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The Persuasive Magic Is Gone

Gallup headline: Amid Debate, Obama Approval Rating on Healthcare Steady

Gallup sub-head: Americans disapprove of his handling of the issue, by 49% to 43%

Unwritten conclusion from Gallup result: Three weeks of a pretty relentless campaign-style effort on the president’s part, trying to persuade the American public to back his plan, has had no effect.

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