Healthcare Overhaul Could Spell Trouble for Dems

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WASHINGTON -- New polls suggest an economy in the doldrums and an unpopular healthcare overhaul could prove troublesome for the Democrats next year.

The latest Rasmussen poll shows 56 percent of voters are opposed to the healthcare overhaul, and just 38 percent support it -- the lowest number favoring the bill ever.

Meanwhile, Republicans keep jabbing away at what Americans fear about this overhaul.

"What this is going to do is it's going to increase the costs of health care for the 170 million Americans who have health insurance now, and for seniors, it's going to lower their quality of health care," Sen. George LeMieux, R-Fla., said.

After the House passed its health care plan, Mike Pence, R-Ind., declared, "(House Speaker) Nancy Pelosi last night said that they were answering the call of history. Well, I've got to tell you, if Democrats keep ignoring the American people; their party's going to be history in about a year."

A major danger sign -- Gallup shows independents, who gave President Barack Obama and the Democrats their big victory margins in 2008, are now more likely to vote Republican by 52 percent to just 30 percent for Democrats.

One of two independent senators ties concerns about health care and the economy together.

"We have a health care system that has real troubles. But we have an economic system that is in real crisis. And I don't want to fix the problems in our healthcare system in a way that creates more of an economic crisis," Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., said.

Displeasure with how the White House and Democrats are handling these huge issues is also showing up in the president's approval ratings.

Gallup shows 49 percent now approve of the job Obama's doing, a new low, and 44 percent disapprove, a new high.

Although the election's still a year away, voters have already elected two GOP candidates for governor this year. Republicans hope that trend continues right through 2010 and beyond.

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