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Ipsos/McClatchy Poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. Oct. 1-5, 2009. N=1,296 adults nationwide. MoE 2.7.

             

"One of the points being debated is whether or not the government should create a public health insurance plan as an alternative to private insurance plans. Which of the following is closest to your opinion? It is necessary to create a public health insurance plan to make sure that all Americans have access to quality health care. Access to quality health care for all Americans can be achieved without having to create a public health insurance plan."

 
    Public Plan
Is Necessary
Public Plan Is
Not Necessary
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

10/1-5/09

53 42 5    
 

8/27-31/09

49 46 5    
 

7/9-13/09

52 44 4    

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. Sept. 29-Oct. 5, 2009. N=2,630 registered voters nationwide. MoE 1.9.

             

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

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/29 - 10/5/09

40 47 12    
             

"Do you support or oppose requiring businesses to help pay the cost of health insurance for their employees?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/29 - 10/5/09

73 23 5    
 

6/23-29/09

73 24 3    
             

"Do you support or oppose giving people the option of being covered by a government health insurance plan that would compete with private plans?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/29 - 10/5/09

61 34 6    
 

7/27 - 8/3/09

62 32 6    
 

6/23-29/09

69 26 5    
             

"Do you agree or disagree with the following? Congress should approve a health care overhaul plan even if only Democrats support it."

 
    Agree Disagree Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/29 - 10/5/09

37 57 6    
 

7/27 - 8/3/09

36 59 5    
             

"Do you think the Republicans in Congress are, or are not, making a good faith effort to cooperate with Obama and the Democrats on health care reform?"

 
    Are Are Not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/29 - 10/5/09

29 59 12    
             

"Do you think Obama and the Democrats in Congress are, or are not, making a good faith effort to cooperate with the Republicans on health care reform?"

 
    Are Are Not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/29 - 10/5/09

41 46 13    
             

"President Obama has pledged that health insurance reform will not add to our federal budget deficit over the next decade. Do you think that President Obama will be able to keep his promise or do you think any health care plan that Congress passes and President Obama signs will add to the federal budget deficit?"

 
    Will be Able
to Keep
His Promise
Any Plan
Will Add
to Deficit
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/29 - 10/5/09

19 71 9    
 

7/27 - 8/3/09

21 72 7    

 

Pew Research Center Poll. Sept. 30-Oct. 4, 2009. N=1,500 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

             

"How much confidence do you have in Barack Obama to do the right thing when it comes to dealing with health care reform: a great deal of confidence, a fair amount of confidence, not too much confidence, or no confidence at all?" N=747 (Form 1), MoE 4

 
    A Great
Deal
A Fair
Amount
Not Too
Much
None
at All
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

9/30 - 10/4/09

20 30 21 27 2
             

"Now I'd like to ask you about some of the specific proposals being considered to address health care. Would you favor or oppose [see below]?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 
 

"Requiring that all Americans have health insurance, with the government providing financial help for those who can't afford it"

 

9/30 - 10/4/09

66 30 4    
 

7/22-26/09

65 29 6    
             
 

"A government health insurance plan to compete with private health insurance plans"

 

9/30 - 10/4/09

55 38 8    
 

7/22-26/09

52 37 10    
             
 

"Requiring insurance companies to sell health coverage to people, even if they have pre-existing medical conditions"

 

9/30 - 10/4/09

82 14 4    
 

7/22-26/09

79 15 6    
             
 

"Requiring employers to pay into a government health care fund if they do not provide health insurance to their employees"

 

9/30 - 10/4/09

59 36 5    
             
 

"Raising taxes on families with incomes of more than $350,000 as a way to pay for changes to the health care system"

 

9/30 - 10/4/09

58 39 3    
             
 

"Limits on the amount of money that patients can collect in medical malpractice lawsuits"

 

9/30 - 10/4/09

66 27 7    

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Sept. 19-23, 2009. N=1,042 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

             

"Are you generally satisfied or dissatisfied with the quality of the health care you receive? Would you say you are very satisfied/dissatisfied or somewhat satisfied/dissatisfied?"

 
    Very
Satisfied
Somewhat
Satisfied
Somewhat
Dissatisfied
Very
Dissatisfied
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

9/19-23/09

41 37 10 8 4
             

"Regardless of how you usually vote, who do you think has better ideas about reforming the health care system: Barack Obama, or the Republicans in Congress?"

