The Hawker-in-Chief managed to win over a few minds with his speech on his version--still
waiting to see the printed copy--of health care reform, according to the latest Rasmussen tracking poll. But, said the poll:
The gain in overall support for the plan comes entirely from Democrats.
Eighty-four percent (84%) of those in the President's party now support
the health care plan, up from 72% earlier in the week. Support among
Republicans is unchanged while support among those not affiliated with
either major party has fallen.
In other words, Obama didn't make headway with the cherished independent voters; in fact he lost more of their support.
There's also this:
If the plan passes, 28% of voters say the quality of care will get
better and 46% say it will get worse. In August, the numbers were 23%
better and 50% worse.
Forty-seven percent (47%) say passage of the plan will make the cost of
health care go up while 23% say it will make costs go down. In August,
52% thought the plan would lead to higher costs, and only 17% thought
it would achieve the stated goal of lowering costs.
That tells me that whatever gains are made are not necessarily about the value of the plan; most Americans have a pretty grim view of what it will accomplish. So what accounts for the slight gain among Obama's base?
Maybe this has something to do with it:
In considering the impact of a speech, however, it's important to
remember than only about 15% of Americans watched the speech. Most
learned about it from the news coverage of the past several days.
Them, again. Despite Obama's charisma, the small increase support appears to have come from reading, listening and hearing the news. Apparently the media are doing a better job of selling Obamacare than Obama himself.