August 5, 2009 - Scrap Health Care Reform If It Adds To Deficit, U.S. Voters Tell Quinnipiac University National Poll; Voters Disapprove Of Obama's Handling Of Health Care

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American voters, by a 55 - 35 percent margin, are more worried that Congress will spend too much money and add to the deficit than it will not act to overhaul the health care system, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today. By a similar 57 - 37 percent margin, voters say health care reform should be dropped if it adds "significantly" to the deficit.

By a 72 - 21 percent margin, voters do not believe that President Barack Obama will keep his promise to overhaul the health care system without adding to the deficit, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University national poll finds.

American voters disapprove 52 - 39 percent of the way President Obama is handling health care, down from 46 - 42 percent approval July 1, with 60 - 34 percent disapproval from independent voters. Voters say 59 - 36 percent that Congress should not pass health care reform if only Democratic members support it.

Voters are split 39 - 41 percent on whether the President's health care plan will improve or hurt the quality of health care in the nation, with 14 percent saying it won't make a difference.

Only 21 percent of voters say the plan will improve the quality of care they receive, while 36 percent say it will hurt their quality of care and 39 percent say it will make no difference.

"President Barack Obama and Democratic leaders in Congress appear to be losing the public relations war over their plan to revamp the nation's health care system," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Americans are more willing to scrap a health care overhaul than they are to increase the deficit in order to produce such legislation. That's a bad omen for the White House and Congressional leadership as they try to sell their plan to the country this month before the vote counting gets serious on Capitol Hill in September."

There is still strong support for critical elements of the Obama/Democratic plan:
  • 62 - 32 percent in favor of giving people the option of a government insurance plan;
  • 61 - 36 percent for higher taxes on high income earners to pay for health care reform;
  • 60 - 32 percent in favor of insurance subsidies for individuals making up to $43,000 and families of four making up to $88,000;
  • 54 - 38 percent for requiring businesses to provide insurance or pay the government.
Voters oppose 68 - 26 percent requiring people to have health insurance or pay a fine and oppose 68 - 27 percent taxing employees for health care benefits from employers.

Independent voters, perhaps the key voting group, are more worried about the deficit rising than congressional inaction, 54 - 37 percent. These voters say 59 - 36 percent that overhaul should not occur if it would "significantly" increase the deficit. Independents oppose 63 - 33 percent passing a bill with only Democratic votes.

Independent voters also don't think Obama can keep his promise to avoid increasing the deficit and pass health care by an overwhelming 77 - 17 percent.

"The key to this political battle over health care out in the country is independent voters. And that bloc is the key to most elections," Brown added. "These are the voters who broke strongly for the President last November and who were in his corner during the first months of his administration. But on these key health care questions they are siding with critics who question whether health care reform is worth the projected cost."

Support for Obama's handling of health care is down among key groups:
  • Women disapprove 49 - 41 percent, down from a 48 - 39 percent approval July 1;
  • Voters 18 to 34 years old disapprove 48 - 44 percent, down from a 54 - 35 percent approval;
  • Low income voters disapprove 47 - 43 percent, down from a 49 - 37 percent approval.
Since Quinnipiac University's July 1 survey, support for a government-run option has fallen from 69 - 26 percent to 62 - 32 percent and the number who would rather buy insurance from a private rather than public insurer has jumped from 53 - 28 percent to 61 - 25 percent.

"Another indication that opponents of the President's approach have been making points with the voters," said Brown.

From July 27 - August 3, Quinnipiac University surveyed 2,409 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 2 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.

