A new Washington Post poll of voters in the Massachusetts special election blows a hole in the idea that vague populist anger — rather than opposition to Democrats’ health care bill — fueled Scott Brown’s election victory in Massachusetts.
According to the poll, 56 percent of all voters said health care efforts were an “extremely important” factor in their vote — that compares to 44 percent who said economy and jobs, which was the next closest. And when asked the “single most important factor” 34 percent named health care, compared with 18 percent who said economy and jobs.
Overall, just 43 percent of Massachusetts voters say they support the health-care proposals advanced by Obama and congressional Democrats; 48 percent oppose them. Among Brown’s supporters, however, eight in 10 said they were opposed to the measures, 66 percent of them strongly so.
So in other words, there’s no way for proponents of the Democratic health care bill to spin this one. Even in the liberal stronghold of Massachusetts, more of the electorate is opposed to the health care bill than supportive, and the opponents are more energized. Imagine what the numbers would look like in any conservative-leaning district held by a Democrat right now.