July 1, 2009 - U.S. Voters Back Public Insurance 2-1, But Won't Use It, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; 72% Won't Pay More Than $500 A Year To Fix Health Care

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Although 69 percent of voters nationwide say Americans should have the option of government- run health insurance, only 28 percent would choose to be covered by it, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today. Voters say 49 - 45 percent they would pay more to reform health care, but a total of 72 percent don't want to pay more than $500 a year.

Of the 88 percent of American voters who have some form of health insurance, 49 percent are "very satisfied" with their plan and 36 percent are "somewhat satisfied." Among voters with Medicare or Medicaid 54 percent are very satisfied, compared to 45 percent of voters with private insurance. Voters say 52 - 34 percent that most Americans do not get good value in the cost and quality of health care. But these same voters say 70 - 25 percent that they personally get good value in the cost and quality of their health care, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll of more than 3,000 voters nationwide finds.

Only 15 percent of voters would be willing to pay $500 to $1,000 more in taxes each year for a health care plan that reduces costs and covers those who don't have health insurance. Another 27 percent would pay less than $500 per year, with 3 percent who would pay $1,000 to $3,000 and 45 percent who don't want to pay additional taxes.

While 54 percent of voters think the primary goal of any health care legislation should be to lower costs, 38 percent believe providing health coverage for everyone is most important.

"American voters want their fellow countrymen to have the option of a public plan, but don't want a public plan for themselves because they are satisfied personally with their health care," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "That presents a challenge to those who want Americans to pay more to reform the system."

"In addition, seven out of ten voters aren't willing to chip in what amounts to the price of a cheese pizza per week - without extra toppings - in order to finance an overhaul," Brown added. "Opposition to paying any additional taxes ranges from 40 percent among lower paid voters to 52 percent among those making more than $100,000 per year."

Voters trust President Obama more than Republicans in Congress 53 - 33 percent to handle health care.

By an overwhelming 63 - 30 percent margin, voters oppose a new tax on health care benefits workers receive from their employer.

The Quinnipiac University poll of American voters also finds:
  • 55 - 40 percent support for limiting tax deductions for those earning more than $250,000 to finance a health-care program;
  • By 46 - 38 percent, they don't believe the government can raise enough to finance health- care reform just by taxing those who earn $250,000 or more;
  • Reject 51 - 44 percent requiring everyone to have health insurance;
  • Support 73 - 24 percent requiring employers to help pay health insurance for workers;
  • Believe 52 - 42 percent that a public plan will "keep private insurance companies honest;
  • Split 46 - 49 percent on whether a public plan would put private insurers out of business;
  • Believe 58 - 32 percent that government-run health care would be a "bad thing."
Americans agree 53 - 44 percent it is the government's responsibility to make sure everyone in the United States has adequate health care. This compares to a 64 - 31 percent margin in a February, 2007, Quinnipiac University poll and 61 - 35 percent in May, 2008.

"Americans say they want the government more involved in health care, but not in the health care received by themselves or their families. Seven in ten say they are getting good value for the health care they receive, but only a third think their friends, neighbors and countrymen are faring as well," said Brown.

"There seems to be a disconnect between the projected price tag that is being thrown around to overhaul the health care system and how much the vast majority of Americans are willing to pay for it. They don't mind the rich or business financing it, but they don't seem all that eager to do it themselves. It does raise questions about whether the American people understand the financial enormity of what is under consideration."

From June 23 - 29, Quinnipiac University surveyed 3,063 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 1.8 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed - http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, or call (203) 582-5201.

8. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - health care?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              46%    17%    76%    37%    43%    48%    39%    85%    56%
Disapprove           42     72     13     48     45     39     47      8     34
DK/NA                13     11     11     15     12     13     14      7     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              54%    42%    45%    49%    43%    44%    72%    51%    23%
Disapprove           35     47     40     37     47     48     17     33     68
DK/NA                10     12     15     14     10      8     11     15      8
 
                     INSURANCE TYPE Q38..               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Approve              58%    50%    43%    45%    47%    26%    33%    40%    60%
Disapprove           33     34     45     42     43     62     53     50     24
DK/NA                 9     15     12     14     10     13     14     10     16
 
 
19. Who do you trust to do a better job handling health care - President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
President Obama      53%    15%    88%    46%    50%    55%    46%    89%    70%
Republicans in Con   33     70      5     36     38     30     39      2     22
DK/NA                14     15      7     19     12     15     15      9      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
President Obama      61%    49%    52%    58%    50%    48%    85%    61%    24%
Republicans in Con   29     37     32     27     37     42      7     23     62
DK/NA                10     15     16     14     13     10      8     15     14
 
                     INSURANCE TYPE Q38..               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
President Obama      66%    58%    49%    52%    55%    31%    37%    47%    69%
Republicans in Con   24     28     36     33     34     54     47     37     22
DK/NA                10     14     14     15     11     15     15     15      9
 
 
20. Which do you think is the more important goal for health care legislation - reducing health care costs or covering those who don't have health insurance?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Reducing costs       54%    75%    36%    58%    58%    51%    59%    35%    44%
Covering uninsured   38     18     56     34     34     41     33     59     50
DK/NA                 8      7      7      8      9      8      8      6      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Reducing costs       52%    58%    52%    48%    63%    62%    35%    56%    66%
Covering uninsured   42     36     38     44     32     33     59     36     26
DK/NA                 6      6     11      8      6      5      6      8      8
 
                     INSURANCE TYPE Q38..               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Reducing costs       36%    43%    61%    55%    54%    64%    62%    63%    43%
Covering uninsured   58     48     32     37     38     28     29     30     51
DK/NA                 6      9      7      8      8      8      9      7      7
 
 
21. Do you think it's the government's responsibility to make sure that everyone in the United States has adequate health care, or don't you think so?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  53%    25%    77%    49%    47%    57%    47%    86%    67%
No                   44     72     18     48     50     38     50      9     32
DK/NA                 4      3      4      4      2      5      4      6      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  62%    50%    50%    61%    43%    47%    79%    57%    31%
No                   37     46     45     35     54     50     18     38     66
DK/NA                 2      4      5      4      3      3      3      5      3
 
                     INSURANCE TYPE Q38..               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Yes                  69%    70%    48%    53%    52%    36%    36%    50%    63%
No                   26     28     49     43     45     59     59     48     34
DK/NA                 5      2      3      4      3      4      4      3      3
 
TREND: Do you think it's the government's responsibility to make sure that everyone in the United States has adequate health care, or don't you think so?
                     July 1  Nov 12  May 15  Nov 1   Feb 22
                     2009    2008    2008    2007    2007
 
Yes                  53      60      61      57      64
No                   44      36      35      38      31
DK/NA                 4       4       4       5       4
 
 
22. Would you be willing or unwilling to pay more in taxes for a health care overhaul plan that reduces health care costs and covers those who don't have health insurance?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Willing              49%    23%    71%    48%    47%    50%    45%    73%    53%
Unwilling            45     72     22     47     49     43     49     20     41
DK/NA                 6      5      6      5      4      7      5      7      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Willing              61%    44%    48%    54%    48%    46%    76%    54%    27%
Unwilling            37     52     43     40     49     52     20     39     68
DK/NA                 3      4      9      6      3      2      4      7      5
 
                     INSURANCE TYPE Q38..               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Willing              58%    51%    47%    46%    55%    38%    36%    43%    73%
Unwilling            35     41     49     47     42     57     58     53     18
DK/NA                 7      8      4      7      3      5      6      4      8
 
 
23. (If Willing q22) How much more would you be willing to pay in taxes each year - less than 500 dollars, between 500 and 1,000 dollars, between 1,000 and 3,000 dollars, or over 3,000 dollars?
                     WILLING TO PAY MORE IN TAXES Q22...........................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Less than $500       54%    65%    53%    51%    48%    59%    55%    57%    57%
$500 - $1,000        30     20     32     31     32     28     30     26     27
$1,000 - $3,000       7      8      7      8     10      5      8      5      6
Over $3,000           3      2      3      3      4      2      3      6      3
DK/NA                 6      5      5      7      5      6      5      7      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Less than $500       62%    48%    54%    63%    52%    33%    49%    53%    66%
$500 - $1,000        27     35     27     24     32     45     34     31     22
$1,000 - $3,000       5     10      6      5     10     13      7      8      6
Over $3,000           4      3      3      2      2      7      6      1      3
DK/NA                 2      5      9      6      3      3      5      6      4
 
