A new Rasmussen poll shows most Americans want Congress to go back to the drawing board and start over when it comes to health care reform.
The poll also suggest the President has made some progress with the public following last week’s televised health care summit. Thirty-seven percent of Americans now believe it is better to build on the current proposal. That’s a nine-point increase since January.
Here is the full Rasmussen Report.
55% Say Congress Should Start Over On Health Care
Friday, March 05, 2010
Following a small bounce in support following his health care summit last week, President Obama has continued to try to rally House Democrats to vote for his health care overhaul. He wants the legislation approved by the Senate passed in December as a “first step” towards further improvements of the plan.
However, most U.S. voters (55%) would rather see Congress scrap the original plan and start all over again, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.
Still, the president has made some progress among the public. Thirty-seven percent (37%) now think it would be better to build on the health care plan that has been working its way through the House and Senate as a starting point. That’s up from 28% in February.
Democrats, by a 66% to 25% margin, support building on the current plan making its way through Congress. Republicans overwhelmingly take the opposite view, with 85% who say it would be better the scrap the current plan and start over. Unaffiliated voters, by a nearly two-to-one margin, also favor starting over.
The president’s health care summit last week seems to have nudged up support for the reform plan, but 52% of U.S. voters continue to oppose it. Forty-four percent (44%) are now in favor of the plan. New weekly tracking numbers on voter support for the health care plan will be released Monday.
Sixty percent (60%) of voters believe Democrats should change the bill to win support from a reasonable number of GOP’s. This finding is similar to the those found in October and August of last year. Only 31% believe Democrats should go ahead and pass the bill without Republican support. That’s up slightly from October and seven points from August.
Still, most voters (64%) expect the health care plan that emerges from Congress to be mostly what Democrats want, rather than a truly bipartisan product. Only 18% think the plan will be a bipartisan effort, while 18% are undecided. Those results are nearly identical to those found in October.
The plurality of voters (46%) believes Republican opposition to the health care reform plan is due more to partisan politics than the actual contents of the plan, up slightly from October . Thirty-one percent (31%) say GOP opposition is mostly due to the actual details of the plan, while 24% are undecided.
Just 37% of U.S. voters now believe it is even somewhat likely that Congress will agree this year on a smaller, bipartisan health care plan this year.
Separate polling finds that 65% of U.S. voters now think politics in the nation’s capital will become more partisan over the next year.
Scott Rasmussen notes that Americans are “united in the belief that our political system is broken, that politicians are corrupt, and that neither political party has the answers.” He has been an independent pollster for 15 years and distilled his understanding of voter frustration in a new book, In Search of Self-Governance. Read the preface and reviews from Dick Morris,Joe Trippi, Bill Kristol and others.
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