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Gallup Poll. Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2009. N=1,026 adults nationwide. MoE 4.

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"Would you advise your member of Congress to vote for or against a health care reform bill when they return to Washington in September, or do you not have an opinion?"

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For Against No opinion
% % %

8/31 - 9/2/09

37 39 24

8/6-9/09

35 36 29

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"How much will your representative's position on health care reform affect your vote in the next congressional elections? Will it be a major factor, a minor factor, or not a factor in your vote?"

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Major
Factor
Minor
Factor
Not a
Factor
Unsure
% % % %

8/31 - 9/2/09

64 21 13 2

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Aug. 28-31, 2009. N=1,010 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"From everything you have heard or read so far, do you favor or oppose Barack Obama's plan to reform health care?"

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Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %

ALL

48 51 2

18-34

60 39 1

35-49

41 56 3

50-64

46 53 1

65 & older

38 60 2

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"How likely are you to vote for the Democratic candidate for Congress in your district if that person generally SUPPORTS Barack Obama's policies on health care: very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely, or not likely at all?"

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Very Likely Somewhat
Likely
Not Too
Likely
Not at All
Likely
Unsure
% % % % %

8/28-31/09

31 22 10 36 1

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"How likely are you to vote for the Democratic candidate for Congress in your district if that person generally OPPOSES Barack Obama's policies on health care: very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely, or not likely at all?"

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Very Likely Somewhat
Likely
Not Too
Likely
Not at All
Likely
Unsure
% % % % %

8/28-31/09

18 32 22 27 1

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"Do you think the country's health care system needs a great deal of reform, only some reform, or no reform at all?" N=502 (Form A), MoE 4.5

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A Great Deal Only Some None at All Unsure
% % % %

8/28-31/09

45 46 7 1

6/26-28/09

55 40 5 -

11/2-4/07

62 32 6 -

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"Do you think the problems in the country's health care system will eventually affect most Americans if they are not addressed, or do you think that most Americans will continue to get good health care even if those problems are not addressed?" N=508 (Form B), MoE 4.5

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Eventually
Affect Most
Americans
Most Will
Continue to
Get Good Care
Unsure
% % %

8/28-31/09

65 32 3

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"Which would make you feel more secure: the current health care system in this country, or the health care system proposed by President Obama?"

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Current
System
Obama
Proposal
Unsure
% % %

8/28-31/09

52 44 4

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"In general, do you think you understand most of the major points in Obama's health care proposals, or are you confused by what you have read or heard about the plan so far?"

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Understand Confused Unsure
% % %

8/28-31/09

59 40 1

6/26-28/09

51 46 2

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"Now thinking specifically about the health insurance plans available to most Americans, would you favor or oppose creating a public health insurance option administered by the federal government that would compete with plans offered by private health insurance companies?"

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Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %

8/28-31/09

55 41 4

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"Now thinking specifically about the health insurance plans available to most Americans, would you favor or oppose creating a public health insurance option administered by the federal government that would compete with plans offered by private health insurance companies?" If favor: "Do you favor this strongly or only moderately?" If oppose: "Do you oppose this strongly or only moderately?"

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Favor
Strongly
Favor Only
Moderately
Oppose Only
Moderately
Oppose
Strongly
Unsure
% % % % %

8/28-31/09

27 28 11 30 4

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"Do you think Barack Obama does or does not want the federal government to eventually take over all aspects of the health care system in this country?"

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Does Does Not Unsure
% % %

8/28-31/09

53 42 5

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"As you may know, over the past month there have been a lot of angry debates and protests about health care at town hall meetings and other public forums held by members of Congress. Have the events at those town hall meetings made you more likely or less likely to support the health care policies proposed by Barack Obama, or have the events at those town hall meetings not affected your views on health care?"

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More Likely Less Likely No Effect Unsure
% % % %

8/28-31/09

19 18 62 1

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"Which of the following statements comes closest to your views about the H1N1 flu, sometimes referred to as swine flu? You are worried that you or someone in your immediate family will get that flu. In the past few months, you had been worried that you or someone in your immediate family would get that flu, but you are not worried any longer. You were never worried that you or someone in your family would get that flu."

