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Kaiser Family Foundation. Aug. 15-18, 2013. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"As you may know, a health care bill was signed into law in March 2010. As far as you know, which comes closest to describing the current status of the health care law? It is still the law of the land and is being implemented. It has been overturned by the Supreme Court and is no longer law. It has been repealed by Congress and is no longer law." Options rotated

 
    Still law
of the land
Overturned
by the Court
Repealed
by Congress
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

8/15-18/13

57 5 8 31  
 

4/18-21/13

59 7 12 23  

 

CBS News Poll. July 18-22, 2013. N=1,036 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"What would you like to see Congress do when it comes to the health care law? 1. Expand the health care law. OR, 2. Keep the entire health care law as it is. OR, 3. Repeal the part of the law that requires Americans to obtain health insurance if they don't have it, but keep the rest of the law intact. OR, 4. Repeal the entire health care law."

 
    Expand Keep as is Repeal just
the mandate
Repeal
entire law
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

7/18-22/13

20 16 18 39 7
 

1/11-15/13

24 18 19 33 6
 

10/25-28/12

22 21 19 29 8
 

9/8-12/12

22 15 26 30 7
 

7/11-16/12

17 15 27 34 7

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). July 17-21, 2013. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"Now I'm going to read you two statements about the health care plan that was signed into law in 2010. Please tell me which comes closer to your point of view.

"Some/Other people say that if Republicans in Congress believe the health care law is harmful and will have negative consequences for individuals, small businesses, and the economy they should continue to do everything they can to prevent it from being put into effect.

"Some/Other people say that over the past few years, the health care law was passed by Congress, signed by the president, and upheld by the Supreme Court. Regardless of how Republicans in Congress personally feel about the law they should stop trying to block it and should move on to other priorities." Options rotated

 
    Prevent it
from being
put into effect
Stop trying
to block it
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

7/17-21/13

45 51 1 3  

 

Gallup Poll. July 10-14, 2013. N=2,027 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"In general, how harmful do you feel second-hand smoke is to adults: very harmful, somewhat harmful, not too harmful, or not at all harmful?"

 
    Very
harmful
Somewhat
harmful
Not too
harmful
Not at
all harmful
Depends
(vol.)/Unsure
    % % % % %
 

7/10-14/13

59 29 7 3 2
             

"In general, how harmful do you feel smoking is to adults who smoke: very harmful, somewhat harmful, not too harmful, or not at all harmful?"

 
    Very
harmful
Somewhat
harmful
Not too
harmful
Not at
all harmful
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

7/10-14/13

82 13 2 2 1
             

"Should smoking in this country be made totally illegal, or not?" N=972, margin of error 4

 
    Yes, made
illegal
No, not made
illegal
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/10-14/13

22 77 2    
             

"Should smoking in all public places be made totally illegal, or not?" N=1,055, margin of error 4

 
    Yes, made
illegal
No, not made
illegal
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/10-14/13

55 42 3    
             

"Do you think it would be justified or unjustified to set higher health insurance rates for people who smoke?"

 
    Justified Unjustified Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/10-14/13

58 40 2    
 

7/7-10/11

60 38 2    
 

7/7-10/05

64 35 1    
 

7/7-9/03

65 34 1    
             

"Do you think it would be justified or unjustified to set higher health insurance rates for people who are significantly overweight?"

 
    Justified Unjustified Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/10-14/13

41 56 3    
 

7/7-10/11

42 57 1    
 

7/10-13/08

34 63 3    
 

7/7-10/05

37 61 2    
 

7/7-9/03

43 55 2    

 

Gallup Poll. June 20-24, 2013. N=2,048 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you currently have health insurance, or not?"

 
    Have
insurance
Do not have
insurance
     
    % %      
 

6/20-24/13

84 15      
             

"As you may know, under the terms of the Affordable Care Act, starting January 1st, most Americans will be required to purchase health insurance or pay a fine. Were you aware of this before now?"

 
      Yes No    
      % %    
 

ALL

81 19    
 

Do not have health insurance

56 43    

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). May 30-June 2, 2013. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"Do you think you and your family will be better off or worse off under the health reform law, or don't you think it will make much difference?"

