Last year, senior citizens were among the loudest opponents of the president’s health care overhaul. But, with the Medicare reforms included in the Paul Ryan’s budget proposals, Democrats are optimistic the president could “regain lost ground in key battleground states and narrow the generation gap“:
But Ryan’s plan, embraced by most Republicans, gives Obama a big opportunity in 2012 to regain lost ground in key battleground states and narrow the generation gap. “It finally gives us an argument to make with seniors… It’s a godsend,” said a Democratic operative allied with Obama who sees the issue as a way to make up lost ground with seniors in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Iowa and Florida.
Citing actual polling data, Don Surber (who alerted me to the above article) disagrees: “People 65 and older like Republican Congressman Paul Ryan’s plans for the budget and Medicare.” In fact, as this chart from Gallup shows, they prefer Ryan’s plan to the president’s:
“Only those whippersnappers,” Surber quips, “who still . . . think Obama is the Justin Bieber of politics dislike Paul Ryan’s plan.” Looking at the same poll, Ed Morrissey finds that it gives “Ryan an edge in the debate, although a thin one to be sure“:
Obama’s attempt to frighten seniors into panic at the idea of choice and self-management doesn’t seem to be working terribly well, and Ryan has a wide opening to argue for the American values of individual choice as a means for reform.