Since last June, Rasmussen has been tracking voters' opinion on the healthcare reform bill being voted on today. I haven't seen them use a chart, so the above is my contribution to their work. Opinion was initially divided, but in recent months it has become clear that a majority of voters oppose the bill:
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone poll, taken Friday and Saturday nights, shows that 41% of likely voters favor the health care plan. Fifty-four percent (54%) are opposed. These figures have barely budged in recent months.The House is working furiously to pass this major piece of legislation, despite the fact that it is unanimously opposed by Republicans, and opposed by a majority of voters. This is rather astounding, to put it mildly. Should Pelosi & Co., succeed in passing the bill today, it will be immediately challenged on a number of constitutional fronts, and it will undoubtedly be the focus of the November elections if it is not repealed before then. There is no shortage of pundits that predict major Democratic losses in November, whatever the outcome of today's vote.
Why are they doing this? Several possibilities: they are out of touch with mainstream America; they are elitists and they know better what is good for us than we do; they are hell-bent on expanding the role of government; there are too many corrupt politicians who will vote for anything if given a sufficiently large bribe in the form of goodies for their constituents; the system is broken; all of the above.
The silver lining to this cloud is that healthcare reform will likely prove to be the high-water mark for Big Government.