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Are
Worried
Had Been
Worried
Were Never
Worried
% % %

8/28-31/09

39 17 44

5/14-17/09

17 20 63

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"Would you, or any other members of your household, plan to get inoculated against swine flu if these shots became available?"

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Yes No Unsure
% % %

8/28-31/09

66 32 3

 

CBS News Poll. Aug. 27-31, 2009. N=1,097 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"In general, which describes your feelings about how the Obama Administration is handling health care reform: enthusiastic, or satisfied but not enthusiastic, or dissatisfied but not angry, or angry?"

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Enthusiastic Satisfied Dissatisfied Angry Unsure
% % % % %
8/27-31/09 11 34 34 17 4

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"Do you think Barack Obama has clearly explained what his plans for health care reform would mean, or hasn't he clearly explained that?"

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Has Has Not Unsure
% % %
8/27-31/09 31 60 9

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"Do you think the government would do a better or worse job than private insurance companies in holding down health care costs?"

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Better Worse Same (vol.) Unsure
% % % %
8/27-31/09 47 38 4 11
6/12-16/09 59 26 3 12

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"Do you think the government would do a better or worse job than private insurance companies in providing medical coverage?"

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Better Worse Same (vol.) Unsure
% % % %
8/27-31/09 36 47 5 12
6/12-16/09 50 34 2 14

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"Is your opinion of the health insurance industry very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable, or very unfavorable?"

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Very
Favorable
Somewhat
Favorable
Somewhat
Unfavorable
Very
Unfavorable
Unsure
% % % % %
8/27-31/09 6 43 31 17 3
2/94 8 43 29 17 3

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"Do you think it's possible or not possible to expand health care coverage to more Americans without increasing the budget deficit?"

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Possible Not
Possible
Unsure
% % %
8/27-31/09 48 47 5

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"Do you think it's possible or not possible to expand health care coverage to more Americans without raising taxes on the middle class?"

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Possible Not
Possible
Unsure
% % %
ALL 51 45 4
Republicans 44 54 2
Democrats 56 41 3
Independents 51 43 6

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"How much have you heard or read about current proposals in Washington to reform health care: a lot, some, not much, or nothing at all?"

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A Lot Some Not Much Nothing at All Unsure
% % % % %
8/27-31/09 33 45 17 4 1
7/24-28/09 32 37 23 8 -
6/12-16/09 22 50 23 5 -

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"From what you've heard or read, do you think the health care reforms under consideration in Congress will mostly help middle class Americans, will mostly hurt middle class Americans, or don't you think they will have much of an effect on middle class Americans?"

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Help Hurt No Effect Unsure
% % % %
ALL 27 43 21 9
Republicans 6 68 21 5
Democrats 48 19 25 8
Independents 21 50 17 12

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"From what you've heard or read, do you think the health care reforms under consideration in Congress will mostly help senior citizens, will mostly hurt senior citizens, or don't you think they will have much of an effect on senior citizens?"

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Help Hurt No Effect Unsure
% % % %
8/27-31/09 25 36 28 11

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"From what you've heard or read, do you think the health care reforms under consideration in Congress will mostly help small businesses, will mostly hurt small businesses, or don't you think they will have much of an effect on small businesses?"

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Help Hurt No Effect Unsure
% % % %
8/27-31/09 23 46 21 10

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"From what you've heard or read, do you think the health care reforms under consideration in Congress will mostly help you personally, will mostly hurt you personally, or don't you think they will have much of an effect on you personally?"

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Help Hurt No Effect Unsure
% % % %
ALL 18 31 46 5
Republicans 4 57 36 3
Democrats 30 9 54 7
Independents 16 33 45 6

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"From what you've heard or read, do you think the health care reforms under consideration in Congress will eventually increase your own health care costs, will eventually lower your own health care costs, or don't you think they will have much effect on your own health care costs?"

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Increase Decrease No Effect Unsure
% % % %
8/27-31/09 41 20 33 6

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"From what you've heard or read, do you think the health care reforms under consideration in Congress will make the quality of health care you receive better, will make the quality of health care you receive worse, or don't you think they will have much effect on the quality of your health care?"

