Punishing Poll Numbers

Rasmussen reports that a flat majority of Americans now oppose the health care “reform” efforts. These are dismal numbers for Democrats:

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey show that 43% of voters nationwide favor the plan working its way through Congress while 53% are opposed. Those figures are virtually identical to results from two weeks ago.

As has been true since the debate began, those opposed to the congressional overhaul feel more strongly about the legislation than supporters. Forty-three percent (43%) now Strongly Oppose the legislation while 23% Strongly Favor it. Those figures, too, are similar to results from earlier in August.

While supporters of the reform effort say it is needed to help reduce the cost of health care, 52% of voters believe it will have the opposite effect and lead to higher costs. Just 17% believe the plans now in Congress will reduce costs. This is a critical point at a time when voters see deficit reduction as more important than health care reform.

Additionally, by a 50% to 23% margin, voters believe the proposed reforms would make the quality of care worse rather than better. Voter skepticism of Congress remains high. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer recently penned an article advocating health care reform, but most voters were skeptical about the benefits they claim would result from its passage.

The ugly fact is that the economy is still in trouble – despite the cheerful chirping of the still Obama-infatuated media. Fact: GDP withered again last quarter.  

The pace of economic decline in the second quarter slowed at an annual rate of 1%, according to the government’s revised reading on gross domestic product. It was unchanged from a previous estimate.

Don’t you just love that very clever wording? Bottom line – GDP was contracting. That the train wreck is happening more slowly than it was is hardly a fun bedtime story.

Fact: Unemployment is growing:

There were 570,000 initial jobless claims filed in the week ended Aug. 22, down 10,000 from a revised-up 580,000 the previous week, the Labor Department said in a weekly report…..

….The government said 6,133,000 people filed continuing claims in the week ended Aug. 15, the most recent data available. That’s down 119,000 from the preceding week’s revised 6,252,000 claims.

That is still almost 600,000 people filing for the first time. A 10,000 person drop is negligible. The really bad news is the number who dropped off the rolls. Does anyone really think those 119,000 all went back to work when almost 600,000 filed? The vast majority of those people lost benefits and became unpersons as far as being counted.

Into this mess, Obama and the left want to spend trillions more of money we don’t have on things people most definitely do not want.

Keep calling, keep up the pressure. This has to be stopped before we are utterly ruined.

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2 Responses to Punishing Poll Numbers

  1. crosspatch says:

    What I find most troubling is the fact that the Democrats’ popularity isn’t falling faster. Look at what these people are doing and who they have brought into government and what they are saying. I am astonished that they have approval ratings in double digits.

  2. crosspatch says:

    Detroit unemployment was at 28.9 percent in July. Why are there still Democrats left there?

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