Inside the Beltway: A sampler of CPAC wisdom

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Among “very conservative” folk, 74 percent disapproved of Mr. McCain; among the very liberal, the number was 63 percent.

“The low opinion both Republicans and Democrats have of John McCain now means he could be vulnerable in both the primary and general election next time around,” said Dean Debnam, president of the polling group. “George McGovern lost his Senate seat eight years after losing his presidential bid, and McCain would suffer a similar fate.”

The senator trails in a theoretical matchup with Democrats, namely 2012 U.S. Senate hopeful Richard Carmona and former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who each lead Mr. McCain by the same 42 percent to 35 percent margin.

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POLL DU JOUR

63 percent of Americans say that Obamacare has “had no effect” on them or their families; 57 percent of Republicans and 71 percent of Democrats agree.

23 percent say the health-care law has “hurt” them or their family; 39 percent of Republicans and 7 percent of Democrats agree.

10 percent say the law has helped them or their family; 3 percent of Republicans and 17 percent of Democrats agree.

55 percent of Americans overall disapprove of Obamacare, 40 percent approve.

40 percent say the health-care law will make their personal health-care situation worse in the long run.

36 percent say Obamacare will not have any effect on their health-care situation in the long run, 21 percent say the law will eventually make things better.

Source: A Gallup poll of 1,533 U.S. adults conducted Feb. 28-March 2.

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