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FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Dec. 3-4, 2002. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Even though there are some risks involved with taking the smallpox vaccine, the government may offer vaccinations to protect Americans in case of a bioterrorism attack. If a smallpox vaccination were offered to you, would you take the shot or not?"

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Yes 59

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No/Not sure 41

 

The Gallup Poll. Nov. 11-14, 2002. Nationwide.

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"Do you think the United States government should or should not initiate a program that offers a smallpox vaccine to all Americans?" Form A (N=526 adults, MoE ± 5)

Should Should
Not
No
Opinion
% % %
11/02 72 21 7

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"Would you, personally, get a smallpox vaccine if it were available?" Form B (N=475 adults, MoE ± 5)

Yes No No
Opinion
% % %
11/02 55 35 10

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. Nov. 7-8, 2002. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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“As you may know, the government's Medicare program does not currently pay for prescription drugs. Which one of the following three statements best describes your opinion about what, if anything, the government should do to help people over 65 pay for prescription drugs? Should the federal government keep things as they are now -- Medicare should not pay for prescription drugs? Should the federal government expand Medicare to pay directly for part of seniors' prescription drug costs? Should the federal government help seniors buy private health insurance plans that would pay part of their prescription drug costs?”

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  11/02 8/02 11/00
  % % %
Expand Medicare to pay directly 60 55 56
Help seniors buy private insurance plans 30 36 32
Keep things as they are now 6 5 6
Don't know 4 4 6

 

Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation/Harvard University poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. June 13-23, 2002. N=1,402 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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ALL Whites Blacks Latinos
% % % %

"Now I have some questions specifically about AIDS and HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Thinking about the way the problem of HIV/AIDS affects THIS COUNTRY today, do you think the problem is ABOUT THE SAME as it has been, that the country is MAKING PROGRESS in this area, or that the country is LOSING GROUND?"

About the same 20 20 19 21
Making progress 49 51 35 45
Losing ground 26 23 43 28
Don't know 6 6 3 6

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"In general, do you think the federal government spends TOO MUCH money on HIV/AIDS, TOO LITTLE money, or ABOUT THE RIGHT AMOUNT?" Form 1

Too much 7 8 8 1
Too little 39 36 52 49
About right 39 40 26 40
Don't know 15 16 14 9

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"Compared with the amount of money the federal government spends on other health problems, such as heart disease and cancer, do you think federal spending on HIV/AIDS is too HIGH, too LOW, or ABOUT RIGHT?" Form 2

Too high 11 12 8 9
Too low 29 24 55 36
About right 42 45 26 41
Don't know 18 20 12 14

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"Next, thinking about U.S. spending to deal with the problem of HIV/AIDS in developing countries such as those in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Do you think the U.S. is now spending too much, too little, or about the right amount to deal with the HIV/AIDS problem in developing countries?" Form 2

Too much 16 17 11 18
Too little 31 25 56 36
About right 34 36 27 28
Don't know 20 22 7 18

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"Bearing in mind the different ways people can be infected with HIV, how concerned are you PERSONALLY about becoming infected with HIV? Are you very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned, or not at all concerned?"

Very 18 11 43 32
Somewhat 15 15 12 19
Not too 21 23 18 16
Not at all 46 51 27 32
Don't know 1 1 - 1

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"As I read you some statements about AIDS, please tell me whether you agree or disagree with each one. Here's the first one . . . ."

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"In general, it's people's own fault if they get AIDS."
Agree 40 40 40 48
Disagree 55 55 57 48
Don't know 4 5 3 4

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"I sometimes think that AIDS is a punishment for the decline in moral standards."

Agree 26 25 31 27
Disagree 70 71 64 72
Don't know 4 4 5 2

 

The Harris Poll. May 15-21, 2002. N=1,013 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

             

"Genetic testing involves testing someone's genes or DNA to see if they have inherited a high risk of getting one or more diseases. This is likely to become much more common in the future. In general do you think it is a good or a bad thing that we will be able to use genetic testing to find out what diseases individual people are likely to get?"

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  A good thing 81        
  A bad thing 11        
  Not sure 8        
             

"If you were given a genetic test which showed how likely you were to get one or more serious diseases, which of the following do you think should be allowed to see this information? . . ."

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  Your regular doctor 90  
  Any doctor who is helping you to prevent a disease for which the test shows you are at risk 69  
  Your health insurance company which is paying the cost of this treatment or care 39  
  A life insurance company from which you want to obtain life insurance 25  
  Your employer who is paying for part of your health insurance 17  
  Not sure 5  

 

ABC News/Beliefnet Poll. March 13-17, 2002. N=1,021 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3. Field work by TNS Intersearch.
             
