December 22, 2009 - U.S. Voters Oppose Health Care Plan By Wide Margin, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Voters Say 3-1, Plan Should Not Pay For Abortions

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As the Senate prepares to vote on health care reform, American voters "mostly disapprove" of the plan 53 - 36 percent and disapprove 56 - 38 percent of President Barack Obama's handling of the health care issue, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Voters also oppose 72 - 23 percent using any public money in the health care overhaul to pay for abortions, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

American voters also disapprove 51 - 44 percent of President Obama's handling of the economy and disapprove 56 - 37 percent of the way he is creating jobs. But voters favor 52 - 42 percent his plan to use $200 billion left over from the bank bailout for a new stimulus package to create jobs rather than to reduce the budget deficit.

Only 31 percent of voters say Obama's policies will help their personal financial situation, while 37 percent say his policies will hurt and 30 percent say his policies will make no difference. Among voters in households where someone has lost a job in the last year, 37 percent say Obama policies will help them personally, while 37 percent say they will hurt.

Looking at the health care plan, independent voters "mostly disapprove" 58 - 30 percent, as do Republicans 83 - 10 percent. Democrats "mostly approve" 64 - 22 percent.

"As President Barack Obama's numbers on health care have declined so has his margin over Republicans on whom American voters trust most on the issue," said Peter Brown, Assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "In July he enjoyed a 20-point edge on the trust question, and that margin has been narrowing, to 45 - 40 percent today."

While voters oppose the health care plan, they back two options cut from the Senate bill, supporting 56 - 38 percent giving people the option of coverage by a government health insurance plan and backing 64 - 30 percent allowing younger people to buy into Medicare.

On the timing of action of health care, 31 percent support the proposals "currently being considered" and want Congress and the President to take action now; 28 percent oppose those proposals but want action on the issue now, while 36 percent don't want action on the issue now.

"While the Senate leadership reportedly has the votes to pass a health care overhaul plan this week, outside the Beltway there appears to be weak support, both to what voters understand as the plan, and the need to pass that plan now," said Brown. "Although a small majority favors abortion rights, allowing the use of public money for the procedure under a national health care plan, which has been a matter of some dispute in both houses of Congress, is extremely unpopular."

By 73 - 18 percent, voters don't believe President Obama will be able to keep his promise to overhaul health care without increasing the federal deficit and by 56 - 37 percent they don't want the overhaul if it will increase the deficit.

A total of 91 percent of American voters describe the economy as "not so good" or "poor." Voters split 28 - 28 percent on whether it is getting better or worse with 43 percent seeing no change. The results on both questions are virtually identical to when Quinnipiac University asked them in July.

"On Wall Street, the stock market's performance has many people optimistic and economists may be telling us that the recession is over. But on Main Street, Americans think the economy is still in the toilet," Brown said.

But voters say 49 - 29 percent that Obama's policies will help the economy and voters trust him rather than Republicans in Congress 45 - 36 percent to handle the economy.

"In what might be his brightest point in an otherwise dark economic picture, more Americans believe President Obama's policies will help the economy, even if they don't believe those policies will help them personally," said Brown. "And they trust the President more than the Republicans to fix things."

From December 15 - 20, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,616 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 2.4 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.

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
 
Very satisfied        2%     -      4%     2%     2%     3%     2%     8%
Smwht satisfied      24      8     41     21     22     26     20     43
Smwht dissatisfied   34     36     35     32     34     34     34     26
Very dissatisfied    40     56     19     45     43     37     43     23
DK/NA                 1      -      1      -      -      1      1      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Very satisfied        1%     4%     2%     2%     1%     3%     4%     2%     2%
Smwht satisfied      27     21     25     24     22     28     32     29     14
Smwht dissatisfied   39     33     32     33     38     33     42     40     26
Very dissatisfied    34     42     41     41     38     35     21     29     58
DK/NA                 -      1      1      -      1      1      1      1      -
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn               Mltry  JobLoss
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   HsHlds HsHldsQ18
 
