Most Americans are seriously pissed at Joe Wilson’s “YOU LIE” blather.
Sixty-eight percent of Americans interviewed in the Sept. 11-13 USA Today/Gallup poll say they oppose what Wilson did, while 21% say they support it.
Over half of those asked claimed to follow the story somewhat to very closely.
Not surprisingly, there were party differences in people’s opinion, but not to the degree one might expect. (Remember, these are people being asked in a poll, not showing up at a rally and being featured on TV).
For Republicans, the break down was 39:52 support:oppose
For Democrats, the break down was 3:96 support:oppose
This PROVES that what we are seeing in congress … the activities of the Republican party … do NOT represent the people who elected them. This is good news for Democrats because it suggests that there will be further blue shifts in the next two election cycles.
Gallup agrees with me:
Americans by more than a 3-to-1 margin oppose rather than favor Rep. Wilson’s shouting “You lie!” during President Obama’s healthcare speech last week. The fact that most Democrats oppose Wilson’s actions is not surprising. The majority opposition among Republicans is perhaps a little more unexpected, particularly given the vocal support that conservative talk-show hosts have given to Wilson, and given reports that contributions to Wilson’s re-election campaign have soared as a result of what he did. Republicans may be taking their cues on the incident from Republican leaders in the House and Senate, who have generally criticized Wilson’s actions.