"Do you think it should be legal or illegal for doctors to help terminally ill patients commit suicide by giving them a prescription for fatal drugs?" Asked of half the sample (Form A)
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  Legal 40        
  Illegal 48        
  No opinion 12        
           

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"Imagine a law that would make it legal for doctors to help terminally ill patients commit suicide by giving them a prescription for fatal drugs. To be eligible, patients would have to be diagnosed as having less than six months to live, get a second opinion from another doctor, and ask for the drugs three times. And, there would be a 15-day waiting period before the prescription could be filled.

"Under this system, do you think it should be legal or illegal for doctors to help terminally ill patients commit suicide by giving them a prescription for fatal drugs?" Asked of half the sample (Form B)

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  Legal 46        
  Illegal 48        
  No opinion 6        

 

The Harris Poll. Dec. 14-19, 2001. N=1,011 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

         

 

 

"Do you think that the law should allow doctors to comply with the wishes of a dying patient in severe distress who asks to have his or her life ended, or not?"

         

 

 

 

 

Should Should Not Unsure

 

 

 

 

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2001 65 29 6

 

 

 

1997 68 27 4

 

 

 

1993 73 24 3

 

 

 

1987 62 32 4

 

 

         

 

 

"In 1997, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that individuals do not have a constitutional right to doctor-assisted suicide. Do you agree or disagree with this decision?"

         

 

 

 

 

Agree Disagree Unsure

 

 

 

 

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2001 32 63 4

 

 

 

1997 32 65 3

 

 

         

 

 

"In 1994, people in Oregon voted on a proposition that would allow doctor-assisted suicides for patients with less than six months to live. Doctors would be allowed to help patients to commit suicide -- but only if ALL of the three following conditions were met: (a) The patient requests it three times. (b) There is a second opinion from another doctor. (c) There is a 15-day waiting period for the patient to change his or her mind. Would you favor or oppose such a law in your state?"

 

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Favor 61

 

 

 

 

 

Oppose 34

 

 

 

 

 

Unsure 5

 

 

 

 

         

 

 

"This proposition, allowing physician-assisted suicide, was approved by a majority in Oregon. Attorney General Ashcroft recently moved to overrule the proposition, which he says is now illegal. Do you think Attorney General Ashcroft was right or wrong to do this?"

 

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Right 35

 

 

 

 

 

Wrong 58

 

 

 

 

 

Unsure 7

 

 

 

 


 

ABC News.com Poll. Nov. 28-Dec. 2, 2001. N=1,022 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"There's a vaccine that would protect people from smallpox, but the vaccine itself can kill a small number of the people who get it -- about 1 out of every 500,000 -- and make another 1 out of 150,000 seriously ill. Some people say all Americans should be vaccinated against smallpox to protect them in case terrorists try to spread the disease. Others say the chance that terrorists could get a hold of smallpox is too slight to justify the risk of the vaccine itself. If a smallpox vaccine became available, would you yourself get the shot, or not?"
Would Would
Not
No
Opinion
% % %
11/28 - 12/2 50 41 9

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. July 10-11, 2001. N=998 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Now thinking about a patients' bill of rights: Based on what you have heard or read, do you favor or oppose Congress passing a patients' bill of rights?"
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Favor 71
Oppose 14
No opinion 15

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Asked of those who favor passage of a patients' bill of rights (N=717, MoE ± 4):
If a patients' bill of rights does not become law this year, who do you think would be more responsible: [rotate] the Democrats OR the Republicans?"
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Democrats 36
Republicans 44
Both/Neither (vol.) 8
No opinion 12

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"Which are you more concerned about regarding the outcome of a patients' bill of rights: [rotate] Americans will not be able to sue their HMOs when they suffer serious harm, OR, frivolous lawsuits against HMOs will increase the cost of health insurance for Americans?"
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Won't be able to sue 36
Higher cost of insurance 51
Both/Neither (vol.) 5
No opinion 8

 

ABC News.com Poll. July 5-8, 2001. N=1,023 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3. Field work by TNS Intersearch.

