Tuesday, November 17, 2009
You can change public opinion:
This chart of poll results is striking:
Is the movement in the last 18 months the result of Murdoch/McCaughey?
Maybe not all of it, but a hefty portion.
Messaging works. Also, Obama should be faulted for being so passive in the wake of various lies and distortions peddled this year by opponents of a national health care program.
In the abstract, "government health care" sounds like free health care. Once people discover that it will be more expensive and provide less benefits, people's enthusiasm drops.
Forget abortion. Socialized medicine is the real third rail of politics, which appears to be the last thing the Democrats will ever learn.
Yeah, anon. Socialized medicine is the third rail. Ask any senior citizen you happen to meet if he or she'd like to have their government-run Medicare taken away from them, and you'll see what the term "third rail" really means.
It's Gallup for heaven's sake.
what were the questions asked before this one?
tired of obama ducking questions after coming out to make a statement. at the same time, he has shot down myths and lies at town hall meetings he's held, but he can't do that everytime a new lie gets ginned up. people would end up with obama fatigue. they needed some sort of rapid response web campaign to shoot down the lies like they had during the campaign. pelosi has one, but it's not well known.
the decline in support i attribute to senate dragging out the process much, much too long, thanks to grassley.
another & probably bigger reason for decline of support is rightwing radio. all you hear now is how forced mandates will hit you with huge fines and throw people in jail if they don't submit. no mention of the subsidy that would cover people who are not already insured.
meant baucus rather than grassley.