Jul 09, 2010

Pelosi - She's Nuts

This from yesterday's Opinion Journal .......

Love Is Blind

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is seeing things. The Hill, a newspaper covering Congress, reports that she has "seized on new polls that suggest healthcare overhaul's popularity is rising, and is urging members of Congress to use this week's recess to tout the new law."

Ms. Pelosi's may be counting a phantom army of health care supporters. While she cites a Kaiser Family Foundation survey from last month that found 48% of respondents viewed ObamaCare favorably, other polls tell a different story. Rasmussen Reports found 60% of likely voters in this fall's election still back repeal of the bill. A new survey by pollster Whit Ayers for the GOP group Resurgent Republic found voters back repeal by 53% to 41%, even when juxtaposed against a strong populist message that "we should stand up to the insurance companies, not give in to them."

Most ominous for Democrats is that independents -- the swing vote in elections -- remain highly skeptical of health care reform, favoring repeal by a 52% to 39% margin. Vulnerable Democrats might want to consider the source before relying on Ms. Pelosi's advice to campaign on ObamaCare. Resurgent Republic reports that Speaker Pelosi has a favorable rating of only 32% with the general public. Among independents she is upside-down with a whopping 56% negative rating compared to only 24% favorable. If touting ObamaCare has done nothing for Speaker Pelosi's ratings, Democrats should properly wonder why it would be the solution to their own reelection woes.

-- John Fund


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