Could the same wave of voter anger over ObamaCare be building in another deep-blue state? The Yankee Institute did an IVR poll of over 1500 Connecticut voters to determine whether the state, represented by two Democratic Senators, supports the health-care system overhaul currently in Congress. The survey found what could be warning signs of another blue-state revolt:
- Connecticut residents oppose the current bills in Congress by a margin of 51-34 percent
- By a margin of 62-29 percent, Connecticut residents believe Congress has rushed the process and should take more time to get it right
- More than three-quarters of voters, 77 percent, say they are very concerned or somewhat concerned that changes in health care will result in more government spending, higher taxes, and a bigger budget deficit. 61% described theselves as “very concerned” about these possibilities
- Half of state residents say the changes to health care being considered will do more harm than good
That’s not all they found, either. Almost every question on this survey contains bad news for Democrats — and explains why Joe Lieberman wanted to slow down the process and work on incremental reforms. In fact, voters with an opinion on reform strategy broke almost 2-1 for the incremental approach rather than comprehensive reform, 44%/23%. The additional 33% with no opinion could very well be those who want to leave the system as it is; 49.8% said that government action will do more harm than good, and an additional 14% were undecided on government action. Only 36% said that government intervention was necessary.
In a recession, the idea of taxing businesses doesn’t get very much traction, either. Only 31% of Connecticut voters support tax penalties for businesses that don’t offer health insurance, while 44% oppose it altogether. That opposition jumps to 59% when the question of individual mandates gets asked in the form of tax penalties, and support drops to 24%.
Most interesting for such a blue state, the idea of expanding Medicaid to gain universal coverage is a non-starter. Only 26% support the proposal, while 47% oppose. The entire point of the effort was supposedly to get everyone insured, and even traditionally liberal voters in Connecticut pass on the idea of hammering state budgets to do it.
It’s not just one or two aspects of the bill that Connecticut voters dislike — it’s everything. If ObamaCare is this unpopular in Connecticut, imagine how popular it has become elsewhere. AG Richard Blumenthal has swamped the competition for Chris Dodd’s Senate seat since Dodd announced his retirement, but that may change significantly if Democrats insist on jamming this bill down America’s throat.
Update: Keith Hennessey declares ObamaCare dead.