 
    Better off Worse off Not much
difference
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/30 - 6/2/13

19 38 39 4  

 

Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll. April 15-20, 2013. N=1,203 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Which comes closer to your view about the 2010 health care law? Those opposed to the health care law should accept that it is now the law of the land and stop trying to block the law's implementation. Those opposed to the health care law should continue trying to change or stop it, so it has less impact on taxpayers, employers, and health care providers." Options rotated

 
    Stop trying
to block it
Keep trying
to change
or stop it
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

4/15-20/13

33 53 13    

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. March 26-April 1, 2013. N=1,711 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.4.

             

"From what you've heard or read, do you approve or disapprove of the health care law that was enacted in 2010?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/26 - 4/1/13

41 46 12    
             

"From what you've heard or read, do you think the 2010 health care law will mostly help you personally, will mostly hurt you personally, or don't you think it will have much of an effect on you personally?"

 
    Help Hurt Not much
effect
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/26 - 4/1/13

15 37 41 7  
             

"As you may know, Medicaid is a government program that pays for health care for low-income people and others with certain disabilities. Do you think that increasing the number of people eligible for Medicaid coverage in your state is a good idea or a bad idea?"

 
    Good idea Bad idea Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/26 - 4/1/13

48 41 11    

 

Fox News Poll conducted by Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R). March 17-19, 2013. N=1,002 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.  1/11 & earlier: Conducted by Opinion Dynamics Corp.

             

"Which one of the following comes closest to what you would like to see lawmakers do with the new health care law? Would you like lawmakers to repeal the law entirely, repeal parts of the law, expand the law, or leave it as is?"

 
    Repeal
entirely
Repeal
parts
Expand Leave
as is
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

3/17-19/13

30 25 20 20 5
 

10/28-30/12

28 26 17 22 7
 

7/15-17/12

29 28 18 22 3
 

3/10-12/12

31 28 22 14 5
 

4/3-5/11

31 29 18 16 5
 
 

1/18-19/11

27 34 20 14 4
 

12/14-15/10

27 32 15 16 9
 

10/26-28/10

29 29 20 15 7
 

10/11-13/10

27 27 19 17 10

 

Bloomberg National Poll conducted by Selzer & Company. Feb. 15-18, 2013. N=1,003 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"How certain are you that Medicare will be there if you need it in retirement? Do you think it will definitely be there, probably be there, probably not be there, or definitely not be there if you need it?"

 
    Definitely
be there
Probably
be there
Probably not
be there
Definitely
not be there
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

2/15-18/13

14 43 30 9 4
             

"Do you favor or oppose creating a sliding scale for Medicare so that poorer people get more benefits and wealthy people get fewer benefits?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/15-18/13

63 31 6    
             

"Do you think a major overhaul of Medicare is or is not necessary to substantially reduce the deficit?"

 
    Necessary Not
necessary
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/15-18/13

58 32 10    

 

CNN/ORC Poll. Jan. 14-15, 2013. Adults nationwide.

             

"As you may know, a bill sometimes known as 'Obamacare' that makes major changes to the country's health care system became law in 2010. Based on what you have read or heard about that legislation, do you favor all of the proposals in Obamacare, favor most of them, oppose most of them, or oppose all of them?" N=406 (Version B), margin of error 5

 
    Favor all Favor most Oppose most Oppose all Unsure
    % % % % %
 

1/14-15/13

15 38 28 18 1

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Nov. 21-25, 2012. N=1,016 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Overall, do you support or oppose raising the age for Medicare coverage from 65 to 67?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

11/21-25/12

30 67 3    

 

CNN/ORC Poll. Nov. 16-18, 2012. N=1,023 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"As you may know, a bill that makes major changes to the country's health care system became law in 2010. Based on what you have read or heard about that legislation, do you generally favor or generally oppose it?"
3/11 & 6/11: "As you may know, a bill that makes major changes to the country's health care system became law last year. ..."
8/10 & 12/10:
"As you may know, a bill that makes major changes to the country's health care system became law earlier this year. ..."

3/10: "As you may know, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate are trying to pass final legislation that would make major changes in the country's health care system. ..."

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

11/16-18/12

42 51 6    
 

5/29-31/12

43 51 6    
 

3/24-25/12

43 50 7    
 

11/18-20/11

38 56 6    
 

6/3-7/11

39 56 5    
 

3/11-13/11

37 59 5    
 

12/17-19/10

43 54 3    
 

8/6-10/10

40 56 4    
 

3/19-21/10

39 59 2    
             

"As you may know, a bill that makes major changes to the country's health care system became law in 2010. Based on what you have read or heard about that legislation, do you generally favor or generally oppose it?" If oppose: "Do you oppose that legislation because you think its approach toward health care is too liberal, or because you think it is not liberal enough?" Combined responses
3/11 & 6/11: "As you may know, a bill that makes major changes to the country's health care system became law last year. ..."
8/10 & 12/10:
"As you may know, a bill that makes major changes to the country's health care system became law earlier this year. ..."
3/10: "
As you may know, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate are trying to pass final legislation that would make major changes in the country's health care system. ..."