 
    Barack
Obama
Republicans
in Congress
Both (vol.) Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

9/19-23/09

52 27 2 11 8
 

8/27-31/09

50 23 1 13 13
 

7/24-28/09

55 26 1 7 11
             

"Do you think you understand the health care reforms under consideration in Congress, or are they confusing to you?"

 
    Understand Confusing Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/19-23/09

37 59 4    
 

8/27-31/09

31 67 2    
             

"Do you mostly support or mostly oppose the changes to the health care system proposed by Barack Obama, or don't you know enough about them yet to say?"

 
    Mostly
Support
Mostly
Oppose
Don't Know
Enough
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

9/19-23/09

30 23 46 1  
             

"What if changes to the health care system do not include the option of a government-administered health insurance plan? In that case, would you favor or oppose the changes under consideration?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/19-23/09

38 40 22    

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Sept. 17-20, 2009. N=1,005 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1.

             

"How well do you think you understand the health care legislation that is currently being debated in Congress? Do you understand it very well, pretty well, only some, or not very well?"

 
    Very Well Pretty Well Only Some Not
Very Well
 
    % % % %  
 

9/17-20/09

15 42 32 11  
             

"Regardless of whether you favor or oppose the health care legislation that is currently being discussed, do you personally care about this issue a great deal, a fair amount, just some, or very little?"

 
    A Great
Deal
A Fair
Amount
Just Some Very Little  
    % % % %  
 

9/17-20/09

66 22 8 4  
             

"Congress is considering many different items as part of health care reform legislation. I am going to read you some of the items they are considering that may or may not end up in the final legislation. For each one, please tell me whether you feel this absolutely must be included as part of health care legislation, you would prefer it be included, you would prefer it NOT be included, or you feel it absolutely must NOT be included. . . ." Half sample (Form A), MoE 4.4

 
    Must
Be Included
Prefer It
Be Included
Prefer It Not
Be Included
Must Not
Be Included
Unsure
    % % % % %
 
 

"Requiring that health insurance companies cover people with pre-existing medical conditions."

 

9/17-20/09

63 26 5 4 2
             
 

"Creating a law that limits the amount of money someone can collect if they win a lawsuit after being injured by bad medical care."

 

9/17-20/09

36 29 14 14 7
             
 

"Requiring that all but the smallest employers provide health coverage for their employees, or pay a percentage of their payroll to help fund coverage for the uninsured."

 

9/17-20/09

26 37 15 18 4
             
 

"Creating a public health care plan administered by the federal government that would compete directly with private health insurance companies."

 

9/17-20/09

26 27 16 24 7
             
 

"Creating a law that requires everyone to have health insurance coverage. Those people with low and moderate incomes would receive government assistance. Those people who can afford it would have to buy their own health insurance or pay a penalty or fine if they do not."

 

9/17-20/09

18 20 23 34 5

 

Kaiser Family Foundation Kaiser Health Tracking Poll. Sept. 11-18, 2009. N=1,203 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

             

"Which worries you more? That Congress and the President will pass a reform bill that won't be good for you and your family. That Congress and the President won't be able to pass health care reform this year." Options rotated

 
    Will Pass a
Bill That's
Not Good
Won't Pass
Reform This
Year
Neither (vol.) Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

9/11-18/09

51 41 5 3  
 

8/4-11/09

51 39 4 6  
 

7/7-14/09

54 39 4 3  
             

"Many Republican members of Congress are opposing the health care reform proposals being discussed in Washington. Do you think they are opposed to these plans mainly because they think they will be bad for the country or mainly for political reasons?" Options rotated

 
    Think They
Will be Bad
Political
Reasons
Both (vol.) Neither/
Other (vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

9/11-18/09

31 57 9 1 2
             

"Now I'm going to read you some different ways to increase the number of Americans covered by health insurance. As I read each one, please tell me whether you would favor it or oppose it. Here's the (first/next) one: [See below.] Do you favor or oppose this?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 
 

"Creating a government-administered public health insurance option similar to Medicare to compete with private health insurance plans" N=649 (Form A)

 

9/11-18/09

57 37 6    
             
 

"Offering tax credits to help people buy private health insurance" N=649 (Form A)

