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Health polling: Still split



New from USA Today/Gallup on health bill: 47-50 Good v. Bad.

That's back to pre-passage split. The further bad news is that the Republicans have sold people on the notion that Democrats somehow abused power to pass a bill by up-down majority votes in both house of Congress. Still worse is the plurality view that, in effect, Democrats deserved any violent reaction the vote engendered.

When asked about the violence, 49% of the 1,009 adults surveyed over the weekend said the "Democratic tactics" are a "major reason" for the violent incidents. Forty-six percent said conservative media was responsible, and 43% blamed the attacks on Republican political leaders.

Education remains the key. Majorities think the legislation will improve health coverage and the nation's health. But a majority also thinks -- wrongly according to best available data -- that it will hurt the federal budget.


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