Raleigh, N.C. – N.C. voters are continuing to lose support for the current health care bill set to be voted upon in the U.S. Congress this week according to a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute.
According to the poll of 600 likely voters, 49.3 percent of voters said they disapproved of the current health care plan being proposed by President Obama and Congress. Of the remaining who were polled, 40.3 percent of them said they supported the plan and 10.3 percent said they had no opinion.
In Civitas’ September polling, 47.6 percent of voters said they supported the health care plan while 47.0 percent said they opposed it.
“The more voters learn about what is included in the health care reform proposal, the more the opposition grows,” said Civitas Institute Senior Legislative Analyst Chris Hayes.
When looking at the partisan breakdown of the survey, support for the bill comes only from Democrats (64.8 – 20.8 percent). Republicans (12.6 – 81.8 percent), as well as unaffiliated voters (30.9 – 59.6 percent) stand it stark opposition to the bill.
“Democrats in Washington stand the very distinct chance of alienating a wide range of middle-of-the-road voters if they shove through the health care reform bill as it stands now,” added Hayes. “Those same unaffiliated voters who gave the Democrats their Congressional majority now stand firmly opposed to the path being taken.”
The Civitas Poll is the only monthly live-caller poll of critical issues facing North Carolina. Full results of the poll will be revealed on the Civitas Institute’s Web site at www.nccivitas.org in the coming weeks.
Full text of question:
Do you approve or disapprove of the health care plan being proposed by Barack Obama and Congress?
APPROVE – 40.3%
Strongly Approve – 23.2%
Somewhat Approve – 17.2%
DISAPPROVE – 49.3%
Somewhat Disapprove – 5.8%
Strongly Disapprove – 43.5%
DON’T KNOW – 10.3%
Click here for full results and crosstabs.
This poll of 600 likely general election voters in North Carolina was conducted Oct. 20-21, 2009 by McLaughlin and Associates of Alexandria, Virginia. All interviews were conducted via telephone by professional interviewers.
Interview selection was random within predetermined geographic units. These units were structured to correlate with actual voter distributions in a statewide general election.
The poll of 600 likely general election voters has an accuracy of +/- 4.0% at a 95% confidence interval.