 

9/11-18/09

67 26 7    
             
 

"Expanding Medicare to cover people between the ages of 55 and 64 who do not have health insurance" N=649 (Form A)

 

9/11-18/09

74 20 6    
             
 

"Expanding state government programs for low-income people, such as Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program" N=554 (Form B)

 

9/11-18/09

82 16 2    
             
 

"Having a national health plan or single-payer plan in which all Americans would get their insurance from a single government plan" N=554 (Form B)

 

9/11-18/09

40 56 5    
             
 

"Requiring employers to offer health insurance to their workers or pay money into a government fund that will pay to cover those without insurance" N=554 (Form B)

 

9/11-18/09

67 28 5    

 

Bloomberg Poll conducted by Selzer & Co. Sept. 10-14, 2009. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1.

             

"For each of the following, please tell me if you are mostly optimistic or mostly pessimistic. The likelihood Congress will pass a health care overhaul bill by the end of 2009."

 
    Optimistic Pessimistic Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/10-14/09

39 56 5    
             

"Which do you think is the greater risk: to pass a health reform package that may contain some flaws and unexpected consequences, or to do nothing and let things continue the way they are?"

 
    Pass a Flawed
Package
Do
Nothing
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/10-14/09

45 48 7    
             

"Turning now to health care, in general, do you favor or oppose President Obama's plan for health care reform? ... Do you favor/oppose strongly or just favor/oppose?"

 
    Favor
Strongly
Just
Favor
Just
Oppose
Oppose
Strongly
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

9/10-14/09

24 24 12 30 10
             
 

Asked of those who have an opinion of Obama's plan (N=909):
"Did President Obama's speech to Congress make you more or less likely to support his health care proposals, or did your opinion not change?"

 
    More Likely Less Likely No Change Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

9/10-14/09

22 10 62 6  
             

"I'm going to mention some possible goals of a health care reform package and I'd like to hear your view. For each, please tell me if the goal is critically important, nice to have, not that important, or in fact a bad idea. . . ."

 
    Critically
Important
Nice to
Have
Not That
Important
A Bad
Idea
Unsure
    % % % % %
 
 

"Find a way for those who are currently uninsured to get health insurance coverage"

 

9/10-14/09

61 29 3 5 2
             
 

"Hold down the costs individuals currently pay for premiums, deductibles and co-pays"

 

9/10-14/09

54 36 5 4 1
             
 

"Prevent insurance companies from dropping any person from coverage"

 

9/10-14/09

61 24 4 9 2
             
 

"Prevent insurance companies from refusing to insure any person because of pre-existing conditions"

 

9/10-14/09

61 22 4 11 2
             
 

"Create an insurance exchange where those without insurance could choose from a number of affordable plans"

 

9/10-14/09

47 41 4 6 2
             
 

"Require all employers to offer a health insurance plan to their employees"

 

9/10-14/09

41 34 8 16 1
             
 

"Require everyone to have health insurance, just like everyone who owns a car is required to have auto insurance"

 

9/10-14/09

33 26 12 27 2
             

"I'm going to mention some things that have been talked about recently as part of a plan to reform health care. For each, please tell me if you think this is a legitimate issue or a distortion or scare tactic. . . ."

 
    Legitimate Scare Tactic Unsure    
    % % %    
 
 

"Death panels of government officials would decide how much medical care ailing individuals will receive"

 

9/10-14/09

30 63 7    
             
 

"Health care would be rationed"

 

9/10-14/09

35 59 6    
             
 

"Health care would become socialized medicine, with government-owned and operated health care for all"

 

9/10-14/09

43 52 5    
             
 

"Government money would be used to pay for abortions"

 

9/10-14/09

33 61 6    
             
 

"Government money would pay for health care for illegal immigrants"

 

9/10-14/09

37 58 5    
             

"Which side is doing more to reach out to the other side? Is President Obama doing more to reach out to Republicans, or are Republicans doing more to reach out to President Obama?"

 
    Obama
Doing More
Republicans
Doing More
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/10-14/09

54 22 24    
             

"Now I am going to mention some health groups and institutions. For each, please tell me your feelings -- are you very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable or very unfavorable? . . ."