                     INSURANCE TYPE Q38..               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Less than $500       57%    52%    51%    61%    41%    68%    59%    58%    37%
$500 - $1,000        30     31     32     24     41     23     27     26     32
$1,000 - $3,000       6      6      8      6     10      5      7      9     18
Over $3,000           1      6      4      3      4      -      2      3      7
DK/NA                 6      5      5      6      4      4      5      4      7
 
 
22. & 23 COMBINED . Would you be willing or unwilling to pay more in taxes for a health care overhaul plan that reduces health care costs and covers those who don't have health insurance? . (If Willing q22) How much more would you be willing to pay in taxes each year dollars, or over 3,000 dollars?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
No more in taxes     45%    72%    22%    47%    49%    43%    49%    20%    41%
Less than $500       27     15     38     24     23     30     25     41     30
$500 - $1,000        15      5     23     15     15     14     13     19     14
$1,000 - $3,000       3      2      5      4      5      2      3      4      3
Over $3,000           2      1      2      1      2      1      1      4      2
DK/NA                 8      6     10      8      7     10      7     12     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
No more in taxes     37%    52%    43%    40%    49%    52%    20%    39%    68%
Less than $500       37     21     26     34     25     15     37     29     18
$500 - $1,000        17     15     13     13     15     21     26     17      6
$1,000 - $3,000       3      4      3      2      5      6      5      5      1
Over $3,000           2      1      1      1      1      3      4      1      1
DK/NA                 4      7     13     10      5      4      8     10      6
 
                     INSURANCE TYPE Q38..               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
No more in taxes     35%    41%    49%    47%    42%    57%    58%    53%    18%
Less than $500       33     27     24     28     23     25     21     25     27
$500 - $1,000        17     16     15     11     22      8     10     11     23
$1,000 - $3,000       3      3      4      3      5      2      3      4     13
Over $3,000           1      3      2      1      2      -      1      1      5
DK/NA                10     11      6     10      6      7      8      6     13
 
 
24. Would you support or oppose a new tax on employees for the health care benefits that they receive from their employers?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Support              30%    23%    41%    25%    28%    32%    27%    42%    47%
Oppose               63     73     50     68     68     59     66     48     47
DK/NA                 7      4      9      6      4      9      7     10      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Support              34%    29%    30%    37%    22%    28%    42%    32%    22%
Oppose               61     68     59     56     73     70     53     61     73
DK/NA                 5      4     11      7      5      2      5      7      5
 
                     INSURANCE TYPE Q38..               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Support              43%    42%    26%    31%    26%    27%    23%    28%    27%
Oppose               50     47     69     61     69     66     70     66     63
DK/NA                 7     12      5      8      5      7      6      6     10
 
 
25. Would you support or oppose limiting tax deductions for families earning over 250,000 dollars a year?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Support              55%    44%    64%    54%    53%    56%    55%    50%    55%
Oppose               40     50     32     40     42     38     40     41     38
DK/NA                 5      5      4      6      4      6      5      9      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Support              58%    55%    54%    55%    58%    53%    68%    60%    41%
Oppose               38     42     39     38     41     45     30     35     53
DK/NA                 4      3      8      7      1      2      2      5      6
 
                     INSURANCE TYPE Q38..               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Support              49%    53%    56%    53%    58%    50%    49%    57%    65%
Oppose               45     37     40     40     39     46     46     39     34
DK/NA                 6      9      3      7      2      4      5      4      1
 
 
26. Some people say that raising taxes on families who earn more than 250,000 dollars would not raise enough money to pay for a health care overhaul plan. Do you agree or disagree?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Agree                46%    61%    32%    49%    52%    41%    47%    35%    43%
Disagree             38     29     51     34     34     42     36     56     46
DK/NA                16     11     17     17     14     17     17      9     11
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Agree                46%    50%    42%    42%    46%    57%    33%    42%    58%
Disagree             41     39     37     45     37     28     49     41     30
DK/NA                13     12     21     13     16     14     18     17     11
 