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Better Worse No Effect Unsure
% % % %
8/27-31/09 19 34 40 7

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"From what you've heard or read, do you think the health care reforms under consideration in Congress will make it easier for you to see a doctor, harder for you to see a doctor, or don't you think they will have much effect on your ability to see a doctor?"

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Easier Harder No Effect Unsure
% % % %
8/27-31/09 13 37 46 4

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"If your own representative in Congress supported the health care reforms that are now being proposed, would that make you more likely to vote for him or her in the next election in 2010, would it make you less likely, or would your representative's stance on the health care reforms not make much difference in your 2010 vote?" Among registered voters

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More Likely Less Likely No
Difference
Unsure
% % % %
ALL 29 33 29 9
Republicans 10 64 23 3
Democrats 47 7 35 11
Independents 26 37 28 9

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"Would you favor or oppose the government offering everyone a government-administered health insurance plan that would compete with private health insurance plans?" N=540 (Form B)

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Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %
8/27-31/09 53 36 11

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"Some lawmakers have proposed allowing groups of individuals to form nationwide health care co-ops, in which people get together to form and manage their own health insurance plans. Some people say co-ops could be effective at lowering costs and expanding coverage by using their size to negotiate lower prices for members. Other people say co-ops would not be effective, because they are too hard to organize and still too small to compete on price. From what you've seen or heard, do co-ops sound like they would be effective at solving the nation's health care problems, or not effective, or haven't you heard enough yet to say?"

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Effective Not
Effective
Haven't Heard
Enough
Unsure
% % % %
8/27-31/09 18 25 52 5

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"Some lawmakers have proposed requiring health insurance companies to cover anyone who applies for health insurance regardless of whether or not they have an existing medical condition or a prior illness. Do you approve or disapprove of requiring health insurance companies to cover anyone who applies?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure
% % %
8/27-31/09 79 16 5
7/24-28/09 76 19 5

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"Would you approve or disapprove of the government setting limits on the amount that health insurance companies can charge people for insurance premiums, co-pays, and out-of-pocket expenses?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure
% % %
8/27-31/09 72 23 5

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"Would you approve or disapprove of the government providing subsidies to help low-income people buy their own health insurance from private insurance companies?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure
% % %
8/27-31/09 71 22 7

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"What do you think will eventually happen to the nation's health care system if there are NO government reforms right now? Will the health care system get better on its own, get worse on its own, or will the health care system stay the same as it is now?"

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Better Worse Same Unsure
% % % %
8/27-31/09 6 54 34 6

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"How much have you heard or read about the protestors who have come to recent town hall meetings with the President and members of Congress on the current efforts to reform health care: a lot, some, not much, or nothing at all?"

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A Lot Some Not Much Nothing at All Unsure
% % % % %
8/27-31/09 28 32 24 15 1

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Asked of those who have heard about protestors:
"Regardless of your own stance on health care, do you think the protestors at the town hall meetings generally reflect the views of most Americans, or not?"

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Generally
Reflect
Do Not Both/Some
Do (vol.)
Unsure
% % % %
8/27-31/09 41 49 3 7

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"How would you describe the affordability of basic medical care for you and your family? Would you say basic medical care is easy to afford, not easy to afford but manageable, hard to afford, or is basic medical care beyond your financial means right now?"

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Easy to Afford Manageable Hard to Afford Beyond Means Other (vol.)/
Unsure
% % % % %
8/27-31/09 25 48 15 10 2

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Aug. 26, 2009. N=1,007 adults nationwide. MoE 4.

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"Now thinking about the H1N1 virus, also known as the swine flu virus, that has been in the news: Did you, personally, worry yesterday about getting swine flu, or not?"

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Yes No Unsure
% % %

8/26/09

17 82 1

6/13-14/09

8 92 -

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"How likely do you think it is that you or someone in your family will get swine flu: very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not likely at all?"

