Rasmussen: Public shifting away from “public plan”
posted at 2:57 pm on July 17, 2009 by Ed Morrissey
Yesterday I wrote that the act of getting the bill for government services creates fiscal conservatives. Today’s poll by Rasmussen corroborates that axiom. In the four weeks since the CBO began scoring ObamaCare’s costs, support for the “public plan” as shifted from a dead heat at 41%-41% to a 15-point gap at 35%-50%. Independents now oppose it by almost 2-1:
Just 35% of U.S. voters now support the creation of a government health insurance company to compete with private health insurers.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 50% of voters oppose setting up a government health insurance company as President Obama and congressional Democrats are now proposing in their health care reform plan. Fifteen percent (15%) are undecided.
In mid-June, 41% of American adults thought setting up a government health insurance company to compete with private health insurance companies was a good idea, but the identical number (41%) disagreed.
Fifty-nine percent (59%) of Democrats favor the creation of a government insurance alternative. But Republicans (73%) and voters not affiliated with either party (62%) are opposed.
It seems a little surprising that Barack Obama only gets 59% support from his own party on his signature initiative. Despite his insistence that the final bill must contain a public plan, even Democrats are significantly divided on the issue. That indicates that Obama has risked and perhaps lost a lot of his political initiative in pressing for the public plan.
Meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi has assumed the health-care debate equivalent role of Baghdad Bob, courtesy of Greg Hengler:
No, the problem is that even a lot of Democrats have backed away from ObamaCare. That’s why the White House has insisted that the issue get pressed before the August recess; they’ll bleed even more support, especially if unemployment continues to rise and the economy continues to sputter. By September, they will have lost independents altogether and perhaps a majority of their own party.