Very satisfied        2%     2%     1%     1%     -      2%     2%
Smwht satisfied      22     29     13     18     24     18     15
Smwht dissatisfied   32     38     31     29     38     31     33
Very dissatisfied    43     31     55     51     37     49     50
DK/NA                 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
                     Dec 22  Dec 9   Nov 19  Oct 8   Aug 6   Dec 11  Nov 13
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2001    2008
 
Very satisfied        2       3       3       3       4      21       2
Smwht satisfied      24      26      27      27      31      47      14
Smwht dissatisfied   34      32      30      31      30      19      38
Very dissatisfied    40      39      39      38      34      10      44
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1       3       2
 
 
5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the economy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              44%    13%    76%    38%    41%    46%    36%    85%
Disapprove           51     85     20     55     55     47     58     11
DK/NA                 5      2      4      7      4      6      6      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              50%    42%    42%    44%    46%    43%    72%    50%    22%
Disapprove           45     53     52     49     52     54     23     42     75
DK/NA                 5      4      6      7      2      3      5      8      3
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn               Mltry  JobLoss
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   HsHlds HsHldsQ18
 
Approve              43%    47%    21%    28%    39%    36%    40%
Disapprove           51     50     74     66     59     60     57
DK/NA                 6      3      5      6      2      4      4
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the economy?
                                                             APPROVE......
                                                             High    Low
                     Dec 22  Dec 9   Nov 18  Oct 8   Aug 6   Mar 4   Dec 9
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              44      41      43      47      45      57      41
Disapprove           51      54      52      46      49      33      54
DK/NA                 5       5       5       7       6      10       5
 
 
7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - health care?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              38%     9%    69%    32%    36%    40%    31%    74%
Disapprove           56     88     26     61     59     54     64     21
DK/NA                 6      3      5      7      5      7      6      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              46%    35%    36%    38%    37%    40%    70%    44%    17%
Disapprove           49     60     57     55     57     58     25     49     79
DK/NA                 5      5      7      7      6      3      5      7      4
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn               Mltry  JobLoss
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   HsHlds HsHldsQ18
 
Approve              37%    42%    18%    23%    32%    33%    34%
Disapprove           57     53     78     72     63     63     62
DK/NA                 6      5      4      5      5      5      4
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - health care?
                     Dec 22  Dec 9   Nov 19  Oct 8   Aug 5   July 2
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              38      38      41      41      39      46
Disapprove           56      56      53      51      52      42
DK/NA                 6       6       6       8       9      13
 
 
10. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - creating jobs?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              37%    12%    66%    28%    34%    40%    31%    73%
Disapprove           56     82     29     62     59     52     62     19
DK/NA                 8      6      6     10      7      8      7      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              42%    36%    34%    37%    38%    39%    63%    40%    19%
Disapprove           50     58     55     54     55     56     32     50     75
DK/NA                 7      6     11      9      7      5      5     10      6
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn               Mltry  JobLoss
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   HsHlds HsHldsQ18
 
Approve              36%    38%    20%    25%    33%    32%    33%
Disapprove           56     54     74     67     63     61     62
DK/NA                 7      8      7      8      4      7      5
 
 
11. Would you describe the state of the nation's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Excellent             -      -      -      -      1%     -      -      1%
Good                  7      5      9      8      7      8      7     10
Not so good          46     40     57     42     45     48     45     56
Poor                 45     55     33     49     46     44     47     31
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      -      1      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Excellent             -      1%     -      -      -      -      -      -      -
Good                 11      5      7      8      5     10      9      8      6
Not so good          47     45     47     44     53     47     52     50     40
Poor                 41     49     44     47     41     42     39     41     53
DK/NA                 1      -      2      1      2      -      -      1      1
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn               Mltry  JobLoss
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   HsHlds HsHldsQ18
 
