Two polls: Americans don't want health bill

Two new polls from the Washington Post and Gallup bear the same bad news for advocates of congressional health care reform.

The Post poll of 1,003 adults — not of likely voters — shows that Americans don't see any benefits to reform, but they do see a huge downside in affordability and quality of care. Of those surveyed:

  • 53 percent believe that the changes will make their care more expensive; only 33 believe ObamaCare will be cheaper than the status quo.
  • 55 percent believe that overall health care costs will be more expensive under ObamaCare than under the status quo.
  • 51 percent oppose the “proposed changes to the healt-care system being developed by Congress and the Obama adminstration.” Only 43 percent support it.
  • 53 percent disapprove of Obama's handling of health care.
  • 66 percent believe the bill will increase the deficit.

Gallup, meanwhile, finds that 48 percent now oppose passing anything this year, to 46 percent in favor. If you don't include the undecideds asked to lean, the opposition leads 43 to 36 percent.

Again, the poll is of adults, not likely voters. Rasmussen, which nearly always surveys likely voters, finds consistently lower levels of support, higher levels of opposition, and lower levels of approval for Obama.

Although these two polls do not prove anything new or groundbreaking, they are consistent with the narrative that health care reform has a lot of tepid supporters and many more passionate opponents. And now that the Senate has dropped the public option, expect its support to become even more tepid.

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