6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling health care?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              39%    12%    69%    34%    36%    41%    32%    76%    54%
Disapprove           52     83     20     60     56     49     59     13     42
DK/NA                 9      4     11      7      8      9      9     11      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              44%    38%    38%    43%    34%    34%    69%    42%    21%
Disapprove           48     55     52     47     60     61     23     48     73
DK/NA                 8      7     10     10      6      5      8     10      6
 
                     Insurance Type......               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Approve              51%    49%    36%    39%    39%    22%    26%    30%    54%
Disapprove           36     42     58     52     55     69     66     61     31
DK/NA                13      9      6      9      6      8      8     10     15
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling health care?
                     Aug 5   July 2
                     2009    2009
 
Approve              39      46
Disapprove           52      42
DK/NA                 9      13
 
 
15. 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      46%    10%    85%    41%    43%    49%    40%    84%    62%
Reps in Cong         37     78      7     36     40     35     44      7     20
DK/NA                16     12      8     23     17     16     16      8     18
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
President Obama      53%    43%    46%    52%    40%    40%    84%    50%    25%
Reps in Cong         35     39     38     31     45     48     10     31     59
DK/NA                12     17     16     16     15     12      6     19     15
 
                     Insurance Type......               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
President Obama      64%    55%    41%    46%    46%    28%    32%    39%    73%
Reps in Cong         24     22     43     37     39     59     53     45     25
DK/NA                12     22     16     17     15     13     15     17      2
 
TREND: Who do you trust to do a better job handling health care - President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Aug 5   July 1
                     2009    2009
 
President Obama      46      53
Reps in Con          37      33
DK/NA                16      14
 
 
16. Do you think President Obama's health care plan would improve the quality of health care in the nation, hurt the quality of health care in the nation, or not make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Improve              39%    11%    69%    35%    38%    41%    32%    78%    57%
Hurt                 41     74     10     44     43     39     48      6     24
No difference        14     11     14     15     15     12     14     10     15
DK/NA                 6      4      7      5      3      8      6      5      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Improve              46%    36%    39%    45%    32%    35%    71%    41%    22%
Hurt                 33     45     42     34     50     49      8     35     64
No difference        15     14     13     15     13     12     16     16     10
DK/NA                 6      5      7      6      5      5      5      8      3
 
                     Insurance Type......               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Improve              53%    51%    34%    40%    38%    24%    26%    32%    43%
Hurt                 24     27     47     41     42     62     56     48     26
No difference        15     16     13     13     15     12     13     13     23
DK/NA                 7      6      5      6      6      3      5      6      9
 
 
17. Do you think President Obama's health care plan will improve the quality of health care you receive, hurt the quality of health care you receive, or not make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Improve              21%     8%    38%    15%    19%    23%    14%    58%    32%
Hurt                 36     65      9     39     37     35     42      8     24
No difference        39     24     48     42     42     36     40     30     43
DK/NA                 4      3      5      3      2      6      4      4      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Improve              27%    18%    21%    29%    12%    11%    35%    22%    13%
Hurt                 28     39     39     29     44     45      9     29     57
No difference        42     39     37     38     39     42     53     45     26
DK/NA                 4      4      4      4      4      2      3      4      4
 
                     Insurance Type......               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Improve              45%    36%    14%    23%    16%    10%    11%    14%    26%
Hurt                 20     26     41     36     37     55     49     39     33
No difference        31     35     42     37     43     32     36     43     36
DK/NA                 4      3      4      4      4      3      4      4      4
 
 
18. Do you think President Obama's health care plan would help the economy, hurt the economy, or not make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Help                 34%     9%    64%    26%    30%    37%    28%    72%    43%
Hurt                 44     77     12     47     48     39     49     12     33
No difference        16     11     16     20     17     15     16     10     21
DK/NA                 7      3      8      7      5      9      7      6      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Help                 37%    32%    34%    39%    27%    29%    60%    35%    19%
Hurt                 39     46     43     37     50     54     16     36     65
No difference        18     16     15     17     18     12     18     19     11
DK/NA                 5      6      8      7      6      5      6      9      4
 
                     Insurance Type......               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Help                 42%    46%    30%    34%    34%    20%    23%    27%    41%
Hurt                 34     30     48     43     45     60     55     50     32
No difference        18     16     15     17     14     14     15     15     16
DK/NA                 6      8      6      7      7      5      7      8     11
 
