Poll: Public Rejects the Ryan Plan for Medicare

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This new CNN poll should be cause for serious alarm within the GOP:

A new national poll indicates that a majority of Americans don't like what they've heard so far about congressional Republicans' plans to change Medicare.

According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey, a majority also don't think the GOP has cooperated enough with President Barack Obama and, for the first time since they won back control of the House last November, the number of Americans who say that Republican control of the chamber is good for the country has dropped below the 50 percent mark.

The poll indicates that 58 percent of the public opposes the Republican plan on Medicare, with 35 percent saying they support the proposal. The survey's Wednesday release comes as the president met with House Republicans to discuss, among other things, Medicare reform.

The poll shows just how far removed the Republicans are from mainstream opinion. While they masquerade as the party of middle America, the truth is that they represent the interests of the super rich - and their policies, if you take the time to look at them, are a direct reflection of this. The problem is that the media helps politicians distort their true platform, making the political process a game of imagery and personal popularity. It is not uncommon to hear voters talk about how corrupt the political system is, how it benefits the rich and hurts the poor while professing support for John McCain or Mitt Romney - politicians who have spent a life time draining money away from the middle class towards the economic elite.

The CNN poll above is interesting because it shows that the public is becoming increasingly aware of Republican extremism - no doubt a positive trend.

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