November 19, 2009 - American Voters Like Obama, But Not His Policies, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Support For Public Option, But Not Overall Health Plan

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Three-quarters of American voters - 74 percent - like President Barack Obama as a person, but only 47 percent like most of his policies, and voters disapprove 51 - 35 percent of the health care overhaul passed by the House of Representatives which he has endorsed, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.

Voters disapprove 53 - 41percent of President Obama's handling of health care.

Obama's endorsement of the House of Representatives-passed health care plan makes no difference to 44 percent of American voters, while 24 percent say it makes them view him more favorably; 30 percent less favorably.

Voters favor 57 - 35 percent giving people the option of being covered by a government- run health insurance plan, the "public option." Independent voters approve 55 - 39 percent. The overall approval is down from 61 - 34 percent in an October 8 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. And they oppose two proposals to modify it:
  • Allowing states to opt out of the public option is a bad idea, voters say 49 - 43 percent;
  • Voters also oppose 47 - 38 percent the "trigger," where the public option kicks in only if private insurance does not cover enough people.
Given four choices to describe their feelings about the President, American voters say:
  • 46 percent like Obama as a person and like most of his policies;
  • 28 percent like him as a person, but don't like most of his policies;
  • 1 percent like his policies, but don't like him as a person;
  • 20 percent don't like him or his policies.
"Most Americans like President Barack Obama and might like to have a beer with him," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "But millions of voters who sided with him last November because they thought he would bring change to Washington aren't crazy about the kind of change he is trying to bring."

"That is especially true of independent voters, many of whom used to be Republicans turned off by the Bush years. They may not yet have returned to their former political home, but many have concluded Obama isn't offering their kind of solutions," Brown added.

"The President's lower policy approval may be a warning sign for the White House that they need to better align their programs with the views of the American people, or better explain to the American people what they're trying to do."

The fall-off from Obama's personal likability to approval of his policies is greater among independent voters, a group Obama carried in the election. Overall 28 percent of Americans say they like Obama personally but not his policies, while 34 percent of independents feel that way.

"He may have won these independents last year, but he needs to do a better job convincing them that he is offering policies that will benefit them," said Brown.

"The health care overhaul which passed the House 12 days ago gets a failing grade from the American people and so does Obama on the issue," said Brown. "Independent voters disapprove 59 - 35 percent of the President's handling of health care and disapprove 57 - 29 percent of the plan itself."

Overall, support for the plan drops as you go up the age and income scale, while the gender gap is significant: men disapprove 56 - 33 percent while women disapprove 46 - 37 percent. There is a racial divide as well: 68 percent of African-Americans, 47 percent of Hispanics and 29 percent of white voters support the health care plan.

While this survey has bad news for the President, the news for Republicans is worse:

Voters say 45 - 36 percent, including 40 - 37 percent among independents, that Obama is better able to handle health care than congressional Republicans. In October, it was 47 - 31 percent in the President's favor.

Voters also say 59 - 29 percent that Republicans are not making a good faith effort to work with Obama and the Democrats on health care.

A total of 61 percent of American voters say it is "very important" or "somewhat important" that health care reform be approved this year.

From November 9 - 16, Quinnipiac University surveyed 2,518 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, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              36%     9%    68%    27%    31%    41%    31%    69%    38%
Disapprove           55     85     23     62     62     47     60     25     40
DK/NA                 9      6      9     11      7     12      9      7     22
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              44%    36%    31%    42%    33%    32%    58%    44%    18%
Disapprove           46     54     60     47     59     62     33     46     75
DK/NA                10      9      9     11      8      6      9     10      7
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Approve              36%    36%    24%    26%    31%    54%    29%
Disapprove           53     57     70     66     62     41     64
DK/NA                10      8      6      7      6      5      7
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job?
                                                             APPROVE......
                                                             High    Low
                     Nov 19  Oct 8   Aug 6   July 2  Jun 4   Mar 4   Oct 8
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              36      33      35      38      43      45      33
Disapprove           55      56      55      50      45      45      56
DK/NA                 9      11      10      12      11      10      11
 
 
3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              31%    54%    21%    27%    30%    32%    31%    29%    40%
Disapprove           58     37     71     62     62     54     58     61     48
DK/NA                11      9      8     11      8     14     11     10     12
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              42%    30%    26%    32%    34%    28%    19%    28%    42%
Disapprove           46     62     61     56     58     67     73     61     48
DK/NA                12      8     13     12      8      5      8     11     10
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Approve              32%    28%    38%    35%    36%    15%    29%
Disapprove           55     65     53     55     55     82     60
DK/NA                12      7      9     10      8      4     11
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job?
                                                             APPROVE......
                                                             High    Low
                     Nov 19  Oct 8   Aug 6   July 2  Jun 4   Nov 19  Oct 8
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              31      25      29      29      30      31      25
Disapprove           58      64      59      57      56      58      64
DK/NA                11      11      12      14      15      11      11
 