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"There are two plans in Congress that would let people sue their HMOs over a denial of medical coverage. [Rotate:] One plan makes it easier to sue and allows for higher claims; supporters say this would pressure HMOs to allow needed treatments. The other plan makes it harder to sue and limits claims; supporters say HMOs otherwise would have to raise health insurance premiums to cover their legal expenses. Which of these plans do you prefer: [rotate:] the one that makes it easier to sue and allows for higher claims, or the one that makes it harder to sue and limits claims?"
ALL Demo-
crats
Repub-
licans
Indepen-
dents

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Easier to sue 49 61 38 52
Harder to sue 35 27 46 30
No opinion 17 12 16 18

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. June 28-July 1, 2001. N=1,014 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Based on what you have heard or read, do you favor or oppose Congress passing a patients' bill of rights?"
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Favor 58
Oppose 11
No opinion 31

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"Even if you don't know all of the details, in general, whose approach to a patients' bill of rights would you be more likely to trust: the Republicans' or the Democrats'?"
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The Republicans' 34
The Democrats' 44
Neither/Both (vol.) 12
No opinion 10

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Robert Teeter (R). June 23-25, 2001. N=806 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.5.

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"Who do you trust more to write a patients' bill of rights into law: President Bush or the Democrats in Congress?"
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President Bush 27
Democrats in Congress 48
Both equally (vol.) 5
Neither/Other (vol.) 10
Depends (vol.) 2
Not sure 8

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"Which concerns you more as Congress considers a patients' bill of rights—that a new law will go too far, which would make HMO membership and insurance coverage more expensive, or that a new law will not go far enough, which would leave HMOs able to deny needed coverage?"
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Will go too far 30
Will not go far enough 53
Depends (vol.) 5
Not sure 12

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"Those who favor giving patients a broad right to sue as part of a patients' bill of rights say that it will force HMOs to be more accountable in covering needed procedures, and that lawsuits will be rare. Opponents say that a broad right to sue will lead to many frivolous lawsuits that will drive up the costs of health insurance so much that some people will lose insurance coverage. Who do you agree with more: the supporters of a broad right to sue or the opponents?"
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Agree more with supporters 39
Agree more with opponents 45
Depends (vol.) 5
Neither/Other (vol.) 3
Not sure 8

 

The Harris Poll. Sept. 8-17, 2000. N=1,002 adults nationwide, including 781 likely voters. MoE ± 3.

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ALL Likely
Voters
% %
"Do you think that most people in this country get the health and medical care they need or not?"
Do get what they need 22 24
Do not 75 73
Not sure 3 3

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"Do you think that as a country we could afford to provide everyone with all the health and medical services which they need, or would that cost more than we can afford?"
We could afford to 64 62
Would cost too much 30 32
Not sure 6 6

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"Who do you think would do a better job of moving us to a system where almost everyone could afford to get the health and medical services they needed: Al Gore or George W. Bush?"
Al Gore 50 53
George W. Bush 31 30
Neither (vol.) 7 5
Not sure 13 12

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"Who do you think would do a better job of moving us to a system where almost everyone could afford to get the health and medical services they needed: a Republican-controlled Congress or a Democratically-controlled Congress?"
Republican-controlled Congress 29 30
Democratically-controlled Congress 54 55
Neither (vol.) 5 4
Not sure 14 12

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. July 14-16, 2000. Nationwide.

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"Which of the following statements best describes your view of who's to blame for the health problems faced by smokers in this country? [Rotate:] (1) The tobacco companies are completely to blame. (2) The tobacco companies are mostly to blame. (3) Smokers are mostly to blame. (4) Smokers are completely to blame." Form A (N=506 adults; MoE ± 5)
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Tobacco companies completely to blame 6
Tobacco companies mostly to blame 20
Smokers mostly to blame 29
Smokers completely to blame 30
Equally to blame (vol.) 14
No opinion 1

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"As you may know, a Florida jury Friday ordered tobacco companies to pay $145 billion in damages to Florida smokers who have been made sick by smoking. Would you say you approve or disapprove of this decision by the Florida jury?" Form B (N=557 adults; MoE ± 5)
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Approve 37
Disapprove 59
No opinion 4

 

The Harris Poll. June 29-July 5, 2000. N=1,009 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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7/00 6/99 7/98 8/97 8/96
% % % % %
"The health care system in this country has been undergoing major changes over the past several years. How do you feel about these changes? Overall, do you feel the system is getting much better, a little better, a little worse, or a lot worse?"
Much better 5 4 4 4 3
A little better 38 43 39 41 36
A little worse 25 26 27 27 26
A lot worse 25 18 23 22 23
Neither better nor worse (vol.) 3 8 5 4 6
Not sure 3 2 2 1 5

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"Given what you know, on the whole, do you think this trend away from traditional fee-for-service coverage and toward more managed care is a good thing or a bad thing?"
Good thing 37 42 40 44 44
Bad thing 52 44 47 44 37
Neither (vol.) 2 6 6 6 4
Not sure 9 7 6 6 15

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"Do you think the trend towards more managed care -- with more people belonging to HMOs, PPOs and other managed care plans -- will help to contain health care costs, or not?"
Will help to contain costs 39 48 48 51
Will not 53 43 45 42
Not sure 8 8 7 7

