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Pew Research Center. May 25-30, 2011. N=1,509 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Please tell me if you think the REPUBLICAN Party or the DEMOCRATIC Party could do a better job in each of the following areas. Which party could do a better job of dealing with the Medicare system?"

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

5/25-30/11

34 44 5 8 9
             

"As you may know, Medicare is the government program that provides health care to seniors and people with permanent disabilities. How much, if anything, have you heard about a proposal to change Medicare into a program that would give future participants a credit toward purchasing private health insurance coverage? Have you heard a lot, a little, or nothing at all?"

 
    A lot A little Nothing
at all
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/25-30/11

20 50 28 1  
             

"Generally, do you favor or oppose this proposal?" Repeat proposal as needed: "Would you favor or oppose a proposal to change Medicare into a program that would give future participants a credit toward purchasing private health insurance coverage?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

36 41 23    
 

18-29 years

46 28      
 

30-49 years

38 36      
 

50-64 years

32 51      
 

65 & older

25 51      
 

Republicans

35 39      
 

Democrats

35 46      
 

Independents

37 40      

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. May 24-26, 2011. N=1,007 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"When it comes to dealing with Medicare, whose approach do you prefer: the Republicans in Congress or President Obama's?"

 
    Republicans' Obama's Neither (vol.) Both (vol.) Unsure
    % % % % %
 

5/24-26/11

39 48 8 1 4
 

4/29 - 5/1/11

40 49 7 1 3
             

"From everything you have heard or read about the Republicans' plan to change Medicare so far, do you favor or oppose it?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

35 58 7    
 

18 to 49

36 57 6    
 

50 and older

33 60 7    
 

Democrats

8 87 5    
 

Independents

34 57 9    
 

Republicans

68 26 6    
             

"Under the Republican plan to change Medicare, do you think you, yourself, when you are eligible to receive it, would be a lot better off, a little better off, a little worse off, a lot worse off, or will the plan have no effect on you?" N=683 respondents ages 18 to 64, margin of error 4

 
      Ages 18 to 64      
      %      
 

A lot better off

5      
 

A little better off 

20      
 

A little worse off 

19      
 

A lot worse off 

24      
 

Will have no effect 

28      
 

Don't know enough (vol.) 

3      
 

Unsure

1      
             

"Under the Republican plan to change Medicare, do you think you, yourself would be a lot better off, a little better off, a little worse off, a lot worse off, or will the plan have no effect on you?" N=318 respondents ages 65 & up, margin of error 5.5

 
      Ages 65 & up      
      %      
 

A lot better off

4      
 

A little better off 

9      
 

A little worse off 

25      
 

A lot worse off 

33      
 

Will have no effect 

24      
 

Don't know enough (vol.) 

5      
             

"Under the Republican plan to change Medicare, do you think that the elderly in this country as a whole would be a lot better off, a little better off, a little worse off, a lot worse off, or will the plan have no effect on the elderly?"

 
      ALL      
      %      
 

A lot better off

8      
 

A little better off 

21      
 

A little worse off 

25      
 

A lot worse off 

31      
 

Will have no effect 

12      
 

Don't know enough (vol.) 

3      
 

Unsure

1      
             

"Under the Republican Medicare plan, do you think that the country as a whole would be a lot better off, a little better off, a little worse off, a lot worse off, or will the plan have no effect on the country?"

 
      ALL      
      %      
 

A lot better off

11      
 

A little better off 

27      
 

A little worse off 

23      
 

A lot worse off 

27      
 

Will have no effect 

8      
 

Don't know enough (vol.) 

2      
 

Unsure

1      

 

George Washington University/Politico Battleground Poll conducted by the Tarrance Group (R) and Lake Research Partners (D). May 8-12, 2011. N=1,000 likely voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"Now, thinking about the health care reform law that was passed last year, do you favor or oppose repealing and replacing this national health care reform law?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/8-12/11

49 42 9    
             

"Do you think this national health care reform law went too far, did not go far enough, OR was about right?" Options rotated

 
    Too far Not far
enough
About right None (vol.) Unsure
    % % % % %
 

5/8-12/11

46 26 21 1 6

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. April 26-May 1, 2011. N=1,408 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.6.

             

"I'm going to read you two statements about the future of the Medicare program. After I read both statements, please tell me which one comes closer to your own view. (A) Medicare should remain as it is today, with a defined set of benefits for seniors. OR, (B) Medicare should be changed so that seniors who join Medicare in 2022 receive a fixed amount of money from the government each year that they can use to shop for their own private health insurance policy."

