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CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. July 31-Aug. 3, 2009. N=1,136 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"From what you know of the health care proposals which Obama supports, which of the following statements comes closest to your view? Those proposals would help you and your family if they became law. Those proposals would help other families in this country, but would not help you and your family. Those proposals would not help anyone in the country."

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Would Help
Own Family
Would Help
Other Families
Wouldn't Help
Anyone
Unsure
% % % %

7/31 - 8/3/09

30 44 20 6

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"In any health care system, someone must make tough decisions that affect individual patients, such as which patients get certain treatments, when they get treated, and which treatments are ineffective or too expensive. If you had to choose, would you rather have those decisions made by people who work for insurance companies, or people who work for the government?"

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Insurance
Companies
Government Mixed/Equal
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % %

7/31 - 8/3/09

40 40 7 13

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"Do you think it is or is not necessary to make major structural changes in the nation's health care system in order to make sure that all Americans have health insurance?" N=506 (Form A), MoE ± 4.5

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Necessary Not
Necessary
Unsure
% % %

7/31 - 8/3/09

77 21 1

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"Do you think it is or is not necessary to make major structural changes in the nation's health care system in order to reduce health care costs?" N=521 (Form B), MoE ± 4.5

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Necessary Not
Necessary
Unsure
% % %

7/31 - 8/3/09

74 23 2

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. July 27-Aug. 3, 2009. N=2,409 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 2.

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"Do you think President Obama's health care plan would improve the quality of health care in the nation, hurt the quality of health care in the nation, or not make a difference?"

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Improve Hurt No Difference Unsure  
% % % %  

7/27 - 8/3/09

39 41 14 6  

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"Do you think President Obama's health care plan will improve the quality of health care you receive, hurt the quality of health care you receive, or not make a difference?"

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Improve Hurt No Difference Unsure  
% % % %  

7/27 - 8/3/09

21 36 39 4  

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"Do you think President Obama's health care plan would help the economy, hurt the economy, or not make a difference?"

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Help Hurt No Difference Unsure  
% % % %  

7/27 - 8/3/09

34 44 16 7  

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"Do you think President Obama's health care plan would increase your health care costs, decrease your health care costs, or not make a difference?"

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Increase Decrease No Difference Unsure  
% % % %  

7/27 - 8/3/09

42 18 33 7  

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"Do you think President Obama's health care plan would increase the taxes that you pay, decrease the taxes you pay, or not make a difference?"

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Increase Decrease No Difference Unsure  
% % % %  

7/27 - 8/3/09

66 6 23 4  

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"Do you support or oppose requiring people to have health insurance or pay a fine of 2.5 percent of their income?"

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Support Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

7/27 - 8/3/09

26 68 5    

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"Do you support or oppose requiring businesses with payrolls of 250,000 dollars per year to offer their employees health insurance or pay the government 8 percent of their payroll to underwrite health insurance?"

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Support Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

7/27 - 8/3/09

54 38 8    

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"Do you support or oppose giving people the option of being covered by a government health insurance plan that would compete with private plans?"

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Support Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

7/27 - 8/3/09

62 32 6    

Republicans

40 56 4    

Democrats

80 13 7    

Independents

64 30 6    

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6/23-29/09

69 26 5    

Republicans

50 44 6    

Democrats

86 10 4    

Independents

66 29 5    

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"Would you rather purchase health insurance from a private sector company or from a government program?"

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Private
Sector
Government
Program
Unsure    
% % %    

7/27 - 8/3/09

61 25 14    

6/23-29/09

53 28 19    

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"Do you support or oppose government subsidies for individuals who earn 43,000 dollars or less or families of four who earn less than 88,000 dollars a year to buy health care insurance?"

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Support Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

7/27 - 8/3/09

60 32 8    

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"To extend health insurance coverage to most Americans over the next decade, would you support or oppose imposing an extra tax on individuals who earn more than 350,000 dollars and couples who earn more than 1 million dollars a year?"

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Support Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

7/27 - 8/3/09

61 36 2    

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"To extend health insurance coverage to most Americans over the next decade, would you support or oppose a new tax on employees for the health care benefits that they receive from their employers?"

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Support Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

7/27 - 8/3/09

27 68 5    

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"Which concerns you more: Congress does not pass legislation to overhaul the nation's health care system or the cost of overhauling the nation's health care system will significantly increase the federal budget deficit?"

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No
Overhaul
Increase
Deficit
Unsure    
% % %    

7/27 - 8/3/09

35 55 10    

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"Do you agree or disagree with the following? Congress should approve a health care overhaul plan even if only Democrats support it."

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Agree Disagree Unsure    
% % %    

7/27 - 8/3/09

36 59 5    

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"President Obama has pledged that health insurance reform will not add to our federal budget deficit over the next decade. Do you think that President Obama will be able to keep his promise or do you think any health care plan that Congress passes and President Obama signs will add to the federal budget deficit?"

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Will be Able to
Keep Promise
Will Add
To Deficit
Unsure    
% % %    

7/27 - 8/3/09

21 72 7    

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"Do you agree or disagree with the following? Overhauling the nation's health care system is so important that it should be enacted even if it significantly increases the federal budget deficit."

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Agree Disagree Unsure    
% % %    

7/27 - 8/3/09

37 57 6    

 

Time Poll conducted by Abt SRBI. July 27-28, 2009. N=1,002 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the job President Obama is doing in each of these areas? Handling health care policy."

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Approve Disapprove Unsure
% % %

7/27-28/09

46 46 8

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"Turning to health care reform, how important is it to you that the Congress and the President pass a major health care reform bill in the next few months: very important, somewhat important, not very important, or not at all important to you?"

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

7/27-28/09

46 23 10 18 3

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"How closely are you following the debate over health care: very closely, somewhat closely, not very closely, or not closely at all?"

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

7/27-28/09

37 48 8 7  

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"Overall, how would you rate the health care system in the United States: excellent, good, only fair, or poor?"

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Excellent Good Only Fair Poor Unsure
% % % % %

7/27-28/09

11 31 33 22 2

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"How good a job are the private health insurance companies doing in providing health care coverage: excellent, good, only fair, or poor?"

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Excellent Good Only Fair Poor Unsure
% % % % %

7/27-28/09

7 28 36 24 5

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"Would it be better to pretty much stay with the current health care system and just make some minor adjustments, or does the system need major reform?"

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Minor
Adjustments
Major
Reform
Unsure
% % %

7/27-28/09

43 55 3

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"Would you favor or oppose a health care bill that provides for the following? . . ."

