Latest Poll: 54% Say Passing No Healthcare Reform Better Than Passing Congressional Plan

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Posted: Aug 15, 2009 12:57 PM
The latest from Rasmussen:

Thirty-five percent (35%) of American voters say passage of the bill currently working its way through Congress would be better than not passing any health care reform legislation this year. However, a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that most voters (54%) say no health care reform passed by Congress this year would be the better option.

This does not mean that most voters are opposed to health care reform. But it does highlight the level of concern about the specific proposals that Congressional Democrats have approved in a series of Committees. To this point, there has been no Republican support for the legislative effort although the Senate Finance Committee is still attempting to seek a bi-partisan solution.

Not surprisingly, there is a huge partisan divide on this issue. Sixty percent (60%) of Democrats say passing the legislation in Congress would be the best course of action. However, 80% of Republicans take the opposite view. Among those not affiliated with either major party, 23% would like the Congressional reform to pass while 66% would rather the legislators take no action.

Voters who earn less than $20,000 a year are evenly divided but a majority of all other voters would prefer no action. Middle income voters, those who earn from $40,000 to $75,000 a year, are most strongly in favor of taking no action.

So, let's recap:  I'm a little surprised that the number of Democrats supporting the plan is only 60%.  Not only do the majority of people oppose this health care overhaul, but the middle class--the people Obama claims to be fighting for, to reduce the "burden of health care costs" on middle class families--are most strongly in favor of taking no action.