The new NY Times/CBS News poll shows that Obama just can't convince the American people of two simple messages - his health reform won't include death panels and it won't cover illegal immigrants.
Here is question 52:
AUDIENCE MEMBER: You lie! (Boos.)
In light of Obama's clear statement and the hubbub that swirled around "You lie", the poll results are shocking: 30% think the proposed reforms will include aid to illegal immigrants; 22% think it will not; and 48% are still not sure. Who are you going to believe, the President of the United States or some screaming nut? Hold that thought.
The President was as emphatic but not any more convincing on the topic of death panels:
That "plain and simple" lie is only understood as such by 23% of respondents. From the poll:
For a great communicator, Obama did not communicate these points too effectively.