Polls showing a decrease in public support for the health care reforms embolden the Republican stance. Meanwhile, surveys showing most people oppose a government shutdown and that more would blame Republicans if it happens bolster Democratic resolve.
What polls and surveys, in both cases? No idea. There's no link and no numbers. These are apparently indisputable facts that no longer need any kind of explanation.
Sixty-two percent in a new ABC News-Washington Post poll say they lack the information needed to understand the changes that will take effect as the Affordable Care Act is implemented. Barely one in 10, moreover, thinks the federal government, their state government or the health insurance industry is fully prepared to implement the law.
On the law itself, moreover, 52 percent are opposed, vs. 42 percent in support; in 16 ABC-Post polls since August 2009, it has never received majority support.
So 62 percent say they have no idea what is going on, but we'll continue to talk to them as if they know things, since they have no problem giving an opinion on that about which they know dick.
And goddamn, I wonder if a constant drumbeat of "both sides do it" could be to blame for people not having any idea who to trust:
Only a third would consider the president responsible for a shutdown, with 51% pointing a finger at Republicans in Congress, up from 40% who felt that way in March, the last time both sides were at loggerheads.
So only a third would consider the president responsible! What's the headline on this story?