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US: Health Care (AP-GfK 10/29-11/8)


AP-GfK / Stanford University / Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
10/29-11/8/09; 1,502 adults, 2.5% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(AP-GfK release)

National

State of the Country
38% Right Direction, 57% Wrong Track (chart)

Obama Job Approval
53% Approve, 46% Disapprove (chart)
Economy: 49 / 45 (chart)
Health Care: 47 / 47 (chart)

In general, do you support, oppose or neither support nor oppose the health care reform plans being discussed in Congress?
41% Support, 43% Oppose (chart)

How much, if at all, should the health care system in the United States be CHANGED? Would you say it should be changed...
56% A great deal/A lot, 28% A Moderate amount, 16% Not at all

Would you favor, oppose, or neither favor nor oppose a law that would require every person to have health insurance, and pay money to the government as a penalty if they do not, unless the person is very poor?
28% Favor, 64% Oppose

Would you favor, oppose, or neither favor nor oppose a law that would require most medium-size and large companies to offer health insurance to their employees or pay money to the government as a penalty if they don't?
52% Favor, 41% Oppose

Would you favor, oppose, or neither favor nor oppose reducing the income taxes paid by small companies if they offer health insurance to their workers?
73% Favor, 19% Oppose

Today, insurance companies can decide not to sell health insurance to a person who is
currently sick or has had a serious illness in the past. A law could require companies to
sell health insurance to these people. This law would probably cause most people to
pay more for health insurance. Would you favor such a law, oppose it, or neither favor
nor oppose it?

43% Favor, 31% Oppose

Today, if a person has health insurance and then gets a serious illness, insurance companies can decide not to renew the person's health insurance. A law could require companies to continue to sell health insurance to these people. This law would also probably cause most people to pay more for health insurance. Would you favor such a law, oppose it, or neither favor nor oppose it?
57% Favor, 22% Oppose

Today, if a person gets a serious illness, insurance companies can increase the amount of money the person has to pay for health insurance. A law could prevent companies from increasing health insurance costs for people who get sick. This law would probably cause most people who are healthy to pay more for health insurance. Would you favor such a law, oppose it, or neither favor nor oppose it?
41% Favor, 31% Oppose

Party ID
30% Democrat, 21% Republican, 44% independent (chart)

 

Comments
saywhat90:

Isn't the job approval number 54 approve 43 disapprove.

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Farleftandproud:

Health care reform needs to reduce drug costs, and hospital stays as well as insure that no corporation can deny a patient of pre-existing conditions. Of course most Democrats like the Canadian model which works well and most Republicans want to preserve the status quo, but both cannot be achieved in america. Therefore, we need to develop a bill that reduces hospital stays and charges health premiums based on a sliding scale of income. Most people earning top salaries get good health benefits, making a affordable public option, or even a cooperative something that every American could get access too.

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Cyril Washbrook:

@saywhat90: No, it's definitely 53-46, which is what is listed in the release.

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Emily Swanson:

saywhat: AP/GfK released a separate survey last week (not sponsored by Stanford or RWJF) with those job approval numbers: /blogs/us_national_survey_apgfk_1159.html

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