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US: Health Care, Afghanistan (CBS 11/13-16)


CBS News
11/13-16/09; 1,167 adults, 3% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(CBS: Health Care - story, results; Afghanistan - story, results; Terrorism trials - story;
Fort Hood - story)

National

Obama Job Approval
53% Approve, 36% Disapprove (chart)
Foreign Policy: 50 / 36 (chart)
Economy: 49 / 43 (chart)
Afghanistan: 38 / 43
Health Care: 44 / 48 (chart)

Congressional Job Approval
26% Approve, 60% Disapprove (chart)

Approval / Disapproval on Health Care
Dems in Congress: 30 / 59
Reps in Congress: 23 / 62

Which of these comes closest to you view?
34% Abortion should be generally available to those who want it.
40% Abortion should be available but under stricter limits than it is now
23% Abortion should not be permitted.

From what you've heard or read, do you mostly approve or mostly disapprove of the proposed changes to the health care system under consideration in Congress?
40% Mostly approve, 45% Mostly disapprove (chart)

Would you favor or oppose the government offering some people who are uninsured the choice of a government administered health insurance plan -- also known as a "public option" -- that would compete with private health insurance plans?.
61% Favor, 28% Oppose

Which of the following comes closest to your view about the proposed changes to the health care system now under consideration in Congress?
51% Congress should pass a health care bill that includes a government administered health insurance plan also called a public option.
16% Congress should pass a health care bill that does not include a government administered health insurance plan also called a public option
26% Congress should not pass any health care bill.

If the federal government provides subsidies or credits to help people buy health insurance, do you think those insurance plans should or should not cover abortion procedures?
34% Should, 56% Should not

From what you know so far, which comes closest to your own view?
7% The economic stimulus package has already created a substantial number of new jobs in the U.S.
46% It will create a substantial number of new jobs but hasn't done that yet
42% It will not create a substantial number of new jobs?

From what you have seen or heard about the situation in Afghanistan, what should the United States do now--should the U.S. increase the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, keep the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan as they are now, or decrease the numbers of troops in Afghanistan?
32% Increase, 20% Keep the same, 39% Decrease

When it comes to dealing with people suspected of involvement in terrorist attacks against the United States, which would you prefer:
40% Trying them in open criminal court with a jury, and a civilian judge
54% Trying them in a closed military court with a military judge?

Do you think the U.S. military had information that could have prevented the shootings that occurred at the Army base in Fort Hood, Texas or not?
51% Could have been prevented
29% Could not have been prevented

 

Comments
Field Marshal:

Wow, Dems have plummeted in approval and are closing in on the REps. It didn't take very long for this congress to turn off the voters of the country. Reps did it in 12 years, the Dems are doing it in 3.

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Xenobion:

Dems have had a congressional approval of 30% since 2004. In fact when Republicans were voted out in 2006 Dems had a lower approval than Republicans despite getting the boot. Shows you how meaningless a national approval rating is for party ID.

http://www.gallup.com/poll/107242/congress-approval-rating-ties-lowest-gallup-records.aspx

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