According to a recent Rasmussen poll, people trust Republicans more than they trust Democrats on the health care issue.
Voters now trust Republicans more than Democrats on nine out of 10 key issues regularly tracked by Rasmussen Reports, but the gap between the two parties has grown narrower on several of them.
Following the passage of the health care bill, 53% now say they trust Republicans on the issue of health care. Thirty-seven percent (37%) place their trust in Democrats. A month earlier, the two parties were essentially even on the health care issue.
These results are consistent with the finding that 54% of voters want the health care bill repealed. Rasmussen Reports is tracking support for repeal on a weekly basis.
So if you’re following the logic, it goes something like this:
1. Democrats take on a hugely complex public issue that the public thinks is important.
2. Republicans adopt Frank Luntz’ total opposition strategy to blatantly lie about the proposal, mischaracterize the features and demonize the Democrats and Obama as granny killers.
3. Fox runs the Republican talking points non-stop.
4. The reform bill becomes unpopular in general, though some individual measures remain highly popular.
5. The Democrats first support the popular provisions, then abandon them, in order to get zero Republican votes, but that’s okay with the White House and Congressional leadership.
6. The Republicans never budge from their lies, misrepresentations and total opposition.
7. The Democrats pass an unpopular bill, but claim after the fact it’s based on Republican ideas.
8. Republicans promise to repeal the bill, even though it contains their ideas and they know they can’t/won’t repeal them, and they challenge it’s constitutionality, even though the challenge is bogus.
9. Americans tell Rasmussen they support Republicans more than Democrats on health reform.
10. Conclusion: Fox and Luntz win, and the Texas School Board gets to write the history.
Eventually, there won’t be anyone left who finds this strange or disturbing.
On the other hand . . . LA Times poll says Californians support the health reform law