Excellent             -      -      -      -      -      -      -
Good                  7      8      5      5      8      7      3
Not so good          44     52     40     44     51     43     35
Poor                 47     40     54     51     40     48     61
DK/NA                 1      -      -      -      1      2      1
 
TREND: Would you describe the state of the nation's economy these days as - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                                                             EXLNT+GOOD....
                                                             High    Low
                     Dec 22  Nov 18  Aug 6   July 2  Apr 29  Dec 10  Mar 4
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2003    2009
 
Excellent             -       -       -       1       -       3       -
Good                  7       8       6       7       6      37       3
Not so good          46      42      49      44      41      42      28
Poor                 45      49      44      47      52      16      68
DK/NA                 1       1       -       1       1       1       -
 
 
12. Do you think the nation's economy is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Better               28%    15%    46%    21%    28%    29%    27%    41%
Worse                28     43     13     29     27     28     30     15
The same             43     40     39     49     45     41     42     43
DK/NA                 1      2      1      1      1      2      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Better               30%    28%    27%    23%    32%    43%    42%    33%    17%
Worse                18     32     29     30     27     20     11     22     41
The same             52     39     41     46     40     36     47     45     40
DK/NA                 -      1      2      1      1      1      1      1      2
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn               Mltry  JobLoss
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   HsHlds HsHldsQ18
 
Better               23%    40%    17%    24%    27%    23%    19%
Worse                31     19     43     36     23     36     37
The same             44     40     39     39     49     40     43
DK/NA                 2      1      2      1      1      1      1
 
TREND: Do you think the nation's economy is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same?
                     Dec 22  Aug 6   July 2  Apr 29  Apr 1
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Better               28      28      27      24      19
Worse                28      29      29      33      32
The same             43      41      42      42      47
DK/NA                 1       2       2       2       2
 
 
13. Who do you trust to do a better job handling the economy - President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Obama                45%     8%    82%    39%    41%    49%    38%    86%
Reps in Congress     36     78      8     33     41     31     42      5
DK/NA                19     15     10     28     18     20     20      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Obama                49%    43%    46%    47%    43%    46%    79%    54%    19%
Reps in Congress     31     40     34     33     36     42     10     27     60
DK/NA                20     17     21     20     21     12     11     19     21
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn               Mltry  JobLoss
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   HsHlds HsHldsQ18
 
Obama                43%    50%    20%    28%    39%    37%    40%
Reps in Congress     36     35     56     49     46     40     39
DK/NA                21     15     23     23     15     23     21
 
TREND: Who do you trust to do a better job handling the economy - President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Dec 22  Aug 6   July 2  Apr 1   Mar 4
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
President Obama      45      47      54      55      56
Reps in Congress     36      36      32      27      26
DK/NA                19      17      14      18      18
 
 
14. Do you think President Obama's policies have helped the economy, hurt the economy, or haven't made a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Helped               37%    10%    64%    33%    36%    39%    32%    75%
Hurt                 28     53      6     30     33     23     34      3
No difference        31     33     27     33     29     33     31     16
DK/NA                 4      4      3      4      2      6      3      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Helped               37%    38%    37%    37%    36%    41%    60%    45%    16%
Hurt                 19     31     31     25     29     31      5     19     50
No difference        38     28     30     33     32     25     32     33     30
DK/NA                 6      3      3      4      3      2      2      3      4
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn               Mltry  JobLoss
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   HsHlds HsHldsQ18
 
Helped               35%    44%    17%    28%    32%    32%    34%
Hurt                 28     27     47     42     28     38     28
No difference        33     26     32     28     38     26     32
DK/NA                 4      2      3      2      2      4      6
 
TREND: Do you think President Obama's policies have helped the economy, hurt the economy, or haven't made a difference?
                     Dec 22  Aug 6
                     2009    2009
 
Helped               37      37
Hurt                 28      29
No difference        31      31
DK/NA                 4       4
 
