Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls
March 24, 2012
marked the two-year anniversary of President Obama’s national health
and Republicans, unable to push repeal through the
Senate, are now looking to the U.S. Supreme Court for relief. The high
will hold hearings this coming week on a multi-state challenge of the
continue to favor repeal of the law as they have consistently since its
in 2010. Public
opinion has been
remarkably stable on the law stretching back to late 2009.
most of the law’s provisions not scheduled to go into effect until
say the law has had no direct impact on their lives so far. Thirteen
(13%) say they personally have been helped by the law to date, while
many (26%) say they have been hurt by it.
also still worry that the health care law will cause some companies to
employee health care coverage and think it would be bad if those
forced into a government insurance plan instead. There is a striking
difference on what that would mean for employees. Republicans and
voters overwhelmingly believe it would be bad for workers to be dropped
employer coverage and enrolled in a government-sponsored health
However, a solid plurality of Democrats believe the change to a
would leave workers better off.
and the majority of voters not affiliated with either of the major
consider cost to be the biggest problem with health care today. Most
on the other hand, view the lack of universal health insurance coverage
bigger problem. It’s the law’s requirement that everyone have health
that is being challenged as unconstitutional. (Most voters, by the way,
think the government has the power to mandate universal coverage.)
care isn’t the only hot potato on the Supreme Court’s docket this year.
will be reviewing U.S. Justice Department challenges of laws passed by
and Alabama to crack down on illegal immigration. The feds say the laws
infringe on their powers; the states say the federal government isn’t
continue to believe the policies of the federal government encourage
immigration, but fewer voters than ever think it’s a good idea to put
military along the border to stop the flow of illegals into this
sizable majority (64%) of voters remain confident that the United
generally a fair and decent place, but the number who think the
disagrees with them is at its highest level since late 2010.
the health care and immigration cases proceed publicly, just 28% of
the Supreme Court good or excellent ratings. Those are the lowest
the Court since Rasmussen Reports began asking the question in 2004.
percent (19%) rate the highest court in the land as poor
Court review of the health care law isn’t the only Obama policy being
challenged. Despite the president moving up the troop withdrawal date
Afghanistan to next year, most voters (53%) favor the immediate
all U.S. troops in Afghanistan after the violence surrounding a
incident and the massacre of 17 Afghani civilians by a U.S. soldier.
Republicans who hope to take Obama’s place have troubles of their own,
The next hurdle is today’s GOP primary in Louisiana, and former
Senator Rick Santorum was comfortably ahead at midweek. Looking down
the road a
bit, Romney holds a double-digit lead over Santorum in Wisconsin.
Romney-Gingrich? Romney-Paul? Not so fast, voters say when asked about
potential Republican ticket for this fall’s election. Just 22% of
believe the eventual Republican nominee should pick one of the other
remaining candidates as his vice presidential running mate.
president now holds modest leads over both Romney and Santorum in
polling of the key swing states Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and
Obama picked up 52% of the vote in these states to Republican nominee
McCain’s 48% in the 2008 elections. Combined, the Core Four have 75
College votes, and if the president is successful in these states, it
just about impossible for the GOP candidate to win the White House.
closer at just Virginia, the president now clears the 50% mark in
against his top two potential Republican challengers in the key
state. The U.S. Senate race in Virginia, however, remains a toss-up,
Republican George Allen ahead of Democrat Tim Kaine by just two points.
ahead of Santorum by 16 points and leads Romney by six points in
Election 2012 matchups in Nevada. But incumbent Republican Dean Heller
seven-point lead over his likeliest Democratic challenger,
Shelley Berkley, in Rasmussen Reports’ first look at the U.S. Senate
and Santorum post nine-point leads over the president in another key
lot of talk of tax reform on the campaign trail this year, and recent
indicates the voters are more willing to raise taxes on the rich. But
Rasmussen explains in his latest syndicated column that “a graduated
… seems fair to most voters, not to soak the rich but to make sure that
Americans are treated equally.”
other voter-driven solutions are the heart of Scott’s new book, The
Money: How the American People Will Balance the Budget and Eliminate
Federal Debt . Voters
are ready to
support the kind of long-term thoughtful changes needed to balance the
and eliminate the federal debt, he argues. The only thing standing in
of a solution is a Political Class committed to defending the status
Washington Post lists THE PEOPLE’S MONEY as the nation’s number one
best-selling political book.
Street Journal notes that Rasmussen’s book challenges “one of the
in political science.” While many in the political world argue that
aren’t smart enough to vote as academics presume that they should,”
disagrees. He thinks that “voters, not policy wonks, are the ones
to shrink the deficit.”
the president’s job approval ratings suggest that voters are slightly
with the way things are going. The Rasmussen Consumer Index on Friday
its highest finding for the year, while the Rasmussen Investor Index
its highest level since January 2008. The indexes measure daily
among both groups.
troubling signs remain. Confidence among homeowners in housing values
stalled after several months of gains. Fifty percent (50%) of
say their home is worth more than what they still owe on their mortgage.
Americans agree now is not the best time to sell a home, but they feel
than ever that those struggling to pay their mortgage should sell their
and buy a cheaper one rather than receive help from the government. Just 19% believe the
government should assist
those struggling homeowners in making their mortgage payments.
remain overwhelmingly concerned about inflation and expect to pay more
grocery store, but they have more confidence than ever that the Federal
Board can keep inflation under control.
are still slightly ahead of Democrats on the latest Generic
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