- According to Rasmussen Reports, likely voters oppose
HCR54 to 41 percent
- Also according to Rasmussen, 53 percent of likely voters disapprove of the president’s job approval, with 47 percent approving (down from 70 percent approval)
- In a Real Clear Politics average of six polls, only 19 approve of Congress’ job, while 78.5 disapprove
- The latest right-track/wrong track taken in mid March shows another Real Clear Politics average 33.8 to 60.5 percent respectively
HCR passed 219 to 212. Amazing? Not really.
Since President Obama began stumping for health care reform last March, he has given nearly 60 speeches and 2 addresses to Congress. The result each time was further decline in public polling. Truly a man of convictions, even his most ardent opponents must concede. Which makes one wonder something else—is he as serious about other his agenda items? Time will tell, but Obama certainly didn’t put this much political capital behind closing GITMO and actually seeing it through, nor has he put up much a fight to keep KSM in civilian court, and cap-and-trade remains languishing in Congress. Lastly is the economy; not one significant move outside the stimulus package he signed early last year.
The majority of Americans are certainly against
HCR, but would they have been if the unemployment rate was below 6 percent? Is Nancy Pelosi in danger of losing the Speaker’s seat? Will Harry Reid be tossed out of office come November; for that matter, will the democrat majority? Will Americans sour more when HCR actually goes into effect after nearly four years of paying without benefits?
November is a political light year away. I only ask these questions because they seem to be the conventional wisdom of the time; it is up to you to draw your own conclusions.
-- Owen E. Richason IV
Chief Editor, Killswitch Politick