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Gallup and Rasmussen: No Bump for Obama on Health Care

7:25 PM, Sep 17, 2009 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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A new poll from Gallup shows that Obama didn't get a bump from his speech to Congress last week:

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As you can see, disapproval actually ticked up a couple points. Rasmussen also shows that Obamacare is unpopular:

Just before President Obama gave his speech to Congress last week, 44% of voters nationwide supported his health care reform proposal and 53% were opposed. Today, eight days after the speech and a brief bounce, a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 44% support the health care plan and 53% are opposed. Absolutely no change.

It's worth noting that support and opposition were at precisely the same levels in mid-July. In fact, other than brief blips following a nationally televised press conference by the president and his recent speech to Congress, opposition to the plan has been stable at 53% throughout July and August and now into September.

The latest figures show that 25% Strongly Favor the plan and 43% are Strongly Opposed. In late August, those figures were 23% and 43% respectively.

The trouble for Obama is that talking about the issue may make things worse for him. The Washington Post and ABC poll from this week showed that "Americans by 54-41 percent say that the more they hear about health care reform, the less they like it."

So, if members of the press really want to help Obama, they need to report less on Obamacare next week, and more on the ACORN scandal.