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Very Likely Somewhat
Likely
Not Too
Likely
Not Likely
At All
Unsure
% % % % %

8/26/09

8 28 36 26 2

5/5/09

4 16 37 42 2

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"How confident are you that the federal government will be able to handle an outbreak of swine flu in this country: very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not confident at all?"

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Very
Confident
Somewhat
Confident
Not Too
Confident
Not at All
Confident
Unsure
% % % % %

8/26/09

10 49 25 14 1

5/5/09

29 45 14 11 1

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"Do you feel that the warnings issued by the government about the potential dangers of a swine flu epidemic have been exaggerated, or do you think they are real?"

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Exaggerated Real Unsure
% % %

8/26/09

35 61 3

5/5/09

43 56 1

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"Suppose a vaccine for the swine flu virus is developed later this year. Do you think you, personally, would or would not get this vaccine?"

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Would Would Not Unsure
% % %

8/26/09

55 42 3

5/5/09

46 52 2

 

Pew Research Center Poll. Aug. 14-17, 2009. N=1,003 adults nationwide.

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"Some critics of health care reform legislation say it includes the creation of so called 'death panels' or government organizations that will make decisions about who will and will not receive health services when they are critically ill? How much, if anything, have you heard about this: a lot, a little, or nothing at all?"

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A Lot A Little Nothing at All Unsure
% % % %

8/14-17/09

41 45 13 1

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Asked of those who have heard a lot or a little (N=895):
"From what you know, do you think it is true or not true that the health care legislation will create these so called 'death panels'?"

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True Not True Unsure
% % %

ALL

30 50 20

Republicans

47 30 23

Democrats

20 64 16

Independents

28 51 21

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Aug. 13-17, 2009. N=1,001 adults nationwide. MoE 3.5.

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"Do you think Obama will or will not be able to make significant improvements in this country's health care system?"
12/08: "As president, do you think Obama will or will not be able to make significant improvements in this country's health care system?"

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Will Will Not Unsure
% % %

8/13-17/09

49 46 4

12/11-14/08

68 28 4

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"Just your best guess: If the health care system is changed, do you think the quality of your health care will get better, get worse, or remain about the same?"

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Better Worse Same Unsure
% % % %

ALL

19 33 47 2

18-29

28 19 53 -

65 & older

8 42 47 3

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"As you may know, some opponents of the proposed health care reform have been angrily protesting at town meetings with their members of Congress. Overall, do you think these protests have been appropriate or inappropriate?"

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Appropriate Inappropriate Unsure
% % %

8/13-17/09

51 45 4

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"How concerned are you that you or someone in your immediate family might catch the H1N1 virus known as swine flu? Is that something that worries you a great deal, somewhat, not too much or not at all?"

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A Great
Deal
Somewhat Not Too
Much
Not at All
% % % %

8/13-17/09

13 26 30 31

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"How confident are you in the federal government's ability to respond effectively to an outbreak of swine flu in the United States: very confident, somewhat confident, not so confident or not confident at all?"

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Very Somewhat Not So Not at All Unsure
% % % % %

8/13-17/09

23 50 18 9 1

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"How confident are you in your local hospitals and health agencies' ability to respond effectively to an outbreak of swine flu in the United States: very confident, somewhat confident, not so confident or not confident at all?"

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Very Somewhat Not So Not at All Unsure
% % % % %

8/13-17/09

33 48 12 5 1

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"Do you think you or someone in your household will get a swine flu vaccination when it becomes available, or not?" Half sample

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Will Will Not Unsure
% % %

8/13-17/09

55 41 4

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"Assuming your doctor recommends it, do you think you or someone in your household will get a swine flu vaccination when it becomes available, or not?" Half sample

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Will Will Not Unsure
% % %

8/13-17/09

65 32 3

 

NBC News Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Aug. 15-17, 2009. N=805 adults nationwide. MoE 3.5.

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"Thinking some more about the issue of health care: Do you think the American health care system needs a complete overhaul, major reform, minor reform, or is there no need for change?"