 
    Remain
as it is
Change Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/26 - 5/1/11

60 34 6    
             

"There is a proposal to gradually increase the age of Medicare eligibility from 65 to 67 in the year 2033. Do you think that is a good idea or a bad idea?"

 
    Good idea Bad idea Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/26 - 5/1/11

51 46 4    
             

"There is a proposal to overhaul Medicaid so that more of the responsibility for providing health care for low income people would shift from the federal government to the states. Supporters say this is necessary to control costs. Opponents say that such a change will hurt the poor because states might not provide the same coverage now available. Do you think that this proposal to overhaul Medicaid is a good idea or a bad idea?"

 
    Good idea Bad idea Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/26 - 5/1/11

38 54 8    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. April 14-17, 2011. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"In order to reduce the national debt, would you support or oppose cutting spending on Medicaid, which is the government health insurance program for the poor?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/14-17/11

30 69 2    
             

"In order to reduce the national debt, would you support or oppose cutting spending on Medicare, which is the government health insurance program for the elderly?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/14-17/11

21 78 1    
             

"I'm going to read you two statements about the future of the Medicare program. After I read both statements, please tell me which one comes closer to your own view. Medicare should remain as it is today, with a defined set of benefits for people over 65. OR, Medicare should be changed so that people over 65 would receive a check or voucher from the government each year for a fixed amount they can use to shop for their own private health insurance policy."

 
    Should remain
as it is
Should be
changed
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/14-17/11

65 34 2    
             
 

If "Should be changed":
"What if the cost of private insurance rises faster than the value of the vouchers, so seniors have to pay more of their own money for health insurance? In that case, would you support or oppose replacing Medicare with a voucher system?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/14-17/11

37 60 3    

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. April 11, 2011. N=1,004 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4. Interviews conducted as part of Gallup Daily tracking.

             

"Do you think the government should completely overhaul Medicare to control the cost of the program, make major changes to Medicare but not completely overhaul it, make minor changes to Medicare, or should the government not try to control the costs of Medicare?"

 
    Completely
overhaul
Make major
changes
Make minor
changes
Not try to
control costs
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

4/11/11

13 18 34 27 8

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. April 9-10, 2011. N=824 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Would you favor legislation that would prevent the federal government from spending any money to implement the provisions of the new health care law that was passed last year, or do you think the federal government should continue to provide funding to implement the provisions of the new health care law?"

 
    Prevent
spending
Continue
funding
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/9-10/11

41 58 1    

 

Fox News Poll conducted by Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R). April 3-5, 2011. N=914 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
    % % % % %
 

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
             

"Several court cases have challenged the new health care law. Some lower courts have ruled that the law is constitutional, while others have ruled that it is unconstitutional. If it were to go to the U.S. Supreme Court, how would you like the Court to rule? To uphold the new health care law as constitutional. To invalidate the health care law as unconstitutional." Options rotated

 
    Uphold Invalidate Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/3-5/11

42 49 10    

 

Gallup Poll. March 18-19, 2011. N=1,038 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4. Interviews conducted as part of Gallup Daily tracking.

             

"As you may know, a year ago, Congress passed a law that restructures the nation's health care system. All in all, do you think it is a good thing or a bad thing that Congress passed this law?"

 
    Good thing Bad thing Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/18-19/11

46 44 10    
             

"Do you think the health care reform law will improve, not change, or worsen medical care in the U.S.?"

 
    Improve Not change Worsen Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/18-19/11

39 12 44 5  
             

"Do you think the health care reform law will improve, not change, or worsen your own medical care?"

 
    Improve Not change Worsen Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/18-19/11

25 31 39 6  

 

Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll. March 8-13, 2011. N=1,202 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Under the new health reform law, do you think [see below] will get better, worse or will it stay about the same?"

 
    Better Worse Stay about
the same
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 
 

"Your ability to get and keep health insurance"

 

3/8-13/11

26 25 46 3  
 

4/9-14/10

34 19 40 7  
             
 

"The cost of health care for you and your family"

 

3/8-13/11

23 42 31 4  
 

4/9-14/10

25 37 32 6  
             
 

"The quality of your own health care"

 

3/8-13/11

20 32 45 3  
 

4/9-14/10

23 27 43 6  
             

"I'm going to read you several elements of the health reform law. For each, please tell me if you think lawmakers should keep it or repeal it. First/Next, [see below]. Should lawmakers keep or repeal this part of the law?"

