Emily Swanson | September 2, 2009
CNN / Opinion Research Corporation
8/28-31/09; 1,010 adults, 3% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
From everything you have heard or read so far, do you favor or oppose Barack Obama's plan to reform health care?
48% Favor, 51% Oppose (chart)
As you may know, several health care bills have been passed by committees in the U.S. House and Senate and they can be brought before Congress for debate and a final vote at any time. Which of the following do you think Congress should do:
25% Continue working on those bills this fall and make relatively minor changes before passing final legislation
28% Continue working on those bills this fall but pass final legislation only if major changes are made
25% Start work on entirely new bills that would not be ready until some time next year
20% Stop working on any bills that would change the country's health care system
Do you think the country's health care system needs a great deal of reform, only some reform, or no reform at all?
45% Great Deal
46% Only Some
7% No Reform
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?
Do you think Barack Obama does or does not want the federal government to eventually take over all aspects of the health care system in this country?
42% Does not