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Gallup Poll. April 28, 2009. N=1,021 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Obama administration is handling the swine flu situation?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure
% % %

4/28/09

66 16 17

 

Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor National Survey conducted by FD. April 8-14, 2009. N=1,200 adults nationwide. MoE 2.8.

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"And, how confident are you that you could maintain your current standard of living if you or someone in your family suffered a major illness or accident: very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?"

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

4/8-14/09

20 41 20 18 3

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"Do you think you and your family 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?" Options rotated. N=602, MoE 4.

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

4/8-14/09

42 19 30 10

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"Do you think the country 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?" Options rotated. N=598, MoE 4.

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

4/8-14/09

45 20 23 12

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. April 1-5, 2009. N=998 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Compared to other household expenses in recent years, has the cost of your health care gone up, gone down, or been about the same compared to other household expenses?"

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Gone Up Gone Down About the
Same
Unsure
% % % %

4/1-5/09

59 2 33 6

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. March 12-15, 2009. N=1,019 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Please tell me whether you are very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not confident at all about each of the following. . . ."

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

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"Your ability to pay your bills if someone in your family had a major medical emergency"

3/12-15/09

29 35 19 17 -

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"The chances that no one in your household will lose health insurance coverage in the next six months"

3/12-15/09

52 26 12 9 2

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"We'd like to know how you feel about different aspects of health care for you and your family. Are you generally satisfied, or dissatisfied with each of the following? . . ."

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Satisfied Dissatisfied Unsure
% % %

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"The quality of health care you receive"

3/12-15/09

82 17 1

11/2-4/07

79 20 1

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"Your health insurance coverage"

3/12-15/09

73 26 1

11/2-4/07

69 30 2

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"The total cost to you of health care, including insurance premiums and other expenses"

3/12-15/09

52 48 1

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"The total cost of health care in this country"

3/12-15/09

23 77 1

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Feb. 26-March 1, 2009. N=1,007 adults nationwide.

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"Now I'd like to ask you a few questions about health care: Thinking about health care, please tell me the ONE item from the following list that you would most like to see Congress try to accomplish this year. [See below.]" If "all": "Well, if you had to choose just one, which ONE would you most like Congress to accomplish this year?" Half sample (Form A), MoE 4.4

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"Guarantee that every American child has health coverage"

32

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"Allow the self-employed and small businesses to join together to purchase private health insurance at lower group rates"

20

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"Provide tax credits to small businesses to make it more affordable for them to offer health coverage"

12

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"Provide subsidies to help lower-income Americans buy insurance"

11

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"Reform medical liability insurance laws to cut the number of lawsuits"

10

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"Increase regulations on health insurance companies"

10

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Unsure

5

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"Which one of the following do you see as the most important health care issue at the present time: the cost of health care, people who are not covered by insurance, or the quality of health care?" Half sample (Form B), MoE 4.4

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Cost Coverage Quality All
Equally (vol.)
None of
These (vol.)
% % % % %

2/26 - 3/1/09

44 37 11 7 1

3/93

48 35 8 8 -

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"Please tell me whether you agree or disagree with the following statement: I would be willing to pay higher taxes so that everyone can have health insurance." Half sample (Form A), MoE 4.4

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Agree Disagree Unsure
% % %

2/26 - 3/1/09

49 45 6

3/93

66 30 4

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"Which ONE of the following do you think should have the most responsibility for helping ensure that Americans receive health insurance coverage: the federal government, employers and businesses, or individuals themselves?" Half sample (Form A), MoE 4.4

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Federal
Government
Employers,
Businesses
Individuals
Themselves
All (vol.) None/Other
(vol.)
% % % % %

2/26 - 3/1/09

36 24 31 6 3

10/99

43 28 17 9 1

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Feb. 19-22, 2009. N=1,001 adults nationwide.

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"How confident are you the Medicare system will be able to provide you with adequate health coverage throughout your retirement: very confident, somewhat confident, not so confident or not confident at all?" Asked of half the sample

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Very
Confident
Somewhat
Confident
Not So
Confident
Not at All
Confident
Unsure
% % % % %
2/19-22/09 8 28 29 34 1

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Jan. 11-15, 2009. N=1,112 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Should the government in Washington provide national health insurance, or is this something that should be left only to private enterprise?"

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Government Private
Enterprise
Unsure
% % %

1/11-15/09

59 32 9

1/79

40 48 12

 

NPR/Kaiser Family Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health survey. Feb. 14-24, 2008. N=1,704 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"An issue that has received attention in the news lately is the number of Americans who do not have health insurance. How serious do you think this problem is: very serious, somewhat serious, not too serious or not at all serious?"

