Here's a measure of how difficult a marketing job congressional Republicans have ahead of them on the Medicare issue - nearly six out of ten Americans oppose their proposal, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research poll.
Fifty eight percent of those surveyed opposed the Republican Medicare proposal to privatize the program while only 35 percent supported it, CNN said. The plan is contained in the House Republicans' proposed budget for fiscal year 2012.
And it gets worse for congressional Republicans; the segment of the voting population that goes to the polls more than any other, older voters, really opposes the plan. An excerpt from CNN's web report:
"Opposition is highest among senior citizens, at 74 percent, suggesting that seniors are most worried about changes to Medicare even if those changes are presented as ones that would not affect existing Medicare recipients."
Even 54 percent of conservatives are against it, apparently. Needless to say, this is a very difficult survey to spin anything positive out of if you're a House Republican.