Gallup: Noticeable Drop in Opposition to HCR
by Jonathan Singer, Mon Oct 05, 2009 at 07:14:46 PM EDT
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.