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Winning Broader Support Seen as More Important Than Majority Rule

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UTICA, NY - A majority (53%) of U.S. adults does not support eliminating the U.S. Senate rule that requires 60 votes to close debate and bring a bill to the floor for a vote. Also, when asked which statement on cloture they most agree with, 50% felt the 60-vote rule insures broader support for legislation while 28% believed the rule was undemocratic.

These results were part of a Zogby Interactive survey of 2,003 adults conducted from Jan. 15-18, 2010.

The Senate cloture rule requiring 60 votes has been a key issue in the Democrats' efforts to pass healthcare reform. This poll was concluded one day before Scott Brown won the Massachusetts special election to fill the late Edward Kennedy's seat, lowering the Democratic majority from 60 to 59. Since the Senate and House of Representatives have passed differing healthcare reform bills, losing that seat becomes critical to the Democrats' ability to follow the usual procedure and pass a final bill produced by a House-Senate Conference Committee.

Please click the link below to view the full news release on our website:
http://www.zogby.com/news/ReadNews.cfm?ID=1805


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