Poll: Americans Now Heart Healthcare Reform, Despite GOP Hysteria
March 24, 2010
(ChattahBox)—A new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll taken on Monday, a day after healthcare reform passed through the House, shows an increase of Americans now viewing the bill positively. The poll shows how quickly the political landscape has changed for the Obama administration, with an historic victory that repairs the nation’s broken healthcare system. Now, with the bill signed into law on Tuesday and President Obama taking to the road to tout its benefits, more Americans are expected to slowly come around and close their ears to the Republican apocalyptic hysteria over the healthcare bill.
The poll shows that overall, 49 percent of Americans now favor healthcare reform, with 40 percent viewing it negatively. This positive majority represents a distinct trend upwards, compared to a similar poll conducted a month ago, in the midst of vitriolic tea party protests and negative Fox News coverage.
The largest group, at 48 percent, view the landmark legislation “a good first step” that needs to be followed by more action. And 4 percent of those polled, say the bill makes the most important changes needed in the nation’s health care system.
About one-third of those surveyed, at 31 percent, still believe the healthcare reform bill makes “the wrong types of changes.” And 8 percent of the group feels our healthcare system is just fine the way it is.
Obama’s handling of the healthcare reform process is viewed as excellent or good by 46 percent of those polled, with 31 percent calling Obama’s work poor.
Congress overall, was viewed more negatively by Americans. Among Congressional Democrats, the results are about evenly divided, with 32 percent viewing their work as good or excellent and 33 percent as poor.
But Congressional Republicans fared worse, with only 26 percent viewing their work as good or excellent and 34 percent saying their efforts are poor.
Not one Republican lawmaker voted for the healthcare reform bill, during a contentious House session that was marked by unruly tea party protesters egged on by some GOP lawmakers, racial slurs and abusive behavior directed towards Democratic Congressman by teapartiers and one Republican lawmaker, Rep. Randy Neugebauer(R-TX), shouted out “baby killer” when Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) rose to the floor to speak.
Obama will begin highlighting the benefits of the bill on Thursday at a town hall meeting in Iowa.
Source: USA Today
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