Emily Swanson | November 18, 2009
CNN / Opinion Research Corporation
11/13-15/09; 928 registered voters, 3% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
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?
56% Favor, 42% Oppose
Would you favor or oppose that plan if state governments were able to decide that the public health insurance option administered by the federal government would not apply to all people living in those states?
28% Favor, 66% Oppose
Now here are a few provisions in the health care bill passed by the U.S. House. Please tell me whether you favor or oppose each one.
Requiring all Americans who do not have health insurance to get it:
49% Favor, 49% Oppose
Reducing federal spending on Medicare managed care programs:
30% Favor, 66% Oppose
Providing subsidies to families that make less than $88,000 a year to help them purchase health insurance:
67% Favor, 32% Oppose
Preventing health insurance companies from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions:
60% Favor, 40% Oppose
As you may know, nearly every Republican in the U.S. House voted against the health care bill which recently passed. Do you think that is mostly an indication that there is something wrong with the bill or mostly an indication that there is something wrong with the Republican Party's approach to health care legislation?
46% Something wrong with the bill, 49% Something wrong with the Republican approach
Do you think abortion should be legal under any circumstances, legal under only certain circumstances, or illegal in all circumstances?
26% Legal under any
10% Legal in most
40% Legal in a few
23% Illegal in all
Generally speaking, are you in favor of using public funds for abortions when the woman cannot afford it, or are you opposed to that?
37% Favor, 61% Oppose
Now think about women who are covered by private health insurance plans that are paid for by private individuals or employers with no money from the government involved. Do you think private health insurance plans should cover some or all of the costs of an abortion, or do you think that women who want to get an abortion should have to pay the complete costs of that abortion out of their own pockets?
45% Health insurance should cover, 51% Pay all costs herself