                     INSURANCE TYPE Q38..               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Agree                41%    41%    50%    44%    51%    50%    49%    49%    40%
Disagree             46     42     36     42     30     37     35     37     41
DK/NA                13     17     15     14     19     12     16     15     20
 
 
27. Do you support or oppose requiring people to have health insurance?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Support              44%    29%    60%    39%    41%    47%    39%    67%    60%
Oppose               51     66     33     56     56     46     56     26     34
DK/NA                 5      4      7      4      4      7      5      7      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Support              50%    38%    47%    47%    40%    40%    58%    48%    31%
Oppose               46     58     46     47     56     54     36     46     65
DK/NA                 4      4      7      5      4      5      6      6      4
 
                     INSURANCE TYPE Q38..               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Support              44%    58%    40%    44%    43%    32%    34%    42%    53%
Oppose               51     36     55     50     53     63     61     53     40
DK/NA                 5      6      5      6      4      5      5      5      7
 
 
28. Do you support or oppose requiring businesses to help pay the cost of health insurance for their employees?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Support              73%    62%    86%    69%    66%    79%    70%    88%    82%
Oppose               24     35     11     28     31     18     27     10     17
DK/NA                 3      3      3      3      3      4      3      2      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Support              79%    70%    72%    79%    72%    63%    84%    79%    60%
Oppose               20     27     22     18     25     36     14     17     38
DK/NA                 1      2      5      3      3      1      2      4      3
 
                     INSURANCE TYPE Q38..               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Support              80%    77%    70%    75%    68%    68%    66%    74%    65%
Oppose               19     19     27     22     29     29     31     23     31
DK/NA                 -      4      3      3      3      3      3      3      4
 
 
29. Do you support or oppose giving people the option of being covered by a government health insurance plan that would compete with private plans?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Support              69%    50%    86%    66%    64%    73%    66%    83%    80%
Oppose               26     44     10     29     33     21     29      9     17
DK/NA                 5      6      4      5      4      7      5      8      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Support              79%    67%    64%    75%    66%    63%    88%    75%    51%
Oppose               19     29     28     20     32     33      9     20     44
DK/NA                 2      4      8      5      2      4      3      5      5
 
                     INSURANCE TYPE Q38..               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Support              77%    69%    68%    68%    70%    59%    60%    66%    70%
Oppose               17     24     28     26     27     36     34     31     29
DK/NA                 6      7      4      6      3      5      6      3      1
 
 
30. Would you rather purchase health insurance from a private sector company or from a government program?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Private sector       53%    79%    33%    55%    58%    49%    58%    28%    41%
Gov't program        28     10     44     25     26     29     23     50     50
DK/NA                19     11     23     20     15     22     19     21      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Private sector       47%    57%    53%    43%    63%    65%    28%    51%    73%
Gov't program        38     24     26     38     19     20     46     29     16
DK/NA                15     18     21     19     18     15     26     20     12
 
                     INSURANCE TYPE Q38..               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Private sector       32%    40%    61%    51%    59%    66%    65%    62%    50%
Gov't program        49     44     21     30     22     18     19     21     27
DK/NA                19     16     18     19     19     15     16     17     22
 
 
31. Some people say that giving people the option of being covered by a government insurance plan will keep private insurance companies honest. Do you agree or disagree?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Agree                52%    36%    71%    48%    49%    55%    50%    73%    55%
Disagree             42     58     22     46     46     38     44     23     39
DK/NA                 6      5      7      6      5      7      6      4      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Agree                61%    51%    49%    55%    54%    50%    71%    60%    34%
Disagree             36     45     41     39     42     47     24     33     61
DK/NA                 3      4     10      7      4      3      5      7      4
 
                     INSURANCE TYPE Q38..               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Agree                55%    53%    53%    52%    54%    42%    43%    50%    63%
Disagree             40     37     43     41     42     53     51     44     29
DK/NA                 5     10      4      7      4      5      7      6      8
 
