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article imagePoll: Majority opposed to Democratic healthcare reform efforts

By Patrick McMahon     Sep 1, 2009 in Politics
The majority of Americans remain opposed to the Democratic efforts to reform healthcare, following the congressional recess of August.
According to Rasmussen Reports, 53% of Americans are opposed to the healthcare proposals while 43% support them. This marks the fifth survey released by Rasmussen where either a majority or plurality of the American people are against the plans being put forth by President Obama and the Democratically controlled Congress.
In addition to that data, President Obama's approval rating has fallen to a new low. According to poll information released today, 45% approve of Obama's job performance and 53% disapprove of his job performance. Most analysts believe that the declining support for healthcare reform has led to the decline in President Obama's approval rating among the American people.
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These poll numbers come when Congress is about to return to work, following the August recess. During this time, Americans have appeared at town hall meetings to ask tough questions and to confront their representatives.
Most Americans, 49%, believe that the town hall protesters are expressing the concerns of their family and their neighbors, while 37% do not. Healthcare reform remains to be one of the top issues on the minds of Americans and Congress, so it remains to be seen what will be done about this issue in the months ahead.
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