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Rasmussen: Support for Obama’s Government-Centric Health Care Overhaul Down to 42%
That \"collective will of the American people\" line is making Obamacare supporters look more out-of-touch by the day
The latest report from Rasmussen shows only 42% of Americans now support Congressional Democrats’ and President Obama’s proposal for a government-centric overhaul of the American health care system.
This poll shows that the decline in support for the President’s plan, which began in earnest in late June, has continued unabated. Two months ago, support for the Obama/Kennedy/Pelosi health care overhaul stood at 50%; in July, it fell to 47%, and now, in August, it is 42%.
American opposition to allowing government to overhaul the health care system remains 53%, identical to the late July number.
According to the report:
Sixty-seven percent (67%) of those under 30 favor the plan while 56% of those over 65 are opposed. Among senior citizens, 46% are strongly opposed.
Predictably, 69% of Democrats favor the plan, while 79% of Republicans oppose it. Yet while 44% of Democratic voters strongly favor the reform effort, 70% of GOP voters are strongly opposed to it.
Most notable, however, is the opposition among voters not affiliated with either party. Sixty-two percent (62%) of unaffiliated voters oppose the health care plan, and 51% are strongly opposed. This marks an uptick in strong opposition among both Republicans and unaffiliateds, while the number of strongly supportive Democrats is unchanged.
With the popularity of his health overhaul still dropping like it has a millstone tied around its neck, it’s no wonder the President — whose only experience with opposition is engineering union-backed astroturf campaigns for the purpose of preaching “truth to power” — is so anxious to shut off debate, and to have his supporters (and union goons) punch opponents back “twice as hard.”
Further, it’s no wonder that Obama pressed so hard to have a health overhaul bill passed this summer, before the American people could find out what his proposal consisted of, and before Congress had to face those in whose hands their electoral fates lie.
It looks like it’s going to be a long, hot August for the President and his Democratic supermajority in Congress.