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US: National Survey (ABC/Post 12/10-13)


ABC News / Washington Post
12/10-13/09; 1,003 adults, 3.5% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(ABC: story results; Post: story results

National

Obama Job Approval
50% Approve, 46% Disapprove (chart)
Economy: 46 / 52 (chart)
Health Care: 44 / 53 (chart)

Who do you trust to do a better job handling [ITEM] - (Obama) or (the Republicans in Congress)? (each asked of half sample)
The economy: 48% Obama, 36% Reps
Health care reform: 46% Obama, 39% Reps
The situation in Afghanistan: 47% Obama, 35% Reps
Energy policy: 46% Obama, 36% Reps

Overall, given what you know about them, would you say you support or oppose the proposed changes to the health care system being developed by Congress and the Obama administration?
44% Support, 51% Oppose (chart)

Medicare is the government health insurance program for people 65 and over. Do you think health care reform would strengthen the Medicare program, weaken Medicare or have no effect on it?
22% Strengthen, 45% Weaken, 24% No effect

Just your best guess, do you think health care reform would increase the federal budget deficit, decrease it, or have no effect? (IF INCREASE) Do you think that would be worth it, or not?
23% Increase, worth it
43% Increase, not worth it
11% Decrease
19% No effect

Do you think the government should or should not expand Medicare to cover people between the ages of 55 and 64 who do not have health insurance?
63% Should, 33% Should not

There are a few ideas on health insurance for people who are not insured through work, or Medicare or Medicaid. One is to create a government health insurance plan to compete with private insurance plans for these people). Another is to have the government negotiate with private insurers to offer these people insurance that meets government specifications). A third is to leave the current system as it is. Which of these would you prefer for people who do not have health insurance - a government plan to compete with private plans), (private plans coordinated by the government, or (the current system as it is now)?
36% Government plan to compete with provate plans
30% Private plan coordinated by the government
30% Current system as it is now

Which comes closer to the way you feel: government reform of the nation's health care system is necessary to control costs and expand coverage), or government action on health care will do more harm than good? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?
51% Necessary, 46% More harm than good

Changing topics, many economists say that using the standards they apply, the recession probably is over. Thinking about your own experience of economic conditions, would you say that from your point of view the recession is over, or not over?
13% Over, 86% Not over

On another subject, all in all, considering the costs to the United States versus the benefits to the United States, do you think the war in Afghanistan has been worth fighting, or not?
52% Worth fighting, 44% Not worth fighing

Do you support or oppose Obama's decision to send approximately 30,000 additional U.S. military forces to Afghanistan?
58% Support, 40% Oppose

Party ID
32% Democrat, 26% Republican, 37% independent (chart)

 

Comments
Farleftandproud:

I honestly never thought I could dislike a politician worse than I did Jesse Helms over the years as he was the master at irritating the left. Dick Cheney came in second when he told us that Americans who were not supporting Iraq were traitors to their country. I never thought that I would ever have more disdain than that, but Joe Liebermann this Fall has taken the cake. He is angry that Democrats kicked him out the party so he is going to drag out health care reform. Who needs any GOP senators when you have your best spokesman from CT. Obama gave him his full support in 2008. I preferred his opponent, but I figured Liebermann had his reasons for being a hawk in the middle east.

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Aaron_in_TX:

I thought Joe Lieberman was more or less appeased by the dems dropping medicare expansion? At least that's what I heard on the news today.

On topic: this poll shows that Obama is trusted more than republicans on all the major issues, and the party id looks reasonable.

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