 
    Favor Oppose:
Too liberal
Oppose:
Not liberal
enough
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

11/16-18/12

42 37 9 11  
 

5/29-31/12

43 34 13 10  
 

3/24-25/12

43 37 10 10  
 

11/18-20/11

38 37 14 10  
 

6/3-7/11

39 36 14 10  
 

3/11-13/11

37 43 13 7  
 

12/17-19/10

43 37 13 7  
 

8/6-10/10

40 41 13 6  
 

3/19-21/10

39 43 13 5  

 

Gallup Poll. Nov. 15-18, 2012. N=1,015 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you generally approve or disapprove of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, also known as 'Obama-care,' that restructured the U.S. health care system?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

11/15-18/12

48 45 7    

 

Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll. Sept. 13-19, 2012. N=1,534 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Would you say the current Medicare program is working well for most seniors, or not?"

 
    Working
well
Not working
well
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

9/13-19/12

61 26 13    
             

"Do you think changes need to be made to the Medicare program to keep it sustainable for the future, or do you think the Medicare program will basically be fine if we leave it as is?" Options rotated

 
    Changes
needed
Leave
as is
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

9/13-19/12

72 21 6    
             

"Which comes closer to your opinion? If policymakers made the right changes, they could reduce the federal budget deficit without reducing Medicare spending. OR, In order to significantly reduce the federal budget deficit, policymakers will need to reduce Medicare spending." Options rotated

 
    Don't need
to reduce
Medicare
Will need
to reduce
Medicare
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

9/13-19/12

58 32 10    
             

"Which of these two descriptions comes closer to your view of what Medicare should look like in the future? OPTION A: Medicare should continue as it is today, with the government guaranteeing all seniors the same set of health insurance benefits. OR, OPTION B: Medicare should be changed to a system in which the government guarantees each senior a fixed amount of money to help them purchase coverage either from traditional Medicare or from a list of private health plans."

 
    Guarantee
same set of
benefits
Guarantee a
fixed amount
of money
Other
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

9/13-19/12

55 37 2 6  
 

7/25 - 8/5/12

58 36 1 4  

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Sept. 16-17, 2012. N=1,066 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4. Interviews conducted as part of Gallup Daily tracking.

             

"Turning now to Medicare, are you optimistic or pessimistic that, 20 years from now, the Medicare program will still provide all Americans over age 65 with adequate health care coverage?"

 
    Optimistic Pessimistic Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/16-17/12

43 53 4    

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Sept. 8-12, 2012. N=1,301 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"In order to keep Medicare financially sound, do you think it will be necessary or not necessary to make changes to the program?" If necessary: "Do you think major changes or minor changes will be necessary?"

 
    Major
changes
necessary
Minor
changes
necessary
Changes not
necessary
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

9/8-12/12

40 36 14 10  
             

"Which of these two descriptions comes closer to your view of what Medicare should look like for people who are now under 55 who would be eligible for Medicare coverage in about ten years? 1. Medicare should continue as it is today, with the government providing seniors with health insurance. OR, 2. Medicare should be changed to a system in which the government would provide seniors with a fixed amount of money toward purchasing private health insurance or Medicare insurance."

 
    Continue
as it is
today
Provide a
fixed amount
of money for
insurance
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/8-12/12

78 14 7    

 

United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Sept. 7-9, 2012. N=1,012 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.7.

             

"Now I'm going to read you some statements about the Medicare program, which pays certain health care costs for people 65 and older. As I read each statement, tell me if you strongly agree with it, somewhat agree, somewhat DISagree or strongly disagree. First, how about . . . ?"

