Really important for political types:
Roughly a third (35%) of registered voters say that a candidate who voted for the health reform law will be more likely to get their vote, a third (32%) say such a candidate would be less likely to get their vote, and a third (31%) say the candidate’s vote for the law would not matter either way. The results vary greatly by party identification [Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, Publication Number 8082, June 2010].
Essentially, in Republican South Dakota, GOP House candidate Kristi Noem might be able to buffalo her friends and neighbors with "Repeal Health Care!" rhetoric (though she has to cherry-pick her Blue Dog opponent's votes, since Stephanie Herseth Sandlin voted against the bill in March—dang it!—but then against repeal last month). But nationwide, the voters swayed against candidates by health insurance reform will be cancelled out—and if the trend continues, outweighed—by the folks swayed for candidates who did the right thing and made health insurance more just and accessible this spring.
The Kaiser poll supports the thesis floated by Public Policy Polling back in May: health care nullification is not a winning issue for the GOP in November. Americans are ready to move on and solve problems, not refight the battle Republicans lost.
Web Bonus: The Kaiser poll comes alongside the launch of Healthcare.gov, your tax dollars at work, offering information about your health insurance options and your rights under the new law. Strangely absent from Healthcare.gov: any mention of rationing, death panels, or how to deal with the collapse of civilization caused by socialism.