Health Care Reform Support Has Increased Since Summer

11/29/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The anti-reform town hall anger that dominated the health care reform debate appears to have ebbed. Support for health care reform increased in September after falling over the summer, according to a new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Fifty-seven percent of Americans now believe that tackling health care reform is more important than ever -- up from 53 percent in August. The proportion of Americans who think their families would be better off if health reform passes is up six percentage points (42% versus 36% in August), and the percentage who think that the country would be better off is up eight points (to 53% from 45% in August).

A Politico article at the end of August declared that Democrats had "lost" the month on health care by not being prepared for tendentious town halls. "The question now is whether they can win September," the authors wrote. Polls like this one suggest that the tide has turned.

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