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Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %

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"Provides coverage for almost all Americans, even if the government needs to subsidize health care for those who can’t afford it."

7/27-28/09

63 31 6

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"Requires all but the smallest businesses to provide health insurance to their employees, or be forced to pay a penalty."

7/27-28/09

44 48 8

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"Requires health care insurance companies to offer coverage to anyone who applies, even if they have a pre-existing health condition."

7/27-28/09

80 14 6

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"Taxes employer-provided health care insurance, which currently is not taxed, to pay for the additional cost of expanding health care to most Americans, even those who can't afford health care now."

7/27-28/09

36 56 8

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"Creates a national single-payer plan similar to Medicare for all, in which the government would provide health care insurance to all Americans."

7/27-28/09

49 46 5

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"Raises income taxes on people earning more than 280 thousand dollars a year to help pay for providing health care to most Americans, even those who cannot afford it now."

7/27-28/09

57 40 4

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"Provides tax breaks to small businesses to make health care coverage for their workers more affordable."

7/27-28/09

90 7 3

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"Creates a government-sponsored public health insurance option to compete with private health insurance plans."

7/27-28/09

56 36 8

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"Who do you trust more to develop new health care legislation: President Obama, or, Republicans in Congress?" Options rotated

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President
Obama
Republicans
in Congress
Neither (vol.) Both/Same
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % % %

7/27-28/09

47 32 14 2 4

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"Overall, when you hear about what's being talked about in the health care debate, do you think the final legislation is likely to lower your health care costs in the long run, OR, raise your health care costs in the long run?" Options rotated

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Lower Raise Same (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %  

7/27-28/09

26 62 3 9  

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"Overall, when you hear about what's being talked about in the health care debate, do you think the final legislation is likely to give you more freedom to choose your doctors and your coverage, OR, give you less freedom to choose your doctors and your coverage?" Options rotated

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More Less Same (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %  

7/27-28/09

30 56 5 9  

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"Overall, when you hear about what's being talked about in the health care debate, do you think the final legislation is likely to make everything more complicated, OR, make things simpler?" Options rotated

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More
Complicated
Simpler Same (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %  

7/27-28/09

65 29 1 5  

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"Are you currently covered by any form of health insurance or health care plan? This would include health coverage through an employer, a private plan you bought yourself, and coverage through a government program like Medicare or Medicaid."

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Yes No
% %

7/27-28/09

89 11

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Asked of those with health care coverage:
"Are you covered through an employer's plan, a private plan you bought yourself, or through a government program like Medicare or Medicaid?"

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Employer's
Plan
Private
Plan
Government
Program
Other (vol.)
% % % %

7/27-28/09

60 14 24 2

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Asked of those who have coverage and mentioned a plan type:
"How satisfied are you with the health care plan you now have: very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?"

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Very
Satisfied
Somewhat
Satisfied
Somewhat
Dissatisfied
Very
Dissatisfied
Unsure
% % % % %

7/27-28/09

53 33 9 4 1

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Asked of those who have coverage and mentioned a plan type:
"How worried are you about losing your health care coverage in the next 12 months or so: very worried, somewhat worried, not very worried, not at all worried?"

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Very
Worried
Somewhat
Worried
Not Very
Worried
Not at All
Worried
Unsure
% % % % %

7/27-28/09

15 18 18 47 1

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. July 24-28, 2009. N=1,050 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Which comes closest to your view? (1) The U.S. needs to fix its health care system now as part of fixing the overall economy. OR, (2) Because of the state of the economy, the U.S. cannot afford to fix its health care system right now."

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Needs to
Fix Now
Cannot Afford
To Fix Now
Unsure
% % %
7/24-28/09 52 44 4
7/9-12/09 49 46 5

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

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Possible Not
Possible
Unsure
% % %
7/24-28/09 46 48 6

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"Do you think Barack Obama is trying to work with Republicans in Congress in order to reform the health care system, or isn't he?"

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Is Is Not Unsure
% % %
7/24-28/09 59 30 11

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"Do you think Republicans in Congress are trying to work with Barack Obama in order to reform the health care system, or aren't they?"

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Are Are Not Unsure
% % %
7/24-28/09 33 51 16

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"In addressing health care reform, do you think Congress is moving too quickly, too slowly, or at about the right pace?"

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Too Quickly Too Slowly About Right Unsure
% % % %
7/24-28/09 23 39 33 5

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"In addressing health care reform, do you think the Obama administration is moving too quickly, too slowly, or at about the right pace?"

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Too Quickly Too Slowly About Right Unsure
% % % %
7/24-28/09 38 13 46 3

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"From what you know, how serious a threat is the rising cost of health care to the nation's economy? Is it very serious, somewhat serious, not too serious or not at all serious or don't you know enough to say?"

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Very
Serious
Somewhat
Serious
Not Too
Serious
Not at All
Serious
Don't Know
Enough
% % % % %
7/24-28/09 49 27 6 2 15
6/12-16/09 61 25 3 2 8

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"If you had to say, which do you think is a more serious problem right now: keeping health care costs down for average Americans, OR providing health insurance for Americans who do not have any insurance?"

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Keeping
Costs Down
Providing
Insurance
Unsure
% % %
7/24-28/09 43 53 4
6/12-16/09 26 65 9

4/1-5/09

40 54 6

2/23-27/07

31 65 4

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"Do you think the federal government should guarantee health insurance for all Americans, or isn't this the responsibility of the federal government?"

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Should
Guarantee
Not
Responsibility
Unsure
% % %
7/24-28/09 55 38 7
6/12-16/09 64 30 6
3/12-16/09 62 30 8

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"In order to help pay for health care reform, would you favor or oppose increasing taxes on Americans with high incomes?"

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Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %
7/24-28/09 65 32 3

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"From what you've heard or read, do you think the health care legislation under consideration in Congress will or will not benefit you personally?"

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Will Will Not Unsure
% % %
ALL 31 59 10
Republicans 20 73 7
Democrats 41 48 11
Independents 29 61 10

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"From what you've heard or read, do you think the health care legislation under consideration in Congress will increase health care costs for most Americans, decrease health care costs for most Americans, or will it have no effect on health care costs for most Americans?"

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Increase Decrease No Effect Unsure
% % % %
7/24-28/09 59 15 16 10

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). July 24-27, 2009. N=1,011 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1.

