Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The healthcare bill is tanking

The latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News brings bad news for Democrats when it comes to passing a health care bill. For the first time in our polling, more Americans said they’d rather stick with the status quo on health care than pass the Democrats’ bill. More than four out of ten, 44%, of respondents said it is better to not pass the plan and to keep the current system versus 41% who said it is better to enact the proposed health care overhaul. The divide over the bill has always been close, but as recently as October it was at least in the Democrats’ favor, when 45% said it was better to pass a bill while 39% preferred to status quo. Further, nearly half of respondents, 47%, said they believe the bill is a “bad idea” compared to 32% who said it was a “good idea.” Those who believe it is a bad idea have steadily increased from April 2009 polling, when just 26% said it was a bad idea. It jumped to 42% in July and held steady through October before climbing even higher to 47% now.

You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.

Abraham Lincoln

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