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PRESIDENT ROMNEY - How significant was President Obama’s “if you like it” bait and switch? The latest WaPo/ABC News poll says that if the election were held today, Mitt Romney would beat Obama 49 percent to 45 percent. That’s an 8-point swing from the results of last year’s election. And that’s among registered voters, saying nothing of what voter intensity would do to those numbers given the growing opposition to the health law and the president’s management. The survey shows public opposition to ObamaCare at 57 percent, in the latest WaPo/ABC news poll. President Obama’s approval is also suffering with 44 percent of adults now saying they “strongly disapprove” of the job he is doing. 

[Major voter shift on government’s health role - A new poll from Gallup reveals 56 percent of respondents now believe that it is not the government’s responsibility to ensure its citizens have health insurance. In 2009, a majority of Americans felt it was the government’s job.]

Warrior women - President Obama is trying to weather the storm with the help of his political base as millions of insurance policies head for the scrapyard, even though he promised exactly the opposite. Liberal Democrats are saying the president should have just leveled with voters about the need to destroy the policies in order to drive consumers into ObamaCare. But the technological disaster of the Web site has made it impossible for the president to tell anxious policyholders that it’s for their own good. How bad is it? In 2012 exit polls, Obama led with women voters by 11 points. In the WaPo poll, it’s one point.

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