 
19. Do you think President Obama's health care plan would increase your health care costs, decrease your health care costs, or not make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Increase costs       42%    62%    24%    44%    44%    41%    46%    27%    29%
Decrease costs       18     10     28     16     18     18     15     36     24
No difference        33     24     41     34     33     33     32     34     43
DK/NA                 7      5      7      6      5      8      7      3      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Increase costs       34%    45%    45%    37%    46%    50%    22%    39%    57%
Decrease costs       24     18     13     22     15     13     33     17     11
No difference        36     32     34     34     35     33     40     38     26
DK/NA                 6      5      8      7      5      4      5      7      5
 
                     Insurance Type......               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Increase costs       27%    37%    45%    42%    44%    52%    50%    49%    33%
Decrease costs       36     18     17     18     18     13     12     14     17
No difference        32     39     32     34     32     27     31     31     40
DK/NA                 5      7      6      7      6      7      7      7     10
 
 
20. Do you think President Obama's health care plan would increase the taxes that you pay, decrease the taxes you pay, or not make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Increase             66%    85%    44%    73%    70%    63%    72%    33%    57%
Decrease              6      3     10      4      5      7      3     23     10
No difference        23     11     39     19     22     25     21     39     32
DK/NA                 4      2      7      4      3      5      4      6      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Increase             69%    68%    61%    58%    73%    79%    49%    64%    78%
Decrease              8      5      5      9      3      1      7      5      6
No difference        19     24     28     27     21     18     40     26     13
DK/NA                 3      4      5      6      2      1      4      5      3
 
                     Insurance Type......               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Increase             62%    50%    71%    64%    72%    77%    76%    73%    68%
Decrease             10     10      5      7      4      3      2      3      -
No difference        27     34     21     24     21     15     17     20     29
DK/NA                 2      6      4      5      3      4      5      4      3
 
 
21. Do you support or oppose requiring people to have health insurance or pay a fine of two point five percent of their income?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Support              26%    16%    39%    24%    26%    26%    22%    43%    40%
Oppose               68     81     54     72     70     67     72     51     57
DK/NA                 5      3      8      5      5      6      6      7      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Support              32%    23%    26%    26%    27%    29%    41%    29%    18%
Oppose               65     73     65     67     69     67     54     66     78
DK/NA                 3      4      9      7      4      4      5      5      4
 
                     Insurance Type......               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Support              23%    24%    28%    25%    30%    15%    18%    27%    31%
Oppose               72     65     68     69     66     82     77     68     68
DK/NA                 5     11      4      6      5      3      5      5      1
 
 
22. Do you support or oppose requiring businesses with payrolls of 250,000 dollars per year to offer their employees health insurance or pay the government 8 percent of their payroll to underwrite health insurance?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Support              54%    35%    74%    52%    51%    57%    50%    77%    70%
Oppose               38     60     16     40     42     34     42     14     20
DK/NA                 8      5     10      8      7      9      8      9     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Support              64%    53%    48%    61%    47%    49%    82%    58%    38%
Oppose               32     41     39     30     46     49     12     34     54
DK/NA                 5      6     13      9      6      2      6      8      8
 
                     Insurance Type......               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Support              63%    55%    53%    55%    53%    42%    43%    50%    64%
Oppose               28     29     42     36     42     51     49     44     24
DK/NA                 9     15      5      9      6      7      7      7     12
 
 
23. 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              62%    40%    80%    64%    59%    64%    59%    80%    76%
Oppose               32     56     13     30     36     29     35     16     22
DK/NA                 6      4      7      6      5      6      6      4      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Support              68%    64%    56%    64%    62%    62%    86%    73%    41%
Oppose               28     32     34     30     33     36     10     23     52
DK/NA                 3      4     10      6      4      2      4      4      7
 
                     Insurance Type......               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Support              71%    65%    62%    61%    65%    47%    51%    62%    66%
Oppose               22     28     35     32     32     45     41     32     24
DK/NA                 7      7      3      7      3      7      8      6     10
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose giving people the option of being covered by a government health insurance plan that would compete with private plans?
                     Aug 5   July 1
                     2009    2009
 