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Complete
Overhaul
Major
Reform
Minor
Reform
No Need
For Change
Unsure
% % % % %

8/15-17/09

21 39 31 7 2

4/23-26/09

33 37 21 7 2

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"Please tell me which ONE statement you agree with more on the issue of creating a new public health plan administered by the federal government.
   
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Some/Other people say it would help lower health care costs because it would compete with private health plans. This new public plan would provide coverage for the uninsured and all Americans would have an option for quality affordable health care.
   
"Some/Other people say that patients might not always have access to their choice of doctors and the government would lower costs by limiting medical treatment options and decisions that should be made instead by patients and doctors."
Options rotated

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Lower costs,
Care for all
Limit access,
Limit options
Unsure
% % %

8/15-17/09

45 48 7

7/24-27/09

41 52 7

6/12-15/09

47 42 11

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"Now I am going to tell you more about the health care plan that President Obama supports and please tell me whether you would favor or oppose it. The plan requires that health insurance companies cover people with pre-existing medical conditions. It also requires all but the smallest employers to provide health coverage for their employees, or pay a percentage of their payroll to help fund coverage for the uninsured. Families and individuals with lower- and middle-incomes would receive tax credits to help them afford insurance coverage. Some of the funding for this plan would come from raising taxes on wealthier Americans. Do you favor or oppose this plan?"

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Favor Oppose Depends
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % %

8/15-17/09

53 43 2 2

7/24-27/09

56 38 3 3

6/12-15/09

55 35 3 7

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"Have you seen, read, or heard the news coverage about people protesting against the health care plan at town hall meetings with members of Congress?"

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Yes No Unsure
% % %

8/15-17/09

85 14 1

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Asked of those who have seen, read or heard coverage of protests:
"Has what you have seen, read, or heard about these town hall meeting protests made you more favorable toward, less favorable toward, or made no difference in your feelings about President Obama's health care plan?"

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More
Favorable
Less
Favorable
Made No
Difference
Unsure
% % % %

8/15-17/09

16 19 62 3

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Asked of those who have seen, read or heard coverage of protests:
"And do you think that these protests are doing more harm than good, or more good than harm?"

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More Harm
Than Good
More Good
Than Harm
Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %

8/15-17/09

43 42 4 5 6

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"Let me read you a number of criticisms that town hall protesters have made about the proposed health care plan. For each one, please tell me whether this seems to you to be likely to happen or unlikely to happen. . . ."

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Likely To
Happen
Unlikely To
Happen
Unsure
% % %

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"Will give health insurance coverage to illegal immigrants"

8/15-17/09

55 34 11

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"Will lead to a government takeover of the health care system"

8/15-17/09

54 39 7

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"Will use taxpayer dollars to pay for women to have abortions"

8/15-17/09

50 37 13

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"Will allow the government to make decisions about when to stop providing medical care to the elderly"

8/15-17/09

45 50 5

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"From which ONE of the following television news sources do you get MOST of your information about the health care debate? If you do not watch any of these, please just say so. Broadcast network news, such as NBC, ABC, or CBS. The cable channel CNN. The cable channel MSNBC. The cable channel Fox News."

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Broadcast
Network News
Fox News CNN MSNBC None of
These/Unsure
% % % % %

8/15-17/09

40 23 17 7 13

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Aug. 11-12, 2009. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Do you think most Americans would be better off or worse off under the health care reforms being considered or would the reforms not make much of a difference to most Americans across the country?"

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Better Off Worse Off Not Much of
a Difference
Unsure
% % % %

8/11-12/09

34 36 20 10

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Aug. 11, 2009. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE 4.

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"How closely have you been following the news about members of Congress holding town hall meetings to discuss proposed health care bills, and protests taking place at those meetings: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?"

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Very
Closely
Somewhat
Closely
Not Too
Closely
Not at All
% % % %

8/11/09

32 37 18 13

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"From what you know or have read, have these town hall meeting protests against the proposed bills made you more sympathetic to the protestors' views, do the protests not make any difference to you either way, or have the protests made you less sympathetic to the protestors' views?" Options rotated

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More
Sympathetic
No
Difference
Less
Sympathetic
Unsure
% % % %

8/11/09

34 36 21 10

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"From what you know and have read, do you think each of the following is a major factor, a minor factor, or not a factor in why the protests against health care bills are taking place at these town hall meetings? How about [see below]?"

