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US: Health Care (Gallup 9/11-13)


USA Today / Gallup
9/11-13/09; 1,030 adults, 4% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(Gallup release)

National

As you may know, President Obama is proposing a healthcare plan that is designed to expand coverage to nearly all Americans without raising taxes on the middle class or lowering the quality of healthcare. If Obama's plan is passed, do you think it would or would not be able to accomplish all of these goals?
38% Would be able to
60% Would not be able to

How confident are you that most of the cost of President Obama's healthcare plan can be paid for through cost savings in Medicare and other parts of the existing healthcare system -- very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not confident at all?
43% Very/somewhat confident
56% Not too/Not at all confident

Suppose a healthcare bill passes this year. Do you think ____ would get better, would not change, or would get worse than if no healthcare bill passes?

Healthcare coverage in the U.S.:
40% Better, 37% Worse, 20% No change

The overall costs of healthcare in the U.S.:
34% Better, 40% Worse, 23% No change

Insurance company requirements to get certain treatments covered:
31% Better, 42% Worse, 25% No change

The overall quality of healthcare in te U.S.
30% Better, 41% Worse, 26% No change

Would you support or oppose a healthcare reform plan that would expand health insurance coverage to nearly all Americans if...

It would results in higher taxes on the middle class:
26% Support, 73% Oppose

Middle-class Americans would pay more for healthcare than they pay now:
20% Support, 78% Oppose

Middle-class Americans would have more restrictions on what doctors they could see or medical treatments they could receive:
15% Support, 84% Oppose

The quality of healthcare middle-class Americans receive would get worse:
13% Support, 85% Oppose

 

Comments
LordMike:

When did Gallup start push polling for the right? I thought that was Rasmussen's job... talk about leading questions at the end!!!

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njlib:

I'm tired of these poll questions, they aren't indicative of what side people are on. For example, I'm a former (R) noe a (D) for about 6 or 7 years now. I would answer half the questions on the negative side to my party choice, why? When Q's are asked like Do you approve of Obama's health care plan, or his methods on this subject, or do I think it'll make a big difference. I am not happy at all with the approach so far. Giving Baucus all this power and giving in to (R)'s is ruining this bill before it comes out. It'll be a pig and it's the (D)'s fault, but ask me if I support Democrat efforts over Republican efforts, HELL YES. Can you polling pros comment about this type of polling. I saw one poll about who you side with and (D)'s ruled. I think the right uses these crappy polls and the media can't read the question or the answers. please comment.

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Jase:

What the FUCK kind of questions are these? Ridiculous and disgusting!

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njlib:

example:

The overall quality of healthcare in te U.S.
30% Better, 41% Worse, 26% No change

Of course it may be worse, i think because of the (R)'s.

This type of question overstates the negative and doesn't reflect who the people want to take over this debate, and it's too easily misread. I would've said worse, and readers of the poll say it's because majority's are against the (D)'s but it's really the (R)'s getting too much influence in it.

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Bigmike:

So you guys think these questions are not relevant? Most taxes are going to fall on the middle class because that is where the money is. I would say it is completely fair to ask about any impact that the middle class is going to have to live with.

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brown cat:

What in God's name is going on with these polls? The exact same Gallup survey found that 50% of people support the Obama health care plan. (With 47% opposed--see the USA Today results.) And yet a plurality of those SAME people think that healthcare will get BETTER if no bill passes? What on earth does that mean? Oppose the bill if you want, but what right-thinking person thinks that passing no bill will make things better?

I can only think that some of the respondents were confused by the format of these questions. The results are illogical otherwise. They imply that there's a significant number of Americans who support Obama's healthcare proposals, but who think that healthcare in this country would be better off if his proposals fail to become law. If such people do exist, who are they and what is going on in their heads?

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