Emily Swanson | December 15, 2009
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
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
32% Democrat, 26% Republican, 37% independent (chart)