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41% View Town Hall Protesters Favorably, 35% Donít
Rasmussen Reports ^ | August 7, 2009

Posted on 08/07/2009 9:45:32 AM PDT by reaganaut1

Forty-one percent (41%) of U.S. voters have a favorable opinion of the people opposing health care reform at town hall meetings now being conducted by members of Congress, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

But 35% view the protesters unfavorably. Twenty-three percent (23%) are not sure what they think of them.

Given the partisan anger prompted by the town hall meetings, it’s not surprising to see a similar divide in the survey. Fifty-five percent (55%) of Democrats have an unfavorable view of those opposing the health care reform plan proposed by President Obama and the leaders of their party. Sixty-three percent (63%) of Republicans and the plurality (48%) of voters not affiliated with either party view the protesters favorably.

Senior Democrats charge that many of the protests at the town hall meetings are orchestrated by special interests, but 49% of voters believe, generally speaking, that the protesting citizens are reflecting the concerns of their neighbors.

Thirty-seven percent (37%) think the protests are phony efforts drummed up by special interest groups and lobbyists. Fourteen percent (14%) are not sure.

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The partisan divide is even wider when the motivations of the protesters are at issue. Seventy percent (70%) of Republicans and 58% of unaffiliated voters say the protesters reflect the concerns of their neighbors. Sixty-one percent (61%) of Democrats say the protests are phony.

Sixty-three percent (63%) of liberals say the protests are motivated by special interests, while 69% of conservatives say they’re driven by local concerns.

Earlier this year, despite complaints from the White House and top Democrats, 51% of Americans had a positive opinion of the “tea parties” held nationwide on April 15.

(Excerpt) Read more at rasmussenreports.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2009polls; angrymob; demdrones; healthcare; longfuse; polls; rasmussen; townhalls
Survey questions from the Rasmussen site:

National Survey of 1,000 Likely Voters Conducted August 5-6, 2009

By Rasmussen Reports

1* How closely have you followed recent news stories about confrontations at town hall meetings conducted by members of Congress on health care reform?

41% Very closely
34% Somewhat closely
19% Not very closely
4% Not at all
2% Not sure

2* Generally speaking, do you have a favorable or an unfavorable opinion of the people opposing health care reform at town hall meetings.

41% Favorable
35% Unfavorable
23% Not sure

3* Generally speaking, are those protesting at town hall meetings citizens reflecting the concerns of their neighbors or are the protests phony efforts drummed up by special interest groups and lobbyists?

49% Reflecting the concerns of their neighbors
37% Phony efforts drummed up by special interest groups and lobbyists
14% Not sure

NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence

1 posted on 08/07/2009 9:45:33 AM PDT by reaganaut1
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To: reaganaut1

Hahahahahah...hehehehehe...hohohohohoho.

Looks like Saul’s children are having a difficult time


2 posted on 08/07/2009 9:47:33 AM PDT by lakertaker (Democratic Party Economic plan: Declare all those who hate higher taxes as unpatriotic)
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To: reaganaut1

Same 35% Strongly support zero.


3 posted on 08/07/2009 9:48:32 AM PDT by CPT Clay (Pick up your weapon and follow me.)
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To: reaganaut1
As time goes on, and as the DNC and Obama continue to try and supress the people, the vast majority of which are acting out of their real and understandable frustration...these numbers will go up.

We have abject evil amongst us. It has been festering for decades and is now rapidly advancing. The American people are seeing through it on this health care plan and are angry...and tired of being the patsy for all of these marxistic, socailistic, destructive, initiative robbing, liberty destroying, un- American, and unconstituional actions of the DNC, Dems, left, MSM, and RINOs.

Something is going to give, and so help me God, it will not be the liberty, constitution, and way of life my forefathers sacrificed their life's blood for.

The Dems and Obama seem intent on turning this into something more akin to Iran over this issue, with their own Basij thugs sent out to silence us, and Obama supporters called on by the Whitehouse to report any dissent. But that will not work here. It will backfire on them and ultimately they will be held accountable. We are not only aware of our rights and the sacrifices that have vouchsafed them for us, but we are also unwilling to submit to thugery and tyranny, and will use all means to prevent it and stop it.

MY LETTER TO THE WHITEHOUSE AND OBAMA ABOUT FREE SPEECH


EZEKIEL EMANUAL AND THE OBAMA HEALTH CARE FINAL SOLUTION

(Must Read)


YOU WILL HAVE OBAMA CARE


WHO IS THIS JOKER CHARACTER ANYWAY?

A PETITION ON FACEBOOK FOR CONSTITUTIONAL RESTORATION

THE AUDACITY OF TRUTH ABOUT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA

A 4TH OF JULY TEA PARTY SPEECH

...and on the lighter side, take your mind off the Obamanation for a few minutes and enjoy some beautiful Western US scenery slideshows.

