Poll: Tide turned against new prescription drug benefit
President Bush and others who championed the new Medicare prescription law that passed late last year appear to be losing the public relations battle.
A new Gallup Poll co-sponsored by CNN and USA Today shows that more Americans over 65 disapprove of the new law, which provides a first-ever Medicare prescription benefit, than approve of it.
Moreover, a poll of Americans of all ages shows that just 35% approve, while 55% disapprove of the new law.
Disclosures from within the administration have showed that the cost estimate of the new law was vastly underreported before lawmakers took a vote on it. Controversy erupted over allegations that administration officials made threats to keep the higher cost estimates under wraps.