For Immediate Release: August 16, 2012
Contact: Linsey Pecikonis(202) 746-8426
Paid for by Democracy for America, www.democracyforamerica.com, and not authorized by any candidate.
Voters in Pennsylvania’s 8
District Disagree with Rep.
Fitzpatrick’s vote on Vouchers
Polling in the District shows voters disagree with ending Medicare
Today, Democracy for America (DFA), released poll numbers showing that likely voters in
District overwhelmingly oppose Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan’s plan to
turn Medicare into a voucher plan.The plan
laid out in Ryan’s
proposed budget passed by the House of Representatives this year, scraps Medicare aswe know it and creates a voucher program. Voters in the 8th largely oppose creating a voucher program forMedicare.
Only 12% of likely voters support Medicare vouchers.
When asked if they would support a candidatewho advocated transitioning Medicare into a voucher program, only 16% of likely voters said they would. Thisshould concern Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick
earlier this year after voting on the plan to end Medicare and create a plan
of vouchers, Rep Fitzpatrick said the plan would ‘protect our nation’s seniors’.Other issues that are taking center stage in the district include voters’ concerns on jobs and the economy.
Whenasked what the most important issue is this cycle, 48% of likely voters in the Eighth District chose jobs and theeconomy. Followed by good government and ending the partisan gridlock at 18% and Medicare and SocialSecurity at 13%.Also, voters in the Eighth Congressional District overwhelmingly favor ending the Bush Tax Cuts for people earningover $250,000 a year. 56% of likely voters said that they favor ending these cuts.This polling was conducted August 7
and is considered a strong indicator at how the Eighth CongressionalDistrict will vote 82 days out from the election.
Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America said
Mike Fitzpatrickis wrong about his vote on Medicare and voters should hold him accountable for his vote. Ending Medicare as we
know it and replacing it with vouchers harms our seniors. That’s why we’re supporting Kathy
Pennsylvania’s Eighth District. She’ll protect all Americans –
not just those at the top. DFA is proud to call her oneof our Dean Dozen for this year.
The polling was paid for by Democracy for America and was conducted August 7
in a survey of 737 likelyvoters in
Congressional District with the margin of error falling to 3.6%. Earlier this month,Kathy Boockvar was named one of the Dean Dozen. The Dean Dozen is DFA's highest tier of federal endorsement.It is limited to 12 total candidates running for either US House or US Senate and represents the races that DFA willexpend the greatest amount of resources on during the 2012 cycle.###
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