Lieberman Opposes Public Option Despite Strong Support in Connecticut


Seems like only yesterday, Democratic leaders were telling supporters they supported Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT) because “he’s with us on everything but the war in Iraq.”

That maxim doesn’t actually extend to health care, though. Lieberman has come out against a number of aspects of the Democrats’ health care reform proposal, including the public option…despite strong support for the measure in Connecticut.

A new Research 2000 poll commissioned by Daily Kos finds that 68 percent of likely voters in Connecticut support a public option, while only 21 percent oppose.Things get a bit more interesting, though, when you look at the internals.

Among Democrats, for the public option wins out wins out an astonishing 83-8 margin of support. And among independents, it’s an almost as impressive 73-15. Only among Republicans does opposition outpace support, 33-55.

So Lieberman’s advocating against the wishes of almost all Democrats and independents and about a third of all Republicans. Maybe that helps explains why, if the 2012 elections were held this year, he’d be in terrible shape.