Majority Opposition Extends to Seniors, Even Higher Among Independents
WASHINGTON, Aug. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The key accomplishment of the Obama Presidency is not very popular in Iowa, with a solid majority (56 percent) of Iowa voters opposing the President's health care reform plan, according to a new poll of Iowa voters released today.
The poll underscored the unpopularity of the health care plan with only 27 percent of Iowa Independents favoring the plan and 65 percent opposing it. Amongst seniors, 52 percent disapprove and only 36 percent approve.
"Iowa voters are not only dissatisfied with the President's leadership, but also strongly opposed to his key policy initiative," said Brian Walsh, President of American Action Network. "This survey shows that the voter opposition to the President's health care reform legislation remains strong, that voters oppose execution of key elements of the bill, and that the Medicaid-style price controls being proposed by liberals in Congress are deeply unfavorable to Iowa's seniors."
When asked specifically about Medicare:
- Fifty-eight percent of the voters in Iowa believe that "with no major changes, Medicare will go bankrupt."
- Iowans were less likely to support Democrat plans for Medicare when provided with new information about how those plans would affect them, with seniors closely matching the overall electorate.
- Seventy-four percent of Iowa voters said they would be less likely to support Democratic plans for Medicare when it was revealed that the plan would result in a 40 percent increase in premiums for seniors on the Medicare Part D prescription drug program.
- Sixty-three percent were less likely to support Democratic plans for Medicare when it was disclosed that the Democrats insist on making changes to the Medicare Part D program, despite its success.
The poll was conducted by The Tarrance Group and was commissioned by the American Action Network.
For detailed data information on the American Action Network poll, please visit: http://americanactionnetwork.org/american-action-network-iowa.
The American Action Network is a 501(c)(4) 'action tank' that will create, encourage and promote center-right policies based on the principles of freedom, limited government, American exceptionalism, and strong national security. The American Action Network's primary goal is to put our center-right ideas into action by engaging the hearts and minds of the American people and spurring them into active participation in our democracy.
SOURCE American Action Network