Friday, December 18, 2009

Are the polls right on Healthcare and if so, what does it mean for 2010 midterm elections?

The media has used the healthcare debate to claim that Republicans stall tactics and Filibustering will result in them gaining about 25 to 30 seats from the Democrats in the 2010 midterm elections. So let's take a look at this claim and look at the polls as to where the Public is in the latest polls on Healthcare.

According to the Poll of Polls, dated 12/9/09, 54% of Americans are in support of the Public Option.

One Poll conducted from Dec. 16 to Dec. 17th asked this question:

Would you favor or oppose creating a public health insurance option administered by the federal government that would compete with plans offered by private health insurance companies? Here's the data breaKdown:

I think the data above is clear. As you can see, 57% of Independents favor the Public Option. All that nonsense you hear by Republican Senators, who are against the Public Option, that the majority of Americans are against it, is just plain bunk. Of course, you can see clearly those surveyed, who are Republicans, are against it. But Republicans are a minority Party today and between Democrats and Independents that represents about 75% of the population. It's a shame the Republicans can get the media to go along with their myths. Former Congressmen like Dick Armey spread the lies and the media doesn't call them on it often enough. It never used to be that way. As I have said here many times, I had voted for Reagan. There was more middle ground in politics then. It seems now that has changed for the foreseeable future. Where are those reasonable Republican Senators anymore? Only a few remain like Dick Lugar and Bob Dole. They are in high demand and that is the Republican which will eventually emerge if the Republicans are to once again become a relevant Party to jointly work for the common good and yet provide the necessary balance of power.

I personally believe today's Republican leaders like Mitch McConnell, John Kyle, Richard Shelby, Saxby Chambliss, Chuck Grassley, Sam Brownback, John Cornyn, David Vitter and others in the House of Representatives have miscalculated. I can't see Independents voting for Republicans in midterm elections given the poll data above on the Public Option. It does appeal to their base but their base has shrunk. So while popular with the base, they will lose more seats in 2010 if this fails to get approved and it will make Democrats more determined than ever to get a more than 60 vote majority in the Senate. What do you think?

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Blogger B.J. said...


A friend emailed me the link to this post, and she received the link via email, so I thought you might like to know it’s being circulated.

Thanks for the information!

This nation re-elected George W. Bush in 2004, so it’s really hard to know which way the political winds will blow in 2010. It might be a mistake to predict the outcome solely on the healthcare reform issue. As you know, many voters are one-issue voters. I do agree that the Republican Party base has shrunk, and it appears independents will hold more sway.

You might be interested in an article I feature on my own blog today (12/28/09). Just go to demwit dot blogspot dot com

That’s DEM-Wit, as in Democrat!

Best to you, BJ

2:57 AM  
Blogger Charles Amico said...

Thanks B.J. Much appreciated. I did go to your site today and did read the article on Obama by Frank Shaeffer. I agree with him about Obama and both his supporters and critics. Thanks for the link to it and your site and for the visit. I will be back.

6:23 AM  

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