 
    Keep Repeal Keep it but
make changes
(vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 
 

"The law provides tax credits to small businesses that offer coverage to their employees"

 

3/8-13/11

82 15 1 3  
 

2/8-13/11

83 14 1 2  
 

11/3-6/10

78 18 1 3  
             
 

"The law gradually closes the Medicare prescription drug 'doughnut hole' or coverage gap so seniors will no longer be required to pay the full cost of their medications when they reach the gap"

 

3/8-13/11

76 19 1 4  
 

2/8-13/11

75 20 2 3  
 

11/3-6/10

72 22 1 5  
             
 

"The law will prohibit insurance companies from denying coverage because of a person's medical history or health condition"

 

3/8-13/11

74 22 1 3  
 

2/8-13/11

72 25 1 2  
 

11/3-6/10

71 26 1 3  
             
 

"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"

 

3/8-13/11

72 24 2 2  
 

2/8-13/11

74 22 2 3  
 

11/3-6/10

71 24 1 4  
             
 

"The law will increase the Medicare payroll tax on earnings for upper income Americans"

 

3/8-13/11

58 36 2 5  
 

2/8-13/11

60 34 2 4  
 

11/3-6/10

54 39 1 6  
             
 

"The law will require nearly all Americans to have health insurance or else pay a fine"

 

3/8-13/11

27 67 2 3  
 

2/8-13/11

28 67 3 3  
 

11/3-6/10

27 68 2 3  

 

Bloomberg Poll conducted by Selzer & Company. March 4-7, 2011. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"Turning to the health care bill passed last year, what is your opinion of the bill? It should be repealed. We should see how it works. It should be left alone."
2010: "Turning to the health care bill passed earlier this year, what is your opinion of the bill? ..."

 
    Should be
repealed
See how
it works
Should be
left alone
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/4-7/11

41 42 12 5  
 

7/9-12/10

37 47 14 2  
             

"How much would you say you know about what is in the health care law passed last year? Do you know a lot, some, not much or nothing at all?"

 
    A lot Some Not much Nothing  
    % % % %  
 

3/4-7/11

15 50 25 10  
             

"Part of the law that has not yet taken effect is a requirement that every American have health insurance coverage or pay a penalty. This has been challenged in court. Do you favor or oppose this part of the health care law?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/4-7/11

32 65 3    

 

Pew Research Center. Feb. 22-March 1, 2011. N=1,504 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you think government should or should not play a significant role in reducing obesity among children?"

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/22 - 3/1/11

57 39 3    

 

CBS News Poll. Feb. 11-14, 2011. N=1,031 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you think all Americans should be required to have health insurance, or don't you think they should?"

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/11-14/11

50 46 4    
 

Republicans

34 63 3    
 

Democrats

67 29 4    
 

Independents

47 46 7    
 
 

1/11

54 42 4    
             

"In the next few years, do you think the reforms in the current health care bill will make the health care system better, make it worse, not change the health care system one way or the other, or don't know you know enough about the reforms yet to say?"

 
    Better Worse No change Don't know
enough
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

2/11-14/11

21 23 9 44 3
 

3/18-21/10

29 34 8 28 1
             

"Some members of Congress have said they may stop funding for the new health care law. Regardless of how you feel about the new health care legislation, would you approve or disapprove if Congress stopped funding for the new health care law?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/11-14/11

35 55 10    
 

Republicans

57 34 9    
 

Democrats

12 82 6    
 

Independents

38 49 13    

 

Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll. Feb. 8-13, 2011. N=1,202 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"I'm going to read you several elements of the health reform law. For each, please tell me if you think lawmakers should keep it or repeal it. First/Next, the law establishes a national, voluntary insurance program in which working adults can purchase insurance to help pay for long-term care services they might need in the future. Should lawmakers keep or repeal this part of the law?"

 
    Keep Repeal Keep it but
make changes
(vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

2/8-13/11

74 20 2 4  
             

"Overall, which party, the Democrats or the Republicans, do you trust to do a better job handling health care reform going forward?" Options rotated

 
    Democrats Republicans Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

2/8-13/11

44 31 5 16 4
 

10/5-10/10

46 31 2 13 8
 

9/14-19/10

49 32 2 11 5
             

"Overall, which party, the Democrats or the Republicans, do you trust to do a better job handling Medicare going forward?" Options rotated

 
    Democrats Republicans Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

2/8-13/11

44 30 5 16 5
 

10/5-10/10

44 31 2 14 9
 

9/14-19/10

48 32 2 13 5

 

Kaiser Family Foundation. Feb. 3-6, 2011. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"As far as you know, which comes closest to describing the current status of the health reform law that was passed last year? It is still the law of the land. OR, It has been repealed and is no longer law." Options rotated

 
    Still the law Has been
repealed
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/3-6/11

52 22 26    

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Jan. 15-19, 2011. N=1,036 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you think Congress should try to repeal the health care law that was passed last year, or should they let it stand?"
11/10 & earlier: "Do you think Congress should try to repeal the health care law that was passed in March, or should they let it stand?"