 
4. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in the nation today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Very satisfied        3%     -      6%     1%     3%     3%     2%     8%     4%
Smwht sat            27     10     47     21     25     29     23     49     33
Smwht dissat         30     31     29     32     28     33     30     30     31
Very dissat          39     59     17     45     44     35     44     12     31
DK/NA                 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        2%     2%     3%     2%     3%     2%     6%     2%     1%
Smwht sat            33     27     24     30     26     26     46     33     13
Smwht dissat         38     29     25     32     29     30     31     36     25
Very dissat          25     41     47     35     42     41     18     28     60
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      -      -      -      -      1
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Very satisfied        3%     2%     1%     2%     2%     1%     3%
Smwht sat            26     31     14     19     25     52     25
Smwht dissat         31     29     27     29     31     28     28
Very dissat          40     38     57     50     42     19     45
DK/NA                 1      1      -      1      -      1      -
 
TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in the nation today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                                                             VERY+SMWHT SAT
                                                             High    Low
                     Nov 19  Oct 8   Aug 6   July 2  Apr 29  Dec 11  Nov 13
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2001    2008
 
Very satisfied        3       3       4       5       6      21       2
Smwht satisfied      27      27      31      34      30      47      14
Smwht dissatisfied   30      31      30      29      29      19      38
Very dissatisfied    39      38      34      31      34      10      44
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1       3       2
 
 
5. Which one of the following statements comes closest to the way you feel about Barack Obama - A) I like Barack Obama as a person and I also like most of his policies B) I like Barack Obama as a person but I don't like most of his policies C) I don't like Barack Obama as a person but I DO like most of his policies OR D) I don't like Barack Obama as a person and I also don't like most of his policies?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Person/Policies      46%    10%    83%    39%    41%    51%    39%    88%    56%
Person/Not policies  28     40     11     34     29     27     31      8     25
Policies/Not person   1      1      -      1      1      -      1      -      1
Not pol/Not person   20     42      4     18     24     16     24      -     13
DK/NA                 5      7      2      7      6      5      5      4      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Person/Policies      52%    47%    42%    52%    44%    42%    78%    54%    22%
Person/Not policies  29     27     27     25     28     33     16     28     35
Policies/Not person   -      1      1      1      1      1      1      1      1
Not pol/Not person   16     19     24     17     24     19      2     12     37
DK/NA                 3      6      6      6      3      5      2      5      6
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Person/Policies      46%    47%    26%    33%    39%    73%    37%
Person/Not policies  28     29     37     32     33     12     31
Policies/Not person   1      1      1      1      1      -      1
Not pol/Not person   20     19     32     29     22     14     25
DK/NA                 6      4      5      5      4      1      6
 
 
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              41%    11%    73%    35%    39%    44%    33%    79%    66%
Disapprove           53     87     21     59     57     49     61     16     29
DK/NA                 6      3      6      6      4      7      6      5      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              49%    41%    37%    45%    40%    42%    71%    51%    17%
Disapprove           48     53     55     48     54     57     23     43     78
DK/NA                 3      6      7      7      5      2      7      6      4
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Approve              40%    46%    22%    28%    34%    60%    36%
Disapprove           53     51     73     67     60     38     59
DK/NA                 7      3      5      6      6      2      5
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - health care?
                     Nov 19  Oct 8   Aug 5   July 2
                     2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              41      41      39      46
Disapprove           53      51      52      42
DK/NA                 6       8       9      13
 
 
10. Is your opinion of - Barack Obama favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Favorable            50%    15%    87%    44%    46%    55%    43%    90%    64%
Unfavorable          38     72      8     41     44     33     45      3     22
Hvn't hrd enough      9     11      4     13      9     10     10      6     11
REFUSED               2      2      1      2      2      3      2      1      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Favorable            57%    52%    45%    55%    48%    51%    85%    62%    22%
Unfavorable          33     38     42     32     45     41     10     26     66
Hvn't hrd enough      8      9     10     12      6      6      4     10     10
REFUSED               2      1      3      2      2      1      -      2      3
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Favorable            49%    55%    28%    34%    45%    72%    42%
Unfavorable          38     39     60     53     43     19     46
Hvn't hrd enough     11      5     10     10      9      9      9
REFUSED               2      2      3      2      3      -      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Barack Obama favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Nov 19  Oct 8   July 2  Apr 29  Apr 1   Nov 12  Feb 21
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2008    2007
 