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Major
Factor
Minor
Factor
Not a
Factor
Unsure
% % % %

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"Concern about the health care bills that average citizens had well before the meetings took place"

8/11/09

57 24 13 6

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"Recent efforts by political activists to create organized opposition to the health care bills"

8/11/09

48 27 18 8

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"Generally speaking, do you consider each of the following actions at town hall meetings to be an example of democracy in action or an example of abuse of democracy? How about [see below]?" Options rotated

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Democracy
In Action
Abuse of
Democracy
Unsure
% % %

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"Individuals making angry attacks against a health care bill and what it might do"

8/11/09

51 41 8

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"Booing when members of Congress make statements that the opponents disagree with"

8/11/09

44 47 9

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"Shouting down supporters when they speak in favor of a health care bill"

8/11/09

33 59 8

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Kaiser Family Foundation Kaiser Health Tracking Poll. Aug. 4-11, 2009. N=1,203 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Do you think the Medicare program for seniors would be better off or worse off if the President and Congress passed health care reform, or don't you think it would make much difference?"

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Better Off Worse Off Not Much
Difference
It Depends
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % % %

8/4-11/09

38 30 19 3 10

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"If the President and Congress do pass health care reform, do you think that would make [see below] better, worse or would it stay about the same?" N=600 (Form A)

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Better Worse About the
Same
It Depends
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % % %

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"Your choice of doctors and hospitals"

8/4-11/09

21 33 40 2 3

7/7-14/09

25 26 43 2 4

2/3-12/09

24 18 52 3 4

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"Your wait times for non-emergency procedures and treatments"

8/4-11/09

17 42 34 2 4

7/7-14/09

19 34 40 3 4

2/3-12/09

23 25 47 2 4

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"If the President and Congress do pass health care reform, do you think that would make [see below] better, worse or would it stay about the same?" N=603 (Form B)

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Better Worse About the
Same
It Depends
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % % %

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"The quality of health care in America"

8/4-11/09

37 36 22 2 3

7/7-14/09

41 25 28 3 4

2/3-12/09

47 17 28 3 4

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"The overall cost of health care"

8/4-11/09

40 35 21 2 2

7/7-14/09

41 29 22 4 4

2/3-12/09

46 19 23 4 6

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"The average patient's choice of doctors and hospitals"

8/4-11/09

26 36 33 2 3

7/7-14/09

28 28 36 3 5

2/3-12/09

35 22 32 5 6

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"Waiting times for non-emergency procedures and treatments"

8/4-11/09

18 41 35 2 3

7/7-14/09

23 33 38 2 5

2/3-12/09

24 27 39 3 7

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"And if the President and Congress do pass health care reform, do you think the nation would end up spending more on health care, less on health care, or would it stay about the same?"

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More Less About the
Same
It Depends
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % % %

8/4-11/09

61 16 17 2 4

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"Please tell me how important each of the following elements of health care reform currently being discussed is to you personally: very, somewhat, not too or not at all. [See below.] How important is that to you personally? Is it very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important?"

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Very
Important
Somewhat
Important
Not Too
Important
Not at All
Important
Unsure
% % % % %

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"Helping Americans who haven't been able to afford health insurance to get coverage by expanding Medicaid and offering financial assistance to qualified families making up to $88,000 per year who don't have coverage at work"

8/4-11/09

51 29 10 8 3

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"Protecting consumers in the health insurance market by requiring insurance companies to cover people even if they are not in good health and stopping companies from dropping people or charging them higher rates when they become seriously ill"

8/4-11/09

66 26 4 3 2

.

"Reining in the amount of money the country spends on health care by changing the way doctors and hospitals deliver care and are paid"

8/4-11/09

49 35 7 5 4

.

"Strengthening prevention programs that try to head off people's health problems before they occur"

8/4-11/09

63 28 4 4 1

.

