Thursday, June 24, 2010

Coming Around

Via TPM:

Health care reform turned an important political corner. A Gallup poll released yesterday finds that, for the first time in months, more Americans say that the Affordable Care Act is a good thing than think it’s a bad thing. And, though TPM’s PollTracker still finds that, on average, health care reform still has fewer supporters than opponents, support for reform has been growing (and opposition to it shrinking) uninterrupted for months.

Today’s Gallup poll finds that 49 percent of respondents were in favor of the new health care law and 46 percent were opposed. Previous polls showed that support for reform trailed opposition: for instance, a June 13 USA Today/Gallup poll showed the split at 46 percent for and 49 percent against. On April 11, the split was 45-49.

It’s not a huge margin, but it’s trending to more and more people liking what they’re seeing — as the President and proponents of the bill said they would.

So if the GOP still plans to campaign this fall on repealing it, go for it. See how that works.

One interesting aspect of the Gallup poll is the age split.

On the basis of age, the largest well of opposition is found among seniors, 60% of whom call passage of the bill a bad thing, similar to the 57% in April. By contrast, attitudes are more favorable than unfavorable among young and middle-aged adults.

What’s up with that? Are they afraid the government is going to get involved with their Medicare?