 
    Strongly
agree
Somewhat
agree
Somewhat
disagree
Strongly
disagree
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 
 

"Medicare will pay enough benefits when I get older to cover all or most of my health care needs"

 

9/7-9/12

28 22 19 27 4
             
 

"Congress is likely to cut benefits to the Medicare program leaving it unable to cover my health care needs"

 

9/7-9/12

21 22 17 34 7
             
 

"The Medicare program is running out of money and will have to change if it is to survive"

 

9/7-9/12

39 29 11 15 5
             

"Which of the following two options comes closer to your own view of what Medicare should look like in the future? Option A: Medicare should continue as it is today, with the government providing health insurance and paying doctors and hospitals directly for the services they provide to seniors. OR, Option B: Medicare should be changed to a system where the government provides seniors with a fixed sum of money they could use either to purchase private health insurance or to pay the cost of remaining in the current Medicare program." Options rotated

 
    Gov't should
pay doctors,
hospitals
directly
Gov't should
provide
seniors with
a fixed sum
Neither/
Other (vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

9/7-9/12

67 27 3 4  
 

3/22-25/12

64 26 4 6  
             

"What is more important: taking steps to reduce the budget deficit or keeping Social Security and Medicare benefits as they are?"

 
    Reduce
deficit
Keep benefits
as they are
Both
equally (vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

9/7-9/12

34 51 10 5  
             

"Medicare has become a major issue in congressional campaigns this fall. Who do you trust more to preserve the long-term financial health of the Medicare program: President Obama and congressional Democrats, or Mitt Romney and congressional Republicans?" Options rotated

 
    Obama,
Democrats
Romney,
Republicans
Another
candidate or
party (vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

9/7-9/12

54 31 1 9 6
             

"In general, would you say that President Obama's health care reform plan will make things better or worse for each of the following groups? First, how about [see below]. Will Obama's health care reform plan make things better or worse for this group?"

 
    Better Worse Same
(vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 
 

"People who currently do not have health insurance"

 

9/7-9/12

60 28 2 10  
             
 

"The middle class"

 

9/7-9/12

45 40 4 12  
             
 

"The poor"

 

9/7-9/12

60 28 3 10  
             
 

"People like you and your family"

 

9/7-9/12

43 40 8 9  
             
 

"The country overall"

 

9/7-9/12

50 39 1 10  
             
 

"People who are 65 and older"

 

9/7-9/12

48 35 5 12  
             

"As you may know, the health care act that Congress passed saves 716 billion dollars in costs from the Medicare program and puts much of that money into expanding the Medicaid program for the poor and working class as well as preventative health care. Do you think that was a good use of the Medicare savings, or not?"

 
    A good
use
Not a
good use
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

9/7-9/12

56 33 11    

 

Washington Times/JZ Analytics Poll. Aug. 23-25, 2012. N=800 likely voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Both the Obama and Romney presidential campaigns are arguing over Medicare, which is the government's health program for senior citizens. Who do you think is more likely to try to cut that program: [see below]?"

 
    Mitt Romney and Republicans Barack Obama and Democrats Neither Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

ALL

46 27 19 8  
 

18-29 years

45 22 21 12  
 

30-49

46 24 25 5  
 

50-64

45 30 16 9  
 

65 & older

50 33 9 8  

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Aug. 22-25, 2012. N=1,002 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Under [Paul] Ryan's Medicare plan, starting in 10 years people no longer would receive specific Medicare benefits when they turn 65. Instead they would receive a credit for money that they could use to buy insurance, either from the private market or from the government. How do you feel about this proposal to restructure Medicare -- would you say you support it strongly, support it somewhat, oppose it somewhat or oppose it strongly?"

 
    Support
strongly
Support
somewhat
Oppose
somewhat
Oppose
strongly
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

8/22-25/12

11 20 21 43 5

 

AP-GfK Poll conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Corporate Communications. Aug. 16-20, 2012. N=1,006 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.9.

             

If not retired: "How important do you expect each of the following to be to your financial security in retirement? How about Medicare? How important will that be to your financial security in retirement: extremely important, very important, moderately important, slightly important or not at all important?"
If retired: "How important are each of the following to your financial security in retirement? How about Medicare? How important is that to your financial security in retirement: extremely important, very important, moderately important, slightly important or not at all important?"

 
    Extremely
important
Very
important
Moderately
important
Slightly
important
Not at all
important
    % % % % %
 

8/16-20/12

38 29 15 9 6
 

5/5-9/11

44 28 13 10 6

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Aug. 16-20, 2012. N=1,000 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"Do you feel that Medicare needs a complete overhaul, that it needs major changes, that it needs minor modifications, or do you think it is pretty much okay the way it is?"

