October 8, 2009 - American Voters Oppose Obama Health Care Plan, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; GOP Gets Lowest Grades Since Obama Elected

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American voters oppose 47 - 40 percent President Barack Obama's health care reform plan, and don't want an overhaul that only gets Democratic votes, but they support key parts of the plan, including 61 - 34 percent for giving people the option of a government health insurance plan that competes with private plans, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.

By a 57 - 37 percent margin, voters say Congress should not approve a health care overhaul with only Democratic votes. Democrats are OK with a one-party bill 63 - 29 percent, but opposition is 88 - 9 percent from Republicans and 62 - 32 percent from independent voters.

President Obama's job approval is 50 - 41 percent, virtually unchanged from his 50 - 42 percent rating August 6, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University survey of 2,630 American voters finds. The President's 41 - 51 percent negative rating on health care is barely changed from his 39 - 52 percent rating August 5. His 47 - 46 percent score on handling the economy is slightly better than a 45 - 49 percent negative in August.

But Republicans get their lowest grades since Obama was elected on several measures:
  • Voters disapprove 64 - 25 percent of the way Republicans in Congress are doing their job, with 42 percent of Republican voters disapproving;
  • Only 29 percent think Republicans on Capitol Hill are acting in good faith;
  • Voters trust Obama more than Republicans 47 - 31 percent to handle health care;
  • Voters 53 - 25 percent have an unfavorable opinion of the Republican Party.
"President Barack Obama's approval rating has held at 50 percent over the past two months of high-intensity debate on health care and other issues," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "And while the spotlight is on the President, Republicans are taking a public opinion pounding."

"The public says it doesn't want Congress to pass a plan that only gets Democratic votes, but with apparently solid opposition from the congressional Republicans to Obama's plan it will be interesting to see how this issue plays in 2010 should the Democrats push through a bill with just their own votes," said Brown. "The long-term politics of a Democratic-only bill are clear as mud because they would almost certainly depend on how the public likes the finished product when it comes time to vote in 2010 and 2012."

The public view on the specifics of the proposed health care overhaul has not changed much, although a bare 50 - 45 percent majority now supports requiring people to have health insurance, compared to 51 - 44 percent against in a July 1 Quinnipiac University poll.

American voters also support 73 - 23 percent requiring businesses to help pay for employee health insurance, compared to 73 - 24 percent in July.

On the negative side, voters don't believe 71 - 19 percent that Obama can keep his promise that health insurance reform will not add to the federal deficit, down from 72 - 21 percent disbelief August 5. Even Democrats believe 50 - 32 percent that health insurance reform will add to the deficit.

"Voters overwhelmingly see the Republican opposition as not making a good faith effort to cooperate with Obama and the Democrats in Congress on health care and by a smaller 46 - 41 percent margin feel the Democrats are not playing fair with the Republicans," said Brown. "They trust Obama more than congressional Republicans on health care. Yet there is no groundswell of support of his health care plan itself."

From September 29 - October 5, Quinnipiac University surveyed 2,630 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 1.9 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.

1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              50%    15%    82%    45%    46%    54%    42%    93%    66%
Disapprove           41     77      9     44     45     36     48      3     27
DK/NA                 9      7      8     11      9     10     10      3      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              59%    50%    45%    54%    50%    48%    82%    57%    23%
Disapprove           35     41     43     35     44     45     12     32     68
DK/NA                 6      9     12     11      6      7      7     10      9
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Approve              49%    54%    27%    34%    47%    46%
Disapprove           41     40     61     56     46     47
DK/NA                11      6     12     11      7      7
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?
                     Oct 8   Aug 6   July 2  Jun 4   Apr 29  Apr 1   Mar 4
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              50      50      57      59      58      58      59
Disapprove           41      42      33      31      30      31      25
DK/NA                 9       9      10      10      12      11      16
 
