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US: Health Care, MA Sen (Gallup 1/20)

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Gallup
1/20/10; 1,010 adults, 4% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(Gallup release)

National

Which comes closest to your view of President Obama during his first year in office - you are pleased with the progress he has made on the problems facing the country, you are disappointed with the progress he has made because you thought he would have made more progress, or you are upset because you think he is taking the country in the wrong direction with his policies?
39% Pleased, 20% Disappointed, 37% Moving country in wrong direction

Which comes closest to your view- the president and Democratic leaders in Congress are right to make healthcare their top priority at this time, healthcare is important but there are other problems that Congress and the president should address first, or healthcare should not be a major priority for the president and Congress?
32% Right to make health care top
46% Important but should address other problems first
19% Should not be a major priority

Do you think the country would be better off if the Republicans controlled Congress, or if the Democrats controlled Congress?
36% Republicans, 40% Democrats

As you may know, Republican Scott Brown won the special election to the U.S. senate seat from Massachusetts formerly held by Ted Kennedy. Which comes closest to your view of what this result means - it reflects political conditions in Massachusetts and doesn't have a larger meaning for national politics, or it reflects frustrations shared by many Americans and the president and members of Congress should pay attention to it?/em>
18% Political conditions in MA
72% Reflects frustrations by many Americans

What do you think President Obama and the Democrats in Congress should do now concerning a healthcare reform bill -- should they-- continue to try and pass the healthcare bill now being worked out by Democrats in the House and Senate suspend work on the current healthcare bill the House and Senate are working on and consider alternative bills that can receive more Republican support?
39% Continue with healthcare bill
55% Suspend work and consider alternatives

 

Comments
al of arabia:

72% believe the MA election was a referendum on the current Dem leadership. This while the Dems are still talking about potentially using reconciliation for HCR. Go for it Dems! Please continue to believe that MA was only local specific. [By the way, I believe that even if Dems try reconciliation they won't be able to get simple majorities, especially in the House].

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BH:

55% also say to scrap the current bill and consider alternatives. Unfortunately, if the Dems. start over and focus on HC for the next 10 months (like they have for the previous 12) instead of job creation, this country will suffer greatly before the massive Nov. tidal wave sweeping them out.

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Stillow:

Dems are right smack i nthe middle between a rock and a hard place.

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farleftandproud:

Not as a progressive, not as a Democrat, but as a human being, I have pretty much ignored these healthcare polls. It is sad that our leaders have made this into a liberal/conservative issue. I think what they need to do is to watch days of film of stories of individuals who have suffered from bills they can't pay and who have loved ones who have died from lack of preventive care. Every member of the house and senate has great health care. They really can't connect to the people who have suffered from this system. Health care organizations need to recruit people who lost their health care, who won't come across as poor welfare cases, but get hard working people who had good jobs who lost their health care and have horror stories to tell. I think Boxer, Kerry, Sanders and Alan Grayson and Dennis Kucinich need to bring people like this in on a weekend and have every member of congress and the senate hear their stories.

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farleftandproud:

Dems need to get start this week and start reconciliation, and propose the house version again to the Senate. The one voted on last november. They can try to get maybe 52 or 53 votes, and run each part of the health care bill, and the basic tenants of it, like regulations on insurance and price controls, and if tort reform, is part of the package, I don't think some Democrats would be opposed to it.

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farleftandproud:

I would not be resistant to giving the GOP moderates some elements they could go along with. If tort reform is on the table, than perhaps Snowe and Collins may give it a second thought.

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