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Survey Finds New Low In Support For Health Overhaul

A new poll finds a low in support for health care reforms amid cost concerns and raucous town hall meetings, according to CQ Politics. The survey by Rasmussen Reports questioned people about their thoughts on the likelihood of reform, the motivations of town hall meetings and the role of taxes in reform.

CQ Politics reports: "The national telephone survey of 1,000 likely voters from Aug. 9-10 found public support for an overhaul falling to a new low of 42 percent. That is 5 percent lower than two weeks ago and 8 points down from six weeks ago. It also found 44 percent of respondents strongly oppose the effort while just 26 percent strongly favor it. Most of the stiffest resistance comes from individuals over age 65. The survey showed a predictable partisan split, with nearly seven in 10 Democrats favoring the overhaul and an almost equal proportion of GOP voters opposed. However, 62 percent of self-described unaffiliated voters now oppose the plan, signaling further erosion among political independents" (8/11).

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