Health reform expected to have little effect on GOP edge in November elections
NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Feb. 15, 2010
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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