 
    Very
Favorable
Mostly
Favorable
Mostly
Unfavorable
Very
Unfavorable
Unsure
    % % % % %
 
 

"Health insurance companies"

 

9/10-14/09

11 37 34 16 2
             
 

"Doctors as a group"

 

9/10-14/09

27 58 9 3 3
             
 

"Drug companies"

 

9/10-14/09

9 35 34 19 3
             
 

"Hospitals"

 

9/10-14/09

28 55 11 4 2
             
 

"Medicare"

 

9/10-14/09

29 50 12 4 5
             

"How would you describe the current health care system? Is it badly broken, has some problems to be fixed, or is really pretty good?"

 
    Badly
Broken
Some
Problems
Really
Pretty Good
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

9/10-14/09

25 63 11 1  
             
 

Asked of those who said "badly broken" or "some problems" (N=877):
"Of the following, which ONE or TWO are MOST responsible for any problems in the current health care system? Employers. Insurance companies. The federal government. Consumers who use health care. Hospitals. Doctors and other health care providers."
Multiple responses

 
      %      
 

Insurance companies

63      
 

The federal government

21      
 

Doctors, health care providers

15      
 

Consumers

14      
 

Hospitals

11      
 

Employers

4      
 

Other

2      
 

Unsure

5      
             

"Here are some things President Obama promised in his speech Wednesday night. For each, please tell me if you agree with the statement and believe it is possible, agree but think it is not possible, or believe the statement is not an accurate picture of the situation. . . ."

 
    Agree/
Possible
Agree/
Not Possible
Not
Accurate
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 
 

"No money from the Medicare trust fund will be used to pay for President Obama's proposed plan."

 

9/10-14/09

42 18 32 8  
             
 

"There will be ways to pay for the plan so it will not add one dime to the federal budget deficit."

 

9/10-14/09

24 33 39 4  
             
 

"There will be enough savings from the plan to close the gap on the high costs some Medicare patients pay for prescription drugs."

 

9/10-14/09

36 24 34 6  

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Sept. 11-13, 2009. N=1,030 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"If you had to choose, which goal would you say is more important in terms of health care: expanding health care coverage to include nearly all Americans, or controlling rising health care costs in the U.S. today?" Options rotated

 
    Expanding
Coverage
Controlling
Costs
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

9/11-13/09

39 59 1 1  
             

"Now thinking about the medical care you receive -- How satisfied are you with the quality of medical care available to you and your family: very satisfied, satisfied, dissatisfied or very dissatisfied?" Options rotated

 
    Very
Satisfied
Satisfied Dissatisfied Very
Dissatisfied
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

9/11-13/09

39 41 14 5 1
             

"How satisfied are you with the cost of medical care for you and your family: very satisfied, satisfied, dissatisfied or very dissatisfied?" Options rotated

 
    Very
Satisfied
Satisfied Dissatisfied Very
Dissatisfied
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

9/11-13/09

20 41 26 12 1
             

"Please say whether each of the following is a major problem, a minor problem, or not a problem for you, personally? How about . . . ?"

 
    Major
Problem
Minor
Problem
Not a
Problem
   
    % % %    
 
 

"Rising health care costs, including costs such as insurance premiums and out-of-pocket expenses"

 

9/11-13/09

46 31 22    
 
    Major
Problem
Minor
Problem
Not a
Problem
Do Not Have
Insurance
 
    % % % %  
 
 

"Reductions in what your insurance plan covers, including coverage such as which doctors you can see" Asked of those with health insurance. Results based on all adults.

 

9/11-13/09

21 21 43 15  
 
 

"Insurance company paperwork or other requirements for getting certain medical treatments covered" Asked of those with health insurance. Results based on all adults.

 

9/11-13/09

15 26 44 15  
             

"Suppose a health care bill passes this year. Do you think [see below] would get better, would not change, or would get worse than if no health care bill passes?" N=529 adults (Form B), MoE 5

 
    Get Better Not Change Get Worse Unsure  
    % % % %  
 
 

"Health care coverage in the U.S."

 

9/11-13/09

40 20 37 2  
 
 

"The overall costs of health care in the U.S."

 

9/11-13/09

34 23 40 2  
 
 

"Insurance company requirements to get certain treatments covered"

 

9/11-13/09

31 25 42 2  
 
 

"The overall quality of health care in the U.S."