 
    Repeal Let it stand Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/15-19/11

40 48 12    
 

Republicans

73 16 11    
 

Democrats

16 77 6    
 

Independents

38 45 17    
 
 

11/7-10/10

45 44 11    
 

Republicans

76 17 7    
 

Democrats

19 71 10    
 

Independents

47 38 15    
 
 

10/21-26/10

41 45 14    
             
 

If "Should try to repeal":
"Do you think Congress should try to repeal all of the health care law, or only certain parts of it?"

 
    All of it Certain parts Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/15-19/11

50 44 6    
             
 

If "Should try to repeal":
"What if repealing the law meant that insurance companies were no longer required to cover people with existing medical conditions or prior illnesses, then do you think the law should be repealed, or not?"

 
    Should be Should not be Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/15-19/11

52 35 13    
             

"As you may know, several provisions of the health care law have already gone into effect, such as allowing parents to cover their children on their insurance until the age of 26 and prohibiting insurance companies from denying coverage to children with pre-existing illnesses. Have you personally benefited from any of the law's provisions that have already gone into effect, or not?"

 
    Have Have not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/15-19/11

13 84 3    
             

"Thinking about what impact the health care law will have on you and your family, how well do you think that's been explained to you: very well, somewhat well, not too well or not well at all?"

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

1/15-19/11

10 31 30 26 3

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Jan. 13-17, 2011. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

               

"Now I'm going to list some institutions in American society, and I'd like you to tell me how much confidence you have in each one: a great deal, quite a bit, some, very little, or none at all. Health insurance companies."

 
    A great deal Quite a bit Some Very little None at all Unsure
    % % % % % %
 

1/13-17/11

4 5 29 39 23 -
 

8/26-30/10

7 5 30 36 20 2

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Jan. 14-16, 2011. N=1,014 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Thinking about the health care bill which was passed into law last March, do you favor all of the proposals in that bill, favor most of them, oppose most of them, or oppose all of them?"

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

1/14-16/11

6 39 34 16 5
             

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

 
    Repeal all Leave in
place all
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/14-16/11

50 42 8    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Jan. 13-16, 2011. N=1,053 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Overall, given what you know about them, would you say you support or oppose the changes to the health care system that have been enacted by Congress and the Obama administration? ... Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?"
2/10 & earlier: "
Overall, given what you know about them, would you say you support or oppose the proposed changes to the health care system being developed by Congress and the Obama administration? ... Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?"

 
    Strongly
support
Somewhat
support
Somewhat
oppose
Strongly
oppose
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

1/13-16/11

25 20 14 36 5
 

12/9-12/10

22 21 14 37 6
 

9/30 - 10/3/10

26 21 13 35 5
 

3/23-26/10

32 13 10 40 4
 
 

2/4-8/10

22 25 11 38 5
 

1/12-15/10

22 22 12 39 5
 

12/10-13/09

25 19 11 40 5
 

11/12-15/09

30 18 10 39 3
 

10/15-18/09

26 19 12 36 7
 

9/10-12/09

30 16 12 36 6
 

8/13-17/09

27 18 10 40 5
             

"Overall, given what you know about them, would you say you support or oppose the changes to the health care system that have been enacted by Congress and the Obama administration?" If oppose: "Overall, do you think the new health care law goes too far or does not go far enough in changing the health care system?"  Options rotated. Combined responses.

 
    Support Oppose:
Too far
Oppose:
Not far enough
Oppose:
Unsure
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

1/13-16/11

45 35 13 2 5
             

"Overall, given what you know about them, would you say you support or oppose the changes to the health care system that have been enacted by Congress and the Obama administration?" If support: "Overall, do you think the new health care law should have done more to change the health care system, or is it about right?"  Combined responses.

 
    Support:
Should have
done more
Support:
About right
Support:
Unsure
Oppose Unsure
    % % % % %
 

1/13-16/11

25 19 1 50 5
             

"Overall, given what you know about them, would you say you support or oppose the changes to the health care system that have been enacted by Congress and the Obama administration?" If oppose or are unsure: "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?"  Combined responses.

 
    Support Oppose/
Unsure:
Repeal all
Oppose/
Unsure:
Repeal parts
Oppose/
Unsure:
Wait and see
Oppose/
Unsure:
No opinion
    % % % % %
 

1/13-16/11

45 18 19 17 2
 

12/9-12/10

43 17 17 22 2
             

"If the health care reform law does not change, in the long run, do you think the health care reform law is more likely to help or hurt the economy overall?"

