A new poll issues a grim warning to House Democrats who are on the fence about whether to vote for President Obama’s healthcare overhaul.
The survey released by the Polling Company and Independent Women’s Voice polled 1,200 registered voters in 35 districts represented by pivotal House members who could determine the outcome of the healthcare debate.
82 percent of voters in those “swing districts” regard the healthcare bill as either the top or one of the top three issues for deciding whom to support for Congress next November. 60 percent want Congress to start from scratch on a bipartisan healthcare reform proposal or stop working on it this year.
Majorities feel the legislation will make them and their loved ones, the economy and the U.S. healthcare system worse off.
Julie Gunlock, a senior fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum, says the findings of the poll show that constituents in the 35 swing districts are paying attention.
“They’re paying attention to the issue, and they’re going to pay attention to how their members vote,” she comments. “This is not about a lack of information – people are focused on healthcare, they’re focused on this debate and they’ve really educated themselves. The reaction is clear – people do not want this particular package of healthcare reform. They don’t want Obama healthcare, and they’re going to be watching how these members vote.”
The survey also found that three in four voters disagree that the federal government should mandate that everyone buy a government-approved insurance plan, and 81 percent believe any reform should focus first on reducing costs.