 
    Complete
overhaul
Major
changes
Minor
modifications
Okay the
way it is
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

8/16-20/12

15 27 39 15 4
             

"There is currently a proposal to change how Medicare would work so seniors being enrolled in the program ten years from now would be given a guaranteed payment some call a voucher from the federal government. Seniors would either purchase one of several government-approved coverage plans from a private health insurance company or pay somewhat more to stay in the traditional Medicare program. Do you think this is a good idea, a bad idea, or do you not know enough about this to have an opinion at this time?"

 
    Good idea Bad idea Don't know
enough
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

8/16-20/12

15 30 51 4  
             

"Now, thinking some more about this proposed change to Medicare: Which of the following statements do you agree with more? Mitt Romney, who says this proposal is a good idea because it would strengthen Medicare and reduce government costs for Medicare by giving future seniors more control over their own health care dollars and a choice between traditional Medicare and a variety of private plans. OR, Barack Obama, who says this proposal is a bad idea because it would end Medicare as we know it by turning it into a voucher system giving seniors a set amount of money to pay for their health care costs and leaving them to personally cover costs above this amount." Options rotated

 
    Agree more
with Romney
Agree more
with Obama
Mixed
(vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

8/16-20/12

34 50 2 5 9

 

Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll. Aug. 7-12, 2012. N=1,208 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"As I read each element of the health reform law, please tell me whether you feel very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable, or very unfavorable about it. First, [see below]. Would you say you feel very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable about that?" Each item asked of half the sample.

 
    Very/
Somewhat
favorable
       
    %        
 
 

"The law will provide financial help to low- and moderate-income Americans who don't get insurance through their jobs to help them purchase coverage"

 
 

8/7-12/12

73        
 

7/17-23/12

70        
 

2/29 - 3/5/12

71        
             
 

"The law eliminates out-of-pocket costs for many preventive services, such as blood pressure or cholesterol screenings"

 
 

8/7-12/12

71        
 

2/29 - 3/5/12

69        
             
 

"The law requires insurance companies that spend too little money on health care services and too much on administrative costs and profits to give their customers a rebate"

 
 

8/7-12/12

62        
 

2/29 - 3/5/12

57        
             
 

"The law requires health plans to provide consumers with easy-to-understand information about benefits and coverage"

 
 

8/7-12/12

79        
 

2/29 - 3/5/12

79        
             
 

"The law will create health insurance exchanges or marketplaces where small businesses and people who don't get coverage through their employers can shop for insurance and compare prices and benefits"

 
 

8/7-12/12

72        
 

7/17-23/12

71        

 

Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation Poll. July 25-Aug. 5, 2012. N=3,130 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.

             

"As you may know, a health reform bill was signed into law in 2010. Given what you know about the health reform law, do you have a generally favorable or generally unfavorable opinion of it?" Options rotated

 
    Favorable Unfavorable Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/25 - 8/5/12

42 47 11    
             

"Which of these two descriptions comes closer to your view of what Medicare should look like in the future? OPTION A: Medicare should continue as it is today, with the government guaranteeing all seniors the same set of health insurance benefits. OR, OPTION B: Medicare should be changed to a system in which the government guarantees each senior a fixed amount of money to help them purchase coverage either from traditional Medicare or from a list of private health plans."

 
    Guarantee
same set of
benefits
Guarantee a
fixed amount
of money
Other
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

ALL

58 36 1 4  
 

Democrats

68 29 1 3  
 

Independents

53 42 1 4  
 

Republicans

55 39 1 5  
             

"Do you support or oppose putting a special tax on junk food that is, things like soda, chips, and candy and using the money for programs to fight obesity?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/25 - 8/5/12

53 47 1    

 

Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll. July 17-23, 2012. N=1,227 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you think your state will be better off or worse off under the health reform law, or don't you think it will make much difference?"

 
    Better off Worse off Not much
difference
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

7/17-23/12

33 40 19 9  
 

5/12-17/11

34 39 18 8  
             

"Do you think lower-income Americans will be better off or worse off under the health reform law, or don't you think it will make much difference?"

 
    Better off Worse off Not much
difference
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

7/17-23/12

45 32 16 6  
 

2/29 - 3/5/12

49 28 17 6  
 

11/10-15/11

49 28 16 7  
 

5/12-17/11

52 29 14 5  
 

2/8-13/11

51 29 18 3  
 

1/4-14/11

48 27 21 4  
 

9/14-19/10

60 21 14 5  
 

4/9-14/10

64 19 9 8  
             

"Do you think middle class Americans will be better off or worse off under the health reform law, or don't you think it will make much difference?"