 

9/11-13/09

30 26 41 2  
             

"As you may know, President Obama is proposing a health care plan that is designed to expand coverage to nearly all Americans without raising taxes on the middle class or lowering the quality of health care. If Obama's plan is passed, do you think it would or would not be able to accomplish all of these goals?"

 
    Would Would Not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/11-13/09

38 60 2    
             

"How confident are you that most of the cost of President Obama's health care plan can be paid for through cost savings in Medicare and other parts of the existing health care system: very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not confident at all?"

 
    Very
Confident
Somewhat
Confident
Not Too
Confident
Not at All
Confident
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

9/11-13/09

11 32 19 37 1
             

"Would you support or oppose a health care reform plan that would expand health insurance coverage to nearly all Americans if [see below]?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 
 

"It would result in higher taxes on the middle class"

 

9/11-13/09

26 73 1    
 
 

"Middle class Americans would pay more for health care than they pay now"

 

9/11-13/09

20 78 2    
 
 

"Middle class Americans would have more restrictions on what doctors they could see or medical treatments they could receive"

 

9/11-13/09

15 84 1    
 
 

"The quality of health care middle class Americans receive would get worse"

 

9/11-13/09

13 85 2    
             

"How closely are you following the news about South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson, who shouted 'You lie' during President Obama's health care speech on Wednesday night: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?"

 
    Very
Closely
Somewhat
Closely
Not Too
Closely
Not at All Unsure
    % % % % %
 

9/11-13/09

20 32 22 25 1
             

"Do you support or oppose what Joe Wilson did during the speech?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/11-13/09

21 68 11    
             

"Finally, returning to health care: Which comes closer to your view about health insurance? The government should be primarily responsible for making sure all Americans have health insurance. OR, Americans themselves should be primarily responsible for making sure they and their families have health insurance." Options rotated

 
    Government Americans
Themselves
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/11-13/09

37 61 3    

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Sept. 11-13, 2009. N=1,012 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

             

"From everything you have heard or read so far, do you favor or oppose Barack Obama's plan to reform health care?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

51 46 3    
 

Under 50 years

55 41      
 

50 to 64

50 49      
 

65 & older

41 54      
 

Democrats

80 18      
 

Independents

46 50      
 

Republicans

13 81      
             

"From what you know of those health care reforms, do you think you and your family would, in general, be better off, worse off or about the same?"

 
    Better Off Worse Off About the
Same
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

9/11-13/09

21 35 43 1  
 

8/28-31/09

21 38 40 -  
 

6/26-28/09

20 35 44 1  
             

"And from what you know of those health care reforms, do you think senior citizens who are currently on Medicare would, in general, be better off, worse off or about the same?"

 
    Better Off Worse Off About the
Same
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

9/11-13/09

24 37 36 3  
 

8/28-31/09

26 43 30 1  
             

"How likely is it that Obama and Congress will be able to make substantial progress toward passing health care reform by the end of 2009? Is that very likely, somewhat likely, somewhat unlikely or very unlikely?"

 
    Very Likely Somewhat
Likely
Somewhat
Unlikely
Very
Unlikely
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

9/11-13/09

13 37 26 22 1
             

"In reacting to President Obama's health care proposals, do you think the Republicans are generally offering constructive criticism, or are they being obstructionist for mostly political reasons?"

 
    Constructive Obstructionist Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/11-13/09

35 61 5    
             

"Based on what you have read or heard about Obama's health care plan, please tell me whether you think each of the following would or would not happen if that plan became law.

"
If Obama's plan became law, do you think senior citizens or seriously ill patients would die because government panels would prevent them from getting the medical treatment they needed?"

 
    Would Would Not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/11-13/09

41 57 2    
             

"If Obama's plan became law, do you think the federal government would or would not eventually take over all aspects of the country's health care system?"

 
    Would Would Not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/11-13/09

55 42 2    
             

"If Obama's plan became law, do you think that the federal government would or would not provide insurance to illegal immigrants?"

 
    Would Would Not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/11-13/09

47 49 4    
             

"If Obama's plan became law, do you think the federal budget deficit would or would not increase?"

 
    Would Would Not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/11-13/09

74 24 2    
             

"As you may know, President Obama presented his health care reform proposals to Congress and the American people in a broadcast address last Wednesday evening. How much do you know about the details of President Obama's health care proposals: a great deal, a good amount, only some, or not much at all?"

