The president has rallied his base behind his health care plan, but a plurality of Americans remains against his proposal to nationalize the medical system. Explains Rasmussen Reports:
Americans are now closely divided over the proposed health care reform plan following President Obama’s speech to Congress Wednesday night, although a plurality of voters are still opposed. All of the gains have come from Democrats, but the president has rallied his base and generated a significant increase in enthusiasm among supporters of the plan.
New Rasmussen Reports national polling – conducted over the two nights following the speech – shows that 47% of Americans now favor the plan proposed by the president and congressional Democrats. That’s up from 43% at the end of August and from 44% earlier this week.
Forty-nine percent (49%) of voter remain opposed to the plan, but it marks the first time opposition has fallen below 50% in weeks.
It will be interesting to see if his new-found support remains solid, or peels off, returning opinions to roughly where they were before his speech. In any case, the president has failed to move the majority of Americans into his camp–and for good reason, given the many dangers of increasing federal control over health care.