Newsweek sent our pollsters out into the field this week and came back with a whole bunch of interesting results. I'll be blogging on it throughout the week, particularly trying to sort out how Obama could best use these findings to best prep for success at the bipartisan health care summit this Thursday (we're pretty sure he's a Newsweek reader, after all). But for now, here's the main take away:
As Democrats struggle to salvage health-care-reform legislation, a new NEWSWEEK Poll shows that while a majority of Americans say they oppose Obama's plan, a majority actually support the key features of the legislation. The findings support the notion that Democrats have not done a good job of selling the package and that opponents have been successful in framing the debate. The more people know about the legislation, the more likely they are to support major components of it.
When asked about Obama's plan (without being given any details about what the legislation includes), 49 percent opposed it and 40 percent were in favor. But after hearing key features of the legislation described, 48 percent supported the plan and 43 percent remained opposed.