But with 72% of Americans supporting giving a public option to those currently uninsured, and Sarah Palin leading the pack for the GOP nomination in 2012, why the hell would we WANT to change the polls!
Thanks for the comment, Ian. Not sure where you got your numbers, but I consider these (from Rasmussen) to be more indicative:
Fifty-two percent (52%) of voters remain opposed to the plan proposed by the president and congressional Democrats, while 45% are in favor of it.
Perhaps the most prominent campaign promise in last year’s presidential contest was Barack Obama’s pledge to cut taxes for 95% of Americans. Not only have the tax cuts not been forthcoming, but 41% of voters think their taxes will go up during the Obama years.
Republican candidates have stretched their lead over Democrats to six points in the Generic Congressional Ballot. Forty-three percent (43%) would vote for their district’s Republican congressional candidate while 37% would opt for his or her Democratic opponent. Republicans have held the lead for over four months now.
Obama ended the week with a job approval rating of –10 in the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll.
And I’m not sure where Ian got his numbers, either. There was an old NY Times polls this summer that had the public option that high, but it was shown to be disproportionately skewed towards Obama supporters. And other polls on the matter I have read indicate an overwhelming majority don’t want to pay higher taxes to reach universal coverage, which is precisely what a public option would require. When people are told the cost, the progressive agenda fails every time.
As to Sarah Palin being the GOP nominee in 2012, it’s unlikely.
I’m actually of the belief it will be a darkhorse candidate.