Support for HCR Increasing, Particularly Among Dems
by Jonathan Singer, Mon Dec 21, 2009 at 11:54:06 AM EST
Greg Sargent has the details:
[T]he internals of the new CNN poll contain a striking finding: Support for the Senate bill is up among Democratic voters. What's more, Obama's support has increased among liberals.
The poll finds that support overall for the Senate health care bill has jumped six points, to 42%, since early December. That's a sizable jump, though overall 56% oppose it.
But here's the interesting part: The poll also found that approval of the Senate bill has jumped 10 points among Dems in the same time period -- a time period during which the Medicare buy-in was dropped. That's a faster rise than overall. What's more, it has jumped by the same number among young voters -- who are presumably more liberal.
On top of that, the poll also says that Obama's overall approval among liberals has gone up, to 81%.
This isn't a perfect bill. But it's also not a bad bill, either. And the American public, particularly Democrats, appear to be warming to the proposal. To a large extent this coalescing of support is tied to the procedural success of the bill; as the bill moves closer to becoming a law, and thus a procedural success, more are jumping on the bandwagon. That said, as the public sees that the legislation nearly through the Senate expands healthcare coverage for 31 million Americans while greatly reducing the deficit, it's understandable that more would come around to supporting the bill.