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US: Health Care (Fox 9/29-30)


Fox News / Opinion Dynamics
9/29-30/09; 900 registered voters, 3% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(Fox release)

National

Based on what you know about the health care reform legislation being considered right now, do you favor or oppose the plan?
33% Favor, 53% Oppose (chart)

How concerned are you that Congress will pass health care reform legislation that will be bad for you and your family?
74% Very/Somewhat, 24% Not very/Not at all

How concerned are you that Congress will fail to pass health care reform legislation and leave many Americans uninsured?
70% Very/Somewhat, 26% Not very / Not at all

Some Americans choose not to buy health insurance even though they can afford it. The president's plan requires all Americans who can afford it to have some form of health insurance or else pay a penalty. Failure to pay the penalty would result in an even larger fine, a jail sentence of up to one-year, or both. Do you think the government should be able to require all Americans who can afford it to have health insurance or pay a penalty?
33% Yes, 62% No

Right now, people can only buy health insurance from companies that are allowed to sell health insurance in their state. Would you favor or oppose going to a nationwide system that would allow insurance companies to sell to anyone no matter where they live in the country?
77% Favor, 17% Oppose

 

Comments
Spike:

Do any polls ask why people are opposed to health care reform? If I want a public option, then I might say I am opposed to the legislation which doesn't include it. In other words, the opposition could include a significant percent of the population that wants more than what is being presented, rather than rejecting what is being offered as too much.

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sasha:

Fox doesn't just lead you to water...it brings the bucket. So Rasmussen comes out with a poll saying a slight majority approve of a govt run health care option..by the far the most contentious aspect of the entire health care debacle..the birther of the infamous "death panels". Now Fox says as you hear it (wink, wink, death panels, sex clinics) do you disapprove of the health care package. I would too, if I watched Fox. Then it leads you into by giving adjectives- how bad..rather than letting the recipient choose how they would frame the answer. And then the coup de grace'...it is the states that prevents the federal govt from buying insurance from out of state..and could you imagine that? What if you get deathly sick and need to be rushed to the hospital..should you go to the closest one- but they can say we don't accept your insurance or would you drive 400 miles for a heart attack...any person can see the loopholes in buying coverage outside of your state..too bad FOX can't.

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Porchnik:

Good Ol' Fox News. Such non-leading questions.

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Aaron_in_TX:

This is the lowest approval for health care that I've seen. It has a significant amount, 14%, saying "don't know" or "other." That makes support look much lower than it really is. Disapproval is a few points higher than in most other polls, but that number is generally sound.

The 2nd and 3rd questions are very strange. 74% are afraid what congress passes will be "bad for america," but 70% are afraid that congress will pass nothing and leave many Americans uninsured.

People don't know what they want.

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openid.aol.com/Rahmsputin:

How Fox's pollster poisons the well to get the answers they want: http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2009/10/question-order-may-bias-fox-news-health.html

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