Also in the news, a study in the journal American Politics Research quantifies in percentage points the support Democratic incumbents lost as a result of voting for the 2010 health overhaul.
The Associated Press: Poll: Health Overhaul Unpopular, But Not As Feared
Attacked as a rationing scheme and praised as a lifesaver, President Barack Obama's health care law remains as divisive and confusing as ever. But a new poll finds Americans are less worried that the overhaul will undermine their own care. As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, the Associated Press-GfK poll shows that Americans are less concerned their own personal health care will suffer as a result of it (Agiesta and Alonso-Zaldivar, 3/8).m
The Hill: Study: Votes In Favor Of Health Care Reform Cost Dems 5.8 Points In 2010 Vote
Voting for President Obama's health care reform law cost Democratic incumbents 5.8 percentage points of support at the polls in 2010, according to a new study in the journal American Politics Research. The study helps explain why Democrats lost 66 House seats, significantly more than the median academic forecast of 44 to 45 seats, study co-author Brendan Nyhan of Dartmouth College writes on his blog (Pecquet, 3/8).