 
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              33%     8%    59%    27%    28%    37%    27%    65%    49%
Disapprove           56     86     27     63     64     49     63     19     39
DK/NA                11      6     14     11      8     14     10     16     12
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              41%    34%    27%    36%    33%    33%    59%    36%    15%
Disapprove           50     56     61     51     61     62     32     52     78
DK/NA                 9     11     12     13      6      5      9     12      7
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Approve              33%    33%    18%    20%    31%    23%
Disapprove           56     58     71     69     60     66
DK/NA                11      9     11     11      9     11
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job?
                     Oct 8   Aug 6   July 2  Jun 4   Apr 29  Apr 1   Mar 4
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              33      35      38      43      43      40      45
Disapprove           56      55      50      45      46      49      45
DK/NA                11      10      12      11      11      11      10
 
 
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              25%    49%    14%    21%    26%    24%    26%    18%    29%
Disapprove           64     42     74     68     66     62     63     70     59
DK/NA                11      9     12     11      7     14     11     13     12
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              32%    25%    21%    25%    23%    27%    19%    22%    33%
Disapprove           60     63     68     63     69     66     74     67     55
DK/NA                 8     12     11     12      8      6      7     11     12
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Approve              25%    25%    32%    28%    29%    20%
Disapprove           63     67     54     60     60     76
DK/NA                12      9     14     12     10      4
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job?
                     Oct 8   Aug 6   July 2  Jun 4   Apr 29  Apr 1   Mar 4
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              25      29      29      30      27      30      30
Disapprove           64      59      57      56      59      59      58
DK/NA                11      12      14      15      14      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%     2%     4%     3%     3%     3%     2%    12%     1%
Smwht satisfied      27     13     44     21     25     28     23     38     46
Smwht dissatisfied   31     30     30     32     30     31     31     29     25
Very dissatisfied    38     55     20     43     41     36     42     18     28
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      1      1      2      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Very satisfied        3%     3%     2%     4%     2%     3%     6%     2%     3%
Smwht satisfied      36     26     23     29     26     30     40     32     12
Smwht dissatisfied   34     31     29     29     33     33     29     35     27
Very dissatisfied    26     40     45     37     39     34     22     30     58
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      -      -      2      1      1
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Very satisfied        3%     3%     2%     1%     3%     1%
Smwht satisfied      25     33     14     20     27     36
Smwht dissatisfied   31     31     31     31     33     26
Very dissatisfied    40     33     51     47     37     36
DK/NA                 1      1      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
                     Oct 8   Aug 6   July 2  Apr 29  Apr 1   Dec 11  Nov 13
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2001    2008
 
Very satisfied        3       4       5       6       4      21       2
Smwht satisfied      27      31      34      30      26      47      14
Smwht dissatisfied   31      30      29      29      31      19      38
Very dissatisfied    38      34      31      34      37      10      44
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1       3       2
 
 
5. What do you think is the most important problem facing the country today?
                                 Tot
 
Economy Total                    42%
 Economy general                 18
 Unemployment/jobs               22
 Cost of living                   1
 Business leaving/Outsourcing     1
 
Healthcare/Costs/Ins/HMO's       18%
 
War                               7%
 
Politicians Total                 5%
 Politicians/Campaigns general    1
 Political corruption             1
 Obama administration             2
 Politicians/Campaigns other      1
 
Budget Total                      4%
 Budget general                   1
 Budget deficits                  1
 Gov too big/Gov spending         2
 
Crime general                     1%
 
Lack of ethics/Morality           2%
 
Foreign Affairs Total             2%
 Foreign affairs/policy general   1
 Middle East                      1
 
Terrorism Total                   2%
 Terrorism general                1
 Security/Safety                  1
 
Taxes general                     1%
Poverty/Homeless                  1%
Education general                 1%
Family breakdown/Family values    1%
Lack of religion                  1%
Environment/Pollution             1%
Immigration                       1%
Other                             7%
DK/NA                             2%
 