 
15. Looking forward, do you think President Obama's policies will help the economy, will hurt the economy, or won't make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Will help            49%    15%    82%    45%    44%    54%    40%    88%
Will hurt            29     56      3     33     37     22     36      1
No difference        17     23     11     18     16     18     19      8
DK/NA                 5      6      4      4      3      7      5      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Will help            63%    46%    44%    52%    48%    46%    81%    59%    24%
Will hurt            19     33     30     23     34     38      5     17     52
No difference        14     17     20     19     16     13     11     19     19
DK/NA                 5      4      6      6      2      3      3      5      5
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn               Mltry  JobLoss
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   HsHlds HsHldsQ18
 
Will help            48%    52%    21%    30%    46%    41%    49%
Will hurt            28     32     47     42     35     39     29
No difference        18     14     25     23     16     16     17
DK/NA                 6      2      6      5      3      4      6
 
TREND: Looking forward, do you think President Obama's policies will help the economy, will hurt the economy, or won't make a difference?
                     Dec 22  Aug 6
                     2009    2009
 
Will help            49      49
Will hurt            29      33
No difference        17      14
DK/NA                 5       4
 
 
16. Do you think President Obama's policies have helped your personal financial situation, hurt your personal financial situation, or haven't made a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Helped               15%     5%    25%    12%    16%    14%    10%    45%
Hurt                 26     41      9     30     27     25     29     12
No difference        58     53     65     58     57     59     60     42
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      -      1      1      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Helped               15%    17%    13%    17%    10%    13%    16%    18%    11%
Hurt                 19     28     29     27     22     27      8     22     39
No difference        66     55     57     56     68     60     76     59     49
DK/NA                 -      1      1      1      -      1      -      1      1
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn               Mltry  JobLoss
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   HsHlds HsHldsQ18
 
Helped               16%    13%     4%     7%    12%    14%    18%
Hurt                 28     21     36     32     27     28     32
No difference        55     65     59     60     60     58     49
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      -      1
 
TREND: Do you think President Obama's policies have helped your personal financial situation, hurt your personal financial situation, or haven't made a difference?
                     Dec 22  Aug 6
                     2009    2009
 
Helped               15      13
Hurt                 26      23
No difference        58      63
DK/NA                 1       1
 
 
17. Looking forward, do you think President Obama's policies will help your personal financial situation, will hurt your personal financial situation, or won't make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Will help            31%     7%    51%    30%    27%    35%    23%    72%
Will hurt            37     63     13     40     41     33     45      6
No difference        30     29     34     28     31     29     30     23
DK/NA                 2      2      2      2      1      3      2      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Will help            43%    28%    26%    35%    28%    23%    49%    38%    15%
Will hurt            27     42     38     33     37     45     12     29     59
No difference        29     28     33     29     32     31     38     30     25
DK/NA                 2      2      3      2      2      1      1      3      1
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn               Mltry  JobLoss
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   HsHlds HsHldsQ18
 
Will help            31%    31%    10%    17%    28%    27%    37%
Will hurt            37     37     58     50     43     42     37
No difference        30     30     30     30     27     29     24
DK/NA                 2      2      2      2      2      2      1
 
TREND: Looking forward, do you think President Obama's policies will help your personal financial situation, will hurt your personal financial situation, or won't make a difference?
                     Dec 22  Aug 6
                     2009    2009
 
Will help            31      33
Will hurt            37      36
No difference        30      28
DK/NA                 2       3
 
 
18. In the last year, have you or has anyone living in your household been laid off or lost their job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  28%    27%    27%    31%    28%    29%    25%    33%
No                   72     73     73     69     72     71     75     67
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  36%    33%    16%    36%    23%    13%    26%    30%    27%
No                   64     67     84     64     77     87     74     70     73
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn               Mltry  JobLoss
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   HsHlds HsHldsQ18
 
Yes                  32%    18%    27%    22%    25%    34%   100%
No                   68     81     73     78     75     65      -
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      1      -
 