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"Do you think the trend towards more managed care -- with more people belonging to HMOs, PPOs and other managed care plans -- will improve or harm the quality of medical care people like you will receive?"
Improve 29 32 31 33
Harm 59 55 58 54
No difference (vol.) 4 5 4 7
Not sure 8 9 7 5

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"Do you think the trend towards more managed care -- with more people belonging to HMOs, PPOs and other managed care plans -- will make your health plan more responsive to you as their customer, or not?"
More responsive 28 36 38
Not more responsive 63 56 55
Not sure 9 8 7

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. June 28-29, 2000. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Earlier this week scientists announced they have completed a genetic map of the human body. If knowing your genetic code could tell you whether you would contract an incurable disease or not, would you want to know if you had that gene?"
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Yes 59
No 34
Not sure 7

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"Do you think the ability to genetically map the human body is more likely to be a positive scientific discovery that reduces sickness and suffering, or a negative discovery that leads to lawsuits and ethical conflict?"
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Positive 56
Negative 28
Not sure 16

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Robert Teeter (R). June 14-18, 2000. N=1,000 adults nationwide.

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"Later this month, scientists are expected to announce that they have completed a genetic blueprint of the human body. Some are hopeful that this will help to detect and combat illnesses. Others are concerned that this could violate privacy rights because information about people's health problems may be used against them. Does this concern you, or not?"
%
Yes, concerns 56
No, does not concern 42
Not sure 2

 

ABC News Poll. May 7-9, 2000. N=1,013 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3. Field work by TNS Intersearch.

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"How important will handling the issue of prescription drug benefits for the elderly be to you in deciding how to vote in the 2000 presidential election in November: very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not important at all?"
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Very important 56
Somewhat important 28
Not too important 10
Not important at all 5
No opinion 1

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Asked of half the sample:
"Which presidential candidate,
[rotate] Gore or Bush, do you trust to do a better job handling the issue of prescription drug benefits for the elderly?"
%
Gore 49
Bush 34
Both (vol.) 2
Neither (vol.) 6
No opinion 9

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"Would you support or oppose having the Medicare insurance program cover prescription drug expenses for senior citizens?"
%
Support 89
Oppose 7
No opinion 4

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Asked of those who answered "Support" to question above:
"What if it meant you’d have to pay more into the Medicare system? In that case, would you support or oppose having Medicare cover prescription drug expenses for senior citizens?"
%
Support 81
Oppose 15
No opinion 4

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"Do you personally take prescription drugs on a regular basis, or only occasionally?"
%
Regularly 40
Occasionally 45
Never (vol.) 15

 

ABC News.com Poll. Oct. 27-31, 1999. N=1,010 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3. Field work by ICR.

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"In your opinion, should the tobacco companies have to pay money damages to people who develop smoking-related illnesses, or not?"
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Should 34
Should not 60
Depends (vol.) 3
No opinion 3

 

Gallup/CNN/USA Today Poll. June 25-27, 1999. N=1,016 adults nationwide.

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"As you may know, current law allows doctors employed by hospitals and HMOs to join labor unions, such as the one just formed by the American Medical Association. If your primary doctor was a member of a labor union, do you think that would make the medical care you received better than it currently is, no different, or worse than it currently is?"
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Better 18
No different 55
Worse 24
No opinion 3

 

CNN/Time Poll conducted by Yankelovich Partners. May 26-27, 1999. N=1,017 adults nationwide.

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"Do you know anyone who has had a mental illness that has required treatment?"
ALL Men Women
% % %
Yes 35 28 42
No 63 71 56
Not sure 2 1 2

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"Would you support or oppose the opening of a mental health clinic in your neighborhood?"
%
Support 70
Oppose 20
Not sure 10

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"Do you think the government should spend more money, less money, or about the same amount of money to treat people with mental illnesses who can't afford it themselves?"
%
More 67
Less 4
About the same 23
Not sure 6

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"Do you think employers should be required to offer insurance for mental illnesses at the same level as insurance for physical illnesses, or don't you think so?"
%
Should be required 77
Don't think so 18
Not sure 5

 

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Assoc. May 12-16, 1999. N=1,013 adults nationwide.

