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Week of October 10

Just 30% of voters now think Obama is governing in a bipartisan fashion, down 12 points from late January and the lowest such finding of his presidency. Fifty-two percent (52%) say the president is governing like a partisan Democrat.

To tax or not to tax, that is the question. Or, more accurately, who to tax. That’s what Congress is wrestling with right now with its plans for health care reform and for helping the still-struggling economy.

Fifty-nine percent (59%) of voters favor putting a provision in the health care reform plan that would prohibit any new taxes, fees or penalties on families who make less than $250,000 a year. After all, candidate Obama promised last year that “no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.”

Senate Democrats oppose putting the prohibition in the health care plan. That helps to explain why 72% of voters say it is at least somewhat likely that taxes will be increased on those earning less than $250,000 during Obama’s time in office. Fifty-two percent (52%) say it is very likely.

The health care plan working its way through the Senate now includes a proposal that requires young and healthy Americans to either buy health insurance or pay a $750 annual penalty for not having it. Fifty-five percent (55%) of voters oppose that idea.

Still, support for the health care reform plan proposed by the president and congressional Democrats is up to 46%. Fifty percent (50%) remain opposed to the plan.

But 63% of voters say guaranteeing that no one is forced to change their health insurance coverage is a higher priority than giving consumers the choice of a “public option” health insurance company as part of the plan.


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