 
    A Great
Deal
A Good
Amount
Only Some Not Much
at All
 
    % % % %  
 

9/11-13/09

11 32 37 20  
             

"During that address, a Republican member of the U.S. House shouted that Obama had lied while Obama was speaking. Do you think that was appropriate behavior or inappropriate behavior?"

 
    Appropriate Inappropriate Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/11-13/09

15 85 1    
             

"And just your best guess: Based on what you have read or heard about that address, do you think Obama lied while he was speaking to Congress on Wednesday night, or don't you think so?"

 
    Lied Don't
Think So
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/11-13/09

32 60 8    

 

NPR/Kaiser Family Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health survey. Aug. 27-Sept. 13, 2009. N=1,278 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

             

"Do you think members of Congress are paying too much, too little, or about the right amount of attention to what [see below] is/are saying about changes to the health care system?"

 
    Too Much Too Little About Right Unsure  
    % % % %  
 
 

"Health care interest groups"

 

8/27 - 9/13/09

31 35 19 14  
             
 

"People like you"

 

8/27 - 9/13/09

5 71 19 4  
             
 

"President Obama"

 

8/27 - 9/13/09

27 38 26 9  
             
 

"Academic researchers and health care experts" N=637

 

8/27 - 9/13/09

11 49 26 13  
             
 

"Financial experts and economists" N=641

 

8/27 - 9/13/09

14 49 21 15  
             
 

"People who don't have health insurance" N=637

 

8/27 - 9/13/09

16 56 19 8  
             
 

"People who have health insurance" N=641

 

8/27 - 9/13/09

11 58 22 9  
             
 

"People on Medicare" N=637

 

8/27 - 9/13/09

9 61 21 9  
             
 

"State governors" N=641

 

8/27 - 9/13/09

9 46 21 24  
             
 

"Public opinion polls" N=637

 

8/27 - 9/13/09

16 56 18 10  
             
 

"The media" N=641

 

8/27 - 9/13/09

40 27 19 13  
             
 

"Religious and church groups" N=637

 

8/27 - 9/13/09

17 38 23 21  
             

"When it comes to designing health care legislation in Congress, which comes closer to your view? Congress should design the best health care legislation it can and not worry if health care interest groups support it or not. Health care interest groups will play an important role in carrying out changes to the health care system, so it's important to have them on board with the legislation." N=637

 
    Shouldn't
Worry About
Interest
Groups
Important to
Have Interest
Groups on
Board
Unsure Refused  
    % % % %  
 

8/27 - 9/13/09

39 51 9 2  
             

"When it comes to designing health care legislation in Congress, which comes closer to your view? Health care interest groups are too narrowly focused on their own interests and should not be part of the process. Health care interest groups add an important perspective to the debate and should be included in the process." N=641

 
    Should Not
Be Included
Should
Be Included
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

8/27 - 9/13/09

47 45 8    
             

"For each group I name, tell me how much responsibility you think that group bears for the current problems in the health care system. First/Next, do/does [see below] bear a lot of responsibility, some responsibility, just a little, or no responsibility at all for the current problems in the health care system?"

 
    A Lot Some Just a Little None at All Unsure
    % % % % %
 
 

"Doctors"

 

8/27 - 9/13/09

30 42 19 7 2
             
 

"Hospitals"

 

8/27 - 9/13/09

36 42 16 4 2
             
 

"Pharmaceutical or drug companies"

 

8/27 - 9/13/09

54 26 13 5 2
             
 

"Patients themselves"

 

8/27 - 9/13/09

27 38 24 11 1
             
 

"Health insurance companies"

 

8/27 - 9/13/09

56 27 12 3 1
             
 

"Employers"

 

8/27 - 9/13/09

20 35 31 11 2
             
 

"The federal government"

 

8/27 - 9/13/09

52 30 10 6 2

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Sept. 10-12, 2009. N=1,007 adults nationwide. MoE 3.5.

             

"How much do you feel you know about Obama's proposals to change the health care system: a great deal, a good amount, only some or hardly anything?"

