WashPost Ignores Own Poll Finding: 54 Percent Say the More They Learn About ObamaCare, the Less They Like It

September 14, 2009 - 1:54 PM
A Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted in the three days following President Barack Obama's speech to Congress about his health care plan found that 54% say the more the hear about the plan, the less they like it.
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(CNSNews.com) - A Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted in the three days following President Barack Obama’s speech to Congress about his health care plan found that 54% say the more they hear about the plan, the less they like it.
 
This particular poll result was not mentioned anywhere in the story about the poll that was posted by the Washington Post on its Web site on Monday. The result did appear in the data sheet from the poll that was linked to the story.
 
The 54% who now say that the more they hear about Obama’s health-care plan, the less they like it is larger than the percentage who answered a similar question about then-First Lady Hillary Clinton’s health-care plan back in 1993 and 1994.
 
In a Washington Post poll completed on November 14, 1993, 53% said that the more they heard about Hillarycare, the less they liked it.  In a Washington Post poll completed on February 27, 1994, 51% said the more they head about Hillarycare, the less they liked it.
 
The new Washington Post/ABC News poll also indicates that, overall, 48% of Americans oppose Obama’s health-care plan and 46% support it.  In a previous poll completed on August 17, 50% said they opposed President Obama’s health-care plan and 45% said they supported it.
 
Question 18 of the Washington Post-ABC News poll released today says: “Which of these comes closest to your own view: (The more I hear about the health care plan, the more I like it) or (The more I hear about the health care plan, the less I like it).”
 
Fifty-four percent said that the more they hear about it, the less they like it.  Forty-one percent said the more the hear about it, the more they like it.  
 
When the same question was asked in a poll that was completed on August 17 of this year, 50% said the more they hear about it, the less they like it; and 45% said the more they hear about it, the more they support it.
 
The new finding that 54% say the more they hear about President Obama’s health care plan, the less they like it, comes on the heels of an extraordinary effort by the president to sell his plan. On Wednesday evening, the president gave a nationally televised primetime speech to a joint session of Congress that was solely focused on pitching the health care plan.
 
The Washington Post-ABC News poll of 1,007 adults was conducted from Thursday through Saturday, starting the day after Obama’s speech to Congress.