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

2/14-24/08

74 19 4 2 1

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"Next, I'm going to read you a description of a plan to make sure everyone has health insurance, and then I'm going to ask you if you support or oppose this plan. This proposal would require all Americans to have insurance. Most people would still get insurance through their work. People who don't get insurance from work would have to buy it themselves, or pay a fine if they don't. People with lower incomes would get help from the government paying the cost of health insurance. Would you support or oppose this kind of plan?" N=853 (Form A)

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Support Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

2/14-24/08

47 44 8    

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"Next, I'm going to read you a description of a plan to make sure everyone has health insurance, and then I'm going to ask you if you support or oppose this plan. This proposal would place requirements on individuals, employers, the government, and insurance companies so that everyone shares in the responsibility. Individuals who don't already have insurance would be required to buy it or pay a fine, with financial help from the government for people with lower incomes. Employers would be required to cover their workers, or pay money into a pool that helps people buy insurance. Government health insurance programs would be expanded. Insurance plans would be required to take anyone who applies, even if they have a prior illness. Would you support or oppose this kind of plan?" N=851 (Form B)

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Support Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

2/14-24/08

59 33 8    

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"A different proposal for increasing the number of people covered by health insurance would NOT require all adults to have insurance, but would require that parents get insurance for their children. Most children would still be covered by plans through their parents' employers. Parents who aren't covered through work would have to buy insurance for their children, or pay a fine if they don't. Parents with lower incomes would get help from the government paying the cost of health insurance or their children would be enrolled in public programs. Would you support or oppose this kind of plan?"

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Support Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

2/14-24/08

65 31 4    

 

Gallup Poll. Nov. 11-14, 2007. N=1,014 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

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"What would you say is the most urgent health problem facing this country at the present time?" Open-ended

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Access

30

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Cost

26

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Cancer

14

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Obesity

10

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AIDS

2

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Diabetes

2

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Other 8

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Unsure 9

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"Overall, how would you rate [see below] -- as excellent, good, only fair, or poor?"

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Excellent Good Only fair Poor Not applicable
(vol.)/Unsure
% % % % %
"The quality of health care you receive"
11/11-14/07 33 50 12 3 3
11/9-12/06 36 43 15 4 1
11/7-10/05 29 49 17 3 2
11/04 38 42 15 4 1
11/03 33 49 13 3 2
11/02 28 54 14 3 1
11/01 31 49 15 3 2

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"Your health care coverage"
11/11-14/07 25 45 15 8 5
11/9-12/06 26 39 23 8 4
11/7-10/05 20 43 21 11 5
11/04 28 41 20 7 4
11/03 22 44 23 6 5
11/02 20 51 17 7 5
11/01 22 46 20 6 6

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. Oct. 23-29, 2007. N=1,636 registered voters nationwide. MoE 2.4.

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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
Covering
Uninsured
Unsure    
% % %    

ALL reg. voters

41 53 7    

Republicans

60 33 7    

Democrats

22 71 7    

Independents

42 53 5    

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"In general how would you rate the quality of health care in the United States today: excellent, good, not so good, or poor?"

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Excellent Good Not So Good Poor Unsure
% % % % %

10/23-29/07

16 40 24 18 2

2/13-19/07

11 33 30 25 2

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"In general how would you rate the quality of health care in your community: excellent, good, not so good, or poor?"

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Excellent Good Not So Good Poor Unsure
% % % % %

10/23-29/07

22 48 18 11 1

2/13-19/07

20 44 20 14 2

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"In general, how would you rate the quality of health care you and your family receive: excellent, good, not so good, or poor?"

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Excellent Good Not So Good Poor Unsure
% % % % %

10/23-29/07

37 48 9 6 1

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"Do you think it's the government's responsibility to provide health insurance for those who can't afford it, or don't you think so?"

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

10/23-29/07

60 33 7    

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"As you may know, a new law in Massachusetts would require all residents to have health insurance. Low-income residents would get state subsidies to help pay insurance premiums, but everyone would pay something for health services. The plan would penalize people without any insurance and charge fees to employers who don't provide coverage. Would you support or oppose this plan in your state?"

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Support Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

10/23-29/07

49 40 12    

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"Do you support or oppose the federal government doing more to help pay for catastrophic health care costs?"

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Support Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

10/23-29/07

70 23 7    

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Oct. 12-14, 2007. N=1,212 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"As you may know, President Bush vetoed a bill passed by Congress that would create a program to spend 35 billion dollars to provide health insurance to some children in middle-income families. Do you think Congress should vote to create that program by overriding Bush's veto, or do you think Congress should vote to block that program by sustaining Bush's veto?"

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Override
Veto
Sustain
Veto
Unsure    
% % %    

10/12-14/07

61 35 4    

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Oct. 12-14, 2007. N=1,009 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"As you may know, Congress is considering a bill that would increase the number of children eligible for government subsidized health insurance, but the Democrats in Congress and President Bush disagree on how much to increase the program. How closely have you been following the news about this: 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
Closely
 
% % % %  

10/12-14/07

17 34 30 19  

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"Based on what you have heard or read about this bill, who do you have more confidence in to handle this issue: George W. Bush or the Democrats in Congress?" Options rotated. N=507 adults, MoE 5 (Form A).

