Americans Oppose Reconciliation, Pro-Abortion Health Care Bill as Summit Begins
by Steven Ertelt
February 25, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — With President Barack Obama and top Republicans and Democrats meeting at the White House health care summit, Americans have a clear attitude towards the pro-abortion health care bill and the attempt by Obama and his allies to use reconciliation to pass it: they oppose both.
In a new CNN poll released today, just 25 percent of Americans say Congress should pass the Senate health care bill that contains massive abortion funding and other pro-abortion problems.
Another 48 percent say Congress should start over on an entirely new bill while another 25 percent say Congress should stop working on the issue of health care altogether.
A majority of Republicans questioned, 54 percent, want Congress to start from scratch while 40 percent say Congress shouldn’t address health care and only 6 percent want the current pro-abortion health care bill. Among independents, 52 percent want a new bill, 27 percent say stop health care consideration, and just 18 percent favor the pro-abortion bill.
Half of all Democrats want the pro-abortion health care bill while nearly 40 percent say Congress should start over and about 10 percent say Congress should punt on health care altogether.
Meanwhile, a new USA Today/Gallup poll shows Americans oppose the use of the controversial reconciliation process to ramrod the pro-abortion health care bill through Congress on a 52-39 percent margin.
Those opposed are more likely to feel strongly about their opinion than those in favor, 25% to 11%.
Also, Americans appear to agree that the White House health care summit will amount to little more than a publicity campaign for Obama and Democrats.
About three-quarters of those surveyed in a USA Today/Gallup Poll said they thought the summit would end without agreement, while 20 per cent thought they would reach a deal.
Although the summit was called by Obama, more than 7 out of 10 rank-and-file Democrats across the country are pessimistic that an agreement will be reached. Nearly 9 out of 10 Republicans hold this view.
The poll also found Americans, by a 49% to 42% margin, oppose rather than favor Congress passing a health care bill similar to the one Obama and Democrats have proposed — and those "strongly" opposed outnumber those "strongly" in favor by 23% to 11%.
Republicans are overwhelmingly against passing a bill similar to that proposed by President Obama. Democrats are in favor; although, about a fifth say they oppose such passage. Independents’ responses are roughly the same as the overall national average.
The same type of partisan split occurs in reference to the use of a parliamentary procedure to get passage of the bill through the Senate without a Republican filibuster. Independents again mirror the overall national average — 53% oppose and 38% in favor.
Gallup indicated: "Of note is the finding that Republicans are more intense in their feelings than are Democrats in their responses to both measures. Republicans who oppose are more likely to say that opposition is strong rather than not strong. On the other hand, Democrats who favor are more likely to say their support is not strongly held."
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