Support              62      69
Oppose               32      26
DK/NA                 6       5
 
 
24. 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       61%    90%    34%    63%    64%    57%    66%    27%    55%
Gov't program        25      6     45     21     24     26     20     54     40
DK/NA                14      4     21     16     12     17     14     18      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Private sector       57%    63%    60%    53%    71%    69%    35%    59%    77%
Gov't program        30     23     25     32     16     19     44     26     15
DK/NA                13     14     16     15     13     11     22     15      8
 
                     Insurance Type......               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Private sector       44%    44%    68%    60%    62%    76%    71%    70%    50%
Gov't program        42     43     18     27     20     16     17     18     26
DK/NA                14     13     14     13     17      8     12     12     23
 
TREND: Would you rather purchase health insurance from a private sector company or from a government program?
                     Aug 5   July 1
                     2009    2009
 
Private sector       61      53
Gov't program        25      28
DK/NA                14      19
 
 
25. Do you support or oppose government subsidies for individuals who earn 43,000 dollars or less or families of four who earn less than 88,000 dollars a year to buy health care insurance?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Support              60%    43%    74%    60%    57%    62%    57%    67%    77%
Oppose               32     49     18     31     37     28     34     25     16
DK/NA                 8      8      8      8      7     10      8      8      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Support              64%    63%    52%    61%    62%    60%    79%    67%    45%
Oppose               28     31     36     29     33     36     19     26     46
DK/NA                 8      6     12     10      6      4      3      8      9
 
                     Insurance Type......               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Support              59%    59%    61%    58%    63%    49%    52%    61%    70%
Oppose               33     29     32     32     32     42     39     31     28
DK/NA                 8     12      7      9      5      9      9      8      2
 
 
26. To extend health insurance coverage to most Americans over the next decade, would you support or oppose imposing an extra tax on individuals who earn more than 350,000 dollars and couples who earn more than 1 million dollars a year?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Support              61%    39%    85%    59%    58%    65%    58%    78%    75%
Oppose               36     60     13     39     40     33     39     22     25
DK/NA                 2      1      2      3      2      3      3      1      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Support              64%    61%    61%    67%    57%    52%    88%    69%    42%
Oppose               33     38     36     30     42     46     11     29     56
DK/NA                 3      2      3      3      1      2      1      2      2
 
                     Insurance Type......               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Support              68%    68%    59%    62%    60%    51%    52%    59%    75%
Oppose               27     30     39     35     39     47     45     39     25
DK/NA                 6      2      1      3      1      2      3      2      -
 
 
27. To extend health insurance coverage to most Americans over the next decade, 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              27%    13%    40%    27%    28%    27%    24%    44%    38%
Oppose               68     83     54     67     68     67     70     53     61
DK/NA                 5      4      7      5      5      6      6      3      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Support              35%    23%    26%    32%    22%    23%    40%    29%    20%
Oppose               63     73     65     63     74     74     55     66     76
DK/NA                 3      4      9      6      3      3      5      5      4
 
                     Insurance Type......               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Support              37%    31%    24%    28%    25%    19%    24%    22%    29%
Oppose               60     63     71     66     71     76     71     71     64
DK/NA                 3      6      4      5      5      5      5      6      7
 
TREND: Would you support or oppose a new tax on employees for the health care benefits that they receive from their employers?
                     Aug 5   July 1
                     2009    2009
 
Support              27      30
Oppose               68      63
DK/NA                 5       7
 
 
28. Which concerns you more - Congress does not pass legislation to overhaul the nation's health care system or the cost of overhauling the nation's health care system will significantly increase the federal budget deficit?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Cong doesn't pass    35%    16%    52%    37%    34%    36%    32%    49%    47%
Will increase def    55     76     37     54     57     52     57     40     49
DK/NA                10      8     11      9      8     11     10     11      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Cong doesn't pass    33%    37%    36%    35%    35%    36%    62%    42%    18%
Will increase def    60     56     49     52     59     61     34     50     69
DK/NA                 7      7     15     12      6      3      4      8     13
 