 
    Help Hurt Neither (vol.) Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/13-16/11

39 54 3 4  
             

"If the health care reform law does not change, in the long run, do you think the health care reform law is more likely to create jobs or cut the number of jobs in the country?"

 
    Create jobs Cut number
of jobs
Neither (vol.) Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/13-16/11

38 46 6 9  
             

"If the health care reform law does not change, in the long run, do you think the health care reform law is more likely to increase or decrease the federal deficit?"

 
    Increase Decrease Neither (vol.) Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/13-16/11

62 29 2 7  

 

Kaiser Family Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health. Jan. 4-14, 2011. N=1,502 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you think the health care law will lead to too much government involvement in the health care system, not enough government involvement in the health care system, or about the right amount of government involvement in the health care system?"

 
    Too much Not enough About right Unsure Refused
    % % % % %
 

1/4-14/11

54 9 32 4 1
             

"As far as you know, will the health reform law increase the federal budget deficit over the next ten years, decrease the deficit over the next ten years, or is it not expected to have much impact on the deficit?"

 
    Increase Decrease Not much
impact
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

1/4-14/11

60 11 23 6  

 

AP-GfK Poll conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Corporate Communications. Jan. 5-10, 2011. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.2. Trend includes surveys conducted with CNBC.

             

"How important are the following issues to you personally: not at all important, slightly important, moderately important, very important or extremely important? How about health care?"

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

1/5-10/11

39 41 13 5 2
 

11/18-22/10

44 35 14 5 2
 

11/3-8/10

38 41 13 6 2
 

10/13-18/10

41 39 13 5 3
 

9/8-13/10

43 39 11 5 2
 

8/11-16/10

44 35 13 5 3
 

6/9-14/10

42 36 15 6 2
 

5/7-11/10

42 38 12 5 3
 

4/7-12/10

43 36 11 6 3
 

3/3-8/10

40 33 17 6 3
 

1/12-17/10

46 35 9 6 3
 

12/10-14/09

40 41 12 5 2
 

11/5-9/09

42 36 13 5 4
 

10/1-5/09

46 37 10 5 2
 

9/3-8/09

41 36 16 5 2
 

7/16-20/09

43 35 13 7 2
 

4/16-20/09

41 38 16 4 1
             

"What would you prefer Congress do with the new health care law? Leave it as is. Change it so that it does MORE to change the health care system. Change it so that it does LESS to change the health care system. Repeal it completely."

 
    Leave it
as is
Change it so
it does more
Change it so
it does less
Repeal it
completely
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

1/5-10/11

19 43 10 26 2
 

11/3-8/10

20 38 8 31 3
 

10/13-18/10

18 39 9 32 4
             

"Do you favor, oppose, or neither favor nor oppose a law saying that an insurance company cannot stop selling health insurance to one of their customers if that person gets a serious illness?"

 
    Favor Oppose Neither Unsure Refused
    % % % % %
 

1/5-10/11

59 34 6 1 -
             

"Do you favor, oppose, or neither favor nor oppose a law requiring insurance companies to sell health insurance to a person who is currently sick or has had a serious illness in the past, which would probably cause most Americans to pay more for health insurance?"

 
    Favor Oppose Neither Unsure Refused
    % % % % %
 

1/5-10/11

50 34 12 4 1

 

McClatchy-Marist Poll. Jan. 6-10, 2011. N=827 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Which one of the following comes closest to your opinion about what Congress should do with
the 2010 health care law? Let it stand. Change it so it does more. Change it so it does less.
Repeal it completely."

 
    Let it stand Change it so
it does more
Change it so
it does less
Repeal it
completely
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

1/6-10/11

14 35 13 30 9
 

11/15-18/10

16 35 11 33 5

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Dec. 17-19, 2010. N=1,008 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Now here are a few provisions in the health care bill. Please tell me whether you favor or oppose each one. . . ."
2/10: "Now here are a few provisions that the U.S. House and Senate might consider. Please tell me whether you favor or oppose each one. ..."
11/09 intro: "Now here are a few provisions in the health care bill passed by the U.S. House. Please tell me whether you favor or oppose each one. ..."

