Gallup: Noticeable Drop in Opposition to HCR

So much for the notion that opposition to healthcare reform is gaining around the country. According to Gallup, momentum is clearly on the side of those in favor of reform.

Americans' views on healthcare legislation have shifted modestly over the past three weeks, with a slight plurality (40%) now supporting the passage of a new healthcare bill, and with fewer (36%) saying they oppose a new bill. When the leanings of those without an opinion are taken into account, 51% of Americans favor or lean toward favoring a bill, while 41% oppose it or lean toward opposition -- a more sizeable gap in favor than three weeks ago.

While a plurality of Americans, excluding leaners, previously opposed healthcare reform by a narrow 40 percent to 38 percent margin, current polling has those numbers flipped, and then some, with 40 percent supporting reform and just 36 percent opposing it -- a net swing of 6 points in just three weeks.

When leaners are thrown into the mix, the results are similar: Opposition to healthcare reform is on the decline. In September, supporters of healthcare reform led opponents by a slim 50 percent to 47 percent margin. Today, that lead has grown to 51 percent to 41 percent -- a net 7-point increase for the side of reform.

Although not everyone on Capitol Hill may be listening, the American people are speaking, and what they are saying is that they support broad-based reform of the nation's healthcare system.

Tags: 111th Congress, healthcare reform (all tags)

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Re: Gallup: Noticeable Drop in Opposition to HCR

It's up to the Finance Committee now.  If it dies there (even if it's a bad bill which can be improved on the floor--the Democrats are finished for a long time.  Get the bill out of committee, and get major changes, then 2010 will not be so bad.

I just hope the CBO isn't Scrooge now.

by esconded 2009-10-05 07:33PM | 0 recs
Yeah, this has to pass finance

If it fails here, I think it really is dead.  

by Kent 2009-10-05 08:46PM | 0 recs
Re: Yeah, this has to pass finance

don't worry- the senate finance committee is going to pass their bill.

by d 2009-10-06 05:00AM | 0 recs
Re: Gallup: Noticeable Drop in Opposition to HCR

But, but, but...  The Fox News poll says otherwise!!

by LordMike 2009-10-05 08:19PM | 0 recs
Re: Gallup: Noticeable Drop in Opposition to HCR

Given that most Americans have coverage and think they are happy with it, these numbers are especially impressive.

by Bob H 2009-10-06 02:14AM | 0 recs
people are tired of hearing about it.

...and just ready for congress to do something.

honestly, at this point, I think congress could pass whatever they want- as long as they pass something.

of course, in the end, they will need to pass something that works.

this is their window to do that.  People are tired of hearing the debate on both sides.

by d 2009-10-06 04:57AM | 0 recs
Re: people are tired of hearing about it.

Agreed. For once that sort of 'active apathy', can be useful  for the Dems.

by xodus1914 2009-10-06 05:40AM | 0 recs
Re: Gallup: Noticeable Drop in Opposition to HCR

Don't think it'll do much good.  Even when public opinion supports the progressive choice, far too many Congressional Democrats are either too damn scared, too damn corrupt, or too damn conservative to care.

by TheUnknown285 2009-10-06 09:20AM | 0 recs
Re: Gallup: Noticeable Drop in Opposition to HCR

If unemployment improves, HCR is doomed.

by QTG 2009-10-06 09:24AM | 0 recs

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