 
19. Do you think that the 200 billion dollars left over from the bank bailout should be used for a stimulus package to create jobs or should it go to reduce the federal budget deficit?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Jobs stimulus        52%    33%    73%    47%    45%    59%    45%    86%
Reduce deficit       42     62     21     48     50     35     49     10
DK/NA                 6      5      6      5      5      6      6      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Jobs stimulus        62%    49%    49%    57%    50%    43%    75%    55%    38%
Reduce deficit       34     45     44     37     45     54     21     39     57
DK/NA                 4      6      6      6      5      4      4      6      5
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn               Mltry  JobLoss
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   HsHlds HsHldsQ18
 
Jobs stimulus        55%    46%    36%    40%    45%    49%    62%
Reduce deficit       39     49     56     54     48     47     32
DK/NA                 6      5      8      6      6      4      6
 
 
20. 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
 
Obama                45%     9%    80%    39%    40%    49%    36%    85%
Reps in Congress     40     80     10     39     44     36     46     11
DK/NA                16     11     10     22     16     15     18      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Obama                54%    41%    43%    48%    42%    43%    81%    51%    19%
Reps in Congress     36     43     38     36     41     44     11     34     62
DK/NA                10     16     19     16     16     12      7     15     19
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn               Mltry  JobLoss
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   HsHlds HsHldsQ18
 
Obama                44%    48%    20%    28%    35%    36%    42%
Reps in Congress     39     41     58     52     52     42     43
DK/NA                17     12     21     20     13     21     15
 
TREND: Who do you trust to do a better job handling health care - President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Dec 22  Dec 9   Nov 19  Oct 8   Aug 5   July 1
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
President Obama      45      44      45      47      46      53
Reps in Congress     40      37      36      31      37      33
DK/NA                16      19      19      21      16      14
 
 
21. From what you've heard or read, do you mostly approve or mostly disapprove of the proposed changes to the health care system under consideration in Congress?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Mostly approve       36%    10%    64%    30%    34%    38%    28%    70%
Mostly disapprove    53     83     22     58     56     50     61     17
DK/NA                11      7     14     12     11     12     10     13
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Mostly approve       48%    34%    30%    35%    34%    41%    67%    39%    18%
Mostly disapprove    41     58     55     51     56     55     23     47     75
DK/NA                11      8     15     14     10      4     10     14      7
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn               Mltry  JobLoss
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   HsHlds HsHldsQ18
 
Mostly approve       34%    41%    17%    22%    30%    26%    33%
Mostly disapprove    53     53     72     66     61     61     54
DK/NA                13      7     11     11      9     13     13
 
TREND: From what you've heard or read, do you mostly approve or mostly disapprove of the proposed changes to the health care system under consideration in Congress?
                     Dec 22  Dec 9
                     2009    2009
 
Mostly approve       36      38
Mostly disapprove    53      52
DK/NA                11      10
 
 
22. Which comes closer to describing your own views - the president and Congress need to take on health care reform now, and I support the proposals currently being considered, the president and Congress need to take on health care reform now, but I don't support the proposals being considered or I don't think the president and Congress should take on health care reform right now?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Now/support          31%     8%    55%    26%    28%    34%    23%    65%
Now/don't support    28     29     25     31     28     29     31      9
Not now              36     60     14     38     40     32     41     14
DK/NA                 5      3      6      4      4      5      4     12
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Now/support          37%    30%    29%    34%    26%    32%    53%    35%    16%
Now/don't support    33     30     22     26     33     29     30     33     24
Not now              25     37     43     34     37     37     14     26     57
DK/NA                 6      3      6      6      4      2      3      7      3
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn               Mltry  JobLoss
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   HsHlds HsHldsQ18
 
Now/support          30%    35%    12%    17%    26%    25%    29%
Now/don't support    27     32     28     27     36     25     33
Not now              38     30     55     50     36     46     33
DK/NA                 6      3      4      5      3      4      5
 
