Democrats Expect Approval Rating IncreaseDec 21st, 2009 | By Main Contributor | Category: Health Care
Key Democrats are expecting an increase in their approval ratings after health care reform passes. They also expect a similar bounce in President Obama’s approval. Sen. Chuck Schumer suggested today that the polling numbers will turn in their favor once the public fully understands the policies in the health care bills.
According to a new CNN poll, this expectation may be appearing already. Polling released after the Senate secured 60 votes to advance their version of the health care bill shows a 6 point rise in support of the health care bill and also a 6 point rise in Obama’s approval ratings.
Many polls have shown support for the health care reform to have a low approval rating. Greater than 10% of the people polled believe the reforms currently being debated do not go far enough. Those individuals have not thrown their support behind a proposal possibly because it doesn’t implement a public option or a medicare buy-in for seniors. Once the liberal base starts to recover from its initial anger, they will most likely start supporting the reform legislation and greatly add to the approval numbers for both health care reform and Obama.
Democrats are also encouraged by other polling data suggesting that when voters are informed of the legislation they are more inclined to support the health care overhaul. A report by the Mellman Group shows that even in Republican strongholds like Louisianan they “supported the bill 57% to 38%” when informed of what the legislation does. Another CNN poll also shows that many people are misinformed and believe that the bill will increase the deficit and increase their taxes, which accounts for some of their disapproval. Once the legislation passes and voters don’t see the appearance of death panels, rationing of care, or any of the other scare tactics coming true then polling should start to look better for the Democrats.