American voters assessing continuing support for their congressmen

Following a month-long recess where congressional supporters of the bill were often reamed for backing the $1.5 trillion package, most Americans say it’s more important for those in Congress to listen rather than speak.

The latest Rasmussen poll shows 56% of voters nationwide say that it’s more important for Congressmen to hear the view of their constituents rather than explain the proposed health care legislation. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 37% hold the opposite view while 7% are not sure.

A recent Gallop Poll shows just 37 percent of Americans support the health care package outlined in HR-3200, which is expected to be picked up again as Congress returns to session September 8, 2009.

A slightly larger number — 39 percent — want their congressmen to vote against the bill, the poll found.

For those either for or against the bill, 64 percent of Americans say their representative’s position on health care reform will be a major factor in their vote in the 2010 congressional election

Among opponents, 82 percent say the issue will be a major factor in their vote in next year’s elections.

Among supporters, 62 percent say health care votes will be a major factor for them as well.

Amid proposals calling for the expansion of Medicaid to include families of 4 with annual incomes of 29K, doctors are weighing in with proposals of their own.

Most voters say health care should be for American citizens only

Another Rasmussen poll shows 83% of voters nationwide – up from 80% in June – say that people should be required to prove they are a citizen of the United States before receiving government health care subsidies. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 12% disagree and five percent (5%) are not sure.

The desire to limit the benefits to U.S. citizens is found across demographic and partisan lines. It is held by 95% of Republicans, 70% of Democrats and 87% of those not affiliated with either major party. It is favored by nine-out-of-10 conservatives and moderates, along with 56% of those who consider themselves politically liberal. But 32% of liberals hold the opposite view.