 
32. Some people say that giving people the option of being covered by a government insurance plan would ultimately lead to the end of private health insurance and the government would end up running the health care system. Do you agree or disagree?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Agree                46%    67%    28%    46%    48%    44%    48%    29%    45%
Disagree             49     29     66     48     49     49     46     65     49
DK/NA                 6      4      6      6      4      7      6      7      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Agree                41%    46%    48%    44%    46%    46%    27%    39%    65%
Disagree             55     50     44     50     50     50     69     56     29
DK/NA                 5      5      8      6      4      3      5      5      6
 
                     INSURANCE TYPE Q38..               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Agree                46%    46%    45%    48%    40%    56%    53%    50%    29%
Disagree             47     44     51     46     56     37     40     47     65
DK/NA                 7     10      4      7      4      7      7      2      6
 
 
33. If the government ran the health care system, do you think that would be a good thing or a bad thing?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Good thing           32%    11%    53%    27%    30%    34%    27%    54%    59%
Bad thing            58     84     34     63     62     54     64     32     35
DK/NA                10      6     13     10      7     12      9     15      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Good thing           42%    29%    30%    39%    25%    28%    55%    34%    16%
Bad thing            49     63     58     50     66     67     33     55     78
DK/NA                 9      9     12     11      9      5     12     11      6
 
                     INSURANCE TYPE Q38..               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Good thing           55%    44%    26%    34%    27%    21%    21%    25%    43%
Bad thing            35     47     65     56     64     70     69     68     47
DK/NA                10      9      9     10      9      9     10      7     10
 
 
34. If a health care overhaul plan lowered your health care costs and insured all Americans, -- but limited your choice of doctor, hospital or treatment, would you support or oppose such a plan?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Support              30%    17%    43%    25%    31%    29%    29%    32%    41%
Oppose               66     81     52     71     65     67     67     65     53
DK/NA                 4      2      5      4      4      4      4      3      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Support              39%    28%    26%    32%    32%    28%    45%    33%    16%
Oppose               58     70     67     63     65     70     50     63     81
DK/NA                 3      3      7      5      3      3      5      3      3
 
                     INSURANCE TYPE Q38..               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Support              44%    35%    28%    29%    30%    22%    24%    24%    36%
Oppose               52     59     69     66     66     74     72     72     57
DK/NA                 4      6      3      4      4      4      4      4      7
 
 
35. If a health care overhaul plan lowered your health care costs and allowed your choice of any doctor, hospital or treatment you wanted, -- but did not insure all Americans, would you support or oppose such a plan?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Support              44%    52%    34%    48%    48%    40%    47%    33%    41%
Oppose               48     41     58     44     46     50     46     57     53
DK/NA                 8      7      8      8      6     10      8     10      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Support              47%    47%    38%    39%    52%    50%    35%    46%    48%
Oppose               49     47     50     53     42     46     58     46     46
DK/NA                 4      6     12      8      6      4      6      8      6
 
                     INSURANCE TYPE Q38..               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Support              36%    35%    49%    43%    46%    45%    47%    53%    49%
Oppose               56     57     45     49     47     47     45     40     41
DK/NA                 9      8      6      8      8      8      9      7     10
 
 
36. If a health care overhaul plan allowed your choice of any doctor, hospital or treatment you wanted and insured all Americans, -- but did not lower your health care costs, would you support or oppose such a plan?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Support              59%    46%    70%    61%    56%    61%    60%    61%    49%
Oppose               35     48     26     33     39     32     35     33     46
DK/NA                 6      6      4      7      5      6      5      6      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Support              58%    61%    59%    57%    65%    60%    72%    66%    45%
Oppose               39     35     32     37     32     36     25     29     49
DK/NA                 3      4      9      6      3      5      4      5      6
 
                     INSURANCE TYPE Q38..               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Support              56%    54%    61%    56%    67%    54%    56%    62%    72%
Oppose               40     37     35     38     28     38     37     34     21
DK/NA                 5      9      4      6      5      7      7      4      7
 