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Bush Democrats Neither (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %  

10/12-14/07

32 52 10 5  

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"As you may know, the Democrats want to allow a family of four earning about $62,000 to qualify for the program. President Bush wants most of the increases to go to families earning less than $41,000. Whose side do you favor?" Options rotated. N=502 adults, MoE 5 (Form B).

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Bush Democrats Neither (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %  

10/12-14/07

52 40 3 4  

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"How concerned are you that expanding this program would create an incentive for middle class Americans to drop private health insurance for a public program, which some consider to be a step toward socialized medicine? Are you very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned, or not concerned at all?" N=502 adults, MoE 5 (Form B)

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

10/12-14/07

22 33 25 17 2

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Sept. 27-30, 2007. N=1,114 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bush is handling health care?" Half sample

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Approve Disapprove Unsure    
% % %    

9/27-30/07

30 63 8    

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"There's a proposal to increase federal spending on children's health insurance by 35 billion dollars over the next five years. It would be funded by an increase in cigarette taxes. Supporters say this would provide insurance for millions of low-income children who are currently uninsured. Opponents say this goes too far in covering children in families that can afford health insurance on their own. Do you support or oppose this increased funding for this program?" Options rotated

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Support Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

9/27-30/07

72 25 3    

 

CBS News Poll. Sept. 14-16, 2007. N=706 adults nationwide. MoE 4.

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"Thinking about the country as a whole, are you generally satisfied or dissatisfied with the quality of health care in this country?" If satisfied or dissatisfied: "Would you say you are very satisfied / dissatisfied or somewhat satisfied / dissatisfied?"

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Very
Satisfied
Somewhat
Satisfied
Somewhat
Dissatisfied
Very
Dissatisfied
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

9/14-16/07

11

21

24

42

2

2/23-27/07

11

27

29

28

5

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"Thinking about the country as a whole, are you generally satisfied or dissatisfied with the COST of health care in this country?" If satisfied or dissatisfied: "Would you say you are very satisfied / dissatisfied or somewhat satisfied / dissatisfied?"

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Very
Satisfied
Somewhat
Satisfied
Somewhat
Dissatisfied
Very
Dissatisfied
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

9/14-16/07

4

12

23

58

3

2/23-27/07

3

11

22

59

5

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"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?"

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Very
Serious
Somewhat
Serious
Not Too
Serious
Not at All
Serious
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

ALL adults

76

16

5

3

0

Republicans

55

28

11

6

0

Democrats

94

6

0

0

0

Independents

73

18

4

3

2

.

2/23-27/07

70

25

3

1

1

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"Which do you think would be better for the country: having one health insurance program covering all Americans that would be administered by the government and paid for by taxpayers, or keeping the current system where many people get their insurance from private employers and some have no insurance?"

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One Program
For All
Current
System
Combination
(vol.)
Neither (vol.) Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

9/14-16/07

55

29

3

4

9

2/23-27/07

47

38

4

2

9


 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. July 18-21, 2007. N=1,125 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Would you support or oppose giving the U.S. Food and Drug Administration the power to regulate cigarettes, which could lead to greater restrictions on their tar and nicotine content and how they can be marketed and sold?"

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Support Oppose Unsure

%

%

%

ALL adults

66

32

2

  Nonsmokers

72

25

3

  Smokers

46

54

-

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"Have you yourself smoked any cigarettes in the past week?"

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Yes No

%

%

7/18-21/07

26

74


 

Associated Press-Ipsos poll conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs. May 22-24, 2007. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1.

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"Which comes closest to your view? In all circumstances, doctors and nurses should do everything possible to save the life of a patient. Sometimes there are circumstances where a patient should be allowed to die." Options rotated

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Always Try
To Save Life
Sometimes
Allow to Die
Unsure    
% % %    
5/22-24/07 30 68 2    

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"Do you think it should be legal or illegal for doctors to help terminally ill patients end their own life by giving them a prescription for fatal drugs?"

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Legal Illegal Unsure    
% % %    
5/22-24/07 48 44 8    

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"If you were seriously ill with a terminal disease, would you consider ending your own life, or not?"

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Yes No Probably (vol.) Maybe (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %
5/22-24/07 35 55 3 2 5

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"Do you think that Michigan doctor Jack Kevorkian should have been jailed for assisting terminally ill people end their own life, or not?"