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"Let me read you a couple of proposals made by President Obama. For each one, please tell me whether you approve or disapprove of this action. ... Using government funds to expand health insurance coverage, and raising taxes on wealthier Americans to pay for it."

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Approve Disapprove Unsure
% % %

7/24-27/09

50 44 6

4/23-26/09

56 37 7

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"For each of the following goals, please tell me how much it will concern you. If Congress cannot pass a bill that will reform health care will it concern you a great deal, quite a bit, just some, or not at all?" Half sample (Form A), MoE ± 4.4

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A Great Deal Quite a Bit Just Some Not at All Unsure
% % % % %

7/24-27/09

38 20 19 22 1

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"Experts currently estimate that this proposed health care plan will cost one trillion dollars over the next decade. I am going to read you some proposals for how the plan could be funded. After I read each statement, please tell me whether that proposal is acceptable or not acceptable. . . ." Half sample (Form B), MoE ± 4.4

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Acceptable Not
Acceptable
Unsure
% % %

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"Raise taxes for families with incomes more than one million dollars per year."

7/24-27/09

68 29 3

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"Raise taxes for families with incomes more than three hundred and fifty thousand dollars a year."

7/24-27/09

56 39 5

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"Require all but the smallest businesses to either offer health care coverage or pay a percentage of their payroll to the government."

7/24-27/09

49 45 6

6/12-15/09

55 37 8

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"Reduce payments to doctors and hospitals for the services they provide to patients covered by
Medicare and Medicaid, which are the government health programs for the elderly and low income."

7/24-27/09

48 45 7

6/12-15/09

47 46 7

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"Require insurance companies who offer expensive health plans with more generous benefits than a standard plan to pay additional taxes."

7/24-27/09

41 48 11

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"Require everyone to have health insurance coverage. Those people with low and moderate incomes would receive government assistance. Those people who can afford it would have to buy their own health insurance or pay a penalty or fine if they do not."

7/24-27/09

34 60 6

 

Gallup Poll. July 26, 2009. N=526 adults nationwide. MoE ± 5.

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"Would you say that you, personally, have a good understanding of the issues involved in the current debate over national health care reform, or not?"

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A Good
Understanding
Not a Good
Understanding
Unsure
% % %

7/26/09

48 51 1

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"Would you say that members of Congress, themselves, have a good understanding of the issues involved in the current debate over national health care reform, or not?"

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A Good
Understanding
Not a Good
Understanding
Unsure
% % %

7/26/09

27 66 7

 

National Public Radio Poll conducted by Public Opinion Strategies (R) and Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research (D). July 22-26, 2009. N=850 likely voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.4.

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"As you may have heard, President Obama and the Democrats in Congress are preparing a plan to change the health care system. From what you have heard about this plan, do you favor or oppose Obama and the Democrats' health care proposal?"

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Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %

7/22-26/09

42 47 11

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"Now let me read you two statements about Obama and the Democrats' health care plan. After I read these statements, please tell me which one comes closer to your own view, even if neither is exactly right.
"Democrats say if we don't reform the health insurance system premiums will keep doubling every five years, more companies will drop coverage, and insurance companies will keep using the fine print to deny care when people need it. This plan shifts the power from the insurance companies to you and your doctor, gives you the peace of mind of knowing that you won't lose your coverage if you get sick or lose your job, and guarantees that if you like your doctor you can keep them. And it cuts costs by encouraging prevention and allowing people and businesses to comparison shop for the best and most affordable plan. OR,
"Republicans say we need to first control health care costs and require insurance companies cover everyone, so there is no reason to rush through a plan right now that has so many problems. Under this plan, people will have fewer choices. It will not only limit access to quality care and result in rationing, but it will bust the budget by increasing spending when we are already spending too much on unproven programs like the stimulus. We shouldn't have a government-run health care plan where patients can't go to the doctor they want and government bureaucrats decide who gets which treatments."

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Democratic
Statement
Republican
Statement
Both (vol.) Unsure
% % % %

7/22-26/09

51 42 2 5

 

Pew Research Center poll. July 22-26, 2009. N=1,506 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling health care policy?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure    
% % %    

7/22-26/09

42 43 14    

4/14-21/09

51 26 23    

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"If you were setting government priorities these days, would you place a higher priority on spending more to make health care more accessible and affordable, or reducing the budget deficit?" Options rotated

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Spending
More
Reducing
Deficit
Unsure    
% % %    

7/22-26/09

55 40 5    

4/14-21/09

59 35 6    

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"And thinking about some ways to pay for changes to the health care system: Would you favor or oppose [see below]?"

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Favor Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

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"Requiring employers to pay into a government health care fund if they do not provide health insurance to their employees"

7/22-26/09

61 33 6    

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"Raising taxes on families with incomes of more than $350,000 and individuals earning more than $280,000"

7/22-26/09

63 32 5    

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"Taxing employees whose health insurance benefits are above a certain value"

7/22-26/09

25 62 13    

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"Tighter restrictions on what medical procedures Medicare and Medicaid will cover"

7/22-26/09

33 58 9    

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"Who do you trust more when it comes to deciding what kinds of medical procedures should be covered by health insurance: private insurance companies or the government?" Options rotated

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Private
Companies
The
Government
Both (vol.) Neither
(vol.)
Other (vol.)/
Unsure
% % % % %

7/22-26/09

38 32 1 19 10

 

Gallup Poll. July 24-25, 2009. Adults nationwide.

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"Now I'd like to ask you a few questions about what would happen if Congress passes a new health care reform law -- just based on what you read or have heard. Would a new health care reform law improve, not change or worsen medical care in the U.S.?" N=485 (Form A/C), MoE ± 6

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Improve Not Change Worsen Unsure
% % % %

7/24-25/09

44 14 34 8

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"Would a new health care reform law expand, not change or reduce access to health care in the U.S.?" N=485 (Form A/C), MoE ± 6

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Expand Not Change Reduce Unsure
% % % %

7/24-25/09

47 13 29 12

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"Would a new health care reform law increase, not change or reduce health care costs in the U.S.?" N=485 (Form A/C), MoE ± 6

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Increase Not Change Reduce Unsure
% % % %

7/24-25/09

45 14 30 11

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"Would health care reform improve, not change or worsen your own medical care?" N=559 (Form A/D), MoE ± 5

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Improve Not Change Worsen Unsure
% % % %

7/24-25/09

26 29 34 11

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"Would health care reform expand, not change or reduce your own access to health care?" N=559 (Form A/D), MoE ± 5

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Expand Not Change Reduce Unsure
% % % %

7/24-25/09

21 39 29 11

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"Would health care reform increase, not change or reduce your own health care costs?" N=559 (Form A/D), MoE ± 5

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Increase Not Change Reduce Unsure
% % % %

7/24-25/09

34 33 18 15

 

Gallup Poll. July 23, 2009. N=1,027 adults nationwide. MoE ± 4.