Favorable            50      53      58      58      59      67      44
Unfavorable          38      37      30      27      26      19      14
Hvn't hrd enough      9       8      10      11      13      11      40
REFUSED               2       2       2       3       2       3       1
 
 
11. Is your opinion of the - Democratic Party favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about it?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Favorable            39%     7%    78%    25%    33%    44%    34%    68%    45%
Unfavorable          46     80     10     56     55     38     52     15     27
Hvn't hrd enough     13     12     10     15     11     15     11     15     25
REFUSED               2      1      2      3      2      3      2      2      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Favorable            45%    39%    35%    44%    35%    36%    73%    46%    15%
Unfavorable          34     49     51     36     53     57     16     37     71
Hvn't hrd enough     19     10     11     17      9      6      9     15     13
REFUSED               2      2      3      3      2      -      2      2      2
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Favorable            38%    42%    23%    27%    34%    68%    30%
Unfavorable          44     49     63     59     52     27     57
Hvn't hrd enough     15      7     11     11     11      4     11
REFUSED               3      2      2      3      2      1      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of the Democratic Party favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about it?
                     Nov 19  Oct 8   July 2  Apr 29  Apr 1   Nov 12
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2008
 
Favorable            39      38      42      43      41      55
Unfavorable          46      46      42      41      42      35
Hvn't hrd enough     13      13      13      13      13       6
REFUSED               2       3       3       3       3       4
 
 
12. Is your opinion of the - Republican Party favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about it?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Favorable            28%    63%     9%    23%    27%    28%    30%    15%    28%
Unfavorable          53     21     74     55     56     50     52     60     50
Hvn't hrd enough     16     13     14     18     14     18     15     19     19
REFUSED               4      2      3      3      3      4      3      6      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Favorable            27%    28%    25%    24%    30%    28%    14%    21%    41%
Unfavorable          51     56     52     52     57     60     74     58     38
Hvn't hrd enough     18     13     19     20     11     11      9     18     17
REFUSED               4      3      4      3      3      2      3      3      3
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Favorable            28%    27%    41%    34%    32%    11%    30%
Unfavorable          49     62     40     46     51     84     50
Hvn't hrd enough     19      8     16     15     15      4     16
REFUSED               4      3      4      4      2      1      4
 
TREND: Is your opinion of the Republican Party favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about it?
                     Nov 19  Oct 8   July 2  Apr 29  Apr 1   Nov 12
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2008
 
Favorable            28      25      25      27      27      36
Unfavorable          53      53      52      51      52      52
Hvn't hrd enough     16      18      20      17      17       7
REFUSED               4       4       3       5       4       5
 
 
14. Do you think the government should limit the amount of money that companies that are taking federal funds pay their executives?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  76%    72%    84%    75%    72%    81%    76%    80%    78%
No                   19     24     11     21     23     15     20     12     18
DK/NA                 4      4      4      4      5      4      4      7      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  76%    79%    76%    82%    74%    74%    91%    82%    65%
No                   19     18     19     14     23     22      7     14     30
DK/NA                 5      3      5      4      3      5      2      3      5
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Yes                  77%    75%    73%    73%    78%    77%    74%
No                   18     22     23     23     18     20     22
DK/NA                 5      3      5      4      4      3      5
 
TREND: Do you think the government should limit the amount of money that companies that are taking federal funds pay their executives?
                     Nov 19  Apr 1
                     2009    2009
 
Yes                  76      81
No                   19      16
DK/NA                 4       3
 
 
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
 
Pres Obama           45%     9%    83%    40%    42%    48%    37%    86%    69%
Reps in Congress     36     73      7     37     40     32     43      4     19
DK/NA                19     18      9     23     18     20     20     10     12
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Pres Obama           51%    46%    41%    50%    42%    47%    79%    54%    20%
Reps in Congress     34     38     37     31     39     40     10     25     61
DK/NA                15     17     22     19     18     13     10     21     19
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Pres Obama           44%    49%    23%    29%    42%    70%    37%
Reps in Congress     35     37     58     49     42     24     42
DK/NA                21     13     19     22     16      6     21
 
TREND: Who do you trust to do a better job handling health care - President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Nov 19  Oct 8   Aug 5   July 1
                     2009    2009    2009    2009
 
