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FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. July 27-28, 2010. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing on the following issues? Health care."

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/27-28/10

41 55 4    
 

4/6-7/10

40 53 7    
 

2/23-24/10

37 56 7    
 

12/8-9/09

39 54 7    
 

10/13-14/09

42 50 9    
 

9/15-16/09

44 48 8    
 

7/21-22/09

43 45 12    
             

"What do you want to happen with the new health care law: make sure it is implemented as it is, make changes to it, or repeal it all together?"

 
    Implement
as is
Make
changes
Repeal it Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

7/27-28/10

15 42 36 7  
 

4/6-7/10

12 47 36 4  
             

"Which one of the following best describes how you feel about the changes that will take place under the new health care law? Do you think the changes go too far, don't go far enough, or is it about the right amount of change?"

 
    Go too far Don't go far
enough
About right Too soon to
tell (vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

7/27-28/10

45 25 16 5 8
 

4/6-7/10

44 21 22 8 5

 

Bloomberg Poll conducted by Selzer & Co. July 9-12, 2010. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1.

             

"I'm going to mention some issues that have been in the news recently. For each, please tell me if you have become more supportive in the past few months, less supportive, or if your opinion on the issue has not changed. The health care overhaul passed earlier this year."

 
    More Less Unchanged Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

7/9-12/10

29 37 32 2  

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. June 11-13, 2010. N=1,014 adults nationwide. MoE 4.

             

"As you may know, earlier this year Congress passed legislation 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 legislation?"
4/10: "As you may know, Congress recently passed legislation 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 legislation?"
3/10: "As you may know, this past week Congress passed legislation 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 legislation?"

 
    Good thing Bad thing Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/11-13/10

49 46 5    
 

4/8-11/10

45 49 6    
 

3/26-28/10

47 50 3    
             

"Would you favor or oppose Congress passing new legislation this year that would do the following? How about repeal all or much of the health care legislation passed earlier this year?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/11-13/10

50 45 5    

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. May 21-23, 2010. Adults nationwide.

             

"Thinking about the health care bill which was passed into law in April, do you think the changes the new law will make to the country's health care system will be generally good for the country or generally bad for the country?" N=524 (Form A), MoE 4.5

 
    Good Bad Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/21-23/10

46 51 3    
             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the passage of the health care bill which became law in April?" N=499 (Form B), MoE 4.5

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/21-23/10

43 56 1    

 

Kaiser Family Foundation Kaiser Health Tracking Poll. May 11-16, 2010. N=1,210 adults nationwide. MoE 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?" Options rotated

 
    Favorable Unfavorable Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

41 44 14    
 

Democrats

72 14 14    
 

Independents

37 49 14    
 

Republicans

8 85 8    
             

"Generally, how confident are you that you have enough money or health insurance to pay for the usual medical costs that you and your family require? Would you say you are very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?"

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

5/11-16/10

29 38 15 16 2
 

4/9-14/10

33 33 14 19 1
             

"How confident are you that you would have enough money or health insurance to pay for a major illness, such as a heart attack, cancer, or a serious injury that required hospitalization? Would you say you are very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?"

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

5/11-16/10

27 33 18 20 2
 

4/9-14/10

25 34 17 23 1

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. April 14-19, 2010. N=1,930 registered voters nationwide. MoE 2.2.

             

"Who do you trust to do a better job handling health care: President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?"

 
    President
Obama
Republicans
in Congress
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/14-19/10

42 39 19    
 

3/22-23/10

45 35 20    
 

3/16-21/10

42 42 16    
 

2/2-8/10

44 38 17    
 

1/5-11/10

42 41 18    
 

12/15-20/09

45 40 16    
 

12/1-6/09

44 37 19    
 

11/9-16/09

45 36 19    
 

9/29 - 10/5/09

47 31 21    
 

7/27 - 8/3/09

46 37 16    
 

6/23-29/09

53 33 14    
             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the federal health care overhaul?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/14-19/10

39 53 8    
 

Republicans

9 86 5    
 

Democrats

75 17 9    
 

Independents

36 56 8    
             

"If your member of Congress voted for the health care overhaul just passed by Congress, would that make you more likely to vote for him or her in November, less likely, or not make a difference?"

