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US: Health Care (Gallup 10/1-4)


Gallup
10/1-4/09; 1,013 adults, 4% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(Gallup release)

National

Would you advise your member of Congress to vote for or against a health care bill this year?
51% Vote for, 41% Vote against

 

Comments
Stephen_W:

Generic enough question that it suggests any healthcare bill that passes will be viewed fairly positively to the public, so long as they pass something.

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RaleighNC:

What a loaded question.

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tjampel:

One thing for sure. There's no doubt about whether we're talking about a Dem or Republican bill here. There is no Repub bill.

People want/need some kind of HCR. They have great fear as to the form it will take and have heard all kinds of things, many of them scary.

When you ask someone with health care through their employer about HCR they don't care so much because they're covered; who cares about the people down the street losing their home due to a medical crisis. Howeverm if you ask them right after their best friend gets fired and can't possibly afford to pay 15k for his family to remain covered (or, obviously, if you ask the friend) they'll say something very different. Once the reality of how tenuous their coverage is to them and their families.

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Aaron_in_TX:

"What a loaded question."

Are you being facetious? This question is so short and nondescript it's almost impossible to be loaded. A loaded question is one in which it presupposes something untrue.

A loaded question would be:

"Would you advise your member of congress to vote for or against the socialist health care bill?"

It might be slightly loaded if it was worded "the health care bill," because there are 5 separate bills at this point, not 1, but it says "a health care bill." So it's not loaded. There are health care bills that can be brought to the floor this year, there is a congress to vote on them, and as an American you have a member of congress you could advise. These are all true statements, so the question is not loaded.

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Aaron_in_TX:

I think this question shows the accurate level of support for health care reform in the general sense.

Those that advocate for "incremental reforms," etc... do not want the system to change significantly. Ie: health insurance sold across state lines. There would be so many loopholes insurers could use under that kind of deregulation that it's basically meaningless. Also, just some quick research will show you that the big insurance companies already compete in most states. Coverage in different states (especially populous ones), is very similar based on price range.

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Cyril Washbrook:

Aaron_in_TX: I'm pretty sure RaleighNC was being ironic with his/her comment, making the point that it's a very barebones and generic question.

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Cyril Washbrook:

Aaron_in_TX: I'm pretty sure RaleighNC was being ironic with his/her comment, making the point that it's a very barebones and generic question.

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tjampel:

"Cyril Washbrook:

Aaron_in_TX: I'm pretty sure RaleighNC was being ironic with his/her comment, making the point that it's a very barebones and generic question."

So "barebones"="loaded" hmmmm

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tjampel:

barebones is not the opposite of loaded unless you're comparing what... cars, laptops?

"Loaded", in public opinion research implies asking leading questions; the opposite is fair/balanced...not leading; why would this particular person, not at all known for showing sympathy for questions which appear to induce Dem-friendly results, be using irony to show how fair this question is?

Actually I think it's a pretty lame question because it fails to really get at what's in the respondents' minds beyond....we want some kind of health care bill. I'd like to see more specificity.

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