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Rasmussen v. Krugman

10:33 AM, Aug 6, 2009 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Rasmussen fact-checks Krugman on the popularity of Massachusetts health-care:

In a blog posting yesterday, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman raises questions about a recent Rasmussen Reports poll of Massachusetts voters. The poll shows that Bay State voters are less than enthusiastic about the state's experiment in health care reform.

Krugman states that "last year polling seemed to show very strong support for the Massachusetts plan." He then asks, "So has support plunged since then? Or is the wording of the Rasmussen poll calculated to give a negative result?"

Krugman must have an interesting definition of "very strong support." The poll he cited found that just 14% want to continue the state's health care reform program, 12% want to repeal it, and 70% want to keep it but change it.