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"And now I would like to ask you some questions about organ donation. After people die, it is often possible to remove one or more of their organs, such as the kidneys, heart, liver, or pancreas, and transplant them into another person whose own organs are failing. Have you read or heard anything about organ transplants?"
%
Yes 88
No 11
Don't know 1

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"In general, do you support or oppose the donation of organs for transplant?"
%
Support 81
Oppose 8
Don't know 11

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"How likely are you to want to have your organs donated after your death? Would you say very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely, or not at all likely?"
%
Very likely 42
Somewhat likely 25
Not very likely 10
Not at all likely 18
Don't know 5

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"Have you granted permission for organ donation on your driver's license or on a signed donor card?"
%
Yes 42
No 57
Don't know 1

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"There is a proposal to pay people who agree to donate their organs when they die -- for example, with a $300 contribution to their funeral expenses. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?"
%
Good idea 53
Bad idea 31
Don't know 16

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"How much of a problem do you think it is that it takes too long for seriously ill people to receive organ transplants? . . ."
%
Major problem 74
Minor problem 11
Not much of a problem 4
Don't know 11

 

CNN/Time Poll conducted by Yankelovich Partners. Dec. 17-18, 1998. N=1,031 adults nationwide.

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"Would you like to have access to your genetic profile, or DNA, that would tell you some harmful diseases you could suffer from later in life, or wouldn't you like to have access to it?"
%
Would like to have access 62
Would not 34
Not sure 4

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"If you could, would you like to have access to your children's genetic profiles that would tell you which diseases they are likely to suffer, or wouldn't you like to have access to their profiles?"
%
Would like to have access 64
Would not 33
Not sure 3

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"Do you think a person whose genetic profile shows potential problems should pay higher health insurance rates than a person whose profile does not show potential problems, or don't you feel that way?"
%
Should pay higher rates 8
Don't feel that way 88
Not sure 4

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"Do you think insurance companies should or should not be able to obtain access to a person's genetic record, or DNA, without his or her permission?"
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Should 6
Should not 94

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"Do you think employers should or should not be able to obtain access to employees' genetic records, or DNA, without their permission?"
%
Should 5
Should not 95

 

CBS News Poll. Nov. 23-24, 1998. N=1,158 adults nationwide.

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ALL 18-29
Years
30-44
Years
45-64
Years
65 &
Older
% % % % %
"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 52 58 56 52 38
Should not 37 36 35 35 46
Don't know/No answer 11 6 9 13 16

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"If a person has a disease that will ultimately destroy their mind or body and they want to take their own life but cannot do it by themselves, should a doctor be allowed to administer lethal drugs to end the person's life, or not?"
Should 47 52 52 47 33
Should not 9 9 7 10 13
Don't know/No answer 7 3 6 8 8
Not asked -- answered "Should not" on previous question 37 36 35 35 46

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"In general, do you approve or disapprove of Michigan doctor Jack Kevorkian assisting people who are terminally ill who want to commit suicide?"
Approve 43
Disapprove 49
Don't know/No answer 8

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"If you were seriously ill with a terminal disease, would you consider suicide, or not?"
Yes/Probably 32 33 34 35 20
No 54 59 51 49 63
Maybe (vol.) 5 2 7 6 3
Don't know/No answer 9 6 8 10 14

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"If a terminally ill relative or close friend asked you to help him or her commit suicide to end his or her suffering, do you think you would do it, or not?"
Yes/Probably 16 21 18 17 8
No 71 69 68 68 81
Maybe (vol.) 4 4 6 4 2
Don't know/No answer 9 6 8 11 9

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"And in your opinion, is a doctor injecting a terminally ill person with a lethal dose of drugs at the person's request the same thing as murder, or not?"
Same as murder 30 23 28 30 42
Not the same 61 73 63 63 38
Depends (vol.) 3 1 3 2 6
Don't know/No answer 6 3 6 5 14

 

The Harris Poll. Oct. 14-20, 1998. N=1,013 adults nationwide.

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"I would like to ask you about various diseases and accidents. For each one, please tell me what you think are the chances of it happening to you, where 10 out of 10 means it is certain to happen, 0 out of 10 means no chance at all. How many chances out of 10 do you think there are that you will ever [see below]?"

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Very
Likely
8-10
Somewhat
Likely
4-7
Not
Likely
1-3
No
Chance
0
Has
Happened
(vol.)
Not
Applicable/
Unsure
% % % % % %
Be seriously hurt in a car accident 17 50 20 7 3 3
Have a heart attack 17 52 20 7 2 2
Get breast cancer (women) 16 47 22 12 1 1
Have a stroke 14 49 23 10 2 2
Get prostate cancer (men) 12 53 20 11 1 3
Develop diabetes 15 30 31 19 3 2
Get lung cancer 13 32 29 24 - 1
Be shot/badly hurt by a stranger 8 30 40 18 2 2
Be hit by your spouse/partner 6 8 24 58 1 4
Be infected with HIV, the AIDS virus 3 8 29 58 - 1

 


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