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Washington Post poll finds split on health-care law remains deep (50 to 46% oppose)
Washington Post ^ | March 28, 2010 | Jon Cohen and Dan Balz

Posted on 03/27/2010 10:44:10 PM PDT by SmartInsight

Americans overwhelmingly see the new health-care law as a major shift in the direction of the country, but they remain as deeply divided today over the changes as they were throughout the long congressional debate, according to a Washington Post poll.

Overall, 46 percent of those polled said they support the changes in the new law; 50 percent oppose them. That is virtually identical to the pre-vote split on the proposals and similar to the divide that has existed since last summer.

Overall, seniors tilt heavily against the changes, with 58 percent opposed and strong opponents outnumbering strong supporters by a 2-to-1 ratio.

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


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 111th; 2010polls; bhohealthcare; healthcare; obama; obamacare; poll
I just hope the opposition will increase as more facts emerge about this socilist takeover of healthcare and people will vote out the Dems in November.
1 posted on 03/27/2010 10:44:10 PM PDT by SmartInsight
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To: SmartInsight

One more thing — this was a poll of adults, not voters.

The article also cites some numbers that are more favorable to Dems, but that is not surprising when they poll “adults’, not registered or likely voters.

Overall it doesn’t look good for them.


2 posted on 03/27/2010 10:46:51 PM PDT by SmartInsight (Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. ~ G. J. Nathan)
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To: SmartInsight

I would not believe a PUSH poll conducted by this Obama front group and published by Leftist Dave Balz.


3 posted on 03/27/2010 10:47:47 PM PDT by ncalburt (e)
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To: SmartInsight

This is a lie poll. Look at the new polls by Mason Dixon on Obama, Bill Nelson and Obamacare.

http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/03/27/1551452/florida-poll-healthcare-law-hurts.html

TALLAHASSEE — Florida voters dislike the new healthcare law so much that President Barack Obama and the state’s top Democrat, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, are paying a hefty political price, according to a new survey and analysis by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research.

“Only 34 percent of Florida voters support the new law while 54 percent are against it, according to the poll. Opposition is significantly strong among two crucial blocs: those older than 65 and voters with no party affiliation. Seniors disfavor the bill by a 65-25 percent margin, while independents oppose the law 62-34.”

34% of FL voters approve. The Washington Post is LYING.


4 posted on 03/27/2010 10:48:01 PM PDT by Frantzie (McCain=Obama's friend. McCain called AMERICANS against amnesty - "racists")
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To: Frantzie

Actually what is significant, is that even in this push-poll of adults, they are finding more are opposed than in favor and:

“More people see the changes as making things worse, rather than better, for the country’s health-care system, for the quality of their care and, among the insured, for their coverage. Majorities in the new poll also see the changes as resulting in higher costs for themselves and for the country. “


5 posted on 03/27/2010 10:50:22 PM PDT by SmartInsight (Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. ~ G. J. Nathan)
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To: SmartInsight
Something must be done before November, I am becoming increasingly convinced. Pay VERY VERY close attention to the Democrats' moves--on a day by day basis these days--and the true "movable" calender, not the set electoral cycle. We may in fact have to assemble en masse in the millions and peaceably shut down Washington, D.C. or embolden our state capitols to challenge the Federal Government, because Obama knows they are in for the electoral screwing of their lives in November, so they are going to attempt to fast track the complete takeover and seize total power, rescinding the Constitution, outlawing Free Speech, prohibiting opposition parties and then going for privately maintained weapons by the populace...that is what my sense tells me these days and a knowledge of history elsewhere relating to tyrants drunk on power and their behavior.
6 posted on 03/27/2010 10:51:31 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Tea Party 2009-2010 a SMASHING SUCCESS! Massive civil disobedience stopped Obamacare once & for all.)
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To: ncalburt

I don’t believe their numbers. I would bet the real percent opposed is closer to 60% and that percentage will continue to increase as the public learns about the awful details of Obamacare. Also, 4% undecided sounds too low to me.


7 posted on 03/27/2010 10:52:52 PM PDT by your local physicist (Don't blame me. I wasn't fooled by anyone. I crossed my fingers and voted for McCain.)
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To: SmartInsight

The people opposed to ZeroCare is really closer to 60% and the proponent percentage is in the 30s. Polls like these from the WaPo, et al are massaged for Demo consumption and are trying to create the bandwagon effect for it.


