The release of the new health-care overhaul bill in the House by Nancy Pelosi has had a definite impact on the polling for ObamaCare. According to Rasmussen, it made it worse. Opposition to the effort has increased again to a twelve-point margin, after briefly dropping down to six points last week:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduced the House version of health care reform legislation last week, but most voters are still opposed to the effort.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 42% now favor the health care plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats. That’s down from 45% a week ago but unchanged from two weeks ago.
Fifty-four percent (54%) now oppose the legislative effort, up three points since last week.
Fifty-five percent of people say that the bill will increase costs, not decrease costs, and almost as many (52%) now believe that it will cause a decline in the quality of care. Only 27% believe that it will improve health-care quality, which makes it much more difficult politically for the Democrats. If they support an effort that majorities believe will make the American health-care system more costly and less effective, that could be one of the biggest political albatrosses in many a Congressional election.
The internals look even worse. Among independent voters, 58% now oppose the health-care overhaul, with 50% of them strongly opposing it. Majorities of both men (54%) and women (53%) oppose it now, which means the White House’s efforts to frame this as a “womens issue” with the First Lady have flopped. The only age demographic to back this is the 18-29 year old likely voters, and even that comes in at an anemic 51%. Even those voters acknowledge that the price of health care will go up, not down, by a plurality of 47%. All other age demographics have clear majorities believing that, as well as majorities believing health care will get worse rather than better or staying the same (65+ a plurality at 48%).
If this was any other domestic policy item, Congress would be smart enough to drop it. Even with the progressives demanding action, though, the closer we get to 2010, the less likely this bill becomes. With these kinds of numbers, a yes vote would be political suicide even for some Democrats in the House and Senate, especially with deficits skyrocketing and unemployment pushing ever higher. (via Moe Lane at Redstate)