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 
 

"Requiring all Americans who do not have health insurance to get it"

 

12/17-19/10

38 60 2    
 

8/6-10/10

44 56 1    
 

2/12-15/10

45 53 1    
 

11/13-15/09

49 49 1    
 
 

"Preventing health insurance companies from dropping coverage for people who become seriously ill"

 

12/17-19/10

61 39 -    
 

8/6-10/10

59 41 -    
 

2/12-15/10

62 38 -    
 

11/13-15/09

60 39 -    
 
 

"Preventing health insurance companies from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions"

 

12/17-19/10

64 35 1    
 

8/6-10/10

58 42 1    
 

2/12-15/10

58 42 1    
 

11/13-15/09

60 40 1    

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Dec. 14-15, 2010. N=900 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Some Americans choose not to buy health insurance even though they can afford it. The president's plan requires all Americans who can afford it to have some form of health insurance or else pay a penalty. Failure to pay the penalty would result in an even larger fine, a jail sentence of up to one year, or both. Do you think the government should be able to require all Americans who can afford it to have health insurance or pay a penalty, or not?"

 
    Yes No Unsure    
    % % %    
 

12/14-15/10

28 69 4    
 

3/16-17/10

29 68 3    

 

Gallup Poll. Dec. 3-6, 2010. N=1,003 adults nationwide, interviewed via Gallup Daily tracking. Margin of error 4.

             

"Suppose that on Election Day you could vote on key issues as well as candidates. Please tell me whether you would vote for or against a law that would do each of the following. First, would you vote for or against a law that would postpone previously scheduled cuts in the amounts Medicare pays doctors to treat Medicare patients?"

 
    Vote for Vote against Unsure    
    % % %    
 

12/3-6/10

50 42 8    

 

Kaiser Family Foundation Kaiser Health Tracking Poll. Dec. 1-6, 2010. N=1,207 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Which of the following comes closest to your view of what lawmakers in Washington should do with the new health reform law? They should leave the law as it is. They should expand the law. They should repeal parts of the law. They should repeal the entire law." Options rotated

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

12/1-6/10

21 20 25 26 8
 
 

11/3-6/10

19 21 25 24 11
 

Midterm voters

15 21 24 32 8

 

AP-CNBC Poll conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Corporate Communications. Nov. 18-22, 2010. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.3.

             

"Do you think the changes to the health care system enacted by Congress and the Obama administration in March will increase the federal budget deficit, decrease the federal budget deficit, or have no effect on the federal budget deficit?" Options rotated

 
    Increase Decrease Have no effect Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

11/18-22/10

57 14 20 9  
             
 

If "Increase the federal budget deficit":
"Do you think that will be worth it, or do you think it won't be worth it?"
Options rotated

 
    Worth it Not worth it Unsure    
    % % %    
 

11/18-22/10

25 72 3    

 

McClatchy-Marist Poll. Nov. 15-18, 2010. N=810 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error
3.5.

             

"For each of the following parts of the 2010 health care law please tell me if you think it should remain a law or if you think it should be repealed. . . ."

 
    Should remain Should be
repealed
Unsure    
    % % %    
 
 

"The part that stops insurance companies from denying coverage because of pre-existing conditions"

 

11/15-18/10

59 36 5    
 
 

"The part that allows children up to age 26 to stay on their parents' health insurance policies"

 

11/15-18/10

68 29 3    
 
 

"The part that closes the so-called donut hole in Medicare prescription drug coverage by providing assistance to pay for costs"

 

11/15-18/10

57 32 11    
             

"Should Americans be required by the government to buy health insurance or is it unconstitutional to require it?"

 
    Should be
required
Unconsti-tutional Unsure    
    % % %    
 

11/15-18/10

29 65 7    

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. Nov. 8-15, 2010. N=2,424 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.

             

"What should Congress do with the new health care law: expand it, leave it as is, or repeal it?"

 
    Expand it Leave as is Repeal it Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

ALL

30 18 47 6  
 

Republicans

5 5 85 5  
 

Democrats

53 28 14 5  
 

Independents

26 19 48 6  

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Nov. 11-14, 2010. N=1,014 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Thinking about the health care bill that Congress passed earlier this year, which of the following statements best describes your view of what Congress should do in the future? Congress should leave the bill as it is. Congress should make additional changes to increase the government's involvement in the nation's health care system. Congress should repeal most of the major provisions in that bill and replace them with a completely different set of proposals." Options rotated
3/10: "Thinking about the health care bill that Congress passed this week. . . ."

