Emily Swanson | December 10, 2009
CNN / Opinion Research Corporation
12/2-3/09; 1,041 adults, 3% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
Do you think the country would be better off if the Republicans controlled Congress, or if the Democrats controlled Congress?
40% Democrats, 39% Republicans
As you may know, the U.S. Senate is considering a bill that would make major changes in the country's health care system. Based on what you have read or heard about that bill, do you generally favor it or generally oppose it?
36% Favor, 61% Oppose (chart)
From what you know about the Senate health care bill, which of the following statements comes closes to your view?
22% Those proposals would help you and your family if they became law
46% Those proposals would help other families in this country, but would not help you and your family
29% Those proposals would not help anyone in the country
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? 43% Democrats, 40% Republicans
Now thinking specifically about the health insurance plans available to most Americans, would you
favor or oppose creating a public health insurance option administered by the federal government
that would compete with plans offered by private health insurance companies?
53% Favor, 46% Oppose
If a bill similar to the one that the Senate is considering becomes law, do you think the federal budget deficit would or would not increase?
79% Would happen, 19% Would not happen
If a bill similar to the one that the Senate is considering becomes law, do you think your taxes would or would not increase?
85% Would happen, 14% Would not happen