JEFF HEAD'S WESTERN US SCENERY SLIDE SHOWS

4 posted on 08/07/2009 9:48:35 AM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: reaganaut1

“Phony efforts drummed up by special interest groups and lobbyists”

This talking point came from Daily KOS (as did the “swastikas” claim).

It’s been echoed by Party leadership and faxed to the kool aid drinkers.


The media never pointed out that Communists and Marxists were behind the so called “antiwar” movement during the Vietnam war or the Bush administration.


5 posted on 08/07/2009 9:49:42 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: reaganaut1
But 35% view the protesters unfavorably.

That 35% probably swoon over Code Pink and MoveOn protests. ...and ACORN/SEIU.

6 posted on 08/07/2009 9:50:25 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: reaganaut1

I am constantly amazed by the abject stupiity of some people. How can you be against free speech


7 posted on 08/07/2009 9:50:26 AM PDT by clamper1797 (An Kenyan KGB agent could not do a better job as president)
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To: CPT Clay

You have to figure at least 25 % of those 35% are comletely BRAINWASHED.

The other 10 need to be convinced further.
It will take an up close and personal encounter with this nightmare for the 25% to SNAP OUT OF IT.


8 posted on 08/07/2009 9:52:29 AM PDT by Marty62
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To: reaganaut1

9 posted on 08/07/2009 9:53:34 AM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: a fool in paradise

You forgot the Mao Little Red Bookers.


10 posted on 08/07/2009 9:55:40 AM PDT by Marty62
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To: reaganaut1
Sorry, Barry. Your state run media have failed you.
11 posted on 08/07/2009 9:56:30 AM PDT by colorado tanker (I'd like to trade in this clunker - President Obama.)
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To: reaganaut1

So the majority agreement of the country is with the “MOB”?

What will El Bamadente do when his party is waxed in the next election by this “MOB” - suspend the Constitution, decertify the election, implement Martial law ???


12 posted on 08/07/2009 9:56:54 AM PDT by R0CK3T
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To: reaganaut1
Health care forum, What really happened: Union Thugs Block Protesters From Kathy Castor(D-FL 12) Town Hall Meeting
13 posted on 08/07/2009 9:57:39 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: reaganaut1

That 30 to 35 % demographic are the dedicated socialists. I see that range on issue after issue.


14 posted on 08/07/2009 9:57:48 AM PDT by listenhillary (90% of our problems could be resolved with a government 10% of the size it is now.)
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To: listenhillary

I agree. That is Obama’s hard core support and shows up in the polls regarding how well he is doing. Last poll was 32% which goes in line with the above percentage.


15 posted on 08/07/2009 10:00:05 AM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: reaganaut1
Headline?

Another White House get-together but no beer this time
President Obama Invites Conservative Black Man For Oreo Cookies
Conservative black man attacked by a SEIU member

16 posted on 08/07/2009 10:07:07 AM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: Marty62

How can 23% of the masses just NOT have any opinion? I guess they are too busy watching oprah specials on michael jackson.


17 posted on 08/07/2009 10:09:19 AM PDT by fightinbluhen51 ("MOLON LABE")
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To: reaganaut1

bttt


18 posted on 08/07/2009 10:10:56 AM PDT by 1035rep
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To: a fool in paradise
The media never pointed out that Communists and Marxists were behind the so called “antiwar” movement during the Vietnam war or the Bush administration.

David Corn actually said a little bit about it in November, 2002:

David Corn: Behind the Placards (LA Weekly)

He got taken to the woodshed shortly thereafter. He never made another peep about it again.

Very interesting article though. Highly recommended.

19 posted on 08/07/2009 10:33:35 AM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Some men just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: fightinbluhen51

have always felt the same way...23%, is that real or just a poll anomally?


20 posted on 08/07/2009 10:44:40 AM PDT by VaRepublican (I would propagate taglines but I don't know how.)
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To: VaRepublican

Is that how many people live off me?


21 posted on 08/07/2009 10:45:27 AM PDT by VaRepublican (I would propagate taglines but I don't know how.)
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To: reaganaut1

Here is what they are going to try to do to silence us:
1) bring more people to events than we do;
2) arrive earlier than we do and sit up front to be very visible to cameras;
3) study venue staging ahead of time to plan strategy
4) be more visible than we are and situate their signs where cameras are;
5) assign 3-5 people to approach each reporter to “shape the narrative;”
6) interrupt us and “refocus” the meeting;
7) don’t debate us and prep their side with questions;
8) repetition of their talking points is key to their strategy;
9) organize their own town hall meetings and choose a venue that is difficult for us to attend; put protesters in the back; make us submit questions and select the questions to be asked; collect all signs and leaflets that are not the ones they provided;
10) assign people to greet reporters and enter and leave the meeting with them to minimize the chances we will have to speak to the reporters.

Now they are sending union thugs to the meetings as “security.” Perhaps citizens with disabilities should voice concerns so the cameras can catch the union thugs threatening little old ladies, war veterans, and the disabled.