 
    Better off Worse off Not much
difference
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

7/17-23/12

30 42 23 6  
 

2/29 - 3/5/12

30 42 19 9  
 

11/10-15/11

31 37 25 7  
 

5/12-17/11

31 38 25 5  
 

2/8-13/11

32 40 24 5  
 

1/4-14/11

27 42 27 4  
 

9/14-19/10

38 38 18 7  
 

4/9-14/10

34 36 21 8  
             

"As you may know, last month the Supreme Court ruled that the health care law is constitutional, upholding most of its provisions. Do you approve or disapprove of the Court's decision in this case?"
5/12: "
Though not everyone has had a chance to hear about it / As you noted, the Supreme Court recently decided to uphold the health care law. Do you approve or disapprove of the Court's decision in this case?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

7/17-23/12

45 47 8    
 

6/28-30/12

47 43 10    
             

"Overall, how would you say you feel about the Court's decision? Would you say you feel [see below]?" Options rotated

 
      7/17-23/12 6/28-30/12    
      % %    
 

Disappointed but not angry

35 29    
 

Satisfied but not enthusiastic

31 28    
 

Angry

15 17    
 

Enthusiastic

12 18    
 

Some other emotion (vol.)

3 3    
 

Don't care (vol.)

2 2    
 

Unsure/Refused

3 3    
             

"Which comes closer to your view? Now that the Supreme Court has ruled to uphold the health care law, opponents of the law should: Continue trying to block the law from being implemented. Stop their efforts to block the law and move on to other national problems." Options rotated

 
    Try to
block
Move on Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

7/17-23/12

37 58 5    
 

6/28-30/12

38 56 7    
             

"When the requirement that nearly all Americans have health insurance or else pay a fine goes into effect in 2014, do you expect to have to pay that fine, or not?" Half sample A

 
    Expect
to pay
Don't expect
to pay
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

7/17-23/12

12 84 4    
             

"When the requirement that nearly all Americans have health insurance or else pay a tax goes into effect in 2014, do you expect to have to pay that tax, or not?" Half sample B

 
    Expect
to pay
Don't expect
to pay
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

7/17-23/12

26 70 4    

 

Fox News Poll conducted by Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R). July 15-17, 2012. N=901 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.  1/11 & earlier: Conducted by Opinion Dynamics Corp.

             

"Regardless of how you feel about the 2010 health care law, do you agree or disagree with the U.S. Supreme Court decision on the law?"

 
    Agree Disagree Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/15-17/12

46 46 9    
             

"Now that the Supreme Court has ruled the health care law constitutional, do you feel more reassured or worried about your personal health care in the future?"

 
    Reassured Worried Same (vol.) Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

7/15-17/12

36 51 9 5  
             

"Setting aside how you feel about the requirement in the health care law that all Americans buy health insurance, do you think it matters if the requirement is legally considered a tax instead of a penalty, or not?"

 
    It matters It does
not matter
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/15-17/12

41 49 9    
             

"Which of the following comes closer to how you feel about the 2010 health care law? It's done and Congress should move on to other issues. The law needs to be changed and Congress should keep working on it."

 
    Move on Keep
working
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/15-17/12

40 58 2    

 

National Public Radio poll conducted by Democracy Corps (D) and Resurgent Republic (R). July 9-12, 2012. N=1,000 likely voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"Overall, do you support or oppose the health care reform law that passed in 2010?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/9-12/12

43 48 10    
             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the Supreme Court's decision that upheld the health care reform law?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

47 46 7    
 

Republicans

12 82 6    
 

Independents

44 48 8    
 

Democrats

79 14 6    

 

Reuters/Ipsos Poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. July 5-9, 2012. N=1,154 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"As of right now, do you favor or oppose the health care reform bill passed by Congress and signed into law by the President in 2010?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/5-9/12

45 48 7    
 

6/7-11/12

45 44 12    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. July 5-8, 2012. N=1,003 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Regardless of your feeling about the law itself, do you approve or disapprove of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the health care law last week?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/5-8/12

42 44 14    
             

Asked of those who do not support the federal law making changes to the health care system:
"What do you think is the best approach to the health care reform law: repeal all of it, repeal parts of it, or wait and see before deciding?"

 
    Repeal all Repeal parts Wait and see Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

7/5-8/12

33 30 34 3  
             

Combined responses: "Overall, do you support or oppose the federal law making changes to the health care system? ..." If do not support: "What do you think is the best approach to the health care reform law: repeal all of it, repeal parts of it, or wait and see before deciding?"