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"When it comes to health care reform legislation now being considered in Congress, what would you advise your representative in Congress to do: pass a new health care reform law by the end of this year, pass a new health care reform law but not necessarily by the end of this year, or not pass a new health care reform law at all?" Options rotated

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Pass This
Year
Pass, But Not
Necessarily
This Year
Not Pass
at All
Unsure
% % % %

7/23/09

41 30 24 5

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. July 21-22, 2009. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Thinking about the issue of health care now: Do you think the Obama administration has a clear plan on health care?"

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Yes No Unsure
% % %

7/21-22/09

43 51 6

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"Do you favor or oppose the creation of a government-run health insurance plan that would compete in the market place against private insurance plans?"

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Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %

7/21-22/09

44 48 7

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"Do you think it is the responsibility of the federal government to make sure all Americans have health care, or is that not the responsibility of the federal government?"

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Is Is Not Unsure
% % %

7/21-22/09

51 46 4

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"Do you think it is possible to have major health care reform without increasing the federal budget deficit?"

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Yes No Unsure
% % %

7/21-22/09

40 54 5

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"Do you think it is possible to have major health care reform without raising taxes?"

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Yes No Unsure
% % %

7/21-22/09

37 60 3

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"If you were sick or seriously ill, would you rather be in a government-run health care system or the current privately-run health care system?"

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Government-
Run
Privately-
Run
Either (vol.) Unsure
% % % %

7/21-22/09

19 64 8 9

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"What concerns you more about the health care reform plans being discussed right now -- that your health care costs will increase or that you will have to change your existing health care arrangements?"

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Increase
Costs
Change Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %

7/21-22/09

36 36 11 13 4

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"Do you have health insurance?"

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Yes No
% %

7/21-22/09

91 9

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Asked of those with insurance:
"How would you rate the quality of your current health insurance . . . ?"
N=821, MoE ± 3

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Excellent Good Only Fair Poor
% % % %

7/21-22/09

39 45 13 3

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"How would you rate the quality of the health care you currently receive . . . ?"

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Excellent Good Only Fair Poor Don't Have
Any (vol.)
% % % % %

7/21-22/09

43 40 10 3 3

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"Do you think Congress has been moving too quickly, not quickly enough, or at about the right speed on health care reform?"

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Too Quickly Not Quickly
Enough
About Right Unsure
% % % %

7/21-22/09

36 30 30 4

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"If a government-run health insurance plan is ultimately established, do you think members of Congress and the president should be required to be part of that plan or can they have a separate plan as they do now?"

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Government-
Run Plan
Separate
Plan
Unsure
% % %

7/21-22/09

81 15 4

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. July 15-18, 2009. N=1,001 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.5.

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"Do you think Obama is placing too much of a priority on health care, too little, or about the right amount?"

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Too Much Too Little About Right Unsure
% % % %

7/15-18/09

25 21 51 3

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"Thinking about health care, one proposal to insure nearly everyone would require all Americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty on their income tax, excluding those with lower incomes. It would require most employers to offer health coverage or pay a fee. There would be a government-run plan to compete with private insurers. And income taxes on people earning more than 280 thousand dollars a year would be raised to help fund the program. Taken together, would you support or oppose this plan? ... Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?"

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Strongly
Support
Somewhat
Support
Somewhat
Oppose
Strongly
Oppose
Unsure
% % % % %

7/15-18/09

32 23 10 33 3

 

Kaiser Family Foundation Kaiser Health Tracking Poll. July 7-14, 2009. N=1,205 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Which comes closer to your opinion? If policymakers made the right changes, they could reform the health care system without spending more money to do it. To make any real reforms to the health care system, policymakers will need to spend more money, either by raising some taxes, taking from other programs or increasing the deficit." Options rotated

.

No Need to
Spend More
Will Need to
Spend More
Unsure
% % %

7/7-14/09

55 39 6

6/1-8/09

60 34 6

2/3-12/09

58 36 6

.

"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

.

% % %

.

.

"Having a national health plan in which all Americans would get their insurance through an expanded, universal form of Medicare-for-all" N=609 (Form A)

7/7-14/09

58 38 3

.

.

"Do you favor or oppose the federal government requiring health insurance companies to cover anyone who applies, even if they have a prior illness? ... Is that strongly or somewhat favor/oppose?"

.

Strongly
Favor
Somewhat
Favor
Somewhat
Oppose
Strongly
Oppose
Unsure
% % % % %

7/7-14/09

46 31 10 10 4

 

Ipsos/McClatchy Poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. July 9-13, 2009. N=1,007 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1.

.

"Should the primary goal of a national health care overhaul be more to extend health insurance to the millions of Americans who now lack it, or should the primary goal be to rein in the rising costs of health care? If you had to choose one goal over the other, which would you choose?"

.

Extend
Insurance
Rein In
Costs
 Shouldn't Be
Any Overhaul
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % %

7/9-13/09

46 44 5 4

.

"Which of the following parties involved in health care reform do you trust the MOST to make sure that all Americans have access to quality health care: [see below]?"

.

  %

"President Barack Obama"

26

"Doctors and other health practitioners"

20

"Democrats in Congress"

14

"Republicans in Congress"

10

"Health insurance companies"

9

"Pharmaceutical companies"

3

None of them (vol.)

13

Unsure

5

.

"Compared with current private health insurance plans, do you think a public health insurance plan would provide higher quality care, lower quality care, or would not make any difference?" Half sample, Form A

.

Higher
Quality Care
Lower
Quality Care
No
Difference
Unsure
% % % %

7/9-13/09

21 40 36 2

.

"For you and your family, do you think a public health insurance plan would make the overall cost of health care more affordable than it is today, less affordable than it is today, or would not make any difference?" Half sample, Form B

.

More
Affordable
Less
Affordable
No
Difference
Unsure
% % % %

7/9-13/09

38 27 31 4

.

"Please tell me how much would you support or oppose the following measures in order to allow all Americans to have access to quality health care? Do you strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose, or strongly oppose [see below]?" Each item asked of half the sample.

.