 
    More likely Less likely No difference Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/14-19/10

24 42 31 3  
 

Republicans

6 73 18 3  
 

Democrats

47 8 42 2  
 

Independents

20 46 31 3  
 
 

3/22-23/10

25 38 34 3  
             

"Attorneys general from several states have said they will sue to block the recently passed health care overhaul plan. Do you think filing a lawsuit to stop the plan from taking effect is a good idea or a bad idea?"

 
    Good idea Bad idea Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/14-19/10

40 53 8    
 

3/22-23/10

40 51 9    

 

Kaiser Family Foundation Kaiser Health Tracking Poll. April 9-14, 2010. N=1,208 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

             

"As far as you know, has a health care reform bill been passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama, or not?"

 
    Has been Has not been Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/9-14/10

81 10 9    
             

If "Has not been" or unsure: "President Obama did sign a health reform bill into law last month."
  
All: "Given what you know about the new health reform law, do you have a generally favorable or generally unfavorable opinion of it? ... Is that a very favorable/unfavorable or somewhat favorable/unfavorable opinion?"

 
    Very
favorable
Somewhat
favorable
Somewhat
unfavorable
Very
unfavorable
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

4/9-14/10

23 23 10 30 14
             

"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"

 

4/9-14/10

65 16 9 9  
 
 

"Small businesses" N=581

 

4/9-14/10

34 39 13 14  
 
 

"Large businesses" N=627

 

4/9-14/10

25 31 28 15  
             

"How much would you say you know about how the health reform law will affect you and your family personally: a lot, a fair amount, only a little, or nothing at all?"

 
    A lot A fair amount Only a little Nothing at all Unsure
    % % % % %
 

4/9-14/10

18 38 34 8 2
             

"As far as you know, has the independent Congressional Budget Office -- which analyzes the cost of legislation -- said the health reform law will 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 the
deficit
Decrease the
deficit
Not much
impact
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/9-14/10

45 25 16 13  

 

AP-GfK Poll conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Media. April 7-12, 2010. N=1,001 adults nationwide. MoE 4.3.

             

"As a result of the changes to health care that were passed by Congress in March, do you think it will probably cause you to pay more for your own health care, cause you to pay less for your own health care, or not change the amount you pay for your own health care?"

 
    More Less No change Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/7-12/10

57 7 33 3  

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. April 6-7, 2010. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

             

"Thinking about health care now: Based on what you know, do you favor or oppose the new health care law?"
3/10 & earlier: "Based on what you know about the health care reform legislation being considered right now, do you favor or oppose the plan?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/6-7/10

39 54 7    
 

3/16-17/10

35 55 10    
 

1/12-13/10

39 51 10    
 

12/8-9/09

34 57 9    
 

11/17-18/09

35 51 14    
 

8/11-12/09

34 49 16    
 

7/21-22/09

36 47 16    
             

"As far as you know, did your congressional representative in the House vote for or against the health care bill?"

 
    For Against Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/6-7/10

41 27 32    
             

"How much do you feel you know about the changes that will be made to the health care system as a result of the new law? Do you know a great deal, some, not much, or very little?"

 
    A great deal Some Not much Very little Unsure
    % % % % %
 

4/6-7/10

16 54 13 16 1
             

"All in all, do you think passage of the health care bill is good or bad for the country?"

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

4/6-7/10

45 49 4 2  
             

"Do you think the new health care law is more likely to help keep the country from going further into debt or is it more likely to push the country further into debt?"

 
    Keep from
going further
into debt
Push further
into debt
Depends/
No effect
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/6-7/10

22 65 7 6  
             

"Under the new health care law, do you believe you personally will or will not have to make changes to your health coverage?"

 
    Will Will not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/6-7/10

42 48 10    
             

"Do you think the quality of health care for you and your family will be better or worse under the new health care law?"
3/10 & earlier: "Do you think the quality of health care for you and your family would be better or worse under the health care reforms being considered?"

 
    Better Worse No
difference
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/6-7/10

26 46 21 7  
 

3/16-17/10

27 52 14 8  
 

12/8-9/09

28 52 15 6  
 

7/21-22/09

29 45 17 9  
             

"Under the new health care law, do you think your health care costs will increase, decrease or stay about the same?"

