An early verdict is in, from USA Today/Gallup: poll respondents said they support the passage of health care reform by the House of Representatives, by a margin of 49% to 40%.
But polls have also shown that respondents wanted action, of some sort, on health care, even if they didn't like the Democrats' bills. 69% told CNN/Opinion Research Corp. in January that health care is an extremely or very important issue.
Democrats have gambled that 1) passing health care would be better for them than not, by virtue of getting something done, making good on a promise, and taking a major step to address a top concern, and 2) that health care reforms will become more popular after they're enacted.
On the first point, this one poll indicates that Democrats were right, at least in the immediate term.
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