Strongly
Support
Somewhat
Support
Somewhat
Oppose
Strongly
Oppose
Other (vol.)/
Unsure
% % % % %

.

"Offering tax breaks or incentives to small businesses so they can provide health insurance to their employees and their families"

7/9-13/09

71 20 2 6 1

.

"Allowing the government to negotiate for discounts on drugs"

7/9-13/09

49 22 9 16 4

.

"Requiring that all employers offer health insurance to their employees and their families"

7/9-13/09

49 21 10 18 2

.

"Requiring that all Americans are enrolled in a health insurance plan – whether through their employer or through a public insurance plan"

7/9-13/09

44 26 10 17 4

.

"Limiting the amount of damage payments that patients can be awarded in malpractice law suits against health care providers"

7/9-13/09

33 29 13 17 7

.

"Increasing taxes on alcoholic beverages"

7/9-13/09

39 21 11 27 2

.

"Levying taxes on soft drinks"

7/9-13/09

22 21 16 35 7

.

"Creating a national sales tax or value-added tax"

7/9-13/09

10 22 18 43 7

.

"Taxing individuals on their employer-provided health insurance contributions"

7/9-13/09

12 20 13 51 4

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. July 10-12, 2009. N=3,026 adults nationwide. MoE ± 2.

.

"Next, as you may know, Congress is currently considering major changes to the way the health care system works in this country. Thinking about how such changes might affect you, personally, please tell me whether each of the following is extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or not important to you. How about . . . ?"

.

Extremely
Important
Very
Important
Somewhat
Important
Not
Important
Unsure
% % % % %

.

"Having your health care plan cover any medical test or treatment you and your doctor think you need"

7/10-12/09

45 48 4 2 1

.

"Being able to get health insurance regardless of your job status or medical situation"

7/10-12/09

43 43 9 4 1

.

"Being able to choose any doctor or hospital you like"

7/10-12/09

41 47 9 3 -

.

"Making your health insurance more affordable"

7/10-12/09

40 43 11 6 1

.

"Having the option to keep the health insurance plan you have now"

7/10-12/09

34 43 13 8 3

.

"Do you favor or oppose Congress passing a major health care reform bill this year?" N=1,518 (Form A), MoE ± 3

.

Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %

7/10-12/09

56 33 12

.

"How important is it to you, personally, that Congress pass a major health care reform bill this year? Is it extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or not important?" N=1,518 (Form A), MoE ± 3

.

Extremely
Important
Very
Important
Somewhat
Important
Not
Important
Unsure
% % % % %

7/10-12/09

26 24 22 25 4

.

"If you had to choose, which goal of health care reform would you say is more important: expanding health care coverage to include nearly all Americans, or controlling rising health care costs in the U.S. today?" Options rotated. N=1,518 (Form A), MoE ± 3.

.

Coverage Costs Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % %

7/10-12/09

42 52 2 4

.

"Next, I will read you a list of possible ways to pay for changes to the health care system. Please tell me whether you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose each as a way to pay for health care reform. How about . . . ?" N=1,518 (Form A), MoE ± 3

.

Strongly
Favor
Somewhat
Favor
Somewhat
Oppose
Strongly
Oppose
Unsure
% % % % %

.

"Requiring employers to pay a fee if they do not provide health insurance for their employees"

7/10-12/09

39 23 15 20 3

.

"Increasing income taxes on upper income Americans"

7/10-12/09

34 24 16 23 3

.

"Instituting a new tax on soft drinks that are high in sugar"

7/10-12/09

29 23 17 29 3

.

"Lowering the amount of money upper income Americans can deduct for home mortgage interest and charitable contributions on their tax returns"

7/10-12/09

27 23 19 24 7

.

"Requiring employees to pay taxes on their health care benefits if they are above a certain level"

7/10-12/09

18 25 21 32 5

.

"Saving money by cutting back on Medicare costs"

7/10-12/09

19 19 24 34 4

.

"Do you think all Americans should be required to have health insurance, or not?" N=1,518 (Form A), MoE ± 3

.

Should Should Not Unsure
% % %

7/10-12/09

56 42 3

.

"When it comes to possible changes in the health care system, which of the following do you trust most: President Obama and the Democrats in Congress, the Republicans in Congress, doctors and hospitals, or insurance companies?" Options rotated. N=1,518 (Form A), MoE ± 3.

.

Doctors and
Hospitals
Obama and
Democrats
Republicans
in Congress
Insurance
Companies
Unsure
% % % % %

7/10-12/09

45 33 10 4 9

 

CBS News Poll. July 9-12, 2009. N=944 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"How likely do you think it is that Barack Obama will be able to bring about significant health care reform in his first term: very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely or not at all likely?"

.

Very Likely Somewhat
Likely
Not Very
Likely
Not at All
Likely
Unsure
% % % % %
7/9-12/09 11 49 27 11 2
4/22-26/09 16 51 20 9 4

.

"Given the problems the country is facing, do you think the government should or should not exert more control over the nation's health care system?"

.

Should Should Not Unsure
% % %
7/9-12/09 62 34 4

.

"Suppose the federal government offered a public health care plan that anyone could join at any age. What would you probably do? 1. I'd definitely join the plan. 2. I'd probably consider the plan, and compare it against my private insurance options. 3. I'd probably consider the plan only if I had no other insurance options. OR, 4. I'd probably never join the plan."

.

Definitely
Join
Compare
Against Private
Options
Consider Only
If No Other
Options
Probably
Never Join
Unsure
% % % % %
7/9-12/09 12 43 31 11 3

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. June 23-29, 2009. N=3,063 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 1.8.

.

"Which do you think is the more important goal for health care legislation: reducing health care costs or covering those who don't have health insurance?"

.

Costs Coverage Unsure    
% % %    

6/23-29/09

54 38 8    

.

"Do you think it's the government's responsibility to make sure that everyone in the United States has adequate health care, or don't you think so?"

.

Think It Is Don't
Think So
Unsure    
% % %    

6/23-29/09

53 44 4    

Republicans

25 72 3    

Democrats

77 18 4    

Independents

49 48 4    

.

11/6-10/08

60 36 4    

Republicans

34 63 3    

Democrats

84 12 4    

Independents

56 39 5    

.

5/8-12/08

61 35 4    

10/23-29/07

57 38 5    

2/13-19/07

64 31 4    

.

"Would you be willing or unwilling to pay more in taxes for a health care overhaul plan that reduces health care costs and covers those who don't have health insurance?"

