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The Elite Media’s Disconnect With America: They Supported the ObamaCare Bill, The People Oppose It.

Posted by iusbvision on March 23, 2010

The AFP lists some of the American newspapers who supported the bill. It contains the usual suspecst the New York Times, L.A. Times etc.

Rasmussen Poll monitored the elite media coverage of the ObamaCare bill in the week leading up to the vote and reports that  “60.4% of media mentions about the President were positive over the past week while 39.6% were negative. That’s a slight uptick in positive coverage since yesterday.”

54% of Americans oppose the bill, 41% approve.


The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone poll, taken Friday and Saturday nights, shows that 41% of likely voters favor the health care plan. Fifty-four percent (54%) are opposed. These figures have barely budged in recent months.

Another finding that has remained constant is that the intensity is stronger among those who oppose the plan. The latest findings include 26% who Strongly Favor the plan and 45% who Strongly Oppose it.

The partisan divide remains constant as well. Seventy-four percent (74%) of Democrats favor the plan, while 87% of Republicans are opposed. As for those not affiliated with either major party, 34% are in favor, and 59% are opposed.

Still, 50% of all voters say they’re less likely to vote this November to reelect a member of Congress who votes for the health care plan.

Fifty-seven percent (57%) believe that if the plan passes, the cost of health care will go up. Only 17% believe the plan will achieve the stated goal of reducing the cost of care.

At the same time, most voters (54%) believe that passage of the plan will hurt the quality of care.

Eighty-one percent (81%) believe the health care plan will cost more than projected. That’s one reason voters overwhelmingly believe passage of the plan will increase the deficit and is likely to mean higher middle class taxes.

In fact, 55% of voters would rather see Congress scrap the original plan and start all over again.

While most voters oppose the legislation, 64% say it’s at least somewhat likely to pass. The disconnect between sustained public opposition to the health care plan and the belief it may pass may be one reason that just 21% of voters believe the federal government has the consent of the governed. This follows a similar disconnect on the bailouts, the government takeover of General Motors and other initiatives that were approved in the past year despite strong public opposition.


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