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US: National Survey (Economist 2/28-3/2)

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Economist / YouGov
2/28-3/2/10; 1,000 adults, 3.6% margin of error
Mode: Internet
(Economist release)

National

Overall, given what you know about them, do you support or oppose the proposed changes to the health care system being proposed by the Obama Administration?
53% Support, 47% Oppose (chart)

Obama Job Approval
47% Approve, 46% Disapprove (chart)
Economy: 40 / 52 (chart)
Health care: 39 / 52 (chart)
Dems: 84 / 12 (chart)
Reps: 5 / 93 (chart)
Inds: 41 / 52 (chart)

Congressional Job Approval
9% Approve, 66% Disapprove (chart)

2010 Congress: Generic Ballot
46% Democrat, 37% Republican (chart)

State of the Country
30% Right Direction, 57% Wrong Track (chart)

 

Comments
Wong:

This poll strikes a dagger into the heart of the narrative the Cons on the right have been intent on selling.

It would appear the public is beginning to embrace the President's HCR. I would predict that after it passes the public's support will be even greater.

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Stillow:

LOL!!! This is what we call and outlier. Even the generic ballot is way off from everyone else. But don't let me stop you....go on thinking that and see what happens!

Heheheh, what would we do without Dems to laugh at.

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Stillow:

Looks like Libs have been reduced to touting INTERNET polls from a left leaning pollster.

Maybe next the left will get on here and tell us all how great Zogby internet polls are too!


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TruthHurts:

The Economist polling has certainly NOT been "Obama friendly"....The point here is: What's the GOP's message?: "You can trust us now?"....Their entire strategy is to not work on issues and root for failure. After a while, people need to hear what the Republican strategy is. Is it "Let's protect Medicare!"??...or..."Let's cut the deficit!" ??...If either of those are the battlecry, we now have an updated definition of "neo conservative".

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twitter.com/strobe3:

So Still, you will take the 47-46 approval but not the 53-47 HCR....way to cherry pick

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Field Marshal:

I wouldn't take any of this info. Internet polls by any compiler are known to be severely flawed. The results of this one are all over the place from the only net positive HCR number i have seen and the generic ballot on one side to the obama approval and congressional approval on the other.

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Field Marshal:

This is classic. A Houston candidate for congress ran on a single platform. The platform was to impeach Obama. And she won. But that's not the best part. The best part is that she won the DEMOCRATIC nomination for congress.

CLASSIC.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/6899832.html

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Stillow:

FM - heheheeh, damn I love politics.!

Internet polls are useful for a lot of things, lining your cat's litter box, whiping your kids nose, scraping the gum off the bottom of your shoe, etc. They just aren't good for getting good public opinion. And yes lefties, this is true with left and right wing internet pollsters. They are a joke.

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Ryan:

If you look at the more specific questions, its not nearly as much of a change as the top line poll, including (question # in parenthases):

Only 16% think they'll receive better care (12)
Only 9% think they'll pay less for care (13)

And if this poll's top line is right it means all of the other polls are wrong. So wait until this is actually a trend instead of an outlier before jumping to conclusions about any major turn around, especially with a YouGov poll.

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bigfoot9p6:

The right is in quite an unenviable position. They completely screwed this country and now their ideological nemeses are trying to clean up their mess. The problem is this: either their ideology succeeds and the country fails, or the country succeeds leading to the demise of their ideology. We can see pretty clearly what their preference is, which belies their supposed "patriotism" which features fears of low unemployment, a bull stock market, a healthy population, and a generally happy public.
All in all, the worst things that could happen to this country are the conservatives dearest wish.

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Stillow:

Hmmm, I think Jimmy Carter is secretly blogging on this site as bigfoot9p6.

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Farleftandproud:

Democrats are damned if they do and damned if they don't on health reform. I doubt that any Democrats from swing districts in the house whose districts were one or lost by Mccain or Obama within 4 points, would never get re-elected if they vote against health reform. They may not think that, but I know it. Democrats in districts excluding the heavily red districts in the south, midwest, and west will never stand a chance at re-election if they vote against health reform. This is especially true of the ones who are freshman.

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Stillow:

Farleftandproud

You have your idea reversed. Dems in swing districts that DO vote for HCR have no chance of winning. The GOP and Indy's combined outnumber Dems in every district....if they vote against HCR they can at least have public support on there side...and while there base may be depressed, the kooky liberal base is only a small miniority of Dem party members.

They have a much better shot at re-election if they vote against HCR. Your strategy is basically suicide for them.

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Xenobion:

Economist is pretty spot on with a lot of thier reporting. Their poll stucture has been pretty critical of Obama too typically falling within the middle/high level of unpopularity (yet no where near Ras).

I'm figuring the "jamming down our throats tactics" Republicans have been touting are falling on deaf ears.

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Stillow:

X is right, ignore all the other polls.....this one INTERNET poll is the best out there.

Like I said, the left has been reduced to gloating about internet polls.....lets get Zogby out there to with his famour interne tpolls!

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Thaddeus:

I believe that Stillow and farleft are right. They will lose if they vote for it and lose if they vote against it. Just depends on which block you want to take you out. So in the end, surprisingly, it would be best just to vote one's conscience and live with yourself for the rest of your life. Although I personally think they will perform better if they pass it. What additional percentage of people are going to vote against the dem if they vote for HCR? Most that are against HCR will already be voting against them, so I'd say single digits at most.

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