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POLL: Kaiser Family Foundation "Sicko" Survey


A new Kaiser Family Foundation national survey (story, results) of 1,500 adults (conducted 8/2 through 8/8 by Princeton Survey Research Associates) finds:

  • 4% saw the movie Sicko; 42% heard or read about the movie but did not see it; 54% neither saw, heard, no read about it.
  • Among the 748 adults who either saw, heard, or read about Sicko, 33% think the film "overstates the problem with the U.S. health care system," 9% say it understates the problems, 36% say it accurately represents the problems.
  • As a result of seeing, hearing about, or reading about the movie, 43% say they are more likely to think there is "a need to reform the U.S. health care system," 2% say they are less likely, 49% say is has not changed their opinion.

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Comments
Andrew:

This pollster should have restricted the questions to those who have seen the movie; not those who have heard from others. What if they heard reviews from Rush Limbaugh? The media is owned by HUGE CORPORATIONS, many linked to the health industry. The message conveyed by the media to the public will never been friendly to Moore's point of view. They didn't even have the decency to tell the truth during an interview with Moore himself on CNN, when Wolf Blitzer invided a lying doctor to distort the state of our sub-bar health system.

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maybe because at the trailer alone they find the movie boring or not that good

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Bill:

Gee, this was still pretty powerful film, even according to the polls.

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Louis:

The pollsters probably used people who hadn't seen the movie as a sort of control variable. The film more or less reaffirms what people already believe: if you lean towards socialized care, it reaffirms that. This is an interesting poll as it demonstrates how even an incredibly biased film can shape national policy.

Another interesting poll might be to follow up among the people who said they had discussed healthcare with each other. What solutions: socialized, mixed-model, market based, etc did they tend to lean towards.

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emcee:

The Kaiser Family Foundation? The same Kaiser Family that brought you Kaiser Permanente, the single most notorious HMO in existence!

I don't have an opinion about the movie, because I haven't seen it. But if ever a pollster has had an agenda, it's this one.

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