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article imagePoll: Majority of Americans favor suspending work on health care

By Oliver VanDervoort     Jan 22, 2010 in Politics
After Scott Brown's win in Massachusetts, a new Gallup poll shows that a majority of Americans believe that the Democratically-lead Health Care Reform initiative should go back to the drawing board.
Of the 1,010 people who were interviewed, 55 percent believe that the brakes should be put on the endeavor, while just 39 percent saying the Democrats should go ahead and push the current bill through Congress.
Not surprisingly, the answers are starkly divided along political parties, with 67 percent of Democrats believing Congress should go ahead and pass the current iteration of the Health Care Reform bill, while just 26 percent believe they should suspend work. Among Republicans just seven percent feel they should continue work on the current bill, while 87 percent feel they should stop.
The most important group, as the Massachusetts special election showed, is the Independents. Of that group, only 37 percent believe the Democrats should push forward, while 56 percent believe they should work on other things.
President Obama seems to be hearing these leanings, as yesterday he asked Congress not to "jam through" the current bill until Scott Brown was seated, and a proper vote could be taken.
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