August 12, 2009

WHY IS AMERICA PRO-UNAMERICAN?:

New poll highlights health care attitudes (Susan Page, 8/12/09, USA TODAY)

In a survey of 1,000 adults taken Tuesday, 34% say the sometimes heated protests at sessions held by members of Congress have made them more sympathetic to the protesters' views; 21% say they are less sympathetic.

Independents by 2-1, 35%-16%, say they are more sympathetic to the protesters now.

The findings are bad news for President Obama and Democratic congressional leaders, who have scrambled to respond to town halls marked by aggressive questions and noisy demonstrations by those opposed to plans to overhaul the health care system.


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Just Who Are These Health Care Protesters? (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, 8/12/09)

The emerging protest movement is almost the mirror image of the grass-roots campaign that helped sweep Obama into office by pulling in people who'd never been politically active. This time Obama is seeing the other side of what can happen when people are motivated, connect over the Internet and seemingly reach a tipping point that turns them from onlookers into activists.

''You have awakened a sleeping giant,'' one woman told Specter at a town hall meeting he held Tuesday in Lebanon, Pa.

Protesters interviewed at Specter's town hall events in central Pennsylvania this week were almost exclusively white, conservative and working class. But they ranged in age and their concerns went beyond health care to deficit spending, taxes, government growth and other issues. Many contradicted claims from Democratic leaders that their protest was manufactured by lobbyists or that they represented an orchestrated opposition led by Republicans or national conservative groups.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 12, 2009 5:40 PM
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