 
    A Great
Deal
A Good
Amount
Only Some Hardly
Anything
Nothing
(vol.)
    % % % % %
 

9/10-12/09

19 36 31 12 1
             

"Which of these comes closest to your own view? The more I hear about the health care plan, the more I like it. OR, The more I hear about the health care plan, the less I like it." Options rotated

 
    The More
I Like It
The Less
I Like It
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/10-12/09

41 54 5    
             

"And if the health care system is changed do you think [see below] will get better, get worse, or remain about the same?"

 
    Better Worse About the
Same
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 
 

"Your health care costs"

 

9/10-12/09

20 40 38 3  
 

8/13-17/09

19 41 37 3  
             

"Would you support or oppose having the government create a new health insurance plan to compete with private health insurance plans?" If oppose/unsure: "What if this government-sponsored plan was available only to people who cannot get health insurance from a private insurer? In that case, would you support or oppose it?"
Combined responses to both questions:

 
    Support
at First
Support if
Only for Those
Who Cannot
Get Private
Insurance
Oppose    
    % % %    
 

9/10-12/09

55 21 24    
             

"Say health care reform does NOT include the option of a government-sponsored health plan. In that case would you support or oppose the rest of the proposed changes to the health care system being developed by Congress and the Obama administration?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/10-12/09

50 42 8    
             

"Do you think it's possible to reform the health care system in a way that people who have coverage now can keep it without any changes if they want to, or do you think health care reform will require everyone to make changes, whether they want to or not?" Options rotated

 
    Reform
Possible
w/o Changes
Reform Will
Require
Changes
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/10-12/09

49 48 3    
 

6/18-21/09

38 58 4    
             

"Would you support or oppose a law that requires all Americans to have health insurance, either getting it from work or buying it on their own?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/10-12/09

51 47 2    
 

6/18-21/09

49 47 4    
             

"Do you think Obama and the Democrats in Congress should try to change the health care reform bill so some Republicans in Congress will also support it, or should they try to pass health care reform without Republican support?"

 
    Change Pass Without
Republicans
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/10-12/09

71 25 4    
             

"Who do you blame more for the negative tone of the health care debate: Obama and the Democrats in Congress, the Republicans in Congress, or both sides equally?"

 
    Obama and
Democrats
Republicans Both Sides
Equally
Neither/
Other (vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

9/10-12/09

17 31 49 2 1
             

"Would you support or oppose a law limiting the amount of money someone can collect if they win a lawsuit after being injured by bad medical care?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/10-12/09

63 34 3    
 

6/18-21/09

57 42 2    
             

"In order to help pay for health care reform, would you support or oppose a federal tax on insurance companies when they sell high-cost health insurance policies with unusually high levels of benefits, known as Cadillac policies?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/10-12/09

45 48 7    
             

"In order to help pay for health care reform, would you support or oppose a federal tax on insurance companies when they sell high-cost health insurance policies with unusually high levels of benefits, known as Cadillac policies?" If support: "What if insurance companies respond to this tax by raising the price of those policies? In that case would you support or oppose this tax?" Combined responses

 
    Support Oppose
at First
Oppose if
Prices Raised
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

9/10-12/09

23 48 23 7  

 

CBS News Poll. Sept. 10, 2009. N=648 adults nationwide first polled by CBS Aug. 27-31, 2009, including 388 who watched the Sept. 9 presidential speech. MoE 4.

             

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

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

52 38 10    
 

Speech watchers

58 36 6    
 
 

8/27-31/09

40 47 13    
             

"How much have you heard or read about what President Obama said in his speech on health care reform last night: a lot, some, or have you not heard much about it yet?"

 
    A Lot Some Not Much None (vol.) Unsure
    % % % % %
 

ALL

34 27 22 16 1
 

Speech watchers

62 30 7 2 0
             

"Do you think Barack Obama has clearly explained what his plans for health care reform would mean, or hasn't he clearly explained that?"

 
    Has Hasn't Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

42 43 15    
 

Speech watchers

58 39 3    
 
 

8/27-31/09

33 61 6    
             

"In general, do you mostly agree or mostly disagree with the health care reform proposals Barack Obama laid out in his speech last night?"

 
    Mostly
Agree
Mostly
Disagree
Mixed (vol.) Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

Speech watchers

60 33 4 3  
             

"In the next few years, if the proposals for reforming health care that President Obama laid out in his speech last night are adopted, do you think they will make health care in the United States better, make health care worse, or won't they have much impact one way or the other?"