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Yes No Unsure    
% % %    
5/22-24/07 40 53 7    

 

Gallup Poll. May 10-13, 2007. N=1,003 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"When a person has a disease that cannot be cured and is living in severe pain, do you think doctors should or should not be allowed by law to assist the patient to commit suicide if the patient requests it?" N=503, MoE 5 (Form B)

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Should Should Not Unsure    
% % %    
5/10-13/07 56 38 6    
5/8-11/06 64 31 5    
5/2-5/05 58 39 3    

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"Next, I'm going to read you a list of issues. Regardless of whether or not you think it should be legal, for each one, please tell me whether you personally believe that in general it is morally acceptable or morally wrong. How about doctor-assisted suicide?"

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Morally
Acceptable
Morally
Wrong
Depends (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %  
5/10-13/07 49 44 5 2  
5/8-11/06 50 41 6 2  
5/2-5/05 49 46 4 1  

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. May 4-6, 2007. N=1,028 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Do you think the government should provide a national health insurance program for all Americans, even if this would require higher taxes?"

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Yes No Unsure    
% % %    

5/4-6/07

64 35 2    

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"Do you think the government should provide a national health insurance program for all children under the age of 18, even if this would require higher taxes?"

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Yes No Unsure    
% % %    

5/4-6/07

73 25 2    

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"Do you think all employers, including small businesses which employ few workers, should be required to provide health insurance to every employee, or don't you think so?"

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Yes No Unsure    
% % %    

5/4-6/07

56 43 1    

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Jan. 17-20, 2007. N=1,007 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1.

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"Within the past year, the governors of Massachusetts and California have put forward plans to require all residents in their states to have health insurance coverage. For example, the plan in Massachusetts would require residents with higher incomes to pay for coverage and state funding that would be used to help cover residents with lower incomes. Do you think it is a good idea or bad idea to do this for the entire country?"

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Good Idea Bad Idea Unsure

%

%

%

1/17-20/07

48

42

10

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"Please tell me whether you agree or disagree with the following statement: I would be willing to pay higher taxes so that everyone can have health insurance."

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Agree Disagree Unsure

%

%

%

1/17-20/07

53

40

7

3/93

66

30

4

6/91

47

48

4


 

Associated Press-AOL News Poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. Dec. 19-21, 2006. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1.

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"Do you favor or oppose the federal government making it easier for people to buy prescription drugs from other countries?"

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Favor Oppose Unsure

%

%

%

12/19-21/06

69

28

3


 

Gallup Poll. Nov. 9-12, 2006. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Now thinking about health care in the country as a whole: Overall, how would you rate [see below] -- as excellent, good, only fair, or poor?"

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Excellent Good Only Fair Poor Unsure
% % % % %
"The quality of health care in this country"
   11/9-12/06 16 37 32 14 1
   11/7-10/05 16 37 33 14 -
   11/7-10/04 20 39 28 12 1
   11/3-5/03 18 42 28 12 -
   11/11-14/02 14 41 32 12 1
   11/8-11/01 15 38 34 12 1

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"Health care coverage in this country"
   11/9-12/06 6 19 41 33 1
   11/7-10/05 2 19 43 35 1
   11/7-10/04 4 26 41 29 -
   11/3-5/03 5 23 42 29 1
   11/11-14/02 4 26 41 27 2
   11/8-11/01 5 25 43 26 1

 

Gallup Poll. May 8-11, 2006. N=515 adults nationwide. MoE 5.

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"When a person has a disease that cannot be cured, do you think doctors should be allowed by law to end the patient's life by some painless means if the patient and his family request it?"

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Yes No Unsure    
% % %    
5/8-11/06 69 27 4    

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. May 4-8, 2006. N=1,241 adults nationwide (MoE 3); with an oversample, 500 adults 65 & older (MoE 4); 190 adults 65 & older enrolled in the Medicare drug program.

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"Regardless of how you usually vote, do you think the Republican Party or the Democratic Party is more likely to make prescription drugs for the elderly more affordable?"

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Republican
Party
Democratic
Party
Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

All adults

18

61

2

5

14

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"From what you've heard or read, in general how easy or difficult is the Medicare prescription drug plan to understand? Is it very easy to understand, somewhat easy to understand, somewhat difficult to understand, or very difficult to understand?"

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Very
Easy
Somewhat
Easy
Somewhat
Difficult
Very
Difficult
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

All adults

3

13

38

32

14

  65 & older

6

13

30

45

6

  Enrolled in Rx plan

11

20

23

42

4

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"Have you, personally, joined the new prescription drug benefit program for Medicare recipients, do you plan to join, or do you not plan to join?"

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Joined Plan to Join Do Not
Plan to Join
Unsure  

%

%

%

%

 
65 & older

39

10

48

3

 

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"May 15th is the deadline for enrolling in the Medicare prescription drug plan. Anyone who wants to enroll after May 15th will have to pay a penalty fee. Do you think Medicare should or should not extend the May 15 deadline in order to give people more time to enroll in the Medicare drug plan WITHOUT PENALTY?"