 
    Increase Decrease Stay about
the same
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/6-7/10

56 5 35 4  
             

"Would you be more or less likely to vote for a candidate if they favored the health care bill, or would it not make a difference to your vote?"

 
    More likely Less likely Won't make a
difference
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/6-7/10

22 38 38 2  
 

Democrats

39 10 49 2  
 

Republicans

6 70 22 2  
 

Independents

18 39 39 3  
             

"Based on what you know, do you think Nancy Pelosi and congressional Democrats played by the rules to get health care legislation passed or did they change the rules?"

 
    Played by
the rules
Changed
the rules
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/6-7/10

29 54 17    

 

CBS News Poll. March 29-April 1, 2010. N=858 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

             

"In the long run, do you think the new health care reforms will increase the federal budget deficit, decrease the federal budget deficit, or won't it have much of an effect on the federal budget deficit?"

 
    Increase Decrease No effect Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/29 - 4/1/10

63 13 15 9  
             

"From what you've heard or read, do you think the new health insurance reforms will increase consumer protection against the health insurance companies, decrease consumer protection against the health insurance companies, or don't you think they will have much effect on consumer protections?"

 
    Increase Decrease No effect Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/29 - 4/1/10

35 20 30 15  

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. March 26-28, 2010. N=1,033 adults nationwide. MoE 4.

             

"How important will each of the following issues be to your vote for Congress this year? Will it be extremely important, very important, moderately important, or not that important? How about health care?"

 
    Extremely
important
Very
important
Moderately
important
Not that
important
 
    % % % %  
 

3/26-28/10

48 34 13 5  
             

"In the elections for Congress this fall, will you be more likely to vote for a candidate who supports the health care bill Congress passed, will the health care bill not make much difference to your vote, or will you be more likely to vote for a candidate who opposes the health care bill Congress passed?" Options rotated
If more likely to vote for a candidate who supports the bill:
"Will you be much more likely to vote for a candidate who supports the health care bill Congress passed, or only somewhat more likely?"
If more likely to vote for a candidate who opposes the bill: "Will you be much more likely to vote for a candidate who opposes the health care bill Congress passed, or only somewhat more likely?"

 
 

 

%  
 

Much more likely to vote for candidate who supports bill

26  
 

Somewhat more likely to vote for candidate who supports bill

13  
 

Won't make much difference

14  
 

Much more likely to vote for candidate who opposes bill

32  
 

Somewhat more likely to vote for candidate who opposes bill

12  
 

Unsure

2  
             

"Taking everything into account, do you think in the long run the new health care bill will make the U.S. health care system better, would it not make much difference, or make it worse than it is now?" Options rotated

 
    Better Not much
difference
Worse Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/26-28/10

42 11 45 2  
             

"Taking everything into account, do you think in the long run the new health care bill will make your own health care situation better, would it not make much difference, or make it worse than it is now?" Options rotated

 
    Better Not much
difference
Worse Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/26-28/10

22 35 40 3  
             

"Now, thinking more specifically about how the health care bill will affect you and your family, do you think [see below] will get better, will not change, or will get worse than if no health care bill passed?"

 
    Get better Won't change Get worse Unsure  
    % % % %  
 
 

"The health care coverage you and your family receive"

 

3/26-28/10

24 40 34 2  
 
 

"The quality of health care you and your family receive"

 

3/26-28/10

21 42 35 2  
 
 

"The costs you and your family pay for health care"

 

3/26-28/10

21 27 50 2  
 
 

"You and your family's overall health"

 

3/26-28/10

20 58 19 2  
             

"Now, thinking more specifically about how the health care bill will affect conditions in the United States, do you think [see below] will get better, will not change, or will get worse than if no health care bill passed?"

 
    Get better Won't change Get worse Unsure  
    % % % %  
 
 

"Health care coverage in the U.S."

 

3/26-28/10

44 13 40 3  
 
 

"The overall health of Americans"

 

3/26-28/10

40 24 35 2  
 
 

"The U.S. economy"

 

3/26-28/10

35 17 46 2  
 
 

"The overall quality of health care in the U.S."

 

3/26-28/10

34 20 44 2  
 
 

"The overall costs of health care in the U.S."

 

3/26-28/10

29 14 55 2  
 
 

"The federal budget deficit"

 

3/26-28/10

23 14 61 2  
             

"Looking ahead, in the next five years, do you think Congress will or will not vote on additional, major legislation to either expand or cut back on the health care legislation passed this week?"