 
    Better Worse Not Much
Impact
Mixed (vol.) Unsure
    % % % % %
 

ALL

43 25 18 1 13
 

Speech watchers

53 27 16 1 3
             

"From what you've heard or read, do you think the health care reforms under consideration in Congress will mostly help you personally, will mostly hurt you personally, or don't you think they will have much of an effect on you personally?"

 
    Help Hurt Not Much
Effect
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

ALL

22 27 42 9  
 

Speech watchers

31 27 39 3  
 
 

8/27-31/09

19 30 45 6  
             

"Do you think it's possible or not possible to expand health care coverage to more Americans without increasing the budget deficit?"

 
    Possible Not Possible Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

42 52 6    
 

Speech watchers

49 47 4    
 
 

8/27-31/09

45 49 6    
             

"Would you favor or oppose increased regulation on private health insurance companies, such as limiting the amount insurance companies can charge patients for out-of-pocket costs and limiting the ability of insurance companies to deny people coverage?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

73 21 6    
 

Speech watchers

77 17 6    
             

"As long as the federal government provides subsidies or tax credits to low-income people, would you favor or oppose requiring all Americans to buy health insurance?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

54 41 5    
 

Speech watchers

56 39 5    
             

"Would you favor or oppose the government offering everyone a government administered health insurance plan -- something like the Medicare coverage that people 65 and older get -- that would compete with private health insurance plans?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

68 27 5    
 

Speech watchers

70 25 5    
 
 

8/27-31/09

57 35 8    
             

"Do you think President Obama's proposals for reform would increase competition in the private insurance market, decrease competition, or would competition mostly stay the same?"

 
    Increase Decrease Stay the
Same
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

ALL

46 19 26 9  
 

Speech watchers

49 18 28 5  
             

"Do you think Barack Obama is trying to work with Republicans in Congress in order to reform the health care system, or isn't he?"

 
    Is Trying Is Not Trying Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

65 29 6    
 

Speech watchers

68 31 1    
             

"How likely do you think it is that Congress will pass and President Obama will sign into law a health care reform bill by the end of the year: very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely, or not at all likely?"

 
    Very
Likely
Somewhat
Likely
Not Very
Likely
Not at All
Likely
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

ALL

19 42 25 11 3
 

Speech watchers

23 42 25 10 0

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Sept. 9, 2009. N=427 adults nationwide who watched the presidential speech. MoE 5. Per CNN: "Survey respondents were first interviewed as part of a random national sample on September 5-8, 2009. In those interviews, respondents indicated they planned to watch tonight's speech and were willing to be re-interviewed after the speech. Some questions were asked of each respondent both in the pre-speech questionnaire on September 5-8 and on tonight's questionnaire. Where applicable, results for tonight's respondents from both the pre-speech survey and the post-speech survey are reported. 18% of the respondents who participated in tonight's survey identified themselves as Republicans, 45% identified themselves as Democrats, and 37% identified themselves as independents."

             

"What was your overall reaction to President Obama's speech tonight: very positive, somewhat positive, somewhat negative or very negative?"

 
    Very
Positive
Somewhat
Positive
Somewhat
Negative
Very
Negative
Both/Mixed
(vol.)
    % % % % %
 

9/9/09

56 21 12 9 2
             

"Do you think the policies being proposed by Barack Obama will move the country in the right direction or the wrong direction?"

 
    Right
Direction
Wrong
Direction
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/9/09

70 27 3    
 

9/5-8/09

60 35 4    
             

"From everything you have heard or read so far, do you favor or oppose Barack Obama's plan to reform health care?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/9/09

67 29 4    
 

9/5-8/09

53 36 11    
             

"Regardless of how you feel about Obama's plan, how likely do you think it is that Congress will pass most of his proposals: very likely, somewhat likely, somewhat unlikely or very unlikely?"

 
    Very
Likely
Somewhat
Likely
Somewhat
Unlikely
Very
Unlikely
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

9/9/09

20 55 17 7 1
             

"And regardless of how you feel about Obama's plan, do you think he clearly stated his goals for a health care bill, or do you think he could have made it clearer in his speech what he wants in a health care bill?"

 
    Clearly
Stated
Could Have
Made Clearer
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/9/09

72 26 2    

Earlier polls on health policy


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