Support for health care bill sinks

Just 38 percent of voters now favor the health care plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats. That's the lowest level of support measured for the plan in nearly two dozen tracking polls conducted since June.

This is according to a new Rasmussen poll.


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  • And there we have it...! The madness of decision by the numbers. Yeah, I know it's supposed to be the essence of democracy, but not when the numbers tally up largely shaped by disinformation ...passions...angers....fears...manipulative campaigns by moneyed interests. Healthcare is like a raft in which we're all stuck, but then decide to take a vote rather than count on the skills of the sailors on board

  • In reply to jackspatafora:


    When Americans elect Barack Obama as their president and hand over control of Congress to the Democrats, they're demonstrating their wisdom. And ushering in a new era of enlightened change. Nothing to do with their being duped by the Axelrod disinformation, etc.?

    But when Americans don't like what their elected officials are doing, they're dupes?

  • In reply to jackspatafora:

    Actually, many of us are not fixated so much on WHO is guiding the raft, but HOW. Be it Bush or Obama, our concern runs deeper, right into the very nature of the democratic system itself. Its 18th C checks & balances have been virtually crippled by the power of the vested interest (from big oil and farming to teacher unions and the NAM). So instead of policies based in logic & reason, they are rooted in money & manipulation. While you fault the administration, I am faulting what the system has become. It's broken and even the Founding Fathers from their graves would have to admit & lament this.

    So, what are your best thoughts on the system not the personalities

  • In reply to jackspatafora:

    I think that some of the wrath should be directed toward Congress. The Senate debates a bill in committee, and then Reid announces that isn't the bill. Then they celebrate that they got 60 Dem. votes to start debate, then go on recess. Meantime, some of the Dems that voted to start debate said that it doesn't mean that they are voting for the bill.

    The Tribune has a puff piece this morning about how many hours it would take to read the bill, and what the Senators could instead being doing with the time. There is, however, no assurance that any senator will spend any time reading the bill. I see that that piece was pulled off the home page a short time after it was posted.

  • In reply to jackspatafora:

    Every poll you cite
    Seems to come from Rasmussen
    Why would this be so?

    Okay, it's not EVERY poll. There were some local issues where you cited a poll or two. And there was one poll about abortion which was sponsored by an anti-abortion group.

    But any other poll you mention by name (as opposed to "polls say" or "if polls are correct") on national issues comes from Rasmussen. Not surprising, since "Rasmussen at times appears to function less as a legitimate polling firm and more as the polling wing of the RNC."


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