reform. 49% favor the health care bill, while 40% do not favor.
By 49%-40% those surveyed say it was “a good thing” rather than a bad one that Congress passed the bill. Half describe their reaction in positive terms, as “enthusiastic” or “pleased”
Republicans have been using poll data to say that people do not favor reform. It was a bit disingenuous as they were taking those who wanted more and lumped those in with those who did not favor health reform.
The initial top-line shows only 39% of registered voters favoring the bill, to 59% opposing it. However a follow-up question finds that 43% oppose it on the grounds that it is too liberal, while 13% oppose it on the grounds that it is not liberal enough. So another way of looking at the data is that 43% oppose it for being too liberal, 39% favor it, and 13% oppose it for not being liberal enough, with another 3% who oppose it for some indeterminate reasons.
A majority of Americans have always been in favor of health reform and it’s going to be a loser for Republicans in November.