8 posted on 03/27/2010 10:53:09 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: AmericanInTokyo

they are drunk with power and dangerous.


9 posted on 03/27/2010 10:54:06 PM PDT by ncalburt (e)
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To: ncalburt
They are. Indeed. VERY dangerous.

And a basic knowledge of the personages in the Obama Administration, in his inner circle, not to mention the Reality of the Man Himself, lends every creedence to this point, and affirms it as not being an overreaction.

10 posted on 03/27/2010 10:56:09 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Tea Party 2009-2010 a SMASHING SUCCESS! Massive civil disobedience stopped Obamacare once & for all.)
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To: your local physicist

Whatever Obama does will always have 95% black support, no matter what. Any political poll number will always be weighed down by this fact. What matters here is the level of opposition among key swing voting demographics which will decide elections. These key groups hate ObamaCare.


11 posted on 03/27/2010 10:56:59 PM PDT by Chet 99
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To: Red Steel

I agree. On first review, it looks like somehow they fudged the numbers and undercounted opponents and then moved people from undecided into the supporters group.


12 posted on 03/27/2010 10:57:45 PM PDT by your local physicist (Don't blame me. I wasn't fooled by anyone. I crossed my fingers and voted for McCain.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
He is a dangerous Alinsky Marxists and his comments sound more and more like Chavez and Castro every day.
My family said his taunting comments to his GOP critics is beyond creepy but frightening.
13 posted on 03/27/2010 10:59:31 PM PDT by ncalburt (e)
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To: Chet 99

Right on target. The Scott Brown election results are very important. Mass is a state with a lot of socially liberal white people and independents. Brown’s win indicates that white people who are liberals on social issues are now really bothered by the economic policy of liberals and are moving into the GOP camp to save themselves from economic distress and very high taxes.


14 posted on 03/27/2010 11:01:05 PM PDT by your local physicist (Don't blame me. I wasn't fooled by anyone. I crossed my fingers and voted for McCain.)
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To: your local physicist

WaPo being predictable as always when it’s time to prop up their favorite administration.


15 posted on 03/27/2010 11:04:23 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: your local physicist

The numbers are much worse than this 50-46. I bet it is 60+ against. One personal story. I had dinner tonight with my sister-in-law and her husband. She is an english professor in late 50’s. Very, very liberal! We don’t talk much politics anymore because the last time it blew up into a name calling argument. Anyway, the topic of the health care bill came up. Her and her husband were totally against it. She said she couldn’t stand to listen to the radio on the days leading up to the vote. They called Pelosi an idiot. Complained about the taxes and said “what does the government ever run well!” I couldn’t believe it and just made a few points that they agreed with and listened. They made statements like...”where are they going to get the doctors?” “....who would want to be a doctor, etc.” Anyway, my view is that the Repubs won the arguement but didn’t have the votes. Now, I still have my doubts that my sister-in-law and husband can actually vote for a Repub, but at least they see the failures of high taxes and government control.


16 posted on 03/27/2010 11:07:15 PM PDT by nowheretohide
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To: SmartInsight

Oh geez, another balanced poll. Please ignore this little trick of the lefties. More people in this country oppose healthcare than do not.


17 posted on 03/27/2010 11:19:15 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Frantzie
Ooops!
There goes Florida's 27 electoral votes to the Republicans in 2012.
Buh bye 0bama.
18 posted on 03/27/2010 11:36:31 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
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To: SmartInsight
What is interesting is the overwhelming opposition of seniors. I think they are trying to set this up in terms of generational warfare. They will soon be blaming the seniors for getting sick and using the system....
19 posted on 03/27/2010 11:38:25 PM PDT by montanajoe
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To: Chet 99
Whatever Obama does will always have 95% black support, no matter what

Yeah, but thanks to gerrymandering, a huge percentage of blacks are in overwhelmingly black congressional districts (like Sheila Jackson Lee's district in Texas for example), so that leaves fewer blacks in the remaing districts and gives the Republicans an advantage. So while third rate lunatics like Jackson Lee will probably continue to get reelected till they die, the net effect overall of their gerrymandered black districts is to lessen the overall effect of black voters on congressional elections.

