Summer of 42
Submitted By Todd on August 13th at 5:20pm
Public support for the health care reform plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats has fallen to a new low with just 42% of U.S. voters now in favor of it. That’s down five points from two weeks ago and down eight points from six weeks ago.Guess who Americans now agree with more on Health Care.
For the first time in over two years of polling, voters trust Republicans slightly more than Democrats on the handling of the issue of health care. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that voters favor the GOP on the issue 44% to 41%.As a matter of fact, the GOP has a major comeback, considered impossible just a few weeks ago by the media, well underway.
Health care is not the only issue which the Republicans are enjoying a first-time lead. Voters now trust the GOP more than Democrats on the issue of education, 41% to 38%. This is also the first time in over two years the Republicans have held an advantage on that issue. Democrats led Republicans on education by three points in July and seven points in June.It's not time to get cocky, but of the top 10 issues of concern to Americans, the GOP is preferred in 8 of them.
Republicans lead Democrats on Social Security for the second straight month, this time by a 43% to 39% margin. Social Security is another issue where Democrats have enjoyed consistent leads in recent years.It's hard to be a president whose push for his health care plan requires him to reassure seniors that he's not planning on putting them to death.
The GOP maintains a strong 51% to 35% lead on taxes, after holding the same lead in July. Republicans have been trusted more by voters on the issue of taxes in every poll conducted since February.Interest in the health care disaster doesn't seem to be fading. Three thousand people showed up for a Town Meeting held by one Congressional Democrat yesterday.
U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen presided over one of summer's hottest road shows Wednesday: a public forum on health care. An often-raucous crowd of nearly 3,000 showed up at Everett Memorial Stadium for more than two hours of discussion led by Larson, D-Lake Stevens, that occasionally threatened to break into partisan rancor. Hand-lettered signs peppered the bleachers, with supporters of President Obama's health proposals massed on the southern end of the baseball stadium and many foes on the other.Naive Democrats, believing their own rhetoric, thought that the election of Barack Obama had to do with an embrace of socialism rather than Bush fatigue.
Most members of the state's congressional delegation have shunned in-person forums during their August recess in favor of more-controllable telephone town halls or appearances before small groups.Now, they're realizing that they have miscalculated.
But a backlash from frustrated constituents who want their voices heard is prompting some officials to reconsider. On Wednesday, Rep. Brian Baird, D-Vancouver, reversed himself and said he will hold five meetings in the next few weeks. Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Bainbridge Island, also announced he will host two in-person town halls on health reform toward the end of the month.As Obama's approval rating drops to 47% for the first time, whose stock will you be investing in for next years congressional elections?