It’s that time of the month when pollsters begin releasing their latest surveys into the national psyche of current events and hot topics. For the most part, the latest numbers are not too surprising. Obama is still rating favorably (51%). Americans are still skeptical of health care reform (39% For; 41% Against). But there were a few interesting items reported. Foremost, 80% of Americans say they are satisfied with their health care. But that’s not even the most shocking part of that high statistic.
In today’s Gallup poll, it was reported that 80% of Americans find their current health care satisfactory. As you’d imagine, those with insurance approved of their medical care at a higher percentage than citizens that were uninsured. 85% of covered people and 79% with government assistance through Medicare/Medicaid that were surveyed approved of their current health care; but the shocking statistic is that 50% of uninsured approved as well. Yes, this is a far less percentage – but for half of those without health care to support the current system, this should tell the Democratic leaders that the model needs to be tweaked, not overhauled.
There is another stat from the same survey that should also show the Dems that health care does not need to be reinvented. 4 in 10 Americans list the cost of health care as their primary concern with reform. Cost beats too many uninsured (2.5:1) and insurance company greed (3:1) as the leading concerns. As we’ve seen, the more creative the progressive plan, the more costly it becomes for Americans.
Other interesting polls:
- The Republican Party image is starting to improve, up to 40%. This still trails the Democratic Party (51%), but it does represent the highest rating for the Party since October of last year. Optimism is growing within the Republican Party that their “anti-government” platform is resonating fairly with the voting public. And futhermore, over at the great statistical site fivethirtyeight.com, their early projections predict the Republicans have the potential to win back a congressional majority as early as 2010. Although plenty could happen over the next 14 months, based on historical numbers, they believe the Republicans could win the popular vote 53%-47% in the next major election, which would translate to a majority in the House.
- Glenn Beck is not as unpopular as some, including myself, might think. In the NBC/WSJ poll that asked for the opinion on the popular Libertarian host, 24% have a favorable opinion and 19% are unfavorable. That leaves 57% that dont know him or are indifferent to his positions. Compare that to the poll about Rush Limbaugh this Spring and his numbers look even better. 50% of Americans had an unfavorable opinion of Rush, while only 23% were favorable. Some of this difference is because of longevity and popularity of the two conservative talking heads, however with the intense negative attention the liberal media has given Beck, I am surprised his unfavorable rating is so low.