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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Rasmussen Poll December 26, 2009

Most voters (55%) oppose the health care legislation working its way through Congress. Those who feel strongly about the legislation are overwhelmingly opposed to it. Most voters favor a ban on coverage of abortion in any insurance plan subsidized by the federal government. Most voters (54%) also believe they personally will be worse off if the health care plan passes. Just 25% think they will be better off. A commentary by Michael Barone notes that it been more than 150 years since such significant but unpopular legislation was passed through Congress on a partisan basis.

Twenty-nine percent (29%) say the economy is getting better while 47% say it’s getting worse. Just 29% say the United States is heading in the right direction. Republicans have opened their largest advantage yet on the Generic Congressional Ballot.
It is important to remember that the Rasmussen Reports job approval ratings are based upon a sample of likely voters. Some other firms base their approval ratings on samples of all adults. President Obama's numbers are always several points higher in a poll of adults rather than likely voters. That's because some of the President's most enthusiastic supporters, such as young adults, are less likely to turn out to vote. It is also important to check the details of question wording when comparing approval ratings from different firms.

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