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Poll: Ohio voters split on Obama’s health care reform plan – MedCity Morning Read, Sept. 17, 2009

Ohio voters are split down the middle in their support of President Barack Obama’s health care reform plan, according to a poll released Wednesday by Quinnipiac University in Connecticut.

Hamden, Conn. – Ohio voters are split down the middle in their support of President Barack Obama’s health care reform plan, according to a poll released Wednesday by Quinnipiac University.

The poll, conducted between Sept. 10 and 13, found that 44 percent of 1,074 voters in the Buckeye State are in favor of Obama’s plan, and another 44 percent are against it. The rest are undecided.

Meanwhile, Obama’s job approval rating bounced to 53 percent – up from 49 percent two months ago, but still down from 62 percent in May.

“Ohioans seem to like Obama more than his policies,” Peter Brown, assistant director of the Connecticut university’s Polling Institute, said in a statement.

Fifty-seven percent of Ohio voters support giving Americans the option to buy health insurance from a government-run plan, but a proposal unveiled Wednesday by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus left out a public option, The New York Times reported.

According to the Quinnipiac poll, 68 percent of Ohio voters think that any reform plan passed by Congress and signed by Obama will add to the federal budget deficit.

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