Both Instapundit and the Washington Examiner link today what is perhaps the most important poll in the aftermath of the health care vote. And our critics’ hope for a changing views of Obamacare, notwithstanding, this doesn’t look particularly good for the Democrats. In fact, it looks downright bad.
From Byron York, commenting on the latter web-site:
The poll asked, “Regardless of whether you favored or opposed the health care legislation Congress passed this past week, do you think the methods the Democratic leaders in Congress used to get enough votes to pass this legislation were an abuse of power or were an appropriate use of power by the party that controls the majority in Congress?” The results: 53 percent say the Democrats’ methods were an abuse of power, while 40 percent say they were appropriate.
Breaking down the results by party, 86 percent of Republicans say the Democrats abused their power, while 58 percent of independents agree. Nineteen percent of Democrats say their own leaders abused their power, while 70 percent say Democratic methods were appropriate.
That ain’t the only thing Gallup found. According to Greg Sargent (H/t Glenn): “more Americans blame Democrats than Republicans or conservatives for the rash of violence that greeted the passage of the reform law.” Guess Barney’s bellyaching did cause the movement in public opinion the unhappy Democrat expected.
York adds, “The new numbers suggest that the public remains troubled by the tactics used to pass the unpopular health care measure.” Guess we just don’t like Chicago-style politics, not matter how they’re dressed up.