Poll Shows Public Now Likes Health Care Reform
The general opinion about the health care bill has flip-flopped from negative to positive now that it has been written into law.
According to a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll, the general feelings about President Obama’s health care bill, which he signed into law on Tuesday, have switched from negative to positive.
While there is still a difference in opinion that is currently dividing the nation about the bill, the majority are now in favor of it, as 48% of the 1,005 American adults polled said the bill was “a good first step; more changes are needed.” 4% believe the plan makes “the most important changes needed,” compared to 31% who think it has implemented “the wrong type of changes.”
It is interesting to note that the most significant flip-flop in opinion was among minorities, low-income citizens, and people under 40 – the majority of these people now favor the bill, as opposed to senior citizens, who are largely against it.
“The political tides shifted with passage of the bill,” explains Dan Pfeiffer, the White House communications director. “It’s easy to demonize something large and complex in theory; harder when it becomes law.”
As far as opinions on parties and how they handled the health care debate, the Democrats’ efforts were rated excellent or good by 32%; Republicans’, only 26%. The person who fared the best was President Obama, as 46% of those polled called his work on the health care bill excellent or good.
In related news, a recent Harris Poll has revealed just how much Republicans despise the President. Of the 2,230 people surveyed, 67% of Republicans believe Obama is a socialist, 57% believe he is a Muslim, and 24% believe he “may be the Antichrist.” It was found that many who believed these claims were Republicans without a college education. (USA Today, Yahoo! News)