Here's a piece of that CNN poll that probably won't get as much attention from the traditional media as the fact that 47% agree with repeal. First, 50% don't want it replaced, but more than that, nearly two-thirds of bill supporters--a quarter of overall respondents--wish it had gone further.
- Which of the following statements best describes your views about the health care bill that Congress passed this week:
You approve of the bill becoming law and have no reservations about it -- 15%
You approve of the bill becoming law but you think it did not go far enough -- 27%
You disapprove of the bill becoming law but you support a few of its proposals -- 31%
You disapprove of the bill becoming law and oppose all of its proposals -- 25%
No opinion -- 1%
- Thinking about the health care bill that Congress passed this week, which of the following statements best describes your view of what Congress should do in the future?
Congress should leave the bill as it is -- 23%
Congress should make additional changes to increase the government's involvement in the nation's health care system -- 27%
Congress should repeal most of the major provisions in that bill and replace them with a completely different set of proposals -- 47%
No opinion -- 3%
One way that Dems could keep closing that intensity gap among voters would be to try to deliver more. They could keep taking on the insurance companies, on providing coverage to sick kids, on the anti-trust exemption, etc.--the elements even Republicans had a hard time arguing against.
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