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US: National Survey (AP-GfK 11/5-9)


AP-Gfk
11/5-9/09; 1,006 adults, 3.1% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(AP-Gfk release)

National

State of the Country
38% Right Direction, 56% Wrong track (chart)

Obama Job Approval
54% Approve, 43% Disapprove (chart)
Economy: 46 / 49 (chart)
Health Care: 49 / 46 (chart)

Congressional Job Approval
30% Approve, 66% Disapprove (chart)

In general, do you support, oppose or neither support nor oppose the health care reform plans being discussed in Congress?
39% Support, 45% Oppose (chart)

If President Obama and the Democrats in Congress are unable to win support from Republicans to pass a health care plan this year, what should they do? Should they...
31% Go ahead and pass a bill without Republican support
61% Keep trying until they are able to make a deal with the Republicans

Do you favor or oppose the war in Iraq?
30% Favor, 67% Oppose

Do you favor or oppose the war in Afghanistan?
39% Favor, 57% Oppose

Would you favor or oppose sending more troops to Afghanistan?
43% Favor, 54% Oppose

Party ID
35% Democrat, 21% Republican, 24% independent (chart)

 

Comments
Stillow:

A whopping 31 percent favor the Dems ramming there insane health care bill thru without GOP fingerprints on it. This health care thing may very well have sved the republican party.

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LordMike:

Without GOP fingerprints on it? Chuck Grassley practically wrote the Senate bill himself! That's why you don't negotiate with the GOP. They will destroy your work and then make you take all the credit for the "comprimise" that you don't want.

As for "resurging" the GOP... that's fine... If you install all these Democrats and can't get them to achieve the number one policy priority in the last 60 years, than what's the point. You burn political capital for the good of the nation.

LBJ got burned by getting medicare passed... he lost a lot of congressional seats, and eventually his career, but he sure did whole lot of good for a whole lot of people. It's worth the cost!

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Stillow:

Shhhhhhhh, don't tell anyone, but medicare is BANKRUPT....social security is BANKRUPT. There is not enough money in the system to meet the demands of these entitlements in the coming years. To much spending has already put us 12 trillion in debt..........why? Because g'ment was never designed to provide everything toeveryone. It does not work, its unsustainable.

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LordMike:

Gee, the seniors I know think it's pretty darn swell! Maybe you should tell them to go find private insurance at age 70 with health conditions. I'm sure they will respond kindly to your suggestion. Medicare proves that single payer works for the people it's meant to work for... the patient. If we brought more young and healthy people into the program, costs would go way down, too... a win/win!

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Stillow:

Do you seriously not get it? Or are you just playing dumb? I like 102 inch high def plasma tv's too....i like 50 foot sail boats. I like 10 acres of land along the pacific coast line. I like extra butter on my mashed potatos....just cus you like it doesn't mean you can do it.

try to understand this, at least try. THERE IS NOT ENOUGH MONEY IN THE SYSTEM TO PAY FOR IT.

Wher eis the money going to come from? Do you libs seriously think you can just endlessly grow the debt with no consequences? 12 trillion, 20 trilliong, 50 trillion? You can only live beyond your means for a short time. You think China will just keep buying up trillions in debt? Is that what you think?

this is what happens when you take the solutions out of the private sector and put it into g'ment....they cannot be sustained, its impossible. You are literally destorying future generations of americans to make your own life better. You are enslaving americans not yet born, just to pay for your wants.

Its disgusting, its disgraceful and it will all come crumbling down one day. You can not have ever increasing amounts of debt, continue to handing out entitlement after entitlement....it doesn't work.......you fiscal libs are destroying our country.

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011121:

Social security is not bankrupt. This year the SS surplus is projected to be 16 billion dollars. The problem is and always has been that congress raids the surplus as a source of additional funds for government rather than investing them to sustain SS into the future (when the surplus is projected to eventually disappear).

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Field Marshal:

"Social security is not bankrupt. This year the SS surplus is projected to be 16 billion dollars. The problem is and always has been that congress raids the surplus as a source of additional funds for government rather than investing them to sustain SS into the future (when the surplus is projected to eventually disappear)."

So your defense of a government program (that will be bankrupt in a few years) is to point to governments inept running of the program? Yay for government healthcare!!

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Stillow:

heheeh ya, 011121 just proved my point indirectly.

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011121:

"So your defense of a government program (that will be bankrupt in a few years) is to point to governments inept running of the program? Yay for government healthcare!!"

my "defense" is simply the fact that SS runs a surplus always has, and had that surplus been left alone it would be solvent for many decades to come.

As for health care since our current system is the most expensive in the world and almost every OECD country gets as good or better care than us for far less money I fail to see how the issue with SS applies.

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Stillow:

Ya, better care....you libs cannot resist any chance to slam your own country can you? Why do wealthy canadians come here for treatment? There are hospitals on the canadian border that earn solid profits from canadian customers becaus ehtey cannot get treatment in there own country.

What will you libs do, where will you go when your one g'ment appointed doctor says no to a treatment you feel you need? Hmmmm, whats that? Oh ya, there will be no where to go. If your almighty g'ment doctor says no, then game over, thats it. No second opinions, no shopping around.

you libs have destoryed everything you have gotten control of, education being the most notable....yet you want more.

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011121:

"Why do wealthy canadians come here for treatment?"

becuase if you are wealthy you can get better treatment here. That's not in dispute. The issue is that the vast majority are not wealthy, and the vast majority get worse care here than their counterparts in places like Canada and Britain (which have pretty terrible systems) and places like France and Sweden (that have very good systems).


"What will you libs do, where will you go when your one g'ment appointed doctor says no to a treatment you feel you need?"

There's no where to go now when an insurance company denies you treatment or cancels your policy once you get sick. Rationing occurs in all systems the question is whether you want a for profit company that makes money by not treating you and which is only accountable to their shareholders or your democratic government making the decision. I'd much rather have the government making the decision since they are somewhat accountable to me.


"you libs have destoryed everything you have gotten control of, education being the most notable....yet you want more."

Glad to know you resent the 40 hour work week, occupational safety, the lack of child labor, and the literally thousands of other improvements in american life made by liberals.

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Stillow:

If a doctor says no to me now then I can simply find another doctor for a different opinion. it only costs me $15 for a copay and I can see as many as I want. Some doctors are morons and are not good, tha tis why everyone always recommends second and third opinions on major health events...not under g'ment. One doctor, one opinion. If you don't like, that is just tough for you.

And if your current plan doesn't cover soemthing you want, you have the right to change plans, upgrade or downgrade your plan. My kids dental plan I have them on didn't cover braces, but I upgraded the plan for a whopping $12 more a month and walla, braces were covered.

The goal here is not to turn control over to g'ment, the goal is to make the current system affordable to everyone. Simple voucher programs and the ability for small businesses to pool togther to buy better plans would make a huge positive impact....but since the objective here is to give g'ment power over us, they will never do the common sense things like that.

40 hour work week? When did that start? I routinely work 60 hours a week....what the hell? To whom can I register a complaint with??

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