The Campaign Spot

Voters Who Haven’t Yet Picked a Candidate Generally Loathe This Bill

According to a poll commissioned by the RNC, 58 percent of those who are undecided on the generic ballot [do you want to elect a Republican or a Democrat to Congress] oppose “the president’s health care reform measure”; 27 percent support it.

When asked if they support “the health care legislation,” 60 percent of those who are undecided on the generic ballot oppose it, 30 percent support it.

When asked whether the current bill should be passed as soon as possible or scrapped, 66 percent of those undecided on the generic ballot say “scrap it”; 20 percent say pass it as soon as possible.

Only 25 percent say they’re more likely to vote for a candidate who voted for the health-care bill; 51 percent say they’re less likely.

Needless to say, the cuts to Medicare Advantage are supremely unpopular; 10 percent say they’re more likely to vote for a candidate who voted to cut the program, and 69 percent say they’re less likely.

Then these voters were asked, “Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?  I would consider voting for a Republican for Congress to send a message to President Obama and the Democrats and make them listen to the concerns of voters like me.” Among those who said they were undecided on the generic ballot, 53 percent said agree, 31 percent said disagree.

Yet the Democrats tell themselves that passing this legislative smorgasbord of grief will help them in November.