.

Willing Unwilling Unsure    
% % %    

6/23-29/09

49 45 6    

.

Asked of those who are willing to pay more in taxes:
"How much more would you be willing to pay in taxes each year: less than 500 dollars, between 500 and 1,000 dollars, between 1,000 and 3,000 dollars, or over 3,000 dollars?"

.

Less Than
$500
Between
$500 & $1,000
Between
$1,000 & $3,000
Over
$3,000
Unsure
% % % % %

6/23-29/09

54 30 7 3 6

.

"Would you support or oppose a new tax on employees for the health care benefits that they receive from their employers?"

.

Support Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

6/23-29/09

30 63 7    

.

"Some people say that raising taxes on families who earn more than 250,000 dollars would not raise enough money to pay for a health care overhaul plan. Do you agree or disagree?"

.

Agree Disagree Unsure    
% % %    

6/23-29/09

46 38 16    

.

"Some people say that giving people the option of being covered by a government insurance plan will keep private insurance companies honest. Do you agree or disagree?"

.

Agree Disagree Unsure    
% % %    

6/23-29/09

52 42 6    

.

"Some people say that giving people the option of being covered by a government insurance plan would ultimately lead to the end of private health insurance and the government would end up running the health care system. Do you agree or disagree?"

.

Agree Disagree Unsure    
% % %    

6/23-29/09

46 49 6    

.

"If the government ran the health care system, do you think that would be a good thing or a bad thing?"

.

Good Thing Bad Thing Unsure    
% % %    

6/23-29/09

32 58 10    

.

"If a health care overhaul plan lowered your health care costs and insured all Americans, but limited your choice of doctor, hospital or treatment, would you support or oppose such a plan?"

.

Support Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

6/23-29/09

30 66 4    

.

"If a health care overhaul plan lowered your health care costs and allowed your choice of any doctor, hospital or treatment you wanted, but did not insure all Americans, would you support or oppose such a plan?"

.

Support Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

6/23-29/09

44 48 8    

.

"If a health care overhaul plan allowed your choice of any doctor, hospital or treatment you wanted and insured all Americans, but did not lower your health care costs, would you support or oppose such a plan?"

.

Support Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

6/23-29/09

59 35 6    

.

"Are you now covered by any form of health insurance or health plan?"

.

Yes No      
% %      

6/23-29/09

88 11      

.

Asked of those with health coverage:
"How satisfied are you with your health insurance plan: very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?"

.

Very
Satisfied
Somewhat
Satisfied
Somewhat
Dissatisfied
Very
Dissatisfied
Unsure
% % % % %

6/23-29/09

49 36 10 4 1

.

"Thinking about both the cost and quality of the health care that you receive, do you think that you get good value for the money that you spend on health care?"

.

Yes No Unsure    
% % %    

6/23-29/09

70 25 5    

.

"Thinking about both the cost and quality of the health care that most Americans receive, do you think most Americans get good value for the money that they spend on health care?"

.

Yes No Unsure    
% % %    

6/23-29/09

34 52 14    

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. June 26-28, 2009. N=1,026 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Who do you trust more to handle major changes in the country's health care system: Barack Obama or the Democrats in Congress?" N=519 (Form B), MoE ± 4.5

.

Obama Democrats
in Congress
Both Equally/
Neither (vol.)
Unsure
% % % %

6/26-28/09

40 34 24 1

.

"From what you know of those health care reforms, do you think any of the health insurance companies that provide coverage to you and members of your family would stay in business, or would any of those insurance companies go out of business?"

.

Stay in
Business
Go Out of
Business
Unsure
% % %

6/26-28/09

54 42 4

.

"Do you think increased involvement by the federal government in the country's health care system will improve the current system, make it worse, or have no effect?"

.

Improve Make it
Worse
Have No
Effect
Unsure
% % % %

6/26-28/09

42 42 15 1

11/2-4/07

38 42 19 2

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. June 18-21, 2009. N=1,001 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.5.

.

"For each specific item I name, please tell me whether you are very satisfied with it, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied or very dissatisfied. . . ."

.

Very
Satisfied
Somewhat
Satisfied
Somewhat
Dissatisfied
Very
Dissatisfied
Unsure
% % % % %

.

"The overall health care system in this country"

6/18-21/09

10 32 26 31 1

.

"The quality of the health care you receive"

6/18-21/09

49 34 9 7 1

.

"Your health care costs, including both expenses not covered by insurance, and the cost of your insurance, if any"

6/18-21/09

23 31 19 25 1

.

Asked of those with health insurance:
"Your health insurance coverage"

6/18-21/09

42 39 11 8 1

.

"How concerned are you, if at all, about your and your family's health care costs in the future: very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned, or not at all concerned?"

.

Very
Concerned
Somewhat
Concerned
Not Too
Concerned
Not at All
Concerned
% % % %

6/18-21/09

59 25 11 4

.

"How concerned are you, if at all, that current efforts to reform the health care system will [see below]: very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned, or not at all concerned?"

.

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

.

"Reduce the quality of health care you receive"

6/18-21/09

58 23 10 9 1

.

Asked of those with health insurance:
"Reduce your health insurance coverage"

6/18-21/09

55 27 10 7 1

.

"Increase your health care costs"

6/18-21/09

62 22 9 7 -

.

"Increase government bureaucracy in the health care system"

6/18-21/09

51 27 12 7 3

.

"Limit your choices of doctors or treatments"

6/18-21/09

56 23 12 8 1

.

"Sharply increase the federal deficit"

6/18-21/09

56 28 8 5 2

.

"Would you support or oppose a law that requires all Americans to have health insurance if it included [see below]?"

.

Support Oppose Unsure

.

% % %

.

.

"A rule that all employers either offer health insurance to their employees or pay money into a government health insurance fund" Half sample (Form A)

6/18-21/09

62 34 4

.

.

"A rule that working Americans who don't get insurance through work or on their own would have to pay money into a government health insurance fund" Half sample (Form A)

6/18-21/09

44 52 4

.

.

"A tax credit or other aid to help low-income Americans pay for health insurance" Half sample (Form B)

6/18-21/09

70 28 2

.

.

"A rule that insurance companies sell coverage to people regardless of pre-existing conditions" Half sample (Form B)

6/18-21/09

68 27 5

.

.

"Would you support or oppose having the government create a new health insurance plan to compete with private health insurance plans?" If support: "Would you rather have that plan run by a government agency, or run by an independent organization with government funding and oversight?"

