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US: Health Care (POS 11/9-11)


Public Opinion Strategies (R)
11/9-11/09; 700 registered voters, 3.7% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(POS release)
Update: toplines

National

State of the Country
34% Right Direction, 59% Wrong Track (chart)

Obama Job Approval
52% Approve, 44% Disapprove (chart)

Based on what you know, do you favor or oppose President Obama's proposed health
care plan, or do you not yet have an opinion?

29% Favor, 40% Oppose (chart)

Public Opinion Strategies:

  • Opposition to President Obama's health care plan is higher after the House vote than our previous tracks (29% favor/40% oppose). Voters' net opposition to the plan has increased from -6% in September (31% favor/37% oppose) to -11% today.
  • Voter opposition to President Obama's health care plan is higher than ever measured for President Clinton's plan in 1993/1994 (35% oppose in June 1994).
  • Multiple surveys show voters believe President Obama's health care plan will mean their health care costs will increase (46% increase/11% decrease) and their quality of care will get worse (40% get worse/18% get better). Concerns about cost have trended up since September.
  • Data continue to show the more people hear about President Obama's health care plan the less they like it (38% the more I like it/52% the less I like it).

 

Comments
Field Marshal:

Ouch... that's brutal.

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Xenobion:

Yeah brutal for sure. Those cross-tabs were written by a 6th grader. They have the audacity to compare their results to Gallup despite being 10+% off from their results. The language in the cross-tabs is pretty rediculous too I only wish they were real cross tabs showing voter distribution so I could pick apart this poll more.

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Stillow:

Not just an ouch, thats a big OUCH.

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Farleftandproud:

I think the polls are misleading about health care and regardless of what people are saying the bottom line is more Americans than not want serious changes to our healthcare system. The reason for declining support is because many independents who don't follow politics a lot listen too much to the negative tv ads opposing health care. The bottom line is whether it is the public options or insurance co-ops as well as new laws prohibiting descriminating against pre-existing conditions, that is what counts the most.

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Farleftandproud:

This poll is a sign the politicians need to get off their ass and stop confusing the American people. While many people of faith are concerned with the abortion contreversy and the Stupak Ammendment, other people of faith in CT, are angry at Liebermann for being defiant against health reform. With him it isn't even about a moral issue; it is about protecting the big insurance industry in CT. $$$$$$$ is what the game is about.

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Farleftandproud:

Health care reform has to pass the Senate. There is no way any Harry Reid, Chris Dodd, and Blanche Lincoln would win re-election if health care isn't passed. Lincoln needs to support health care reform in Arkansas, a state with 25 percent uninsured. She would be committing political suicide if she backs out of it.

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Wong:

Small sample size, almost 4% margin of error. This poll has to be viewed in the context of the other polls released today.

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Aaron_in_TX:

Only 69% have an opinion on health care, according to this poll. So 31% either don't know or are indifferent. I find that hard to believe. It does suggest, however, that the people opposed to health care are VERY opposed to it, while the supporters are less enthused.

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