 
    Will Will not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/26-28/10

76 18 6    
             

"And, in the next five years, do you, personally, want Congress to vote on additional major health care legislation to either expand or cut back on the health care legislation passed this week, or not?"

 
    Want them
to vote
Don't want
them to vote
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/26-28/10

76 18 6    
             

"Based on what you know or have read about the health care legislation Congress passed this past week, do you, personally, think each of the following applies or does not apply to that legislation? How about [see below]?"

 
    Applies Does not
apply
Unsure    
    % % %    
 
 

"It will expand the government's role in the health care system too much"

 

3/26-28/10

65 33 2    
 
 

"It will cost the government too much"

 

3/26-28/10

64 33 3    
 
 

"It does not do enough to deal with rising health care costs"

 

3/26-28/10

58 36 6    
 
 

"It should include a government-run insurance plan, also called a public option"

 

3/26-28/10

52 43 5    
 
 

"It does not go far enough in regulating the health care industry"

 

3/26-28/10

51 41 8    
             

"Regardless of whether you favored or opposed the health care legislation Congress passed this past week, do you think the methods the Democratic leaders in Congress used to get enough votes to pass this legislation were an abuse of power, or were an appropriate use of power by the party that controls the majority in Congress?" Options rotated

 
    Abuse of
power
Appropriate
use of power
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/26-28/10

53 40 7    

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. March 25-28, 2010. N=1,009 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

             

"Which of the following statements best describes your views about the health care bill that Congress passed this week? You approve of the bill becoming law and have no reservations about it. You approve of the bill becoming law but you think it did not go far enough. You disapprove of the bill becoming law but you support a few of its proposals. You disapprove of the bill becoming law and oppose all of its proposals."

 
    Approve, no
reservations
Approve,
didn't go
far enough
Disapprove,
support
some of it
Disapprove,
oppose
all of it
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

3/25-28/10

15 27 31 25 1
             

"Do you feel enthusiastic, pleased, displeased, or angry about the health care bill that Congress passed?"

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

3/25-28/10

15 30 27 26 2
             

"Do you consider the passage of the health care bill to be a major victory for Obama, a minor accomplishment for Obama, or not a positive achievement at all?"

 
    Major
victory
Minor
accomplish-
ment
Not a
positive
achievement
   
    % % %    
 

3/25-28/10

47 20 33    

 

Washington Post Poll. March 23-26, 2010. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

             

"How would you describe your feelings about these changes to the health care system? Would you say you are enthusiastic about them, satisfied but not enthusiastic, dissatisfied but not angry, or angry about them?" Options rotated
8/09: "How would you describe your feelings about the changes to the health care system being proposed by Congress and the Obama administration? ..."

 
    Enthusiastic Satisfied Dissatisfied Angry Unsure
    % % % % %
 

3/23-26/10

15 32 26 26 2
 

8/13-17/09

15 32 31 18 3
             

"Do you think these changes to the health care system will allow people who have coverage now to keep it without any changes if they want to; OR do you think these changes to the health care system will require everyone to make changes, whether they want to or not?" Options rotated

 
    Changes
not required
Changes
are required
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/23-26/10

35 60 5    
             

"Do you have some form of health insurance or health care coverage, or not?"

 
    Yes No      
    % %      
 

3/23-26/10

86 13      
 

2/4-8/10

83 17      
 

1/12-15/10

87 13      
 

12/10-13/09

82 17      
 

11/12-15/09

84 15      
 

10/15-18/09

85 15      
 

9/10-12/09

86 14      
 

8/13-17/09

85 14      
 

6/18-21/09

84 16      
             

"In the long run, do you think the overall health care system in this country will get better as a result of these changes to the health care system, get worse, or remain about the same?"

 
    Better Worse Same Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/23-26/10

37 44 15 3  
             

"In the long run, do you think the quality of the health care you receive will get better as a result of these changes to the health care system, get worse, or remain about the same?"

