Opposition to Health Care Bill Shoots Up After Abortion Funding Ban Defeated
by Steven Ertelt
December 10, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Americans take a much stronger stand now opposing the government-run health care bill now that the Senate has defeat an amendment that would remove abortion funding from it. A new CNN poll shows opponents of the pro-abortion health care bill outweigh supporters by a 25-point margin.
Last month, CNN recorded 46% in favor and 49% opposed to the health care bill.
But a new national poll CNN released today has 61 percent of Americans opposing the bill compared with just 36 percent that supported it.
Meanwhile, Fox News is out with a new poll today that shows 57 percent of Americans oppose the current pro-abortion health care reform legislation while just 34 percent favor the legislation.
In fact, opposition to the abortion-funding bill is so great that 54 percent of Americans (compared to 41 percent who want it now) say they would rather Congress do nothing than push the bill forward.
The Fox News poll found 87 of Republicans and 66 percent of independents opposed to the bill while only 63 percent of Democrats currently favor it.
The bill is also costing President Barack Obama support with 54-39 percent of Americans saying they disapprove of his performance in supporting the pro-abortion health care bill.
Meanwhile, the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 51% oppose the plan. And as has been the case for months, the emotions on the sign of the naysayers: 40% Strongly Oppose the plan, while just 23% Strongly favor it.
"Support for the presidents health care plan fell to 38%, its lowest ever, just before Thanksgiving. Followed by two weeks at 41%, this marks the lowest extended period of support for the plan yet," the polling firm noted. "With the exception of a few days following nationally televised presidential appeals for the legislation, the number of voters opposed to the plan has always exceeded the number who favor it."
This suggests that public opinion about the health care plan is hardening, says Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports. Despite the fact that most Americans believe our health care system needs major changes, most are opposed to what Congress is currently doing about it.
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