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Should Should Not Unsure    

%

%

%

   
65 & older

81

15

4

 

 

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"Was the process of enrolling in the new Medicare prescription drug program very easy, fairly easy, fairly difficult, or very difficult?"

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Very
Easy
Fairly
Easy
Fairly
Difficult
Very
Difficult
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

Enrolled in Rx plan

37

24

16

17

6

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"Since enrolling in the Medicare prescription drug program, are you now spending more, less or about the same as before on prescription drugs?"

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More Less Same Unsure  

%

%

%

%

 
Enrolled in Rx plan

19

42

30

9

 

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"Do you think that eventually the Medicare drug plan will or will not significantly reduce the cost of prescription drugs for the elderly?"

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Will Will Not Unsure    

%

%

%

   

All adults

36

45

19

 

 

  65 & older

40

44

17

   
  Enrolled in Rx plan

51

37

13

 

 


 

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. April 28-30, 2006. N=1,011 adults nationwide (MoE 3), including 247 adults 65 & older (MoE 7).

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"As you may know, a new government program began on January 1st that provides prescription drug coverage to Medicare recipients. Based on what you have read or heard, do you think that program is working or not working?"

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Working Not
Working
Unsure    
% % %    

ALL adults:

   4/28-30/06 36 49 15    
   1/20-22/06 27 54 20    

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Adults 65 & older:

   4/28-30/06 33 53 13    
   1/20-22/06 20 58 22    

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"Would you be more likely or less likely to vote for a member of Congress who supported the Medicare prescription drug benefit program?"

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More Likely Less Likely No Differ-
ence (vol.)
Unsure  
% % % %  

ALL adults:

   4/28-30/06 57 29 7 7  

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Adults 65 & older:

   4/28-30/06 57 32 5 6  
   1/20-22/06 53 34 6 7  
   12/16-18/05 51 31 15 3  
   12/9-11/05 50 33 11 6  

 

Associated Press/Ipsos poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. April 18-20, 2006. N=1,001 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1.

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"How likely is it that bird flu will spread to birds in the United States in the next 12 months . . . ?"

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Very
Likely
Somewhat
Likely
Somewhat
Unlikely
Very
Unlikely

Unsure

% % % % %
4/18-20/06 20 41 21 15 3

.

"How concerned are you that you or someone in your immediate family might catch the bird flu? Are you . . . ?"

.

Very
Concerned
Somewhat
Concerned
Not Too
Concerned
Not at All
Concerned

 

% % % %

 

4/18-20/06 11 23 37 29

 

.

"To the best of your knowledge, does the regular winter flu vaccine protect people from the bird flu, or not?"

.

Does Does Not Unsure  

 

% % %  

 

4/18-20/06 11 81 8  

 

.

"If you caught the bird flu, how likely do you believe it is that you would die from it . . . ?"

.

Very
Likely
Somewhat
Likely
Somewhat
Unlikely
Very
Unlikely

Unsure

% % % % %
4/18-20/06 17 36 32 11 4

.

"How confident are you in the federal government's ability to handle an outbreak of bird flu among humans in the United States . . . ?"

.

Very
Confident
Somewhat
Confident
Not Too
Confident
Not at All
Confident

 

% % % %

 

4/18-20/06 11 36 30 23

 

.

"I'm going to read you a list of things the government might do to control an outbreak of bird flu if it were to spread among humans. For each item, please tell me whether you would favor or oppose the government taking that action to control the spread of bird flu. Would you favor or oppose . . . ?"

.

Favor Oppose Unsure  

 

% % %  

 

.

"Encouraging people to work from home when possible"

   4/18-20/06

82 17 1  

 

.

"Quarantining those who have been exposed to bird flu"

   4/18-20/06

79 19 2  

 

.

"Closing the borders to visitors from countries with outbreaks of bird flu among humans"

   4/18-20/06

74 25 1  

 

.

"Closing schools"

   4/18-20/06

69 29 2  

 

.

"Offering people experimental vaccines or drugs"

   4/18-20/06

65 34 1  

 

.

"Have you personally taken any steps to prepare for a possible outbreak of bird flu among humans in the United States, or not?"

.

Have Have Not  

 

 

% %  

 

 

4/18-20/06 9 91  

 

 


 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. April 6-9, 2006. N=1,027 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

   

.

"As you may know, a new law in Massachusetts would require all residents to have health insurance. Low-income residents would get state subsidies to help pay insurance premiums, but everyone would pay something for health services. The plan would penalize people without any insurance and charge fees to employers who don't provide coverage. . . ."
MASSACHUSETTS RESIDENTS: "Do you support or oppose this plan?"
NON-MASSACHUSETTS RESIDENTS: "Would you support or oppose this plan in your state?"