 
    Better Worse Same Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/23-26/10

18 44 35 3  
             

"In the long run, do you think your health insurance coverage will get better as a result of these changes to the health care system, get worse, or remain about the same?" Among respondents with health insurance

 
    Better Worse Same Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/23-26/10

17 42 38 3  
             

"In the long run, do you think your ability to get health insurance will get better as a result of these changes to the health care system, get worse, or remain about the same?" N=94 respondents without health insurance

 
    Better Worse Same Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/23-26/10

48 25 25 2  
             

"In the long run, do you think your health care costs will increase as a result of these changes to the health care system, decrease, or remain about the same?"

 
    Increase Decrease Same Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/23-26/10

55 11 30 4  
             

"In the long run, do you think the overall costs of health care in this country will increase as a result of these changes to the health care system, decrease, or remain about the same?"

 
    Increase Decrease Same Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/23-26/10

60 16 21 3  
             

"Medicare is the government health insurance program for people 65 and over. Do you think these changes to the health care system will strengthen the Medicare program, weaken Medicare or have no effect on it?"

 
    Strengthen Weaken No Effect Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/23-26/10

23 48 23 6  
             

"Just your best guess: Do you think these changes to the health care system will increase the federal budget deficit, decrease it, or have no effect?"

 
    Increase Decrease No Effect Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/23-26/10

65 14 16 5  
             

"Do you think the health care plan creates too much government involvement in the nation's health care system, not enough government involvement or about the right amount?"

 
    Too much Not enough About right Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/23-26/10

49 14 35 2  
 

10/15-18/09

42 21 34 2  
 

9/10-12/09

45 12 41 1  
             

"Do you feel you have a good basic understanding of the upcoming changes to the health care system, or do you feel the upcoming changes to health care system are too complicated for you to have a good basic understanding of them?" Options rotated

 
    Good
understanding
Too
complicated
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/23-26/10

58 37 5    
             

"Do you think the Republicans in Congress did or did not make a good faith effort to cooperate with Obama and the Democrats on health care reform?"
9/09: "Do you think the Republicans in Congress are or are not making a good faith effort to cooperate with Obama and the Democrats on health care reform?"

 
    A good
faith effort
Not a good
faith effort
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/23-26/10

31 63 6    
 

9/10-12/09

31 62 7    
             

"Do you think Obama and the Democrats in Congress did or did not make a good faith effort to cooperate with the Republicans on health care reform?"
9/09: "Do you think Obama and the Democrats in Congress are or are not making a good faith effort to cooperate with the Republicans on health care reform?"

 
    A good
faith effort
Not a good
faith effort
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/23-26/10

48 47 5    
 

9/10-12/09

50 44 6    
             

"Say a candidate for Congress voted FOR the changes to the health care system recently enacted by Congress and the Obama administration. Would that make you more likely to support that candidate for Congress, more likely to oppose that candidate, or wouldn't it make much difference in your vote?" If support or oppose: "Are you much more likely to support/oppose that candidate or somewhat more?"

 
    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
    % % % % %
 

3/23-26/10

16 9 6 27 40

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. March 22-23, 2010. N=1,552 registered voters nationwide. MoE 2.5.

             

"From what you've heard or read, do you mostly approve or mostly disapprove of the changes to the health care system just passed by Congress?"

 
    Mostly
approve
Mostly
disapprove
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/22-23/10

40 49 11    
 

Republicans

9 82 9    
 

Democrats

71 18 11    
 

Independents

36 53 11    
             

"If your member of Congress voted AGAINST the health care overhaul just passed by Congress, would that make you more likely to vote for him or her in November, less likely, or not make a difference?"

 
    More likely Less likely No
difference
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/22-23/10

33 27 35 4  

 

CBS News Poll. March 22-23, 2010. N=649 adults nationwide first interviewed by CBS News March 18-21, 2010. MoE 4. Note: March 18-21 results below are based on respondents who were re-interviewed March 22-23.

             

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

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/22-23/10

47 48 5    
 

3/18-21/10

41 51 8    
             

"From what you've heard or read, do you approve or disapprove of the current health care reform bill?" If approve: "Do you strongly approve or somewhat approve?" If Disapprove: "Do you somewhat disapprove or strongly disapprove?"

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

3/22-23/10

15 27 14 32 12
 

3/18-21/10

13 24 15 33 15
             

"From what you've heard or read, do you think the current health care reform bill 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 No effect Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/22-23/10

16 35 43 6  
 

3/18-21/10

20 38 35 7  
             

"Regardless of your view of health care reform, do you think passage of the current health care reform bill would represent an accomplishment for Barack Obama's presidency, or not?" If accomplishment: "Would it be a major accomplishment or a minor accomplishment?"

