Health reform expected to have little effect on GOP edge in November elections

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Feb. 15, 2010

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New survey results from Public Policy Polling indicates that Democrats will do more poorly than Republicans in the November elections regardless of whether health system reform is enacted.

PPP, a public opinion tracking firm based in Raleigh, N.C., surveyed 584 registered voters from Jan. 29-31. Voters favored a generic Republican over a generic Democrat, 43% to 40%. Eighty-six percent of Republican voters said they are committed to their party, compared with just 80% of Democrats, PPP found.

When respondents were asked how they would vote in congressional elections if lawmakers did not enact a health reform plan, the GOP level of support remained at 43%, with Democratic backing dropping to 38%. And even if Democrats did move their reform package, Republicans would still have a four percentage point lead over the other party, 45% to 41%.

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