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Government of 1/3 of the People, by 1/3 of the People, and for 1/3 of the People

Posted in Government and Politics by TeeJaw on Friday, March 26, 2010, 8: 44 AM

After signing the government health care monstrosity Obama said it, “proved that this government — a government of the people and by the people — still works for the people.” Ah, not quite. Most of “the people” didn’t want it but got it shoved down their throats by the Democrats.

Real Clear Politics’ average of 11 national polls over the 2-week period just before the vote on Sunday was 39.4% in favor, 50.7% opposed. The average of the polls over the previous 11 months showed a slim majority in favor of government health care a couple of times but the all the rest of that time all polls showed a majority of Americans against it. Obama should have said that passage of Obamacare, “proved that this government — a government of one-third of the people and by one-third of the people — still works for one-third of the people.”

For the two weeks running up to passage Rasmussen found 55% of the people opposed. Rasmussen is accused of favoring conservatives, but a CNN poll over the same period found 59% opposed. A current CBS poll shows 62% want Republicans to fight Obamacare.

The numbers of favor and oppose don’t tell the whole story. The intensity is on the side of the opposition. All the polls show high numbers for those who strongly oppose and low numbers for those who strongly favor. The numbers always are in the range of around 45% strongly opposing and only about 16% strongly favoring. That’s nearly half the country strongly against and only about one-sixth strongly in favor.

The bond market doesn’t like Obamacare either.

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