 
    Major
accomplish-
ment
Minor
accomplish-
ment
Not an
accomplish-
ment
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/22-23/10

52 13 32 3  
 

3/18-21/10

46 10 36 8  
             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Democrats in Congress are handling health care?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/22-23/10

38 56 6    
 

3/18-21/10

29 66 5    
             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Republicans in Congress are handling health care?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/22-23/10

25 63 12    
 

3/18-21/10

26 67 7    

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. March 22, 2010. N=1,005 adults nationwide. MoE 4.

             

"As you may know, yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill 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 bill?"

 
    Good thing Bad thing Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/22/10

49 40 11    
             

"Which of the following best describes your reaction to the House passing the health care bill: enthusiastic, pleased, disappointed, or angry?" Options rotated

 
    Enthusiastic Pleased Disappointed Angry Unsure
    % % % % %
 

3/22/10

15 35 23 19 8
             

"Which comes closest to your view about the U.S. health care system? It needs major changes and the new bill makes the most important changes. It needs major changes and the new bill is a good first step but many more important changes need to be made. It needs major changes but the new legislation mostly makes the wrong types of changes. OR, It does not need major changes." Options rotated

 
    Makes most
important
changes
Is a good
first step
Makes wrong
types of
changes
Does not
need major
changes
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

3/22/10

4 48 31 8 10
             

"Overall, how would you rate the job each of the following has done in the efforts to address problems in the health care system over the past year, leading up to yesterday's vote in the House -- as excellent, good, only fair or poor? How about [see below]?"

 
    Excellent Good Only fair Poor Unsure
    % % % % %
 

"President Obama"

 

3/22/10

18 28 20 31 3
 
 

"The Democrats in Congress"

 

3/22/10

7 25 30 33 5
 
 

"The Republicans in Congress"

 

3/22/10

5 21 34 34 5

 

Bloomberg Poll conducted by Selzer & Co. March 19-22, 2010. N=1,002 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1.

             

"Do you favor or oppose the health care overhaul plan currently under debate in Congress?" Wording on 3/22//10: "Do you favor or oppose the health care overhaul plan passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last night?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/19-22/10

38 50 12    
             

"For the following statements about health care, please tell me if you agree or disagree. [See below.]" If agree or disagree: "Do you agree/disagree strongly or just mostly agree/disagree?"

 
    Strongly
agree
Mostly
agree
Mostly
disagree
Strongly
disagree
Unsure
    % % % % %
 
 

"Health care is like police and fire protection, and the government has a role in making sure everyone has access to care they can afford"

 

3/19-22/10

38 26 13 21 2
 
 

"Health care is a private matter and individuals should make sure their needs are taken care of, through insurance, public clinics, or by paying for services directly"

 

3/19-22/10

30 30 16 19 5
 
 

"Health care is so complicated it is hard for the average American to understand the proposals that are currently being discussed"

 

3/19-22/10

49 26 9 14 2
 
 

"The cost of doing nothing on health care will be greater than the cost of the proposed plan to overhaul it"

 

3/19-22/10

33 18 14 26 9
 
 

"The current proposal to overhaul health care helps others but not me"

 

3/19-22/10

26 22 20 23 9
 
 

"The health care system is fine the way it is"

 

3/19-22/10

8 12 29 50 1
 
 

"The current proposal to overhaul health care amounts to a government takeover"

 

3/19-22/10

34 19 16 26 5
 
 

"At some point the health care system will need to be reformed, but not now"

 

3/19-22/10

24 23 19 32 2

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. March 19-21, 2010. N=1,030 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

             

"Who do you trust more to handle major changes in the country's health care system: Barack Obama or the Republicans in Congress?" N=501 (Form A), MoE 4.5

 
    Barack
Obama
Republicans
in Congress
Both equally/
Neither (vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/19-21/10

51 39 10 1  
 

10/16-18/09

50 34 15 1  
 

6/26-28/09

49 38 12 1  
             

"Who do you trust more to handle major changes in the country's health care system: the Democrats in Congress or the Republicans in Congress?" N=529 (Form B), MoE 4.5

 
    Democrats
in Congress
Republicans
in Congress
Both equal/
Neither (vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/19-21/10

45 39 15 1  
 

12/2-3/09

43 40 16 1  
             

"From what you know of that legislation, do you think the amount you pay for medical care would increase, decrease, or remain the same if it becomes law?"

