Californians take generally positive view of healthcare reform: poll

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A new Times/USC poll shows California voters have a generally positive view of the massive federal healthcare reform package signed into law by President Barack Obama last month, providing a potential boost statewide to the Democrats who pushed it through Congress, the Los Angeles Times reported on Sunday.

California voters surveyed by a margin of 46 percent to 29 percent said they would be more likely to vote for a politician who had supported the health bill. Over half the voters polled said they believed the country would be better off because of the bill, according to the report.

More specifically, 35 percent of those polled said that if their senator or U.S. representative had voted for the legislation, they would be "much more likely" to support them in November. Eleven percent said they would be "somewhat more likely" to vote that way.

Republican leaders, campaigning against the bill, have warned Democrats that their votes would weigh them down in November's elections. Although that may be true in more conservative parts of the country, the opposite appears to be developing here in California.

On the other side, 20 percent said they would be "much less likely" and 9 percent said "somewhat less likely" to support that lawmaker. Nineteen percent said the health vote would have no effect on their support, and 5 percent said they did not know, the newspaper reported.

Californians view the healthcare package "much more favorably than what we are finding nationally," Stan Greenberg of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner was quoted as saying. "I don't think we will see numbers like this in other states."

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