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March 18, 2010

Fox Poll: Opposition to ObamaCare Hits 55%; Sixty Five Percent Say "Do Nothing" or "Start Over"

That's not actually a record level of opposition -- Fox found opposition at 57% in December -- but it is a recent high. It was back in December that this monstrosity was the least theoretical and most likely to pass, and as that escalated, people stopped saying they were unsure on the bill and registered their disapproval. Seems they're doing that again.

A lot of those "undecideds" do in fact have an opinion, but they only express it when the bill gets to a critical point.

And it gets worse:

When the option of starting over from scratch is included, thatís what a plurality of voters want: 46 percent would toss out the current bill and start over, while 30 percent would stick with what is now on the table. One in five (19 percent) would do nothing on health care now.

On several features, proponents of the reforms have failed to convince voters of the benefits. By two-to-one people think the quality of their familyís health care would be worse, rather than better, if the bill passed. In addition, majorities think the reforms would cost them money (66 percent), and increase their taxes (75 percent).

As the main reason for opposition to the current plan, quality issues lead the way (30 percent), followed by cost (22 percent) and an over-ambitious reach (19 percent).

The number one priority for Americans is the economy, and President Obama says reforming health care will improve it. Yet the poll finds around 6 in 10 voters donít believe that health care reform would create jobs (56 percent) or boost the nationís economy (64 percent).

If the bill passes -- or fails -- what should happen next?

If it passes, nearly half (45 percent) would like lawmakers repeal it, 29 percent would expand it, and 18 percent say lawmakers should leave it as is.

If the bill fails, most voters want to either start over from scratch (42 percent) or drop it (36 percent). One in five voters would want Congress to keep trying to pass the current plan (19 percent).

45% want a repeal! That's pretty damn close to 50%, isn't it?

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