The Washington Post‘s Chris Cillizza examines how damaging the Massachusetts health care law could be for Mitt Romney’s presidential candidacy. Based on an ABC News/Washington Post poll, Cillizza concludes: “The short answer: It’s far from great but nowhere near a campaign ender just yet.”
That’s probably right, but it’s worth noting that Rudy Giuliani’s pro-choice position on abortion didn’t seem to hurt him much in the 2007 polls. It certainly hurt him when the votes were counted. It turned out to be a major driver of his decision to skip the early states. This story hasn’t been written yet.
Republicans and Republican-leaning independents oppose Romneycare by 41 percent 21 percent. The poll found a full 56 percent of those describing themselves as “very conservative” were against it. Nearly four in ten had no opinion, a number likely to change as the campaign wears on.