Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Surprise! Public Shows New Support for Health Care Reform

The doomsayers keep flapping their lips, but—surprise!—new polling data shows the public moving in favor of the new legislation.

Here's a summary of a new USA Today/Gallup poll, which undermines the Chicken Little response of many Oklahoma politicos: 
Americans by 9 percentage points have a favorable view of the health care overhaul that President Obama signed into law Tuesday, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, a notable turnaround from surveys before the vote that showed a plurality against it.
By 49%-40% those surveyed say it was "a good thing" rather than a bad one that Congress passed the bill. Half describe their reaction in positive terms, as "enthusiastic" or "pleased," while about four in 10 describe it in negative ways, as "disappointed" or "angry."
The largest single group, 48%, calls the bill "a good first step" that should be followed by more action on health care. An additional 4% also have a favorable view, saying the bill makes the most important changes needed in the nation's health care system.

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