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US: Health Care (Quinnipiac 9/29-10/5)


Quinnipiac
9/29-10/5/09; 2,630 registered voters, 1.9% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(Quinnipiac release)

National

Obama Job Approval

50% Approve 41% Disapprove (chart)
Reps: 15 / 77 (chart)
Dems: 82 / 9 (chart)
Inds: 45 / 44 (chart)

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling health care?

41% Approve, 51% Disapprove (chart)

Do you support or oppose President Obama's health care reform plan?

40% Support
47% Oppose
12% Don't know/no opinion

Who do you trust to do a better job handling health care - President Obama or the Republicans in Congress

47% President Obama
31% Reps in Congress
21% Don't know/no opinion

 

Comments
Stillow:

That last question should have a choice of none of the above. Since congressional Dems and repubs along with Obama seem to have no clue what they are doing.

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Stephen_W:

With the new CBO report out saying the Baucus bill will actually reduce the federal deficit by $81bln over 10-years, while insuring up to 94% of the legal population, I think it's worth adding a question like that to the mix, since cost appears to be the biggest hurdle in public support for a bill. "Would you support a healthcare reform bill that reduced the deficit by $81 billion over 10 years?

And Stillow, can you show me one bill written by Republicans that's gone through the CBO process? Thanks.

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openid.aol.com/Rahmsputin:

This poll also has 61% supporting a public option.

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Wong:

Any "Obama health care plan" that includes a public option will, I believe, get majority support. The reason it does not now is because you lose Dems and Inds without it.

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Stillow:

Stephen_W:

What are you talking about? I just said congressional dems and repubs along with Obama have no clue...none of them know what they are doing. The people want sensible reforms and the far left is tryign to socialize the whole thing and the far right is trying to keep it all the same.......both sides suck on this issue.

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Xenobion:

So far healthcare has been a true failure of leadership on both sides of the aile. Obama leaving congress to come up with something and with no clear republican leadership other than Micheal Steel, who doesn't even get any respect from his own party on this issue.

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Stillow:

The issue has been highjacked by the far left and far right. Average people want sensible reforms to a system most people like. To me, just antoher example of how g'ment works inefficiently and is full of self serving corrupt politicans.

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Stephen_W:

My point is Democrats have actually come up with a real bill, something shown to actually provide more coverage while at the same time reducing the federal deficit, and has been vetted by the CBO. Republicans have done no such thing, but instead spent their time trying to convince seniors Medicare will be destroyed and their lives ended under this new plan. And your number one argument is that both sides suck and have no clue. If that's your counterargument for healthcare reform than why even bother posting anything?

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Stillow:

Stephen_W:

You never seem to get it. Have you seen the polling? Look at this one. Only 40 percent support Obama's reforms. Neither side can get a majhoirty to go along with them and its because simpletons like yourself degrade the argument into R vs. D. People want common sense reforms, they don't want the total take over the far left wants and they don't want nothing done like the far right wants.

So of you libs like stephen are so hyperpartisan that it doesn't matter what issue the debate is over, the dems are always right and the repubs are always wrong....that is blind ignorance. I slam Bush and the GOp all day long on this site along with the Dems and libs...

I guess not being a lib allows me to actually think for myself....people are not happy with either side.

Is that the same CBO the left was slamming a month or so ago? typical politics. Why you libs put so much faith in what is probably mroe corrupt that the maphia and more self serving than any special intret group, the g'ment.

Like moths to a flame, if g'ment tells you its good, you line up and dive in head first, water or not.

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polls_apart:

@Stillow:
"The left" as you put it, was slamming the CBO because they scored the House committee's Health Care Reform bill negatively. "The left" has not been too happy with the operations of the Senate Finance Committee, but guess what? The SFC produced a bill which decreases the deficit, according to the CBO. So "the left" will just have to swallow the Senate Finance Committee's bill in large measure. And despite your constant drumbeat about a "government takeover", the SFC's bill is not remotely close to any such thing. For one thing, it has no "Public Option", which is the thing most often cited as a possible government power grab by those opposing Health Care reform. I personally think that a "Public Option" would be a good thing, but it is not a deal-breaker, at least for me.

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Stillow:

That is right. The SFC has no public option. But to mmy understanding there isn't actually a written bill is there from the SFC? And the CBO analyzed it not using real numbers from the sfc....so I am not sure how thsi will fly.

There are four other competing bills between the two houses...with the absence of a public option the far left in the House would never vote for it. With a public option it cannot pass the Senate...and I am still not convinced a public option can pass the House either...

So where are we left? We are left with the two extremes controlling the debate...and threatening the sensible reforms people want.

Plus I also read that the sfc "bill" the cbo analyzed included costs to provider coverage to illegal immigrants???? Obama stood in front of the nation and directly said he would not sign a bill that did that.......so what gives?

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Aaron_in_TX:

Stillow, I don't know what you read. CBO reported that the Baucus bill would leave 25 million uninsured in 10 years, about 1/3 of those would be illegal immigrants, the rest would be those who refused to buy insurance and paid the penalty, and a few others who fall through the cracks; about 5-7% are uninsured in almost every nation that has national health care for whatever reason.

As for the absence of a public option, frankly, if the progressive caucus wants a victory they will damn well vote for it. The president made that pretty clear. If they want to go down to ignoble defeat in 2010 they will oppose it. The blue dogs, particularly southern ones, are going to be vulnerable either way they vote on health care, but dems as a whole will be in grave danger if they fail on their signature domestic issue.

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