 
    Support Repeal all Repeal parts Wait and see Unsure
    % % % % %
 

7/5-8/12

47 18 16 18 2
             

"If a candidate for U.S. Congress supports the federal health care law, would that make you more likely to support that candidate, more likely to oppose that candidate, or wouldn't it make much difference in your vote?" N=855 registered voters, margin of error 4

 
    Support Oppose No difference Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

7/5-8/12

30 31 37 2  

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. July 1-8, 2012. N=2,722 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 1.9.

             

"The Supreme Court has heard a challenge to the health care law and voted to uphold it. Do you agree or disagree with the Supreme Court decision to uphold the health care law?"

 
    Agree Disagree Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/1-8/12

48 45 7    
             

"Do you support or oppose requiring people to have health insurance?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/1-8/12

48 47 5    
 

9/29 - 10/5/09

50 45 4    
 

6/23-29/09

44 51 5    
             

"Do you believe the health care law is in effect a tax hike, or don't you think so?"

 
    Believe it's
a tax hike
Don't think
so
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/1-8/12

55 36 10    

 

Gallup Poll. July 2-3, 2012. N=1,061 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4. Interviews conducted as part of Gallup Daily tracking.

             

"All in all, do you think the 2010 health care law upheld by the Supreme Court last week will help or hurt the national economy?"

 
    Help Hurt No effect
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

7/2-3/12

37 46 1 17  

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. June 28-July 1, 2012. N=1,019 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Overall, do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on the federal health care law?"

 
    Favorable Unfavorable Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/28 - 7/1/12

43 42 15    
             

"Overall, do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of Barack Obama's plans for the health care system?"

 
    Favorable Unfavorable Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/28 - 7/1/12

45 48 7    
             

"Overall, do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of Mitt Romney's plans for the health care system?"

 
    Favorable Unfavorable Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/28 - 7/1/12

30 47 23    

 

CNN/ORC Poll. June 28-July 1, 2012. N=1,517 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.5.

             

"Now here are some questions on the Supreme Court's recent decision on the health care law making major changes to the country's health care system that was passed in 2010. The law included a provision that will require all Americans who do not have health insurance to get it. As you may know, on Thursday the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that provision of the health care law is constitutional, allowing nearly all of the proposals in the health care law to take effect. In general, do you agree or disagree with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in that case?"

 
    Agree Disagree Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/28 - 7/1/12

50 49 1    
 

Democrats

81 19 -    
 

Independents

47 52 2    
 

Republicans

18 81 1    
             

"Thinking about your personal reaction, do you feel enthusiastic, pleased, displeased or angry about the Supreme Court's decision in this case?"

 
    Enthusiastic Pleased Displeased Angry Other (vol.)
    % % % % %
 

6/28 - 7/1/12

15 33 31 20 1
             

"Regardless of how you feel about the Supreme Court's decision, how do you feel about the provisions in the health care law? Do you favor all of the provisions in that law, favor most of them, oppose most of them, or oppose all of them?"

 
    Favor all Favor most Oppose most Oppose all Unsure
    % % % % %
 

6/28 - 7/1/12

9 43 34 13 2
             

"And if you had to choose, would you rather see Congress vote to repeal all of the provisions in the health care law or would you rather see Congress vote to leave in place all the provisions in the health care law?"

 
    Repeal all Keep all Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/28 - 7/1/12

51 47 2    
             

"Now thinking specifically about the provision in that law that will require all Americans who do not have health insurance to get it, do you favor or oppose that provision?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/28 - 7/1/12

48 51 1    
             

"Regardless of how you feel about that provision, do you consider it a tax on Americans, or don't you feel that way?"

 
    A tax Not a tax Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/28 - 7/1/12

60 39 1    
             

"The Supreme Court's decision also affected Medicaid, the federal health program for the poor. The decision gives state governments the option not to expand their Medicaid programs without losing funding for their existing Medicaid system. Based on what you have read or heard about this, do you agree or disagree with this decision?"

 
    Agree Disagree Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/28 - 7/1/12

49 44 6    

 

Pew Research Center. June 28-July 1, 2012. N=1,006 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.6.

             

"From what you've read and heard about the Supreme Court's ruling on the 2010 health care law, would you say you strongly approve, approve, disapprove, or strongly disapprove of their decision?"