President Obama      45      47      46      53
Reps in Congress     36      31      37      33
DK/NA                19      21      16      14
 
 
16. How much have you heard or read about the health care reform plan that was recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives - a lot, some, not much, or nothing at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
A lot                33%    36%    27%    35%    37%    29%    34%    27%    18%
Some                 44     44     49     42     39     48     43     49     53
Not much             18     16     20     17     17     18     17     21     23
Nothing at all        5      4      4      5      6      5      5      4      4
DK/NA                 1      -      -      1      1      -      1      -      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
A lot                25%    34%    38%    27%    36%    44%    33%    27%    38%
Some                 49     45     38     42     48     45     46     48     40
Not much             19     16     17     23     12     10     19     20     15
Nothing at all        7      4      6      8      3      2      2      4      7
DK/NA                 1      1      1      -      1      -      1      1      -
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
A lot                28%    46%    33%    35%    33%    45%    37%
Some                 44     43     42     41     44     49     42
Not much             21      9     20     18     19      5     16
Nothing at all        7      1      5      6      4      1      4
DK/NA                 1      -      -      1      1      -      1
 
 
17. Do you approve or disapprove of this health care reform plan?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              35%     8%    64%    29%    33%    37%    29%    68%    47%
Disapprove           51     82     20     57     56     46     58     16     30
DK/NA                14     10     16     14     11     17     13     16     23
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              39%    36%    33%    40%    34%    34%    64%    41%    15%
Disapprove           46     50     54     45     52     57     20     40     76
DK/NA                15     14     13     15     14      9     16     19      9
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Approve              34%    39%    19%    25%    29%    53%    29%
Disapprove           50     51     70     64     57     40     58
DK/NA                16     10     11     11     13      7     13
 
 
18. Does Barack Obama's support of this health care reform plan make you think more favorably of him, less favorably, or doesn't it make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
More favorably       24%     5%    46%    17%    21%    26%    19%    39%    44%
Less favorably       30     57      6     33     35     26     36      4     17
No diff              44     35     45     48     42     45     42     53     38
DK/NA                 3      2      2      2      2      3      2      3      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
More favorably       22%    24%    25%    27%    22%    23%    48%    26%     9%
Less favorably       24     30     34     24     34     33      8     21     52
No diff              52     45     38     46     42     44     42     51     37
DK/NA                 2      2      3      3      2      1      3      2      2
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
More favorably       24%    24%    11%    16%    21%    37%    21%
Less favorably       30     31     47     43     33     12     36
No diff              44     43     40     40     43     51     40
DK/NA                 3      2      2      1      3      -      3
 
 
19. 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              57%    29%    82%    55%    54%    60%    52%    80%    70%
Oppose               35     61     11     39     41     30     38     15     28
DK/NA                 8     11      7      6      6     10      9      4      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Support              66%    59%    50%    61%    55%    59%    85%    68%    32%
Oppose               30     35     39     30     39     37     10     24     60
DK/NA                 4      7     11      9      6      4      5      8      8
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Support              56%    60%    43%    46%    52%    71%    52%
Oppose               35     35     48     45     40     23     39
DK/NA                 9      5     10      9      9      6      8
 
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?
                     Nov 19  Oct 8   Aug 5   July 1
                     2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Support              57      61      62      69
Oppose               35      34      32      26
DK/NA                 8       6       6       5
 
 
20. There is a proposal that would allow states to opt out of a public option - that is it would be left up to each state to decide whether or not to give people the option of being covered by a government health insurance plan. Do you think that is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Good idea            43%    46%    40%    45%    44%    43%    42%    45%    50%
Bad idea             49     45     55     50     51     48     50     49     46
DK/NA                 7      9      6      6      6      9      8      7      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Good idea            50%    43%    40%    47%    43%    36%    36%    44%    47%
Bad idea             46     52     49     46     50     60     60     51     44
DK/NA                 4      5     11      7      7      4      4      6      9
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Good idea            46%    37%    48%    44%    38%    25%    43%
Bad idea             47     57     44     47     56     69     49
DK/NA                 8      7      8      8      6      5      9
 
 
21. Some have suggested that the creation of a public option should only be triggered if the private market does not meet benchmarks to extend coverage to all Americans. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Good idea            38%    35%    42%    38%    38%    37%    37%    48%    45%
Bad idea             47     47     43     52     51     44     48     36     46
DK/NA                15     18     15     10     10     19     15     16     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Good idea            39%    40%    34%    41%    37%    36%    36%    43%    34%
Bad idea             48     49     46     43     53     56     50     44     51
DK/NA                13     10     19     16     10      9     14     13     15
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Good idea            39%    35%    36%    34%    41%    38%    39%
Bad idea             45     55     48     49     45     55     48
DK/NA                16     10     16     17     15      8     13
 
