Voters Back Obama Over Republicans on Health Care, Poll Finds

Discussion in 'Politics' started by JDL, Oct 8, 2009.

  1. JDL


    Oct. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Months of Republican attacks on President Barack Obama’s health-care proposals appear to have hurt the party, according to a Quinnipiac University poll.

    The survey found 64 percent of voters disapproving of the way Republicans in Congress are doing their jobs, with 25 percent approving. Also, 53 percent had an unfavorable opinion of the party in general, while 25 percent rated it favorably.

    The performance of Democratic lawmakers was disapproved of by 56 percent, with 33 expressing approval. For the party in general, 46 percent expressed disapproval, 38 percent approval.

    Asked who they trusted to do a better job on the health- care issue, 47 percent said Obama, 31 percent said the Republicans. The president’s overall approval rating was 50 percent, unchanged from a similar survey in late July and early August.

    “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 Hamden, Connecticut-based university’s polling institute. “And while the spotlight is on the president, Republicans are taking a public-opinion pounding.”

    At the same time, voters disapproved of the way Obama was handling health care, 51 percent to 41 percent. His health-care plan was opposed by 47 percent, supported by 40 percent.

    Public Option

    The poll found voters support a government-run plan to compete with private insurers 61 percent to 34 percent. Obama backs creating such a program, which has been the focus of much of the health-care debate in Congress. House and Senate Democrats are divided over the proposal, known as the public option, while most Republicans oppose it.

    The survey of 2,630 voters was conducted Sept. 29-Oct. 5 and has an error margin of plus-or-minus 1.9 percentage points.

    The intensity of the health-care debate was illustrated during Obama’s Sept. 9 speech to a joint session of Congress on the subject when Representative Joe Wilson, a South Carolina Republican, interrupted him with a call of “you lie.” Some Republicans also have accused Obama of proposing “death panels” to force senior citizens to end their lives sooner, a claim that the Annenberg Public Policy Center’s called “simply not true.”

    The survey found voters support having businesses pay for employee health insurance, 73 percent to 23 percent. The poll respondents were more closely divided on whether Americans should be required to buy health insurance, as Obama wants. The proposal was backed by 50 percent, opposed by 45 percent.

    Obama has said he won’t sign a health-care bill if it is projected to add to the federal budget deficit. In the poll, 71 percent said they expect any measure that emerges from Congress would increase the deficit, while 19 percent said they believe it wouldn’t.

    The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated yesterday that the Senate Finance Committee’s version of health- care legislation would reduce the deficit by $81 billion over 10 years.
  2. JDL


    Republican are trying there best to hold on to what they have and what they have is very little now. there done :eek:
  3. Why has no bill passed yet?
  4. JDL


    go obama
  5. Throw your hands up! It's a problem in the USA!

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  6. Survey bitches slaps Republicans despite teabagging, astroturfing, and foaming at the mouth talking heads on Faux News and talk radio:
    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.

  7. Since this thread is about health care, let me quote the parts you forgot to include in your text:

    So yes, it's in the best interest of the democratic party, and libby loonies on this site, to keep bashing those republicans.

    You're welcome.
  8. U left out this part:
    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.

    Looks like people want reform with the PO and don't like the Republicans handling of the matter.
  9. Wonder why you resort to name calling..kinda of childish isn't it but wait you are a conservative. Typical, unable to discuss rationally but are good at name calling and resorting to untrue soundbites.
  10. Bugs ....with regard to the health care debate and as Karl Rove said soooooo many times when he was trying to carry water for bush the younger's fuck my friend are on the wrong side of history.

    #10     Oct 8, 2009