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CNN Poll: 61% of Americans Oppose Health Care Bill

By on 12.10.09 | 12:37PM

A new CNN poll is an unmitigated disaster for Democrats.

Among the key findings:

--61 percent now oppose the Senate health care bill, compared to just 36 percent who support it.

--Just 22 percent of Americans say that the proposals would help them/their family

-- 79 percent of Americans say that the Senate bill would increase the deficit.

-- And 85 percent of Americans think the Senate bill would increase their taxes.

Meanwhile, on the political front:

40 percent of people questioned say the U.S. would be better off if Democrats ran Congress while 39 percent feel things would be better if Republicans took charge on Capitol Hill. The 1-point margin is a statistical tie.

Support for Democrats is down from a 10-point advantage in August and a 25-point margin in January.

This poll, which comes amid other similar ones (see Quinipiac), shows that Democrats are losing the health care debate on substance. Whether they try to ram it through anyway under the assumption that passing nothing would be even worse for their political prospects, is another matter.

Via Brian Faughnan.

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