 
    Strongly
approve
Approve Disapprove Strongly
disapprove
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

6/28 - 7/1/12

14 22 21 19 24
             

"From what you've read and heard, did the Supreme Court uphold or reject most of the provisions in the health care law?" Options rotated

 
    Uphold Reject Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/28 - 7/1/12

55 15 30    

 

Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll. June 28-30, 2012. N=1,239 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"To the best of your knowledge, has the United States Supreme Court announced their final ruling on the case challenging parts of the health care law, or not?"

 
    Has Has not Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

6/28-30/12

64 18 17    
             
 

Among those who say Court has announced ruling:
"
As far as you know did the Supreme Court decide to strike down the health care law or uphold the health care law?"
Options rotated

 
    Strike
down
Uphold Other (vol.) Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

6/28-30/12

4 91 2 3  
             

"Though not everyone has had a chance to hear about it / As you noted, the Supreme Court recently decided to uphold the health care law. Do you approve or disapprove of the Court's decision in this case?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

ALL

47 43 10    
 

Democrats

79 16 5    
 

Independents

44 43 13    
 

Republicans

12 82 6    
             

"How big of a role do you think each of the following played in the Supreme Court's decision in the case challenging parts of the health care law? What about [see below]? Do you think this played a major role, a minor role, or no role at all in the justices' decision on this case?"

 
    Major role Minor role No role
at all
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 
 

"National politics"

 

6/28-30/12

49 26 18 7  
             
 

"Whether the justices' themselves hold liberal or conservative views"

 

6/28-30/12

47 27 15 11  
             
 

"The justices' past personal experiences"

 

6/28-30/12

31 31 22 16  
             
 

"The justices' analysis and interpretation of the law"

 

6/28-30/12

57 19 11 13  
             
 

"Whether a justice was appointed by a Republican or Democratic president"

 

6/28-30/12

40 25 24 11  
             
 

"The views of average Americans"

 

6/28-30/12

29 29 35 7  
             

"Which comes closer to your view? Now that the Supreme Court has ruled to uphold the health care law, opponents of the law should: Continue trying to block the law from being implemented. Stop their efforts to block the law and move on to other national problems." Options rotated

 
    Try to
block
Move on Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

ALL

38 56 7    
 

Democrats

14 82 4    
 

Independents

41 51 8    
 

Republicans

69 26 5    

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. June 28, 2012. N=1,012 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4. Interviews conducted as part of Gallup Daily tracking.

             

"As you may know, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the entire 2010 health care law, declaring it constitutional. Do you agree or disagree with this decision?"

 
    Agree Disagree Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

46 46 9    
 

Democrats

79 16      
 

Independents

45 42      
 

Republicans

13 83      
             

"From what you know or have read, do you think politics played too great a role in the decision of the Supreme Court in this case, or not?"

 
    Too great
a role
Not too great
a role
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/28/12

64 29 7    
             

"Now that the Supreme Court has ruled the health care law constitutional, would you like Congress to keep the law in place and pass further legislation to expand the government's role in health care beyond what the law currently does, keep the law in place and take no further action on health care, keep the law in place but repeal parts of it, or repeal the law entirely?" Options rotated

 
    Expand No further
action
Repeal
parts
Repeal
entirely
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

6/28/12

25 13 21 31 9
             

"Thinking about how health care reform might affect your vote for major political offices, would you only vote for a candidate who shares your views on health care reform, consider a candidate's position on health care reform as just one of many important factors when voting, or not see health care reform as a major issue?"

 
    Must share
views
One of many
factors
Not a major
issue
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/28/12

21 59 12 9  

 

Fox News Poll conducted by Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R). June 24-26, 2012. N=912 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you favor or oppose the new national health care law that was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in 2010?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/24-26/12

39 49 12    
 

6/3-5/12

40 49 11    
 

4/9-11/12

40 53 8    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. June 20-24, 2012. N=1,022 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Overall, do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of the current health care system in this country?"

 
    Favorable Unfavorable Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/20-24/12

39 56 5    
             

"Overall, do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of the health care you receive?"

 
    Favorable Unfavorable Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/20-24/12

75 22 3    
             

"Overall, do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of the federal law making changes in the health care system?"

 
    Favorable Unfavorable Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/20-24/12

36 52 12    

 

Public Religion Research Institute. June 20-24, 2012. N=1,022 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"I'd like to get your views on some issues that are being discussed in the country today. All in all, do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose the Supreme Court overturning the recent health care law?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

ALL

35 43 21    
 

Republicans

61 22 16    
 

Independents

33 47 21    
 

Democrats

21 62 16    

Health policy continued


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