Harris Interactive's Taylor suspects that, if Obama and the Democrats are successful in passing popular bills, like financial market regulation, or if the economy improves faster than economists predict, that could boost public sentiment and "possibly have a halo effect on the health-care bill."
And if those things don't happen? "I have no doubt that many Republicans will campaign against this in the fall and it will be one of the sticks they use to beat the Democrats," he said.
The Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll, conducted online April 14-16, involved a national cross section of 2,285 adults 18 and older.
Read more about the poll at Harris Interactive.
SOURCES: Humphrey Taylor, chairman, The Harris Poll, Harris Interactive, New York City; Stephen T. Parente, Ph.D., associate professor, and director, Medical Industry Leadership Institute, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; Pamela Farley Short, Ph.D., professor of health policy and administration, and director, Center for Health Care and Policy Research, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Penn.; March 3, 2010, news release, The White House; April 22, 2010, memorandum, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; Sept. 10, 2009, news release, U.S. Census Bureau; March 4, 2010, news release, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll, April 14-16, 2010
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