20 posted on 03/27/2010 11:47:48 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
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To: SmartInsight
I just hope the opposition will increase as more facts emerge about this socilist takeover of healthcare and people will vote out the Dems in November.

I would think all the "good" aspects of the bill have already been touted, and that there are more nasty surprises awaiting discovery in those 2,000+ pages. It seems that a new horror is uncovered almost daily.

21 posted on 03/28/2010 12:55:38 AM PDT by Ken H
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To: SmartInsight
Here's what Ras says:

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.

In terms of Election 2010, 52% say they'd vote for a candidate who favors repeal over one who does not. Forty-one percent (41%) would cast their vote for someone who opposes repeal.

Not surprisingly, Republicans overwhelmingly favor repeal while most Democrats are opposed. Among those not affiliated with either major party, 59% favor repeal, and 35% are against it.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2479555/posts

22 posted on 03/28/2010 1:07:38 AM PDT by Ken H
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To: SmartInsight

Maybe we are being blessed with the self-distruction of the RAT party as we watch?? Many feel that the party is over stepping in a huge way.


23 posted on 03/28/2010 1:23:31 AM PDT by Waco (Kalifonia don't need no stenkin oil and no stenkin revenue.)
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To: SmartInsight
"Overall, seniors tilt heavily against the changes, with 58 percent opposed and strong opponents outnumbering strong supporters by a 2-to-1 ratio."

Guess which voting group turns out in the largest numbers when it's time to vote...anyone?

24 posted on 03/28/2010 2:14:30 AM PDT by 101voodoo
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To: Ken H
And the Rasmussen poll is the poll that counts as history has demonstrated. He polls likely voters not adults, not registered voters but likely voters. One negative note: the opposition from seniors signifies more a defense of their entitlement than a principled opposition to the creation of entitlements.

The problem is, it does not make much difference if the government is creating an entitlement for illegal aliens whom it will baptize or for our aging citizens, from a fiscal point of view, if the government cannot afford either. Nor does it speak well for the electorate's idea of the proper constitutional scope of government.


25 posted on 03/28/2010 2:33:26 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: SmartInsight

After voting liberal for a generation, the seniors finally got the change they had been hoping for. I think the term is “oopsie!”, like when a dog finally catches the car it’s been chasing.


26 posted on 03/28/2010 3:53:41 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: SmartInsight
When people's premiums continue to increase, like Massachusetts, then that so-called 50% support will drop down to single digits.
27 posted on 03/28/2010 4:12:45 AM PDT by tobyhill
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To: SmartInsight

Oh, the objections and distaste are growing everyday. Communist/Facist, anti-American POTUS Obama and his destructive “hate America” Democrat Party have not gained one iota of approval from the American voter after they rammed the “Obamacare” bill through into law. In fact, IMHO, “Obamacare” will destroy itself, destroy POTUS Barack Hussein Obama, and destroy the entire Democrat Party. Good riddence!!!


28 posted on 03/28/2010 4:45:41 AM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX
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To: SmartInsight

You know it’s bad news for them because they attempt to skew polls that way, but it’s worse than they let on no matter how much propaganda they put out there.


29 posted on 03/28/2010 5:55:49 AM PDT by bushfamfan (United States of America: July 4, 1776-November 4, 2008)
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To: SmartInsight
All of the legitimate polls agree that more than half of Americans oppose Obamacare. I cannot believe that someone in the Democratic Party isn't looking at these polls and seeing Armageddon in November. While Reid. Pelosi and Obama are so out of touch that they think the American people will love this and vote them back in November, any rational Democrat has to be scared to death. State and local Democrat officials must see that their party could be swept out of power at all levels by a tsunami of discontent over Obamacare.

The Canadian commentator who says that the Democrats themselves will find a way to get Obama out of office before 2012 may well be right. I also would not be surprised to see Obama challenged in the 2012 primaries, perhaps by Hillary.

30 posted on 03/28/2010 7:13:34 AM PDT by The Great RJ ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." M. Thatcher)
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To: nathanbedford
Agree with all your points.
31 posted on 03/28/2010 7:43:00 AM PDT by Ken H
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