 
    Leave as is Increase
government's
involvement
Repeal and
replace
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

11/11-14/10

24 24 49 4  
 

9/21-23/10

23 26 47 4  
 

7/16-21/10

20 30 48 2  
 

3/25-28/10

23 27 47 3  

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Nov. 4-7, 2010. N=1,021 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

               

"Taking everything into account, do you think the new health care law goes too far, is about right, or does not go far enough?" Options rotated

 
    Goes too far Is about right Does not go
far enough
Unsure    
    % % % %    
 

11/4-7/10

42 20 29 8    
               

"Taking everything into account, do you think the new health care law goes too far, is about right, or does not go far enough?" If "goes too far": "Would you like to see Congress keep the health care law in place but scale it back considerably, repeal the health care law and start work on a new health care bill, or repeal the health care law and NOT pass a new health care bill?" Options rotated. Combined responses.

 
    Goes too far:
Scale back
considerably
Goes too far:
Repeal/Work
on new bill
Goes too far:
Repeal/Don't
pass new bill
Is about right Does not go
far enough
Unsure
    % % % % % %
 

11/4-7/10

7 25 10 20 29 8

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Oct. 20-21, 2010. N=848 registered voters nationwide. MoE 4.2.

             

"Now thinking about the federal government's actions in response to issues facing the U.S. today. Please tell me if you think each of the following was good for the country or bad for the country in general. First/Next, what about the health care reform law passed earlier this year?"

 
    Good Bad Mixed opinion
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

ALL

44 46 5 5  
 

Republicans

9 86 2 3  
 

Democrats

74 16 4 6  
 

Independents

40 45 11 4  

 

Kaiser Family Foundation Kaiser Health Tracking Poll. Oct. 5-10, 2010. N=1,202 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"As you may know, a new health reform bill was signed into law earlier this year. Given what you know about the new health reform law, do you have a generally favorable or generally unfavorable opinion of it?" If unfavorable: "Given that you have an unfavorable view of the health reform law, which comes closer to your view of what should happen now? The law should be given a chance to work, with Congress making necessary changes along the way. The law should be repealed as soon as possible." Options rotated. Combined responses.

 
    Favorable Unfavorable:
Give it a
chance to work
Unfavorable:
Repeal as soon
as possible
Unfavorable:
Unsure about
approach
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

10/5-10/10

42 13 28 2 15
 

9/14-19/10

49 12 26 1 11
 

8/16-22/10

43 13 31 1 12
             

"Say a candidate for Congress voted FOR the health reform law. Would that make you more likely to support that candidate for Congress, more likely to oppose that candidate for Congress, or wouldn't it make much difference in your vote? ... Would that be much more likely or somewhat more likely to support / oppose that candidate?" N=1,073 registered voters. MoE 3

 
    Much
more likely
to support
Somewhat
more likely
to support
Somewhat
more likely
to oppose
Much
more likely
to oppose
Wouldn't
make much
difference
    % % % % %
 

10/5-10/10

18 12 9 20 39
 

9/14-19/10

22 14 7 21 34
 

8/16-22/10

18 13 8 26 33
 

6/17-22/10

19 16 8 24 31
             

"To the extent that candidates for Congress from different parties are still debating the merits of the health reform law, do you think this is more because Republicans and Democrats fundamentally disagree about the right policy for the country, or more because both sides are trying to use the issue for their own political advantage?"

 
    Disagree
about policy
Political
advantage
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

10/5-10/10

29 64 7    
 

8/16-22/10

25 69 6    
 

6/17-22/10

29 65 7    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Sept. 30-Oct. 3, 2010. N=1,002 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Which political party, the Democrats or the Republicans, do you trust to do a better job handling health care?" Options rotated

 
    Democrats Republicans Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
    % % % % %
 

9/30 - 10/3/10

46 38 1 12 3
 

8/30 - 9/2/10

44 39 2 13 3
 

3/23-26/10

47 34 2 15 3
 

1/30 - 2/1/08

56 29 2 10 4
 

10/29 - 11/1/07

54 29 2 10 5
 

9/27-30/07

56 26 2 12 5
 

10/5-8/06

61 28 1 7 2

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Sept. 28-29, 2010. N=900 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Thinking about the health care law that was passed earlier this year, would you favor repealing the new law to keep it from going into effect, or would you oppose repealing the new law?"

 
    Favor
repealing
Oppose
repealing
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/28-29/10

46 42 12    
 

9/14-16/10

44 43 12    

 

Kaiser Family Foundation Kaiser Health Tracking Poll. Sept. 14-19, 2010. N=1,200 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you think [see below] will be better off or worse off under the new health reform law, or don't you think it will make much difference?"

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

"People with pre-existing medical conditions"

 

9/14-19/10

55 23 13 8  
 

4/9-14/10

65 16 9 9  
             

"If the Republicans take control of Congress from the Democrats this November, do you think the actions they would take on health care reform would make the nation's health care system better, worse, or wouldn't have much effect?"