22 posted on 08/07/2009 10:45:41 AM PDT by Melian ("An unexamined life is not worth living." ~Socrates)
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To: reaganaut1
>>>>>Forty-one percent (41%) of U.S. voters have a favorable opinion of the people opposing health care reform at town hall meetings ...
But 35% view the protesters unfavorably. Twenty-three percent (23%) are not sure what they think of them.

Sam Adams is rolling over in his grave!

23 posted on 08/07/2009 10:47:06 AM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: reaganaut1

Great pictures of crazy, scary, vicious anti-Obamacare “mobsters”.

http://thedanashow.wordpress.com/2009/08/06/meet-the-mob/


24 posted on 08/07/2009 11:03:50 AM PDT by DFG (1 useless man is called a disgrace, 2 are called a law firm, 3 or more are called Congress)
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To: fightinbluhen51

Oh they have an opinion. Just intimidated into NOT voicing it.


25 posted on 08/07/2009 11:09:16 AM PDT by Marty62
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To: Melian
1) bring more people to events than we do;

Even more simple than that, they are busing in rent a mob union members and packing the front of rooms, no regular citizens will be allowed in, just like one of his town hall meetings with the managed questions.

26 posted on 08/07/2009 11:17:05 AM PDT by itsahoot (Each generation takes to excess, what the previous generation accepted in moderation.)
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To: reaganaut1
Those 35% Unfavorable KNOW that everything they protest/say/do is orchestrated by the democrats; therefore they figure that has to be the same in every case!

They have never been nor met a person that is able to decide something for themselves!

27 posted on 08/07/2009 11:25:49 AM PDT by top 2 toe red (O-B-A-M-A = One Big Ass Mistake, America.)
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To: reaganaut1

OH NO THE MOB IS COMING!


28 posted on 08/07/2009 11:29:11 AM PDT by ksm1
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To: reaganaut1

After the liberal news media had the unmitigated gall to follow the Democrats’ lead regarding the people who object to the “health care reform” bill, it’s not surprising that people have an unfavorable view.


29 posted on 08/07/2009 11:56:01 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Yes, we disagree - no, we won't shut up - no, we won't quit.)
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To: Marty62

A conservative is a liberal that has been mugged.


30 posted on 08/07/2009 12:08:01 PM PDT by CPT Clay (Pick up your weapon and follow me.)
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To: reaganaut1

That’s a very close devide with alot of “not sure’s”.

With recent good news for Obama with the N. Korea hostages and the economic news, he just might be able to persude those not sure’s to his side.

We may be on to Obama, but most people still think he’s a “cool dude”. If he starts rising in the polls again Cap and Trade and Obamacare will soon be permanent fixtures in our lives.


31 posted on 08/07/2009 5:40:12 PM PDT by AmericanSphinx71 (Emanuel and Axelrod - The new Haldeman and Ehrlichman)
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To: reaganaut1

That’s a very close devide with alot of “not sure’s”.

With recent good news for Obama with the N. Korea hostages and the economic news, he just might be able to persude those not sure’s to his side.

We may be on to Obama, but most people still think he’s a “cool dude”. If he starts rising in the polls again Cap and Trade and Obamacare will soon be permanent fixtures in our lives.


32 posted on 08/07/2009 5:40:17 PM PDT by AmericanSphinx71 (Emanuel and Axelrod - The new Haldeman and Ehrlichman)
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To: reaganaut1

CBS news just spun this as ‘the mob’ sponsored by Rush Limbaugh and rich ‘special interest’ groups. I and most have never been contacted by or had any contact with any organization.


33 posted on 08/07/2009 5:43:49 PM PDT by AuntB (Tired of Left/right coast globalist party power brokers? How 'bout THE HEARTLAND AMERICA PARTY??)
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To: clamper1797

“I am constantly amazed by the abject stupiity of some people. How can you be against free speech?”

I have some liberal family members, with whom I no longer have contact, and they are as hard hearted and dark minded as you can imagine. It is complete, total and hopeless. They are ready to completely entrust their lives, and the lives of all of us, to a few hundred men in D.C. whom they have never met, don’t know and don’t know anything about. And for no other reason than they say a few nice sounding words. It boggles the mind that any person would be this way. This shockingly foolish. When I questioned them about it and asked them to explain how they justify it they won’t. They just get snotty. So, as of a few days ago, I’m done with them. It should have happened years ago.


34 posted on 08/07/2009 11:27:22 PM PDT by vigilo
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To: reaganaut1
...as soon as the Joker makes another street agitator remark, or he gets exposed with another lie his numbers drop.

The more the sheeple learn about what they are about to lose and what it's going to cost them, he'll drop even further....("if you think health cost is expensive now,wait till it's free")

The key is to spread the word,post the videos,post the speeches....DON'T EVER GIVE UP

35 posted on 08/09/2009 11:57:04 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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