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Poll numbers steady on healthcare debate

Boston Globe, August 13, 2009

The battle for public opinion on a healthcare overhaul appears to be at a stalemate despite conservative activists attending town hall meetings to register their opposition. A new Gallup Poll found that support for President Obama's handling of the issue has stayed status quo over the past three weeks during the protests. In a poll conducted Aug. 6-9, 49% of Americans said they disapproved of the president's handling of healthcare and 43% approved, compared to 50% disapproval and 44% approval in a survey done July 17-19.