More Like This, Please.

August 24th, 2009at 07:22am Posted by Eli

One of the things I’ve been wanting to see is polling at the state or district level that shows whether the Blue Dogs and conservadems who oppose the public option are really representing their constituents, or the insurance industry.  Well, I guess Kos was wondering too, because he took a poll of Blue Dog and professional healthcare reform killer Jim Co-oper, er, Cooper’s district.  And guess what: 61% of his constituents want a public option, and (by an amazing coincidence) 60% disapprove of his actions on healthcare.

And this appears to be more than just a mild preference.  34% of his constituents (and 47% of his Democratic ones) would be less likely to vote for him in 2010 if he opposes the public option, and that’s on top of re-elect numbers that are already weak – 23% of his constituents intend to vote against him next year, and 41% would consider it.  Among Democrats, those numbers are 14 and 42%.

I would love to see more polls like these.  The more decisively we can strip away the I’m-just-voting-my-district excuse, the better.

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Healthcare,Politics,Polls,Wankers


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