 
    Better Worse Not much
effect
Wouldn't take
action (vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

9/14-19/10

31 36 26 1 5
             

"Which comes closest to describing the importance of a candidate's position on health reform to your vote choice? Will a candidate's position on health reform be the deciding factor in your vote, be a major factor in determining your vote, be a minor factor, or not be very important in determining your vote?" N=1,081 registered voters

 
    Deciding
factor
Major factor Minor factor Not very
important
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

9/14-19/10

10 45 31 12 2

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Sept. 14-16, 2010. N=900 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Thinking about the health care law that was passed earlier this year, would you favor repealing the new law to keep it from going into effect, or would you oppose repealing the new law?"

 
    Favor
repealing
Oppose
repealing
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/14-16/10

44 43 12    
             

"Which of the following makes you more upset -- that the new health care law doesn't go far enough, or that the health care bill passed Congress and became law at all?"

 
    That it
doesn't go
far enough
That it
became law
Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
    % % % % %
 

9/14-16/10

36 47 2 5 10

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Sept. 10-14, 2010. N=990 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

             

"From what you've heard or read, do you approve or disapprove of the health care law that was enacted last March?" If approve: "Do you strongly approve or somewhat approve?" If Disapprove: "Do you somewhat disapprove or strongly disapprove?"
3/29 - 4/1/10: "From what you've heard or read, do you approve or disapprove of the new health care reform bill? ..."
3/18-21/10:
"From what you've heard or read, do you approve or disapprove of the current health care reform bill? ..."

 
    Strongly
approve
Somewhat
approve
Somewhat disapprove Strongly
disapprove
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

9/10-14/10

15 22 15 34 14
             
 

If disapprove of health care law:
"Do you think Congress should repeal the health care law that was passed in March, or should they let it stand?"

 
    Repeal Let stand Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/10-14/10

82 14 4    
             
 

If disapprove of health care law and want it repealed:
"What if repealing the law meant that insurance companies were no longer required to cover people with existing medical conditions or prior illnesses, then do you think the law should be repealed, or not?"

 
    Repeal Don't repeal Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/10-14/10

48 40 12    

 

Pew Research/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management. Sept. 9-12, 2010. N=1,001 adults nationwide. MoE 4.

             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the health care legislation passed by Barack Obama and Congress in March?"
4/10: "Do you approve or disapprove of the health care legislation passed by Barack Obama and Congress last month?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/9-12/10

38 45 17    
 

7/8-11/10

35 47 17    
 

4/1-5/10

40 44 16    
             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the health care legislation passed by Barack Obama and Congress in March?" If disapprove: "What do you think Congress should do about health care now: let the law stand and see how it works, or repeal the law as soon as possible?" Options rotated. Combined responses.

 
    Approve Disapprove:
Let stand
Disapprove:
Repeal ASAP
Disapprove:
Unsure
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

9/9-12/10

38 9 32 4 17
 

7/8-11/10

35 7 37 4 17
             

"As you may know, Medicare is the government program that provides health care to seniors and people with permanent disabilities. Would you favor or oppose ending the current Medicare system and replacing it with a program that provides vouchers to Medicare participants so they can purchase private health insurance coverage?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/9-12/10

33 52 15    

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Aug. 27-30, 2010. N=1,021 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Now, thinking back on some of the major pieces of legislation Congress has passed in the last two years, would you say you approve or disapprove of the health care overhaul?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

8/27-30/10

39 56 5    

 

Kaiser Family Foundation Kaiser Health Tracking Poll. Aug. 16-22, 2010. N=1,203 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

             

"Please tell me how successful, if at all, you expect the new health reform law to be in accomplishing each of the following goals. First, how successful do you expect the health reform law to be in . . . ?"

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

"Expanding health insurance coverage for the uninsured"

 

8/16-22/10

28 41 13 14 4
 
 

"Regulating health insurance companies so that the average person with private insurance will have better consumer protections"

 

8/16-22/10

20 38 19 18 5
 
 

"Reducing the amount the average American has to pay for health care and health insurance"

 

8/16-22/10

19 32 17 27 5
 
 

"Improving the QUALITY of medical care that the average American receives"

 

8/16-22/10

17 37 16 26 4
 
 

"Reducing the total amount the country spends on health care"

 

8/16-22/10

14 32 19 31 5
             

"Do you feel you understand what the impact of the health reform law will be on you and your family, or not?"

 
    Understand Do not
understand
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

8/16-22/10

68 29 3    
 

7/8-13/10

63 32 4    
 

6/17-22/10

70 28 2    
 

5/11-16/10

61 35 3    

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