August 20, 2009 | 12:01pm
According to a new Quinnipiac poll, 58 percent of Floridians support creating a government health insurance plan, while only 36 percent oppose it. So it should be good news for supporters of the so-called public option that voters in a notoriously moderate swing state seem to be down with government health insurance.
Yet, 62 percent oppose the idea that Democrats in Congress should "use their majorities to push through a health-care overhaul even if it only gets Democratic votes."
Which, at this point, is just about the only way Democrats are going to get reform that includes a government health insurance plan. So basically Floridians support a proposal but by slightly greater numbers oppose the political dynamics that would make it possible. Apparently we value the means more than the ends, which leaves Riptide scratching its watery head.
Then again, it's not as confusing as the NBC/WSJ poll
released yesterday that show only 36 percent of Americans believe Obama's health-care reforms are a good idea. But after reading a paragraph describing the health-care reforms, 53 percent suddenly support it.
Of course, that's not the full picture: 55 percent approve of protests against health-care reform, and 79 percent don't believe they are un-American. It's difficult to read into those numbers, though. Do Floridians approve of protest in general or the people that bring loudmouths, Obama-as-Hitler posters, and loaded weapons to town hall meetings? It's hard to read into.
Moreover, 59 percent don't want health-care reform if it significantly increases the budget deficit, and 71 percent don't think President Obama can pull off health-care reform without increasing the defecit.
This might affect Obama's own number. Forty-seven percent of Floridians still approve of Obama's job handling, while 48 percent dissaprove. That's down from a 58 percent approval in June. Fifty-one percent, however, still have a favorable impression of the prez, but that too is down from 62 percent in June.