 
22. How important is it to you that Congress approve of a health care overhaul plan this year - very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not important at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Very important       39%    16%    61%    36%    35%    42%    32%    71%    57%
Smwht important      22     19     27     21     20     24     23     15     25
Not too imp          13     24      7     13     12     15     15      6      8
Not imp at all       23     38      3     28     30     16     26      6      7
DK/NA                 3      3      2      2      2      3      3      3      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Very important       42%    38%    39%    44%    33%    40%    65%    43%    22%
Smwht important      25     23     18     24     22     19     23     28     17
Not too imp          11     14     14     12     13     13      7     13     17
Not imp at all       19     23     25     16     31     27      4     14     42
DK/NA                 2      1      4      3      1      1      1      2      3
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Very important       39%    39%    25%    29%    33%    57%    37%
Smwht important      23     19     23     21     26     14     19
Not too imp          13     15     18     18     13      3     13
Not imp at all       22     25     32     30     26     25     27
DK/NA                 3      2      3      3      2      1      4
 
 
23. 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%     9%    64%    30%    35%    36%    31%    59%    52%
Disagree             60     88     32     67     62     58     64     37     43
DK/NA                 5      3      4      3      3      6      5      5      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Agree                35%    37%    36%    40%    34%    36%    63%    41%    16%
Disagree             61     60     57     55     64     63     32     55     81
DK/NA                 3      3      7      5      2      2      5      4      3
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Agree                35%    39%    22%    26%    33%    67%    31%
Disagree             60     58     75     69     63     32     65
DK/NA                 5      3      3      4      4      2      5
 
TREND: Do you agree or disagree with the following: Congress should approve a health care overhaul plan even if only Democrats support it.
                     Nov 19  Oct 8   Aug 5
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Agree                36      37      36
Disagree             60      57      59
DK/NA                 5       6       5
 
 
24. 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?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Making effort        29%    48%    15%    29%    30%    29%    32%    18%    23%
Not mkg effort       59     39     75     59     60     58     56     77     60
DK/NA                12     13      9     12     11     13     13      5     17
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Making effort        31%    30%    28%    29%    30%    28%    16%    25%    42%
Not mkg effort       59     60     59     59     61     65     78     64     46
DK/NA                10     10     13     12      9      7      6     11     13
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Making effort        30%    28%    38%    34%    35%    12%    30%
Not mkg effort       57     63     49     52     56     82     59
DK/NA                13      9     13     13      9      5     12
 
TREND: 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?
                     Nov 19  Oct 8
                     2009    2009
 
Yes/Making effort    29      29
No/Not mkg effort    59      59
DK/NA                12      12
 
 
25. 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?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Making effort        43%    16%    71%    37%    40%    46%    37%    73%    63%
Not mkg effort       46     74     18     53     52     42     52     18     28
DK/NA                10     10     10     10      8     12     11      9      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Making effort        51%    43%    39%    48%    41%    40%    70%    53%    21%
Not mkg effort       38     48     51     41     51     52     20     37     69
DK/NA                11      9     11     11      8      8      9     10     10
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Making effort        42%    46%    27%    30%    37%    63%    38%
Not mkg effort       46     47     64     59     55     35     53
DK/NA                12      7      9     11      8      2      9
 
TREND: 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?
                     Nov 19  Oct 8
                     2009    2009
 
Making effort        43      41
Not mkg effort       46      46
DK/NA                10      13
 
 
26. 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
 
Keep promise         19%     6%    37%    14%    17%    22%    15%    45%    24%
Add to deficit       72     92     50     79     76     68     78     41     56
DK/NA                 9      3     14      8      7     10      7     14     20
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Keep promise         23%    18%    18%    23%    17%    15%    33%    21%    11%
Add to deficit       68     76     71     68     75     80     54     70     85
DK/NA                10      6     11      9      8      5     12     10      3
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Keep promise         20%    17%    10%    12%    16%    22%    16%
Add to deficit       70     77     86     81     78     70     77
DK/NA                 9      6      4      6      6      8      7
 
TREND: 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?
                     Nov 19  Oct 8   Aug 5
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Keep promise         19      19      21
Add to deficit       72      71      72
DK/NA                 9       9       7