Hot on HuffPost:

See More Stories

Both Obama, Republicans Get Lower Marks on Working Together

5 years ago
  0 Comments Say Something  »
Text Size
Now that we know the Senate's health care bill was approved in committee with just one Republican vote and with just one Republican joining Democrats in voting for House passage yesterday, it's worth looking again at what marks the public gives President Obama and congressional Republicans for working together (not).

A CNN/Opinion Dynamics poll released Friday (it was conducted Oct. 30 - Nov. 1) has those who see Obama doing enough to cooperate with the Republicans tied at 49 percent with those who say he's not doing enough. That's a steady decline since Obama took office when 74 percent said he was doing enough and 25 percent said he wasn't. In August, the margin had dwindled to 51 percent to 46 percent.

Sixty-seven percent say the Republicans on the Hill are not doing enough to cooperate with Obama while 31 percent say they are, also a decline in public view of their level of bipartisanship. The ratio was 60 percent to 39 percent in February and 60 percent to 36 percent last month.

Overall, 53 percent oppose Obama's plan for health care reform and 45 percent support it. Supporters and opponents last month were tied at 49 percent. Except for August, supporters of Obama's plan held modest leads over opponents dating back to February.

Twenty-six percent believe Congress should continue working on the bills now in progress and make only minor changes before passing final legislation while 33 percent say the bills need major changes. Twenty-four percent want to wait till next year and 15 percent don't want changes at all.

The so-called "public option" to create competition for private insurers is supported by a 55 percent to 44 percent margin, down from 61 percent to 38 percent in a CNN poll taken in mid-October. In August, the public option was supported by 55 percent to 41 percent.

Our New Approach to Comments

In an effort to encourage the same level of civil dialogue among Politics Daily’s readers that we expect of our writers – a “civilogue,” to use the term coined by PD’s Jeffrey Weiss – we are requiring commenters to use their AOL or AIM screen names to submit a comment, and we are reading all comments before publishing them. Personal attacks (on writers, other readers, Nancy Pelosi, George W. Bush, or anyone at all) and comments that are not productive additions to the conversation will not be published, period, to make room for a discussion among those with ideas to kick around. Please read our Help and Feedback section for more info.

Add a Comment

*0 / 3000 Character Maximum Comment Moderation Enabled. Your comment will appear after it is cleared by an editor.

Follow Politics Daily

  • Comics
Featuring political comics by Robert and Donna TrussellMore>>
  • Woman UP Video
politics daily videos
Weekly Videos
Woman Up, Politics Daily's Online Sunday ShowMore»
politics daily videos
TV Appearances
Showcasing appearances by Politics Daily staff and contributors.More>>