Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Surprise! People favor passage of health reform
A telephone survey of 1,005 adults was conducted by the Gallup organization on March 22, the day after Congress enacted health reform legislation. The margin error is 4 percentage points. The results show that "More Americans call Congress' passage of a healthcare reform bill "a good thing" (49%) than call it "a bad thing" (40%). Reaction is predictably partisan, with independents evenly divided.
In my opinion, when folks really get to understand how this bill will interrupt our endless cycle of cost increase and non coverage, that support will continue to increase!
Gallup concludes, "Passage of healthcare reform was a clear political victory for President Obama and his allies in Congress. While it also pleases most of his Democratic base nationwide, it is met with greater ambivalence among independents and with considerable antipathy among Republicans. Whether these groups' views on the issue harden or soften in the coming months could be crucial to how healthcare reform factors into this year's midterm elections. Given that initial public reaction to Sunday's vote is more positive than recent public opinion about passing a healthcare reform bill, it appears some softening has already occurred."