Plans by Republican Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, to reshape the Medicare program are proving deeply unpopular in the swing-states of Ohio, Wisconsin and Florida, the New York Times reported, citing Quinnipiac University/New York Times/CBS News polls.
The Romney-Ryan plan calls for future beneficiaries to be given fixed amounts of money to buy health coverage, and polls showed Medicare to be the third most crucial issue for voters in the three states, the NYT said.
Polling revealed about 60 percent of those questioned want Medicare to continue providing cover for older citizens as it does now, and see it as providing good value for money, the newspaper reported.
Some 60 percent of independent voters in the three states want to maintain Medicare as it is today, with 80 percent of registered Democrats also in favor; Republican voters are closely divided in Florida and Ohio although a majority in Ryan’s home state of Wisconsin support the changes, the NYT said.
Results of the polling showed Ryan’s addition to the ticket was aiding the Romney campaign in Wisconsin and Florida, where President Barack Obama’s six percentage point lead was cut back to within the three-point margin of error in the polls, although the president retained his 6 percentage point advantage in Ohio.
The telephone polls were conducted between Aug. 15 to Aug. 21, with 1,241 likely voters sampled in Florida, 1,253 in Ohio and 1,190 in Wisconsin.
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