 
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
 
Support              56%    24%    83%    54%    53%    58%    51%    80%
Oppose               38     70     12     41     44     33     43     13
DK/NA                 6      6      5      5      3      9      6      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Support              67%    54%    50%    57%    56%    57%    85%    66%    33%
Oppose               27     41     42     35     39     41     12     29     63
DK/NA                 5      5      8      8      4      2      3      6      5
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn               Mltry  JobLoss
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   HsHlds HsHldsQ18
 
Support              55%    58%    36%    42%    57%    51%    59%
Oppose               37     40     57     51     41     43     34
DK/NA                 8      2      6      7      2      6      7
 
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?
                     Dec 22  Dec 9   Nov 19  Oct 8   Aug 5   July 1
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Support              56      56      57      61      62      69
Oppose               38      38      35      34      32      26
DK/NA                 6       6       8       6       6       5
 
 
24. Do you support or oppose allowing Americans ages 55 to 64 to purchase Medicare coverage?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              64%    50%    81%    57%    64%    63%    60%    72%
Oppose               30     44     14     36     32     29     34     20
DK/NA                 6      6      5      7      4      8      7      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Support              80%    65%    49%    66%    63%    62%    82%    68%    52%
Oppose               17     29     43     29     30     34     13     27     43
DK/NA                 3      6      8      6      7      4      5      5      6
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn               Mltry  JobLoss
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   HsHlds HsHldsQ18
 
Support              64%    62%    53%    52%    60%    57%    68%
Oppose               30     32     39     40     36     37     25
DK/NA                 6      6      8      8      4      6      7
 
 
25. Do you support or oppose allowing abortions to be paid for by public funds under a health care reform bill?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              23%     5%    38%    23%    21%    25%    23%    20%
Oppose               72     91     54     74     73     70     72     67
DK/NA                 5      4      8      4      6      5      5     13
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Support              28%    20%    22%    20%    23%    37%    49%    27%     6%
Oppose               69     73     72     75     71     61     46     66     90
DK/NA                 2      7      6      6      5      2      5      7      4
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn               Mltry  JobLoss
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   HsHlds HsHldsQ18
 
Support              19%    35%     6%    15%    21%    21%    20%
Oppose               76     59     91     80     75     73     75
DK/NA                 5      6      3      4      4      6      5
 
 
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
 
Keep promise         18%     3%    32%    13%    16%    19%    13%    39%
Add to deficit       73     92     52     80     76     70     80     38
DK/NA                 9      4     15      7      8     10      7     22
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Keep promise         17%    19%    16%    18%    16%    17%    32%    18%     9%
Add to deficit       75     74     70     71     75     77     56     73     85
DK/NA                 7      7     14     11      8      6     12      9      6
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn               Mltry  JobLoss
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   HsHlds HsHldsQ18
 
Keep promise         16%    21%     7%    10%    14%    14%    17%
Add to deficit       73     74     87     83     81     75     77
DK/NA                11      5      6      7      5     11      6
 
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?
                     Dec 22  Dec 9   Nov 19  Oct 8   Aug 5
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Keep promise         18      19      19      19      21
Add to deficit       73      74      72      71      72
DK/NA                 9       7       9       9       7
 
 
27. 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
 
Agree                37%    11%    63%    34%    35%    39%    32%    59%
Disagree             56     84     29     60     59     53     63     24
DK/NA                 7      4      8      6      6      8      5     17
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Agree                44%    36%    35%    41%    34%    39%    67%    40%    20%
Disagree             51     60     54     51     61     60     31     53     74
DK/NA                 4      5     11      9      5      1      3      6      6
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn               Mltry  JobLoss
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   HsHlds HsHldsQ18
 
Agree                35%    42%    19%    26%    34%    27%    40%
Disagree             56     55     77     69     61     66     54
DK/NA                 8      2      4      5      5      7      6
 
TREND: 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.
                     Dec 22  Aug 5
                     2009    2009
 
Agree                37      37
Disagree             56      57
DK/NA                 7       6