 
37. Are you now covered by any form of health insurance or health plan?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  88%    90%    86%    90%    89%    87%    91%    78%    74%
No                   11      9     13     10     10     12      9     22     26
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  79%    88%    96%    81%    96%    96%    84%    90%    90%
No                   20     12      4     19      4      4     16     10      9
DK/NA                 1      -      -      -      -      -      1      -      -
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
                     
Yes                  85%    96%    90%    93%    93%    89%
No                   14      4     10      7      7     11
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -
 
 
38. (If Covered q37) Is your health insurance plan Medicare, Medicaid, or a private health insurance plan?
                     IF COVERED Q37.............................................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Medicare             10%    10%    11%    10%    10%    11%    10%    13%     9%
Medicaid              3      2      5      3      3      4      2      4     12
Private plan         68     69     64     71     70     65     68     63     61
COMB OF PLANS(VOL)   16     17     17     14     15     17     17     15     11
DK/NA                 2      3      3      2      2      3      2      5      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Medicare              5%     5%    19%    16%     4%     3%     8%    10%    12%
Medicaid              6      2      2      6      -      1      5      3      3
Private plan         84     87     39     52     85     87     71     68     67
COMB OF PLANS(VOL)    2      3     39     23      9      7     13     16     17
DK/NA                 4      2      1      2      2      2      3      3      2
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Medicare             12%     6%    10%    11%    13%    12%
Medicaid              4      -      3      2      3      1
Private plan         62     80     64     64     64     72
COMB OF PLANS(VOL)   19     11     20     21     19     14
DK/NA                 3      2      3      2      2      -
 
 
39. (If Covered q37) How satisfied are you with your health insurance plan - very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     IF COVERED Q37.............................................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Very satisfied       49%    55%    47%    46%    49%    49%    50%    45%    44%
Smwht satisfied      36     35     36     38     37     36     35     41     41
Smwht dissatisfied   10      7     11     11      9     10     10      8     10
Very dissatisfied     4      2      5      5      4      4      4      4      5
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1      1      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Very satisfied       46%    43%    57%    46%    49%    52%    44%    47%    53%
Smwht satisfied      35     41     33     39     37     37     33     39     37
Smwht dissatisfied   13     11      6     10      9      8     17      9      7
Very dissatisfied     5      5      2      4      4      3      5      4      3
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      -      -      2      1
 
                     INSURANCE TYPE Q38..               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Very satisfied        -     54%    45%    49%    49%    51%    51%    53%    47%
Smwht satisfied       -     34     38     36     38     35     35     34     48
Smwht dissatisfied    -      7     11     10      9      9      9     10      4
Very dissatisfied     -      3      5      4      3      4      5      1      1
DK/NA                 -      1      -      1      1      1      1      2      1
 
 
40. Thinking about both the cost and quality of the health care that you receive, do you think that you get good value for the money that you spend on health care?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  70%    78%    67%    68%    69%    71%    72%    60%    64%
No                   25     18     27     28     25     24     24     30     24
DK/NA                 5      4      6      4      6      5      4     10     11
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  59%    70%    79%    68%    71%    79%    63%    69%    76%
No                   32     27     16     24     28     20     31     26     20
DK/NA                 9      3      4      8      2      1      6      5      4
 
                     INSURANCE TYPE Q38..               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Yes                  43%    82%    70%    69%    73%    72%    73%    79%    75%
No                   36     14     28     25     25     24     23     19     23
DK/NA                21      4      2      6      3      5      4      2      2
 
 
41. Thinking about both the cost and quality of the health care that most Americans receive, do you think most Americans get good value for the money that they spend on health care?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  34%    45%    25%    35%    36%    33%    35%    31%    30%
No                   52     38     61     54     52     51     51     49     61
DK/NA                14     17     14     11     12     16     14     20      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  26%    35%    39%    34%    32%    41%    22%    31%    47%
No                   65     52     43     52     57     48     70     55     38
DK/NA                 8     13     18     14     11     11      8     14     15
 
                     INSURANCE TYPE Q38..               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Yes                  31%    37%    33%    35%    34%    43%    39%    40%    34%
No                   61     42     55     50     55     45     46     49     55
DK/NA                 8     21     12     15     11     12     15     11     11