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article imagePoll: 81 percent of Democrats want Lieberman punished

By Oliver VanDervoort     Dec 14, 2009 in Politics
More than 80 percent of Democrats say they believe Sen. Joe Lieberman should be stripped of his chairmanship in the Senate if he ends up supporting a Republican filibuster of health care reform.
According to the Huffington Post, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy for America ordered a study a few days ago, in which they polled over 800 voters.
The main question in the poll was whether Lieberman - an Independent who usually caucuses with the Democrats - should lose his chairmanship of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. 81 percent of Democrats responded that they think he should lose that chairmanship should he sustain a health care reform filibuster . One contributing factor to the high number of Democrats who wish Lieberman punished is that this is not the first time he has gone against the Democratic leadership since they took back power. During the 2008 Presidential campaign, Lieberman openly campaigned for Senator John McCain. Only 10 percent of Democrats said there should be no punishment, and only nine percent said they weren't sure.
Among Independents, 43 percent said that Lieberman should lose his position, while 30 percent said. Not surprisingly, only 10 percent of Republicans feel he should be punished for helping them.
Lieberman reportedly recently told Senate Majority leader that he would vote against the Health Care Reform bill in it's present form, and would support any Republican attempts at filibustering the bill.
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