Polls on Health Care Bill Continue to DropApril 17th, 2010 by Lee Eldridge
To quote Dick Morris, “Obamacare is a gift to the Republican Party that keeps on giving.” President Obama and the democrats had expected that as time elapsed, Americans would look more favorably upon the healthcare bill. So far, that hasn’t proven to be the case.
From Rasmussen Reports earlier this week: “Three weeks after Congress passed its new national health care plan, support for repeal of the measure has risen four points to 58%. That includes 50% of U.S. voters who strongly favor repeal.” The post goes on to report that “Forty-seven percent of voters believe repeal of the health care bill will be good for the economy.”
And Real Clear Politics shows an average among the polls at 40.2% in favor of the health care plan and 52.5% continue to oppose the health care plan — a spread of 12.3 points. All polls featured in RCP show that more Americans oppose the bill than favor the bill. The narrowest spread is three points from Gallup, who typically has shown more support for the bill than most other national polls. The largest spreads are from Rasmussen (20 points), CNN (20 points) and CBS (21 points). For CBS in particular this is a significant swing where they had the polls at only a four point spread March 22-23. In case you’re curious, FOX News has the spread at 15 points, closer to the RCP average than you might expect.