   

.

Support Oppose Unsure    
% % %    
ALL adults 55 41 5    
Democrats 58 37 5    
Independents 58 39 3    
Republicans 49 46 5    

 

Pew Research Center poll. March 8-12, 2006. N=695 adults nationwide. MoE 4.

.

"Thinking about the country as a whole: Do you think the government spends too much, too little or the right amount on health care?"

.

Too Much Too Little Right
Amount
Unsure  
% % % %  

3/8-12/06

11 70 11 8  

.

"Thinking about the country as a whole: Do you think the average American spends too much, too little or the right amount on health care?"

.

Too Much Too Little Right
Amount
Unsure  
% % % %  

3/8-12/06

65 17 12 6  

 

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. March 8-12, 2006. Adults nationwide.

.

"There is now a new Medicare law that includes some coverage of prescription drug costs for seniors. Overall, would you say you strongly approve, approve, disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the way Medicare will now cover prescription drug costs?" N=1,405, MoE 3

.

Strongly
Approve
Approve Disapprove Strongly
Disapprove
Unsure
% % % % %

3/8-12/06

12 39 22 10 17

.

"On balance, do you think the new Medicare prescription drug plan will be very good, good, bad, or very bad for [see below]?" N=695, MoE 4 (Form 2)

.

Very Good Good Bad Very Bad Not Affected
(vol.)/Unsure
% % % % %

"Drug companies"

3/8-12/06

19 40 15 4 22

.

"Seniors on Medicare"

3/8-12/06

12 38 22 11 17

.

"The financial stability of Medicare"

3/8-12/06

5 32 28 10 25

.

"The federal budget deficit"

3/8-12/06

4 23 34 14 25

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Feb. 28-March 1, 2006. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"I'm going to read a list of topics that have been in the news recently. For each topic, please tell me if you have been following the news about that item very closely, somewhat closely, not very closely, or not at all closely. The avian or bird flu."

.

Very
Closely

Somewhat
Closely

Not Very
Closely

Not at All
Closely

Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

2/28 - 3/1/06 23 44 20 13 -
10/11-12/05 26 38 21 13 2

.

"How concerned are you about the spread of bird flu in the United States: very concerned, somewhat concerned, not very concerned, or not at all concerned?"

.

Very
Concerned

Somewhat
Concerned

Not Very
Concerned

Not at All
Concerned

Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

2/28 - 3/1/06 23 38 25 12 1
1/10-11/06 26 31 28 15 2
10/11-12/05 30 33 21 11 5

.

"Have you taken any steps to prevent contracting bird flu?"

.

Yes

No

Unsure

 

 

%

%

%

 

 

2/28 - 3/1/06 15 82 3

 

 

.

"Have you decreased the amount of chicken or turkey you eat because of concern about bird flu?"

.

Yes

No

Unsure

 

 

%

%

%

 

 

2/28 - 3/1/06 10 88 2

 

 


 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Jan. 20-25, 2006. N=1,229 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

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

.

Should
Guarantee
Not Their
Responsibility
Unsure
% % %
1/20-25/06 62 31 7

.

"How concerned are you about the health care costs you are facing now or will face in the future: a lot, some, not much, or not at all?"

.

A Lot Some Not Much Not At All
% % % %
1/20-25/06 61 26 8 5

.

"If a person has a disease that will ultimately destroy their mind or body and they want to take their own life, should a doctor be allowed to assist the person in taking their own life, or not?"

.

Should be
Allowed
Should
Not be
Unsure
% % %
1/20-25/06 56 37 7
7/05 54 39 7
11/04 46 45 9

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Jan. 20-22, 2006. N=1,006 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"Do you think it would be better to have the government or private insurance companies administer the prescription drug plan for Medicare recipients?"

.

Government Insurance
Companies
Unsure    
% % %    
1/20-22/06 43 47 10    

.

Asked of adults 65 & older (N=229, MoE 7):
"Have you, personally, joined the new prescription drug benefit program for Medicare recipients, do you plan to join, or do you not plan to join?"

.

Have
Joined
Plan to Join Do Not
Plan to Join
Unsure  
% % % %  
1/20-22/06 22 15 55 7  

.

Asked of adults under age 65 (N=772, MoE 4):
"Has anyone in your immediate family joined the new prescription drug benefit program for Medicare recipients, or not?"

.

Yes, Have No, Have Not Unsure    
% % %    
1/20-22/06 24 70 6    

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Dec. 9-11, 2005. Nationwide.

.

"As you may know, a virus known as 'bird flu' or 'avian flu' has killed some people in Asia.  How confident are you that the federal government could handle an outbreak of bird flu in this country: very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not confident at all?" N=1,003 adults, MoE 3

.