.

Support:
Government
Agency
Support:
Independent
Organization
Oppose Unsure
% % % %

6/18-21/09

21 41 33 5

.

Asked of those who support a new government-created health insurance plan:
"What if having the government create a new health insurance plan made many private health insurers go out of business because they could not compete? In that case would you support or oppose creating a government-run health insurance plan?"

.

Support Oppose Unsure
% % %

6/18-21/09

56 41 3

.

"Would you support or oppose a federal tax on health insurance benefits people receive through their employer if those benefits cost more than 17 thousand dollars a year?" Half sample

.

Support Oppose Unsure
% % %

6/18-21/09

24 70 6

.

"Would you support or oppose raising income taxes on Americans with household incomes over 250 thousand dollars to help pay for health care reform?" Half sample

.

Support Oppose Unsure
% % %

6/18-21/09

60 37 3

.

"Would you support or oppose a law limiting the amount of money you could collect if you won a lawsuit after being injured by bad medical care?" Half sample

.

Support Oppose Unsure
% % %

6/18-21/09

53 42 4

.

"Which comes closer to the way you feel? Government reform of the nation's health care system is necessary to control costs and expand coverage. OR, Government action on health care will do more harm than good."

.

Necessary More Harm
Than Good
Unsure
% % %

6/18-21/09

58 39 3

 

Gallup Poll. June 14-17, 2009. N=1,011 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Thinking now about public policy toward smoking: Should smoking in this country be made totally illegal, or not?"

.

Should Should not Unsure
% % %

6/14-17/09

17 83 1

7/12-15/07

12 87 1

7/7-10/05

16 83 1

7/7-9/03

16 84 -

7/19-22/01

14 84 2

3/11-13/94

11 86 3

7/6-8/90

14 84 2

.

"Do you approve or disapprove of a new law that gives the federal government power to regulate the manufacturing and marketing of cigarettes and other tobacco products?"

.

Approve Disapprove Unsure
% % %

6/14-17/09

46 52 2

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. June 12-16, 2009. N=895 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Regardless of how you usually vote, do you think the Republican Party or the Democratic Party is more likely to improve the health care system?"

.

Republican
Party
Democratic
Party
Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %
6/12-16/09 18 57 2 8 15
3/12-16/09 18 65 1 8 8

.

"How serious a problem is it for the United States that many Americans do not have health insurance: very serious, somewhat serious, not too serious, or not at all serious?"

.

Very
Serious
Somewhat
Serious
Not Too
Serious
Not at All
Serious
Unsure
% % % % %
6/12-16/09 73 21 3 2 1

.

"Would you be willing or not willing to pay higher taxes so that all Americans have health insurance they can't lose, no matter what?"

.

Willing Not Willing Unsure
% % %
6/12-16/09 57 37 6

4/1-5/09

57 38 5

2/23-27/07

60 34 6

.

"If the government were to guarantee health insurance for all Americans, what effect would that have on the national economy? Would it improve the national economy, hurt the national economy, or wouldn't it affect the national economy?"

.

Improve Hurt Wouldn't
Affect
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % % %
6/12-16/09 28 37 20 3 12

4/1-5/09

34 37 16 2 11

.

"How concerned are you about the health care costs you and your family might face in the coming years: very concerned, somewhat concerned, or not at all concerned?"

.

Very
Concerned
Somewhat
Concerned
Not at All
Concerned
Unsure
% % % %
6/12-16/09 49 37 13 1

4/1-5/09

57 32 11 0

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). June 12-15, 2009. N=1,008 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1.

.

"Which one of the following do you think the President and Congress should be most focused on addressing: the cost of health care, or people who are not covered by insurance?" Half sample (Form A), MoE ± 4.4

.

Cost Coverage Both
Equally (vol.)
Unsure
% % % %

6/12-15/09

41 43 11 5

4/23-26/09

39 42 16 3

.

"Which one of the following do you think the President's health care plan is most focused on addressing: the cost of health care, or people who are not covered by insurance?" Half sample (Form B), MoE ± 4.4

.

Cost Coverage Both
Equally (vol.)
Unsure
% % % %

6/12-15/09

18 64 8 10

4/23-26/09

12 69 12 7

.

"Experts currently estimate that this proposed health care plan will cost one trillion dollars over the next decade. I am going to read you some proposals for how the plan could be funded. After I read each statement, please tell me whether that proposal is acceptable or not acceptable. . . ."

.

Acceptable Not
Acceptable
Unsure
% % %

.

"Require everyone to have health insurance coverage. Those people who can afford it would buy their own health insurance, while people with low and moderate incomes would receive government assistance."

6/12-15/09

62 31 7

.

"Raise taxes for people with incomes over two hundred fifty thousand dollars a year."

6/12-15/09

62 33 5

.

"Require people with expensive health plans with more generous benefits than a standard plan to pay taxes on a portion of that plan's costs."

6/12-15/09

33 59 8

.

"Require all people to pay taxes on the cost of their private health insurance plans."

6/12-15/09

23 70 7

.

"In any health care proposal, how important do you feel it is to give people a choice of both a public plan administered by the federal government and a private plan for their health insurance: extremely important, quite important, not that important, or not at all important?"

.

Extremely
Important
Quite
Important
Not That
Important
Not at All
Important
Unsure
% % % % %

6/12-15/09

41 35 12 8 4

 

Pew Research Center poll. June 10-14, 2009. N=1,502 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Thinking about health care: Do you think the health care system in this country works pretty well and requires only minor changes, do you think it needs fundamental changes, or do you think it needs to be completely rebuilt?"

.

Minor
Changes
Fundamental
Changes
Completely
Rebuilt
Unsure  
% % % %  

6/10-14/09

24 30 41 4  

3/09

21 36 40 3  

6/94

28 32 37 3  

1/94

21 33 42 4  

4/93

15 26 55 4  

.

"As I read from a list, tell me whether or not the item I read is a major problem for you and your family. [See below.] Is this a major problem for you or not a major problem?"

.

Major
Problem
Not a Major
Problem
Unsure    
% % %    

.

"Paying for the cost of routine medical care"

6/10-14/09

34 65 1    

3/8-12/06

38 61 1    

.

"Paying for the cost of a major illness"

6/10-14/09

48 50 2    

3/8-12/06

54 44 2    

.

"Paying for the costs of prescription drugs"

6/10-14/09

34 66 -    

3/8-12/06

44 55 1    

.