 
    Increase Decrease Remain
the same
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/19-21/10

62 16 21 1  
             

"From what you know of that legislation, do you think senior citizens who are currently on Medicare would, in general, be better off, worse off or about the same if it becomes law?"

 
    Better off Worse off About the
same
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/19-21/10

20 45 34 1  
             

"From what you know of that legislation, do you think the federal budget deficit will go up, go down, or stay the same if it becomes law?"

 
    Go up Go down Stay the
same
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/19-21/10

70 12 17 1  
             

"In your view, does the Democratic Party's health care proposal create too much government involvement in the nation's health care system, not enough government involvement, or about the right amount?"

 
    Too much Not enough About right    
    % % %    
 

3/19-21/10

56 16 28    

 

CBS News Poll. March 18-21, 2010. N=1,059 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

             

"How closely have you been following the current health care legislation being debated in Congress: very closely, somewhat closely, not very closely, or not at all closely?"

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

3/18-21/10

28 46 18 8  
             

"Regardless of your view of health care reform, do you think passage of the current health care reform bill would represent an accomplishment for Barack Obama's presidency, or not?" If accomplishment: "Would it be a major accomplishment or a minor accomplishment?"

 
    Major
Accomplish-
ment
Minor
Accomplish-
ment
Not an
Accomplish-
ment
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/18-21/10

45 10 35 10  
             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Democrats in Congress are handling health care?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/18-21/10

32 60 8    
 

1/6-10/10

29 57 14    
 

11/13-16/09

30 59 11    
 

10/5-8/09

25 60 15    
             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Republicans in Congress are handling health care?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/18-21/10

25 64 11    
 

1/6-10/10

24 61 15    
 

11/13-16/09

23 62 15    
 

10/5-8/09

17 67 16    
             

"Do you think your own representative in Congress does or does not represent your views on health care reform, or haven't you heard enough yet to say?"

 
    Does Does Not Haven't
Heard
Enough
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/18-21/10

18 24 54 4  
             

"Do you think the current health care reform bill will make sure health insurance companies provide health care coverage to people with pre-existing medical conditions, or not?"

 
    Will Will Not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/18-21/10

53 31 16    
             

"Do you think the current health care reform bill will help control the cost of health care premiums, or not?"

 
    Will Will Not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/18-21/10

37 50 13    
             

"Do you think the current health care reform bill 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  
    % % % %  
 

3/18-21/10

51 14 28 7  
             

"Looking back over the past few months, do you think the political debate about health care reform has made the current health care reform bill better, worse, or hasn't it made much difference?"

 
    Made It
Better
Made It
Worse
Not Much
Difference
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/18-21/10

15 27 52 6  
             

"Looking back over the past few months, have the efforts to pass health care reform made you more optimistic about the way things work in Washington, more pessimistic, or have they made no difference?"

 
    Optimistic Pessimistic No Difference Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/18-21/10

14 54 28 4  
             

"Do you think Congress has spent too much time dealing with health care reform, not enough time dealing with health care reform, or about the right amount of time dealing with health care reform?"

 
    Too Much Not Enough About Right Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/18-21/10

46 28 19 7  
             

"If your own representative in Congress supports the current health care reform bill, would that make you more likely to vote for him or her in the next election in 2010, would it make you less likely, or would your representative's stance on the current health care reform bill not make much difference in your 2010 vote?"

 
    More Likely Less Likely No Difference Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/18-21/10

25 31 39 5  
             

"Do you think Democrats who have been trying to pass the current health care bill have done so mainly because they believe it is good policy for the country, or mainly for political reasons?"

 
    Good Policy Political
Reasons
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/18-21/10

35 57 8    
             

"Do you think Republicans who have been trying to defeat the current health care bill have done so mainly because they believe it is bad policy for the country, or mainly for political reasons?"

 
    Bad Policy Political
Reasons
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/18-21/10

29 61 10    
             

"Do you think the rules and procedures used in Congress to get the current health care reform bill passed have been mostly fair or mostly unfair?"