                     Insurance Type......               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Cong doesn't pass    31%    47%    35%    34%    38%    24%    27%    35%    50%
Will increase def    57     41     59     54     56     65     62     57     39
DK/NA                12     13      6     12      5     11     11      8     1
 
 
29. Do you agree or disagree with the following: Congress should approve a health care overhaul plan even if only Democrats support it.
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Agree                36%    11%    63%    33%    38%    34%    32%    60%    47%
Disagree             59     87     32     63     59     60     63     34     50
DK/NA                 5      3      5      4      4      6      5      6      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Agree                37%    32%    40%    41%    27%    35%    68%    37%    19%
Disagree             58     64     54     53     69     64     30     58     77
DK/NA                 5      4      6      6      4      2      2      4      4
 
                     Insurance Type......               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Agree                41%    48%    31%    35%    36%    21%    25%    28%    51%
Disagree             52     47     65     59     61     74     69     68     47
DK/NA                 6      6      4      6      3      5      6      3      2
 
 
30. 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?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Will keep promise    21%     6%    41%    17%    17%    26%    16%    51%    30%
Will add to deficit  72     93     48     77     79     65     77     40     58
DK/NA                 7      2     11      6      4      9      7      9     12
 
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Will keep promise    23%    22%    20%    25%    16%    19%    40%    21%    13%
Will add to deficit  69     73     72     66     78     78     50     73     83
DK/NA                 8      5      8      8      6      3     10      6      4
 
                     Insurance Type......               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Will keep promise    21%    38%    19%    22%    21%    10%    13%    17%    20%
Will add to deficit  68     55     75     71     73     85     80     79     76
DK/NA                11      7      6      8      6      5      7      4      4
 
 
31. Do you agree or disagree with the following: Overhauling the nation's health care system is so important that it should be enacted even if it significantly increases the federal budget deficit.
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Agree                37%    14%    62%    36%    36%    39%    33%    59%    52%
Disagree             57     83     31     59     59     55     62     31     43
DK/NA                 6      3      7      5      4      7      5     10      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Agree                40%    35%    40%    43%    30%    33%    70%    39%    21%
Disagree             55     59     54     51     66     64     26     55     75
DK/NA                 5      5      6      7      4      2      4      6      4
 
                     Insurance Type......               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Agree                46%    46%    33%    39%    34%    25%    29%    32%    56%
Disagree             49     48     62     55     61     72     68     65     34
DK/NA                 6      6      5      6      4      3      3      4     10
 
 
32. Are you now covered by any form of health insurance or health plan?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  89%    92%    87%    90%    88%    90%    90%    88%    82%
No                   11      8     12     10     12     10     10     12     18
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  82%    88%    95%    81%    97%   100%    85%    91%    90%
No                   18     11      5     19      3      -     15      9     10
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Yes                  87%    95%    86%    92%    93%    92%
No                   13      5     14      8      7      8
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -
 
TREND: Are you now covered by any form of health insurance or health plan?
                     Aug 5   July 1
                     2009    2009
 
Yes                  89      88
No                   11      11
DK/NA                 -       -
 
 
33. (If covered q32) Is your health insurance plan Medicare, Medicaid, or a private health insurance plan?
                     COVERED Q32................................................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Medicare              9%     7%    11%     9%     9%     9%     9%     8%    10%
Medicaid              4      2      5      5      3      4      2     14     11
Private plan         68     74     62     70     71     66     69     63     67
COMB OF PLANS(VOL)   16     15     20     14     14     18     17     14      9
DK/NA                 3      2      2      3      3      3      3      2      3
 
TREND: (If Covered) Is your health insurance plan Medicare, Medicaid, or a private health insurance plan?
                     COVERED.......
                     Aug 5   July 1
                     2009    2009
 
Medicare              9      10
Medicaid              4       3
Private plan         68      68
COMB OF PLANS(VOL)   16      16
DK/NA                 3       2