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US: Health Care (Rasmussen 10/2-3)


Rasmussen
10/2-3/09; 1,000 likely voters, 3% margin of error
Mode: IVR
(Rasmussen release)
(Update: Health care plan favor/oppose)

National

Update: Generally speaking, do you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose the health care reform plan proposed by President Obama and the congressional Democrats?
46% Favor, 50% Oppose

Would you favor or oppose the creation of a government-sponsored non-profit health insurance option that people could choose instead of a private health insurance plan?
46% Favor, 37% Oppose

Suppose that the creation of a government-sponsored non-profit health insurance option encouraged companies to drop private health insurance coverage for their workers. Workers would then be covered by the government option. Would you favor or oppose the creation of a government-sponsored non-profit health insurance option if it encouraged companies to drop private health insurance coverage for their workers?
29% Favor, 58% Oppose

Would a government-sponsored non-profit health insurance option-
34% Save taxpayers money, 53% Cost taxpayers money

Who is likely to provide better service and more choice-
37% A government-sponsored non-profit insurance option
48% A private health insurance company

What is more important -
30% Giving consumers the choice of a government-sponsored non-profit health insurance option
63% Guaranteeing that no one is forced to change their health insurance coverage

 

Comments
OGLiberal:

I see Scott had this all set up to provide some nice, Fox Friendly numbers after getting a less than desirable response to the first question. (which I'm sure he expected because just about every poll on the public option shows that majorities/pluralities support it) The problem is that his follow-up questions are mostly hypotheticals - it is neither the goal nor the intent of any of the legislation to "force" employers to drop their coverage for employees, "forcing" those employees into the public plan. Would some employers drop their coverage and would some of the then uncovered employees choose the public option from the exchange? Maybe. But we don't know. We do know that employers are already dropping coverage for their employees and that there is no public option for uninsured folks to choose.

And yeah, the poll shows that more people think it is important to protect existing coverage than provide a public option. (after, apparently - if the order above is the order the questions were asked - planting the seed in peoples' minds that the public option would cause employers to drop coverage for their employees) But the White House and Congress are trying to produce legislation that does both.

Typical Rasmussen issue polling - producing results that back up right wing talking points. He should stick to head to head matchups - even though his likely voter model is pretty conservative (both big and small C), he's much better and less ideological when it those polls.

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Field Marshal:

@OGliberal:
"Typical Rasmussen issue polling - producing results that back up right wing talking points. He should stick to head to head matchups - even though his likely voter model is pretty conservative (both big and small C), he's much better and less ideological when it those polls."

I guess truth simply has a conservative bias.

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LordMike:

Hardly truth when the question is based on a lie. The CBO estimates that even under the most robust public option, only 8-10 million (less than 5%) would ever join the program, the idea that companies would "force" people into the public option is an outright lie, especially when the legislation specifically limits the public option ONLY to the self-employed and unemployed (as the CBO notes in its analysis).

Polling on a lie may give you the results you want, but it doesn't reflect the truth of the matter.

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notonegativity:

@Field Marshall

You wouldn't know truth if it smacked you right in the face.

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openid.aol.com/Rahmsputin:

This is basically just push polling.

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