Health Care Reform: Polls and Crazies in the News

March 25th, 2010 by Lee Eldridge

Like many I’ve continued to watch coverage this week of health care reform. Just a few interesting articles and nuggets today.

CBS Poll: Most Want GOP to Keep Fighting
I had expected to see Obama get a slight bump following the passage of the health care bill this weekend. According to Gallup, the favorables jumped 4 points from 45% in favor of the bill before the vote to 49% in favor of the bill after the vote. And Obama’s job approval rating jumped to 51% from a low of 46% just about a week ago. In general, Gallup has tracked more favorably for health care reform than most other polls, and by a pretty good margin. RealClearPolitics does a great job of tracking multiple polls, and you can see here that Gallup tracked the favorables of the health care reform bill by 4-10 points higher than just about everybody else. So even if health care reform gets a similar bump in the other polls, it will still be seen as an unfavorable bill by most Americans.

But what I found more interesting was in a new CBS poll that found that 62% of those polled WANT the republicans to continue to challenge the health care bill.

CBS Poll Results

From CBS: “The poll finds that 62 percent want Congressional Republicans to keep challenging the bill, while 33 percent say they should not do so. Nearly nine in ten Republicans and two in three independents want the GOP to keep challenging. Even 41 percent of Democrats support continued challenges.”

Threats and Violence are Never Acceptable
Lots of media coverage of threats from health care reform opponents against democrats who voted for the legislation. This is just wrong. Though it’s interesting that Bart Stupak was receiving threats from the left when he had planned to vote against the bill, but it’s not until he receives threats from the right for voting for the bill that it becomes a news story.

There are crazies on both sides. I condemn the behavior of these extremists on the right just as I condemned the behavior of the extremists on the left.

And a Little More Reading Material
Two more articles to keep the juices flowing. This one is from IBD and details 20 ways the Obama-Care will take away our freedoms. And some coverage from PolitiFact with their top ten facts to know about health care reform.

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2 Responses to “Health Care Reform: Polls and Crazies in the News”

  1. Lee Eldridge Says:

    One more poll for you guys. According to Rasmussen: “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.”

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/healthcare/march_2010/55_favor_repeal_of_health_care_bill

  2. Bobby Says:

    rasmussen has obama at 48% favorable and 51% unfavorable as of today in daily tracking poll

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/daily_presidential_tracking_poll