 
    Mostly Fair Mostly Unfair Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/18-21/10

33 49 18    

 

Gallup Poll. March 17, 2010. N=1,009 adults nationwide. MoE 4.

             

"Thinking about the health care bill currently being considered by Congress, do you think if it is passed into law it will make things better, make no difference, or make things worse for each of the following? How about [see below]?"

 
    Better No
Difference
Worse Unsure  
    % % % %  
 
 

"Americans who do not have health insurance today"

 

3/17/10

59 13 22 5  
 
 

"Lower-income families"

 

3/17/10

56 11 29 4  
 
 

"The United States as a whole"

 

3/17/10

39 13 44 5  
 
 

"Pharmaceutical companies"

 

3/17/10

34 18 41 7  
 
 

"Middle-income families"

 

3/17/10

34 17 44 6  
 
 

"Hospitals"

 

3/17/10

33 17 42 7  
 
 

"Doctors"

 

3/17/10

29 19 45 7  
 
 

"You and your family"

 

3/17/10

28 29 37 6  
 
 

"Health insurance companies"

 

3/17/10

26 14 51 9  
 
 

"Upper-income families"

 

3/17/10

22 39 33 6  

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. March 16-17, 2010. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

             

"Which one of the following do you think would be the best course of action for Congress to take on health care reform legislation this year: pass the current health care reforms that are being considered, toss out the current legislation and start over, or do nothing on health care for now?"

 
    Pass Current
Reforms
Start Over Do Nothing Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/16-17/10

30 46 19 4  
 

2/2-3/10

23 47 23 7  
             

"For you personally, do you think the health care reforms being considered would cost you money or save you money?"

 
    Cost Money Save Money No
Difference
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/16-17/10

66 22 7 6  
 

12/8-9/09

64 23 7 6  
 

7/21-22/09

58 24 9 8  
             

"If major health care reform legislation is passed, do you think your taxes will increase, decrease or stay about the same?"

 
    Increase Decrease Stay About
the Same
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/16-17/10

75 2 20 3  
 

7/21-22/09

79 1 18 2  
             

"Do you think passing health care legislation will create jobs, or not?"

 
    Yes No Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/16-17/10

36 56 8    
             

"Do you think passing health care legislation will boost the nation's economy, or not?"

 
    Yes No Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/16-17/10

30 64 6    
             

"Some people say President Obama is truly trying to find a middle ground with Republicans on health care, while others say he is only pushing the Democratic agenda. Which of these positions is closer to your own?"

 
    Middle
Ground
Pushing
Agenda
Mixed (vol.) Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/16-17/10

43 48 4 5  
             

"Some people say Republicans in Congress are truly trying to find a middle ground with President Obama on health care, while others say they only want to block President Obama's agenda for political advantage. Which of these positions is closer to your own?"

 
    Middle
Ground
Block
Obama
Pushing
Republican
Agenda (vol.)
Mixed (vol.) Unsure
    % % % % %
 

3/16-17/10

31 55 4 5 5
             

"Which one of the following comes closest to what you would like to see lawmakers do next if Congress passes a health care bill? Would you like lawmakers to repeal the bill, expand the bill, or leave it as is?"

 
    Repeal Expand Leave as Is Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/16-17/10

45 29 18 9  
             

"Which one of the following comes closest to what you would like to see lawmakers do next if Congress DOESN'T pass a health care bill this year? Would you like lawmakers to keep trying to pass the current bill, start over from scratch with a new bill, or drop it and work on other issues?"

 
    Keep Trying Start Over Drop It Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/16-17/10

19 42 36 2  
             

"Based on what you know, do you think Nancy Pelosi and congressional Democrats are playing by the rules to get health care legislation passed or are they changing the rules?"

 
    Playing By
the Rules
Changing
the Rules
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/16-17/10

31 53 16    
             

"Some people think President Obama is showing strong leadership in his efforts to pass health care legislation by staying the course even in the face of opposition, while other people think he is showing stubbornness by ignoring opposition to the health care proposals and moving ahead anyway. Which is closer to your view?"

 
    Showing
Leadership
Showing
Stubbornness
Both (vol.) Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

3/16-17/10

47 45 4 2 2

Earlier polls on health policy


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