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November 18, 2009 09:00 ET

American Pulse™: Half of Independents Won't Re-Elect Washington Officials Who Vote for Healthcare Reform, Rest of Country Tends to Agree

Most Want Smaller Government; Political Correctness Hurting Security

COLUMBUS, OH--(Marketwire - November 18, 2009) - Senators and House Representatives seeking re-election in 2010 should take heed; 49.6% of all Americans say they will not cast a ballot in favor of legislators who vote for healthcare reform, according to the latest American Pulse™ of 5,899 people. Even more significant are the all-important potential independent voters, 50.4% of which say they won't re-elect healthcare supporters. Regionally, Southerners are the most likely to vote out supporters of the legislation at 54.6%, followed by those who live in the Midwest (47.5%), West (46.4%) and Northeast (45.6%).

63.4% of Independents think the healthcare reform is too much too fast, which could be one reason they aren't likely to re-elect those who vote for it. 84.3% of Republicans and 40.1% of Democrats agree. On the other hand, 15.7% of Republicans, 36.6% of Independents, 59.9% of Democrats say Congress should move forward with complete reform of the entire healthcare system.

Another reason many aren't likely to re-elect legislators could be their desire for smaller government. More than half of Americans (51.5%) favor smaller government. 30.6% of Democrats, 60% of Independents and 74.4% of Republicans agree, giving lawmakers something to consider as they push through healthcare legislation.

Other key findings:

--  56.4% say political correctness is jeopardizing security of Americans,
    19.3% say it isn't (24.4% aren't sure).
--  Americans are mixed on pending climate change bill... 34.8% say it
    will help and 32.8% say it will hurt economic recovery (32.4% don't know).
    

For full complimentary report (segments include age, income, gender and political party): http://americanpulse.bigresearch.com

About American Pulse™

The American Pulse™ Survey is collected online by BIGresearch every month exclusively utilizing Survey Sampling International's (SSI) U.S. panel covering topics such as politics, pop culture and the economy. Over 5,000 respondents participate, providing greater insights into how Americans really feel about issues they currently face. http://www.bigresearch.com

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