Rasmussen: Majorities believe ObamaCare will raise costs, lower quality of treatment

Alternate headline: “Majorities now believe exact opposite of what Obama’s been telling them.” Good work, champ.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 47% are in favor of the reform effort proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats while 49% are opposed. Those figures include 25% who Strongly Favor the plans and 41% who are Strongly Opposed…

Currently, 76% of Democrats favor the proposal and 76% of Republicans are opposed. Among the unaffiliated, 35% are in favor and 60% are opposed. Notably, just 16% of unaffiliateds Strongly Favor the legislative effort while 47% Strongly Oppose it

At this time, voters are skeptical about the ability of the reform effort to help control the cost of health care. Just 23% believe passage of the reform legislation will lead to lower health care costs. Most voters (53%) say it will lead to higher costs, while 18% expect prices to remain about the same…

By 50% to 23% margin, voters expect that passage of the congressional health care reform bill will cause the quality of care to go down.

They can’t crack 23 percent on the questions of whether Obama will lower costs or improve care — and yet 76 percent of Democrats still support the proposal? Now that’s partisanship we can believe in. Meanwhile, unsurprisingly, The One’s approval ratings dip ever further towards negative territory even in Gallup: He’s down to 54 percent there and bound to sink below 50 if the Senate pisses off the left by kinda sorta killing the public plan. Prescient exit quotation from Rich Lowry, writing this morning before the credibility-busting Rasmussen numbers were released: “Obama’s plan is becoming one of the most implausible and thoroughly discredited free lunches in American history.”

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