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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Think the GOP has a hope in 2010? Numbers say otherwise......

October 8, 2009 - American Voters Oppose Obama Health Care Plan, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; GOP Gets Lowest Grades Since Obama Elected

American voters oppose 47 - 40 percent President Barack Obama's health care reform plan, and don't want an overhaul that only gets Democratic votes, but they support key parts of the plan, including 61 - 34 percent for giving people the option of a government health insurance plan that competes with private plans, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.

By a 57 - 37 percent margin, voters say Congress should not approve a health care overhaul with only Democratic votes. Democrats are OK with a one-party bill 63 - 29 percent, but opposition is 88 - 9 percent from Republicans and 62 - 32 percent from independent voters.

President Obama's job approval is 50 - 41 percent, virtually unchanged from his 50 - 42 percent rating August 6, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University survey of 2,630 American voters finds. The President's 41 - 51 percent negative rating on health care is barely changed from his 39 - 52 percent rating August 5. His 47 - 46 percent score on handling the economy is slightly better than a 45 - 49 percent negative in August.

But Republicans get their lowest grades since Obama was elected on several measures:
Voters disapprove 64 - 25 percent of the way Republicans in Congress are doing their job, with 42 percent of Republican voters disapproving;
Only 29 percent think Republicans on Capitol Hill are acting in good faith;
Voters trust Obama more than Republicans 47 - 31 percent to handle health care;
Voters 53 - 25 percent have an unfavorable opinion of the Republican Party.
"President Barack Obama's approval rating has held at 50 percent over the past two months of high-intensity debate on health care and other issues," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "And while the spotlight is on the President, Republicans are taking a public opinion pounding."

"The public says it doesn't want Congress to pass a plan that only gets Democratic votes, but with apparently solid opposition from the congressional Republicans to Obama's plan it will be interesting to see how this issue plays in 2010 should the Democrats push through a bill with just their own votes," said Brown. "The long-term politics of a Democratic-only bill are clear as mud because they would almost certainly depend on how the public likes the finished product when it comes time to vote in 2010 and 2012."

The public view on the specifics of the proposed health care overhaul has not changed much, although a bare 50 - 45 percent majority now supports requiring people to have health insurance, compared to 51 - 44 percent against in a July 1 Quinnipiac University poll.

American voters also support 73 - 23 percent requiring businesses to help pay for employee health insurance, compared to 73 - 24 percent in July.

On the negative side, voters don't believe 71 - 19 percent that Obama can keep his promise that health insurance reform will not add to the federal deficit, down from 72 - 21 percent disbelief August 5. Even Democrats believe 50 - 32 percent that health insurance reform will add to the deficit.

"Voters overwhelmingly see the Republican opposition as not making a good faith effort to cooperate with Obama and the Democrats in Congress on health care and by a smaller 46 - 41 percent margin feel the Democrats are not playing fair with the Republicans," said Brown. "They trust Obama more than congressional Republicans on health care. Yet there is no groundswell of support of his health care plan itself."

From September 29 - October 5, Quinnipiac University surveyed 2,630 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 1.9 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio and the nation as a public service and for research.

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1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?

Here's the link to the poll.


  1. How you tell when politician lie?

    Comrade Pelosi blink

    Slick Willy rub nose

    Comrade Obama open mouth

    Dumb Donkey Gibbs laugh...Hehaw..he..haw..he..haw!

    Is this really health care "reform"

    I Igor produce Barrack Milhaus Hussein Obama Birth Certificate at

    Compare Obama Care vs Igor Care at Obama vs Igor Care

  2. What's it like to worship a system that shuts the weakest out and undermines our Democratic system?