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US: Health Care (Kaiser 11/5-12)


Kaiser Family Foundation
11/5-12/09; 1,203 adults, 4% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(Kaiser: summary, toplines)

National

Which comes closer to describing your own views? Given the serious economic problems facing the country we cannot afford to take on health care reform right now or it is more important than ever to take on health care reform now?
58% Take on now, 36% Cannot afford

Which comes closer to describing your own views?
35% The president and Congress need to take on health care reform now, and I like what I'm hearing about the proposals currently being considered
33% The president and Congress need to take on health care reform now, but I don't like whatI'm hearing about the proposals being considered
26% I don't think the president and Congress should take on health care reform right now

Do you think _____ would be better off or worse off if the president and Congress passed health care reform, or don't you think it would make much difference?
You and your family: 42% Better, 24% Worse, 27% Not much difference
The country as a whole: 54% Better, 27% Worse, 11% Not much difference
Seniors age 65+: 43% Better, 29% Worse, 19% Not much difference

What do you think would be better for _____ when it comes to health care: if Congress passed the proposals they are currently considering, or if the current health care system were left in place with no changes?
You and your family: 42% Pass proposals, 40% No changes
The country as a whole: 50% Pass proposals, 39% No changes

Do you favor or oppose.....

Requiring all Americans to have health insurance, either from their employer or from another source, with financial help for those who can't afford it
72% Favor, 25% Oppose

Creating a government-administered public health insurance option to compete with private health insurance plans
59% Favor, 36% Oppose

Requiring employers to offer health insurance to their workers or pay money into a government fund that will pay to cover those without insurance
68% Favor, 29% Oppose

Would you be willing to pay more--either in higher health insurance premiums or higher taxes-- in order to increase the number of Americans who have health insurance, or not?
42% Yes, 54% No

 

Comments
taurus pt145:

37% dems
24% reps

What a surprise, not worth the cyber space its written in.

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Aaron_in_TX:

"37% dems
24% reps
What a surprise, not worth the cyber space its written in."

Upset because it doesn't show you the result you want to see?

It has 28% independents and 12% other/don't know. Given that it's a sample of adults, I don't find that too out of line. I would expect likely voters to have a closer party id gap.

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Aaron_in_TX:

And, you'll notice that the 35% support for health care is similar to Rasmussen's level of support. But Rasmussen only gives people two options.

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Stillow:

That is right, support for the health care reforms seems to be in the mid to upper 30's now. And yet, they still want to force it down your throat.

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metapostasy:

And, as always, the surveys are not distinguishing between those who oppose the current reform because it goes to far, and those who oppose it because it does not go far enough. The fact that individual elements poll so high is pretty clear evidence that the populace doesn't oppose reform, only that there is no particular mix (status quo, trigger, current bill, single payer) that commands a majority.

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Xenobion:

How dare they force options down my throat!

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Wong:

Kaiser is the most respected pollster for health care matters in the US. They have been doing it for decades.

Almost 60% for a government administered health care option. That is the most important number here because it captures those respondents who believe the current proposals are not robust enough.

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Stillow:

You can pick and choose what you like and dislike all you want. The bottom line is only a minitoiry of about 35-38 percent want whats currently in Congress....the Dems are literally committing suicide. Amazing.

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metapostasy:

No. If a sufficiently large proportion of those opposed to the bill are opposed because it doesn't go far enough (read: base), then failure to pass the bill will be even more politically damaging. Which is pretty much the CW: passing the bill might hurt, but failing to pass it will be worse.

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Xenobion:

Well support for the bill was at 60% when they started, so your point?

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dominoid:

You all make the false assumption that the 65% of those who don't like the bill as is don't because it's not conservative enough, when the only polls that have asked a follow-up about why the bill is not liked show that of those who don't it's a 50-50 split that's it's not liberal enough; therefore, 35% + 32.5% of the people want something you don't.

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Stillow:

X - ye snad its been dropping ever since once people found out what was actually in it. The cuts, the new taxes....going to jail for not buying insurnace, etc, etc..... and it sbeen dropping ever since and is now in the 30's....

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Xenobion:

Obama was pretty blatant in the debates about taxing the rich to pay for this. Hillary's plan in the debates did this exact same mandate that Obama is doing. There's been no new information since then other than near universial care. Policies are not popularity contests. Why cause Obama still beats any Republican challenger in polls.

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Aaron_in_TX:

"The bottom line is only a minitoiry of about 35-38 percent want whats currently in Congress"

Approval of the republican health plan is even lower.

The reality is that it is probably impossible to craft a health bill that will satisfy a majority of people, no matter who tries to do it.

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Xenobion:

We've become too polarized of a nation to pass "happy medium" policies. Most people hate NAFTA but it was widely popular when it was being drafted.

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Aaron_in_TX:

"Most people hate NAFTA but it was widely popular when it was being drafted."

Heh, yeah. We traded good jobs for $6 T-shirts.

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taurus pt145:

X

You're right, but politics needs division to survive.

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Requiring all Americans to have health insurance, either from their employer or from another source, with financial help for those who can't afford it
72% Favor, 25% Oppose

Creating a government-administered public health insurance option to compete with private health insurance plans
59% Favor, 36% Oppose

Requiring employers to offer health insurance to their workers or pay money into a government fund that will pay to cover those without insurance
68% Favor, 29% Oppose

As in all, yes all, of the polls this site has published that ask respondents if they favor a government-administered plan to compete with private insurance; between 51% and 59% favor (depending on the poll).

This poll shows what all have shown, that respondents don't like what they are hearing, but do like the specific items in the plans. Stillow and others continue to point to questions that measure the effectiveness of Republican branding, not the actual plan elements.

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Aaron_in_TX:

"Would you be willing to pay more--either in higher health insurance premiums or higher taxes-- in order to increase the number of Americans who have health insurance, or not?
42% Yes, 54% No"

It also has this, showing that people want universal coverage but don't want to pay for it.

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tjampel:

People would like to see their fellow citizens covered; they'd like more choice including some kind of Public Option (I think some people are not clear about what this entails); they'd like their employers to keep paying the bill; they don't want to or can't afford to pay more right now.

I think this correctly describes the reality that is America in 2009; we don't have much money and are scared of losing what's left and worried about the country going broke; we basically do want decent health care for all.

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charles:

IT IS ABOUT CONTROL AS IT CAN ADD ONE MORE SHACKLE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AS WELL AS MONEYS THAT COULD IF USED RESPONSIBLEY COULD BUILD UP AMERICA AND NOT KEEP ON DESTROYING IT AS CONGRESS HAS BEEN HELL BENT ON DOING FOR FAR TOO LONG......IT IS TIME TO REBUILD AMERICA TO THE IMMAGE WE SHOULD BE AND NOT THE SICK LOOKING AMERICA THE TWO PARTIES WOULD LIKE IN THE WORLD..IT IS TIME TO REPLACE THE WHOLE OBAMA ADMINASTRATION AND BOTH HOUSES OF CONGRESS.......CHARLES---POLITICAL DECEOTION

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