"Now I'm going to read you some different ways to increase the number of Americans covered by health insurance. As I read each one, please tell me whether you would favor it or oppose it. Here's the (first/next) one: [See below.] Do you favor or oppose this?"

.

Favor Oppose Unsure

.

% % %

.

.

"Creating a government-administered public health insurance option similar to Medicare to compete with private health insurance plans"

8/4-11/09

59 38 3

.

7/7-14/09

59 36 5

.

4/2-8/09

67 29 4

.

.

"Requiring all Americans to have health insurance, either from their employer or from another source, with financial help for those who can't afford it" N=600 (Form A)

8/4-11/09

68 29 3

7/7-14/09

68 29 4

.

6/1-8/09

71 26 3

.

4/2-8/09

72 25 3

.

.

"Offering tax credits to help people buy private health insurance" N=600 (Form A)

8/4-11/09

70 26 4

7/7-14/09

69 28 3

.

6/1-8/09

69 28 3

.

4/2-8/09

67 29 4

.

.

"Expanding Medicare to cover people between the ages of 55 and 64 who do not have health insurance" N=600 (Form A)

8/4-11/09

75 22 3

7/7-14/09

77 21 2

.

6/1-8/09

75 23 2

.

4/2-8/09

79 18 3

.

.

"Expanding state government programs for low-income people, such as Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program" N=603 (Form B)

8/4-11/09

80 17 4

7/7-14/09

74 23 3

.

6/1-8/09

75 22 3

.

4/2-8/09

77 20 2

.

.

"Having a national health plan or single-payer plan in which all Americans would get their insurance from a single government plan" N=603 (Form B)

8/4-11/09

48 49 3

7/7-14/09

50 44 5

.

6/1-8/09

47 49 4

.

4/2-8/09

49 47 4

.

.

"Requiring employers to offer health insurance to their workers or pay money into a government fund that will pay to cover those without insurance" N=603 (Form B)

8/4-11/09

68 28 4

7/7-14/09

64 33 3

.

6/1-8/09

69 28 3

.

4/2-8/09

71 25 4

.

.

"Which worries you more? That under a new health reform bill, government agencies would play too big a role in deciding what medical procedures people can or can't get. OR, That currently, insurance companies play too big a role in deciding what medical procedures people can or can't get." Options rotated

.

Gov't Agencies
Would Play
Too Big a Role
Insurance Cos.
Currently Play
Too Big a Role
Both
Equally (vol.)
Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %

8/4-11/09

48 38 9 2 3

7/7-14/09

45 36 12 3 4

.

"Would you be willing to pay more -- either in higher health insurance premiums or higher taxes -- in order to increase the number of Americans who have health insurance, or not?" N=600 (Form A)

.

Willing Not Willing Unsure
% % %

8/4-11/09

42 55 3

7/7-14/09

51 44 5

6/1-8/09

41 54 5

12/4-14/08

47 49 4

 

Marist College Marist Poll. Aug. 3-6, 2009. N=938 adults nationwide. MoE 3.2.

.

"Do you approve or disapprove of how President Barack Obama is handling health care?" N=854 registered voters, MoE 3.5

.

Approve Disapprove Unsure
% % %

8/3-6/09

43 45 12

.

"Do you think the current health care system in this country needs major changes, minor changes, or no changes at all?"

.

Major
Changes
Minor
Changes
No
Changes
% % %

8/3-6/09

65 29 6

.

"If health care reform is passed by Congress, do you expect health care in this country to get better, to get worse, or remain the same as it is now?"

.

Get Better Get Worse Remain
the Same
Unsure
% % % %

8/3-6/09

39 38 17 6

.

"If health care reform is passed by Congress, do you expect health care for you and your family to get better, to get worse, or remain the same as it is now?"

.

Get Better Get Worse Remain
the Same
Unsure
% % % %

8/3-6/09

28 32 35 5

.

"Who do you think is most responsible if legislation to reform health care does not meet your expectations: [see below]?"

.

%

"The Democrats in Congress"

24

"The pharmaceutical companies"

20

"President Obama"

15

"The Republicans in Congress"

14

"Doctors and hospitals"

12

Unsure

15

Earlier polls on health policy


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