Despite more than a year of attacks on Paul Ryan's budget plan, including an advertisment of Ryan throwing granny off a cliff, a new Rasmussen Report shows it's not Ryan's plan that people are scared of, it's ObamaCare.
Democrats hope to make inroads in the senior vote by raising concerns about Mitt Romney running mate Paul Ryan’s Medicare reform proposal, but most seniors are more fearful of President Obama’s health care law than they are of Ryan’s plan.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that when it comes to the future of Medicare, 47% of Likely U.S. Voters are scared more of the health care law than of Ryan’s proposal. Forty-one percent (41%) are more scared of what Ryan has proposed.
And among seniors, particularily in swing states? The numbers get even worse for Obama.
But among voters 65 and older, 55% are more fearful of the president’s health care law versus 34% who are more scared of the changes in the government health insurance plan proposed by Ryan.
These findings parallel results among seniors in the key swing states of Florida and Wisconsin.
Sixty-seven percent (67%) of all Likely Voters nationwide recognize that major changes are needed to save Medicare. Only 15% disagree, but another 18% are not sure.
Sixty-seven percent (67%) also recognize that Medicare is likely to go bankrupt within the next decade or so if no changes are made, but 23% consider that unlikely. These findings include 37% who believe Medicare is Very Likely to go bankrupt and just three percent (3%) who say it’s Not At All Likely.
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