Friday, November 13, 2009

Healthcare debate helping GOP Senator Candidates

President Barack Obama’s approval on the healthcare issue has slipped in Ohio from 44 percent to 36 percent in the last two months, and now 57 percent of voters disapprove of his handling of it. Voters also by a wide margin say they oppose the healthcare bill, 55-36, after they were evenly divided, 44-44, in September.

In Connecticut, the drop is less drastic, and voters still support the bill by a 47-42 margin. But the all-important independent voters disapprove of Obama’s handling of the issue, 55-36. Two months ago, they disapproved by a six-point margin.

The more troubling numbers are in Ohio, mostly because the dropoff is bigger, but also because it is often seen as an electoral harbinger for the rest of the country.