New Poll: “Opinions turn favorable on health care plan”

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    Well, that didn’t take long!

    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.

    Also interesting, Gallup now has Barack Obama’s job approval rating at +8 (51%-43%), the highest since late February.  It will be interesting to track these numbers in coming days and weeks, but right now, it looks like the expression, “nothing succeeds like success,” is holding true in this case.  So, how long until Republicans realize this and start dialing back their diehard opposition to a reform package that includes many popular elements (e.g., no more denial of coverage for “pre-existing conditions”)?  

    • Teddy Goodson

      on Wall Street, another sign the Republican’s beloved barometer approves of the bill (and why not? It will be a gold mine for health care, notwithstanding the minimal cost controls).

      Nevertheless, I seriously doubt the Republicans will change their spots, such as they are. They will begin to re-emphasize the economy and jobs, jobs, jobs, and keep pinging away at health care in general. What else could they do? They’ve painted themselves into a corner, so they will continue with the barrage about big government, it’s unconstitutional, it’s socialism, it’s expensive, and so on.

      Therefore, I hope Obama really does continue the full court press around the country explaining the benefits, most especially that it will reduce the deficit—- putting out lots of uncomplicated, straightforward ads explaining the bill, praising the Democrats who voted for it… If the Democrats drop the ball here, they will once again succeed in snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

    • TomPaine

      “So, how long until Republicans realize this and start dialing back their diehard opposition to a reform package that includes many popular elements (e.g., no more denial of coverage for “pre-existing conditions”)?”

      The Republican Party is still anchored in the 18th century with the “tories” and George IV and V!

    • normanva

      So, how long until Republicans realize this and start dialing back their diehard opposition to a reform package

      That would be never.  Not only are the republicans filled with rage at not stopping the package but they would have to admit that their over-the-top talking points were completely wrong!  They have put themselves on their Titanic and the ship is starting to sink.  Obama, Democrats, and Independents should talk up the package from now until elections.  The republicans will look more and more like complete fools.

    • Tom

      They actually bought the rope, hired George Allen to tie the proper hangman’s noose, then with their words and deeds have hung themselves.

      What is their encore ? Why, submit a bill to repeal the Act, with no chance of a 2/3 mqajority (that’s 67, not just 60)veto over-ride of course. Even Keith Fimian,if he survives a Primary against Pat Herrity(open primary, no less; I have to figure out who is the weaker, Fimian or Herrity so I know who to vote for in June)is hanging his entire campaign against my GREAT Congressman Gerry Connolly in the 11th CD on his promise that IF nominated AND elected his first bill will be to repeal the Health Care Reform Law. Fimian doesn’t even realize that he will sound very silly when he learns that that “bill” has already been submitted (and never made it out of committee) long before the 112th Congress convenes next Jan. Or, maybe he already understadns that and knows he has to divert attention from the fact that he has zippo to offer to even those who supported him and voted for him in 2008.

      This is starting to feel like FUN again. Thanks, Gerry Connolly for your rousing speech in favor of Health Care Reform at the JJ Dinner last sat. night, your strong support for your consituents’ and the country’s needs and for all you do for all of us.

                               T.C.

    • KathyinBlacksburg

      the media (finally) tells the truth instead of just reflect all the fiction coming from the GOP.  We have had over a year of constant misrepresentations (and worse).  Now when the focus is on the nitty-gritty of how will this really affect us it all looks, well, different.  

      I am not saying there are not problems needing fixing.  And those fixes will be even more daunting if the Senate doesn’t keep the word of the 52 members to pass without change the House reconciliation bill.  

      BUT, the problems were never that the bill was too liberal.  It’s a Republican bill (Mitt-care gone national, with Republican-inspired individual mandates instead of employer mandates).  And, having been upstaged and beaten at their own game, the whole GOP leadership joined with the flakes and the conspiracy theorists, to become the most marginalized party ever. Finally, the mainstream media sorts through their garbage.  But the truth is, what choice did they have.  The GOP is poised to render itself extinct overnight.  Send in the clowns–Boehner, McConnell and Kyle.  They are a joke.  What media could responsibly align with them anymore?