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Swing Districts Oppose Health Care Deform

Following up on Moe, some detailed survey data is out this morning from 35 swing congressional districts around the country.Things don’t look good for the Democrats. In those 35 swing districts, people really don’t want health care deform going through.The poll was of 1,200 registered voters, which means likely voters will be even more amplified.

For 82% of those surveyed, the heath-care bill is either the top or one of the top three issues for deciding whom to support for Congress next November. (That number goes to 88% among independent women.) Sixty percent want Congress to start from scratch on a bipartisan health-care reform proposal or stop working on it this year. Majorities say the legislation will make them and their loved ones (53%), the economy (54%) and the U.S. health-care system (55%) worse off—quite the trifecta.Seven in 10 would vote against a House member who votes for the Senate health-care bill with its special interest provisions. That includes 45% of self-identified Democrats, 72% of independents and 88% of Republicans. Three in four disagree that the federal government should mandate that everyone buy a government-approved insurance plan (64% strongly so), and 81% say any reform should focus first on reducing costs. Three quarters agree that Americans have the right to choose not to participate in any health-care system or plan without a penalty or fine.

When 45% of your own voters would oppose you for voting for the Senate plan, you are toast.