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US: Health Care (AUFC 9/10-11)


Americans United for Change (D) / Anzalone Liszt (D)
9/10-11/09; 801 likely voters, 3.5% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(Anzalone Liszt release)

National

Obama Job Approval
56% Excellent/Good, 41% Not so good/Poor (chart)

In your opinion, would you say the healthcare system in America is okay the way it is, needs minor reforms, needs major reforms, or needs a total overhaul?
9% Okay the way it is
28% Needs minor reforms
41% Needs major reforms
19% Needs a total overhaul

If your member of Congress voted in favor of healthcare reform, would you be much more likely to re-elect your member of Congress, somewhat more likely, somewhat less likely, or much less likely to re-elect your member of Congress?
49% More likely
39% Less likely

Who do you trust more to reform healthcare in America -- President Obama, or the Republicans in Congress?
45% President Obama
30% Republicans in Congress

From what you have seen or heard about [Obama's health care] speech, are you more likely or less likely to support President Obama's healthcare reform plan?
48% More likely
37% Less likely

Thinking about President Obama's healthcare reform plan, if the plan included a public option that gave people a choice between private insurance plans and a public health insurance plan, would you be more likely or less likely to support it?
62% More likely
28% Less likely

Party ID
38% Democrat, 28% Republican, 30% independent (chart)

 

Comments
Aaron_in_TX:

Yet another poll showing broad support for the idea of a public option. Although, I think the partisan id is about 3% skewed toward democrats. It should be about 35/31/29

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IdahoMulato:

Public option is the most popular among all the various parts of the proposed overhaul. Therefore, I don't get it why all dem senators can't get behind this thing.

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Aaron_in_TX:

So what do you think might be causing the timidity about the public option? It's really interesting with regard to Olympia Snowe. I'm somewhat familiar with Maine, and the people there are pretty liberal; not in the sense that Massachusetts people are, but quirky liberal in their own way.

My hypothesis is that these politicians are seriously concerned about the kinds of attacks they'll suffer (socialism, etc...) even thougha majority of people seem to not believe that the public option = socialism

With 60% wanting major reforms or a total overhaul, you'd think they'd move more quickly. Although when you connect the name "Obama" to the notion of reform, support drops to 45% or so. This suggests to me that people don't truly trust either party to take care of it.

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