Poll: 56 Percent of People Are Ready to Move on From Health Care Repeal. Only 26 Percent of Republicans.

Poll: 56 Percent of People Are Ready to Move on From Health Care Repeal. Only 26 Percent of Republicans.

Poll: 56 Percent of People Are Ready to Move on From Health Care Repeal. Only 26 Percent of Republicans.

Weigel
Reporting on Politics and Policy.
July 2 2012 2:38 PM

Poll: 56 Percent of People Are Ready to Move on From Health Care Repeal. Only 26 Percent of Republicans.

Sarah Kliff was the first to pull this breakdown from the new Kaiser Family Foundation poll. It suggests, possibly, that the future of Democratic health care politicking will look like the Wisconsin recall argument that Scott Walker perfected. We had our disagreements. We got past it. Move on.

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That said, I think the party membership analysis is even more interesting.

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If you have trouble scanning it: A bare majority, 51 percent, of independents want to move on. But 69 percent of Republicans demand that their leaders keep on throwing their bodies into the gears! That probably explains the Romney campaign's successful new fundraising campaign.

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He's following the base. And he should! It's not like the law has suddenly become more popular. Once the conversation changes -- something I'd expect to happen when we get Friday's new, crummy jobs numbers -- Romney will have established himself as the Hiroo Onada of health care, and the people that want such a thing from their president will notice.

David Weigel is a reporter for the Washington Post.