Very
Confident

Somewhat
Confident

Not Too
Confident

Not Confident
At All

Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

12/9-11/05

12 44 27 16 1
10/21-23/05 14 38 25 22 1

.

"Are you worried that you or someone in your family will be the victim of the bird flu virus, or not?" Form A (N=503 adults, MoE 5)

.

Worried

Not
Worried

Unsure

 

 

%

%

%

 

 

12/9-11/05

20 78 2

 

 

10/21-23/05 24 75 1

 

 

.

"Which comes closest to your view about the bird flu virus? It will not strike the United States at all. There will be a minor outbreak in the United States. There will be a major outbreak in the United States, but it will not create a crisis. OR, It will strike the United States and create a crisis." Form B (N=500 adults, MoE 5)

.

Will Not
Strike U.S.

Minor
Outbreak

Major
Outbreak

A Crisis

Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

12/9-11/05

14 63 13 8 2

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Dec. 2-6, 2005. N=1,155 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"How much have you heard or read about the Medicare prescription drug benefit which is scheduled to begin in 2006: a lot, some, not much, or nothing at all?"

.

A Lot Some Not Much Nothing
At All
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

12/2-6/05

19

31

27

22

1

10/3-5/05

15

35

31

19

0

.

"From what you've heard or read, in general how easy or difficult is the Medicare prescription drug plan to understand? Is it very easy to understand, somewhat easy to understand, somewhat difficult to understand, or very difficult to understand?"

.

 

%

     
Very easy

1

     
Somewhat easy

11

     
Somewhat difficult

32

     
Very difficult

25

     
Unsure

9

     

.

(NOT ASKED THIS QUESTION -- HAVEN'T HEARD OF PLAN)

22

     

.

"From what you know, will the Medicare prescription drug plan significantly reduce the cost of prescription drugs for the elderly or will it not significantly reduce the cost of prescription drugs?"

.

 

%

     
Will significantly reduce

17

     
Will not significantly reduce

41

     
Unsure

20

     

.

(NOT ASKED THIS QUESTION -- HAVEN'T HEARD OF PLAN)

22

     

.

"Regardless of how you usually vote, do you think the Republican Party or the Democratic Party is more likely to make the right decisions about Medicare?"

.

Republican
Party
Democratic
Party
Both (vol.) Neither
(vol.)
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

12/2-6/05

24

54

3

4

15


 

Pew Research Center survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Nov. 9-27, 2005. Adults nationwide.

.

"Which comes closer to your view? In all circumstances, doctors and nurses should do everything possible to save the life of a patient. OR, Sometimes there are circumstances where a patient should be allowed to die." N=1,500, MoE 3

.

Do Every-
thing to
Save Life
Sometimes
Allow to Die
Unsure  

 

% % %  

 

11/9-27/05 22 70 8    

.

"In some states, it's legal to stop medical treatment that is keeping a terminally ill patient alive, or never start the treatment in the first place, if that's what the patient wants. Do you approve or disapprove of laws that let PATIENTS decide about being kept alive through medical treatment?" Form 1 (N=748, MoE 4)

.

Approve Disapprove Unsure  

 

% % %  

 

11/9-27/05 84 10 6    

.

"In some states, it's legal for doctors to prescribe lethal doses of drugs that a terminally ill patient could use themselves to commit suicide. Do you approve or disapprove of laws that let doctors assist patients who want to end their lives this way?" Form 2 (N=752, MoE 4)

.

Approve Disapprove Unsure  

 

% % %  

 

11/9-27/05 46 45 9    

.

"Do you think a person has a moral right to end his or her own life under any of the following circumstances? First, [see below]?" N=1,500, MoE 3

.

Yes No Unsure  

 

% % %  

 

.

"When this person has a disease that is incurable"

   11/9-27/05 53 39 8    

.

"When this person is suffering great pain and has no hope of improvement"

   11/9-27/05 60 34 6    

.

"When this person is an extremely heavy burden on his or her family"

   11/9-27/05 29 62 9    

.

"When this person is ready to die because living has become a burden"

   11/9-27/05 33 58 9    

.

"I have a few more questions on this subject, and some may be hard for you to think about. Because of the importance of these issues, we very much appreciate your honest answers. If there's any question that you really don't want to answer, please just tell me.
  
"If a patient with a terminal disease is unable to communicate and has not made his or her own wishes known in advance, should the closest family member be allowed to decide whether to continue medical treatment, or should a family member not be allowed to make this decision?"
N=1,500, MoE 3

.

Allowed Not Allowed Depends
(vol.)
Unsure

 

% % % %

 

11/9-27/05 74 15 5 6  

.

"We sometimes hear of cases where a person has killed a spouse because the husband or wife was suffering terrible pain from a terminal disease. Do you think the actions of these people are never justified, sometimes justified, or always justified?" Form 1 (N=748, MoE 4)

.