"Paying for the cost of health insurance"

6/10-14/09

43 56 1    

.

"Your employer making you pay a larger share of your health insurance costs"

6/10-14/09

35 61 5    

.

"The availability of medical care in your community"

6/10-14/09

21 78 1    

3/8-12/06

25 74 1    

.

"The quality of medical care in your community"

6/10-14/09

24 73 2    

.

"Thinking about the country as a whole, do you think we spend too much, too little or the right amount on health care?"

.

Too Much Too Little Right
Amount
Unsure  
% % % %  

6/10-14/09

38 40 14 7  

3/8-12/06

26 57 9 8  

.

"Do you favor or oppose changing the health care system in this country so that all Americans have health insurance that covers all medically necessary care?"

.

Favor Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

6/10-14/09

75 21 4    

6/94

76 19 5    

4/93

83 13 4    

.

"How important is it to you that we change the health care system in this country in order to limit the overall annual increase in the nation's health care costs. Is it very important, fairly important, or not too important?"

.

Very
Important
Fairly
Important
Not Too
Important
Unsure  
% % % %  

6/10-14/09

61 27 10 2  

4/93

69 24 5 2  

.

"What do you think is a more important goal for the nation: to find a way to limit the overall annual increase in health care costs, OR, to change the system so that all Americans are guaranteed access to all medically necessary care?" Options rotated

.

Limit
Costs
Guarantee
Access
Unsure    
% % %    

6/10-14/09

36 56 8    

4/93

20 74 6    

 

Kaiser Family Foundation Kaiser Health Tracking Poll. June 1-8, 2009. N=1,205 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Which comes closer to your opinion? If policymakers made the right changes, they could reform the health care system without changing the existing health care arrangements of people like yourself. Making any real reforms to the health care system will probably require people like yourself to change your existing health care arrangements." Options rotated

.

No Need
 to Change
Arrangements
Probably Need
to Change
Arrangements
Unsure
% % %

6/1-8/09

49 41 10

2/3-12/09

56 37 8

 

Diageo/Hotline Poll conducted by FD. June 4-7, 2009. N=800 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.5.

.

"Do you support or oppose Congress and the President enacting a major overhaul of the U.S. health care system?"

.

Support Oppose Unsure
% % %

6/4-7/09

62 28 9

.

Asked of those who support a major overhaul (N=499, MoE ± 4.4):
"And, how important would you say it is for Congress and the President to pass health care legislation this year: very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important?"

.

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

6/4-7/09

68 26 5 1 1

.

"And, which do you think should be the bigger focus of any health care reform legislation: controlling the cost of health care or expanding coverage for Americans without health insurance?"

.

Controlling
the Cost
Expanding
Coverage
Both (vol.) Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % % %

6/4-7/09

49 35 8 4 4

.

"If Congress passes health care legislation which focuses on controlling costs, would you be more likely to vote for a candidate in the 2010 midterm election who supported or opposed the legislation?" N=402 (Form A), MoE ± 4.9

.

Supported
Legislation
Opposed
Legislation
Unsure
% % %

6/4-7/09

65 21 14

.

"If Congress passes health care legislation which focuses on expanding health coverage for Americans without health insurance, would you be more likely to vote for a candidate in the 2010 midterm election who supported or opposed the legislation?" N=398 (Form B), MoE ± 4.9

.

Supported
Legislation
Opposed
Legislation
Unsure
% % %

6/4-7/09

63 24 13

.

"As you may know, people who currently have health insurance plans through their employers or through their spouse's employer do not currently pay taxes on the benefits they receive through those health insurance plans. One proposal being considered by Congress is to tax these benefits in order to help pay for the cost of expanding health coverage to Americans who currently don't have health insurance. Do you support or oppose this proposal?"

.

Support Oppose Unsure
% % %

6/4-7/09

26 68 6

 

Gallup Poll. May 19, 2009. N=997 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

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

.

Did Worry Did Not
Worry
% %

5/19/09

13 87

5/5/09

17 83

5/3/09

19 81

4/30/09

25 75

4/28/09

22 78

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. May 14-17, 2009. Adults nationwide.

.

"What do you think of the federal government's response to the H1N1 flu, sometimes referred to as swine flu? Do you think the government response was appropriate, or that the government overreacted?" N=495 (Form B), MoE ± 4.5

.

Appropriate Overreacted Did Not Do
Enough (vol.)
Unsure
% % % %

5/14-17/09

54 39 4 3

.

"In general, would you favor or oppose a program that would increase the federal government's influence over the country's health care system in an attempt to lower costs and provide health care coverage to more Americans?" N=515 (Form A), MoE ± 4.5

.

Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %

5/14-17/09

69 29 1

2/18-19/09

72 27 1

.

"In general, would you favor or oppose a program that would increase the federal government's influence over the health care you and your family receive in an attempt to lower costs and provide health care coverage to more Americans?" N=515 (Form A), MoE ± 4.5

.

Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %

5/14-17/09

63 36 2

.

"Do you think the federal government should guarantee health care for all Americans, or don't you think so?" N=495 (Form B), MoE ± 4.5

.

Should
Guarantee
Don't
Think So
Unsure
% % %

5/14-17/09

62 38 1

.

"Would you prefer a health care reform plan that raises taxes in order to provide health insurance to all Americans, or a plan that does not provide health insurance to all Americans but keeps taxes at current levels?" N=495 (Form B), MoE ± 4.5

.

Raises Taxes,
Insures All
Doesn't Raise
Taxes, Doesn't
Insure All
Neither
 (vol.)
Unsure
% % % %

5/14-17/09

47 47 4 2

 

Ipsos/McClatchy Poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. April 30-May 3, 2009. N=486 adults nationwide.

.

"Thinking now about national priorities, how important is the goal of Congress and the president guaranteeing universal health insurance for every American by the end of 2009: the most important priority, one of the top two or three priorities, an important goal but not a top priority, or not important at all?"

.

Most
Important
One of Top
2-3 Priorities
Important, Not
a Top Priority
Not at All
Important
Unsure
% % % % %

4/30 - 5/3/09

20 38 23 17 2

.

"On the topic of federal health care reform, some say that controlling costs should be the main emphasis. Others say that expanding coverage so that all Americans will have insurance should be the main emphasis. Which of these comes closest to your own personal opinion?" Options rotated

.

Controlling
Costs
Expanding
Coverage
Unsure
% % %

4/30 - 5/3/09

51 42 8

Earlier polls on health policy


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