50% Less Likely To Vote For Congress Member Who Supports Health Care Plan

Fifty percent (50%) of U.S. voters say they are less likely to vote for their representative in Congress this November if he or she votes for the health care plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey taken Wednesday night finds that 34% are more likely to vote for their Congress member’s reelection if he or she supports the president’s health care plan. Eight percent (8%) say the health care vote will have no impact on how they vote this November, and another seven percent (7%) are not sure.

Thirty-three percent (33%) of all voters favor the creation of a single-payer health care system where the federal government provides coverage for everyone. Fifty-four percent (54%) oppose such a system. These findings are unchanged from the end of last year. Support for a single-payer system plays a huge role in whether someone will support a Representative who votes for the health care plan.

Pelosi is trying to make it easier on Democrats running for Congress by using the deem and pass strategy where the House will “deem” the Senate version “passed.” Democrats will be able to say that they did not vote for it. While known Communists will still vote their party line, one would hope that thinking Americans would see past this scheme.

New Rasmussen Reports national telephone surveying finds that 56% of voters oppose the effort to “reduce spending on Medicare by several hundred billion dollars.” Just 33% support the idea. Those figures include 12% who Strongly Favor the Medicare cuts and 38% who are Strongly Opposed.

Perhaps more significantly, 70% of senior citizens oppose the plan to reduce spending on Medicare including 55% who are Strongly Opposed. Seniors are more likely to use the health care system and more likely to vote than younger adults.

Democratic voters are evenly divided on the Medicare cuts, while most Republicans and unaffiliated voters are opposed.

Democratic congressional leaders have scheduled a House vote on their national health care plan this Sunday, but 59% of U.S. voters say most members of Congress will not understand what is in the plan before they vote on it.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 20% of voters think most members of Congress will understand what is in the plan before they vote. Another 22% are not sure. These findings are little changed from September.

Perhaps that’s one reason why 50% of voters say they’re less likely to vote to reelect a member of Congress who supports the health care bill. Despite President Obama’s current full-court press to build public support for the plan, just 45% of voters now support it, while 52% are opposed.

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 23% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-four percent (44%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -21. That matches the lowest Approval Index rating yet recorded for this President (see trends).

Each time the President leads a big push for his health care plan, his job approval ratings suffer. For Members of Congress, the impact may be more tangible. Just 34% say they’re more likely to vote for someone who supports this legislation. Fifty-percent (50%) are less likely to vote for a Member of Congress who supports the health care reform plan proposed by the President and Congressional Democrats.

One reason for the opposition is the cost of the plan. Fifty-six percent (56%) of voters nationwide are opposed to reducing Medicare spending as a means of paying for the reform effort. Most also oppose the excise tax on “Cadillac” insurance plans.

Thirty-four percent (34%) now say health care reform is the goal the President is most likely to achieve. Voters still say deficit reduction is the most important and the least likely to be achieved.

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