Never
Justified
Sometimes
Justified
Always
Justified
Unsure

 

% % % %

 

11/9-27/05 29 55 6 10  

.

"We sometimes hear of cases where a person has helped a spouse commit suicide because the husband or wife was suffering terrible pain from a terminal disease. Do you think the actions of these people are never justified, sometimes justified, or always justified?" Form 2 (N=752, MoE 4)

.

Never
Justified
Sometimes
Justified
Always
Justified
Unsure

 

% % % %

 

11/9-27/05 25 53 14 8  

.

"Which political party -- the Republican Party or the Democratic Party -- do you think could do a better job of dealing with issues related to end-of-life decisions?" N=1,500, MoE 3

.

Republican
Party
Democratic
Party
Both
Equally (vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % % %
11/9-27/05 22 34 2 16 26

 

Gallup Poll. Nov. 7-10, 2005. N=1,011 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"Taking into consideration both your risk of contracting it and the seriousness of it, how worried are you, personally, about experiencing a deadly virus, such as bird flu or something similar, that spreads to the United States from a foreign country? Are you very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, or not worried at all?"

.

Very
Worried
Somewhat
Worried
Not Too
Worried
Not At All
Worried

 

% % % %

 

11/7-10/05 14 36 29 21  

.

"Taking into consideration both your risk of contracting it and the seriousness of it, how worried are you, personally, about experiencing a deadly infectious disease, such as smallpox or something similar, that is brought into the United States by terrorists? Are you very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, or not worried at all?"

.

Very
Worried
Somewhat
Worried
Not Too
Worried
Not At All
Worried

 

% % % %

 

11/7-10/05 11 32 34 23  
11/3-5/03 15 31 25 29  

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Nov. 4-7, 2005. N=1,003 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1.

.

"How prepared, if at all, do you think that the United States is for a possible outbreak of the bird or avian flu: very prepared, somewhat prepared, not too prepared, or not prepared at all?"

.

Very
Prepared
Somewhat
Prepared
Not Too
Prepared
Not At All
Prepared

Unsure

% % % % %
11/4-7/05 4 39 25 27 5

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Oct. 21-23, 2005. Nationwide.

.

"How likely do you think it is that the bird flu virus will strike the U.S.: very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not likely at all?" Form B (N=496 adults, MoE 5)

.

Very
Likely

Somewhat
Likely

Not Too
Likely

Not Likely
At All

Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

10/21-23/05 16 46 29 7 2

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Oct. 11-12, 2005. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"How prepared do you think the federal government is to deal with a potential outbreak of bird flu . . . ?"

.

Very
Prepared

Somewhat
Prepared

Not Very
Prepared

Not At All
Prepared

Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

10/11-12/05 6 29 29 26 11

.

"If the bird flu becomes widespread, do you think the president should have the authority to use the military to enforce quarantines in affected areas?"

.

Yes

No

Unsure

 

 

%

%

%

 

 

10/11-12/05 65 21 13

 

 

.

"Many U.S. drug manufacturers have stopped producing vaccines, in part because of the threat of lawsuits and because vaccines are not big money makers. Given growing concerns about the avian flu spreading to humans, do you think U.S. drug manufacturers will set aside their concerns about profits and lawsuits and make the necessary vaccine or not?"

.

Will

Will Not

Unsure

 

 

%

%

%

 

 

10/11-12/05 41 47 12

 

 


 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Oct. 11-12, 2005. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"Do you favor or oppose legalizing physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients?"

.

Favor

Oppose

Unsure

%

%

%

10/11-12/05 48 39 13

.

"Do you think states should have the right to let doctors prescribe medications that would help mentally competent, terminally ill patients end their lives?"

.

Yes

No

Unsure

%

%

%

10/11-12/05 52 37 11

.

"Has anyone in your immediate family suffered from a painful terminal illness?"

.

Yes

No

Unsure

%

%

%

10/11-12/05 55 42 2
7/17-18/02 53 46 1

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. June 10-15, 2005. N=1,111 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

   

.

"How concerned are you about not being able to pay medical costs for a serious illness or an accident: very concerned, somewhat concerned, not very concerned, or not concerned at all?"

   

.

Very
Concerned
Somewhat
Concerned
Not Very
Concerned
Not At All
Concerned
Unsure
% % % % %
ALL adults 34 25 18 22 1
Republicans 19 25 24 31 1
Democrats 43 25 16 15 1
Independents 38 25 15 22 0

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. Jan. 25-31, 2005. N=2,100 registered voters nationwide. MoE 2.1.

.

"Which of these statements do you think best describes the Medicare system: it is in a state of crisis, it has major problems, it has minor problems, or it does not have any problems?"

.

Crisis Major
Problems
Minor
Problems
No
Problems
Unsure
% % % % %
1/25-31/05 12 52 29 2 5

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