November 23, 2010


No Middle Ground on Health Care

A new Public Policy Polling survey in Montana finds Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) with an extremely low job approval at 38% with 53% disapproving.

Key finding: Nearly all of his support from Republicans has evaporated with only 13% approving of him as compared to 70% approval among Democrats.

"Baucus' plight is similar to that of a number of other Senators who tried to have it both ways on health care, watering down the bill but still voting for it in the end. Blanche Lincoln's stance, among other issue positions, alienated her base so much that she nearly lost her party's nomination. And it certainly didn't help her to win Republican votes in the fall, leading to her overwhelming defeat in November. Joe Lieberman's actions on health care have helped to put him in a most unusual position- his approval rating is under 50% with Democrats, Republicans, and independents, one of very few Senators who's managed to pull off that trio. And on the other side of the aisle Olympia Snowe's vote for the health care bill at one point in committee, even though she voted against it in the end, infuriated the Republican base in the state and has many folks hankering for a primary challenge against her."










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