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Fact-Checking Bob Schieffer

On Face the Nation yesterday, Bob Schieffer tried to correct Representative Marsha Blackburn (as mentioned in the Corner). Here’s the relevant portion of the transcript:

BLACKBURN: Let me also point out also there is bipartisan opposition to Obamacare, not bipartisan support. There is only partisan support. And you know good and well the Senate Democrats…

SCHIEFFER: Congresswoman, that is not entirely true. The polls don’t suggest that. Polls say that most people favor it.

BLACKBURN: No. Most people oppose what is happening with Obamacare. I have looked at poll after poll after poll.

Here are the latest five polls on the issue at CNN/ORC: oppose 57, support 38. CBS/NYT (Yes, Schieffer works for CBS): disapprove 51, approve 39. Pew: oppose 50, support 38. CNBC: negative 46, positive 29. Kaiser: unfavorable 43, favorable 39. As you can see, not a one where there is more approval than disapproval.

The Huffington Post poll average has opposition at 53 and support at 38 percent. Blackburn was right, Schieffer was wrong, and he ought to correct the record.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.


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