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article imagePoll:Mass. Voters Against Weak Wall Street, Health Care Policies

By Oliver VanDervoort     Jan 20, 2010 in Politics
Massachusetts voters who backed Barack Obama want a crack down on Wall Street if they are to return to the fold come November
In the poll conducted by Research 2000, a majority of Obama voters who switched to Brown said that "Democratic policies were doing more to help Wall Street than Main Street." while an eye-popping 95 percent said the economy was 'important' or 'very important' when it came to deciding their vote.
In what it appears is actually a rebuke for the lack of leadership, and less their policies, 37 percent of those polled who switched said they did it,in part, because the Democrats were not being 'hard enough' in challenging the Republicans.
While the poll showed a dislike for the Democrats current health care reform bill, it was not for the reasons many Republicans have claimed. A majority of people who switched from Obama to Brown -- 48 percent - and a majority who did not vote at all - 43 percent - said they opposed the bill. However, of those who had switched to brown, while 23 percent said the bill went to far, 36 percent said it didn't go far enough, and the majority - 41 percent - didn't know why they opposed it.
Of those who stayed home and opposed the bill, 53 percent said they opposed it because it didn't go far enough, while 39 percent didn't know why the opposed it, and just eight percent said they opposed it because it went too far.
In all, 18 percent of people who voted for Barack Obama in 2008, supported Scott Brown in the Senate race. Of that group an overwhelming majority - 82 percent - favor a public option, while just 14 percent oppose it. Of those who stayed home, 86 percent support a public option, while just seven percent oppose it.
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