Emily Swanson | January 14, 2010
CNN / Opinion Research Corporation
1/8-10/10; 1,021 adults, 3% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
As you may know, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed bills that would make major changes in the country's health care system. Based on what you have read or heard about those bills, do you generally favor them or generally oppose them?
40% Favor, 57% Oppose (chart)
Do you oppose those bills because you think their approach toward health
care is too liberal, or because you think they are not liberal enough?
40% Favor (from previous question
45% Oppose, too liberal
10% Oppose, not liberal enough
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?
54% Favor, 46% Oppose
The two bills before Congress have different ways to pay for the costs associated with the changes they would make to the health care system. If you had to choose, would you rather see Congress pass a bill that raises taxes on high-income Americans, regardless of the kind of health insurance plan they have, or would you rather see Congress pass a bill that raises taxes on high-quality health insurance plans, regardless of the amount of money made by the people covered by those plans?
61% Raise taxes on people with high incomes
29% Raise taxes on high-quality health insurance plans