TREND: What do you think is the most important problem facing the country today?
                     Oct 8   Nov 12  Feb 22  Nov 22  Jun 1   Mar 2   Dec 6
                     2009    2008    2007    2006    2006    2006    2005
 
Economy Total        42%     68%      9%      8%     12%     13%     16%
 Economy general     18      42       3       5       7       6       7
 Unemployment/jobs   22      15       3       2       3       5       5
 Stock market         -       4       -       -       -       -       -
 Cost of living       1       3       1       -       1       1       1
 Businesses leaving/
  Outsourcing         1       2       2       1       1       1       2
 Economy other        -       2       -       -       -       -       1
 
War (Iraq)            7%      5%     36%     31%     16%     23%     31%
 
Terrorism/Security
  Tot                 2%      3%      6%      8%      6%     11%      7%
 Terrorism general    1       2       4       5       4       7       5
 Security/Safety      1       1       2       3       2       4       2
 Terrorism other      -       -       -       -       -       -       -
 
Energy costs Total    -       2%      1%      2%      8%      5%      3%
 
Ethics/Values/
 Morality Tot         2%      2%      4%      5%      4%      5%      5%
 
Healthcare Total     18%      2%      7%      5%      5%      6%      3%
 
Education Total       1%      1%      2%      2%      4%      2%      2%
 
Foreign affairs/
 policy Total         2%      1%      7%      6%      3%      3%      2%
 
Politicians/
 Campaigns Total      5%      1%      6%      6%      5%      8%      5%
 
Taxes Total           1%      1%      1%      1%      1%      -       1%
 
Budget/Spending
 Total                4%      1%      2%      2%      2%      1%      1%
 
Crime Total           1%      -       1%      1%      1%      2%      1%
 
Environment/
 Pollution            1%      -       1       1       2       1       -
 
Immigration           1%      -       5       6%     11%      3%      4%
 
Other                 7%      5       7       6       8       6       9
DK/NA                 2%      2       1       2       3       4       3
 
 
6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the economy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              47%    15%    79%    40%    43%    51%    40%    85%    60%
Disapprove           46     80     15     51     51     42     53      9     36
DK/NA                 7      5      6      9      6      8      7      6      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              56%    47%    42%    53%    45%    43%    77%    54%    22%
Disapprove           38     48     51     40     51     50     18     38     74
DK/NA                 7      6      7      7      4      7      6      8      5
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Approve              46%    50%    28%    34%    41%    42%
Disapprove           46     46     65     59     53     51
DK/NA                 8      4      7      7      6      7
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the economy?
                     Oct 8   Aug 6   July 2  Apr 29  Apr 1   Mar 4
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              47      45      52      53      55      57
Disapprove           46      49      42      38      37      33
DK/NA                 7       6       6       9       8      10
 
 
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%    12%    68%    36%    36%    46%    34%    84%    54%
Disapprove           51     83     23     56     57     47     59      9     37
DK/NA                 8      5      9      7      7      8      7      7      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              50%    40%    38%    45%    42%    39%    70%    47%    18%
Disapprove           46     54     52     47     54     55     24     44     77
DK/NA                 5      6     10      8      4      6      6      9      5
 
                     Insurance Type......               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Approve              49%    56%    39%    41%    42%    23%    26%    37%    37%
Disapprove           45     36     54     51     51     70     66     57     55
DK/NA                 7      8      6      8      6      7      8      6      8
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - health care?
                     Oct 8   Aug 5   July 2
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              41      39      46
Disapprove           51      52      42
DK/NA                 8       9      13
 
 
11. 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            53%    18%    84%    48%    49%    56%    45%    90%    66%
Unfavorable          37     71      8     40     41     33     44      3     19
Hvn't hrd enough      8      7      7     10      8      8      8      6     13
REFUSED               2      3      2      2      2      2      2      1      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Favorable            62%    52%    49%    57%    53%    52%    86%    60%    26%
Unfavorable          30     39     39     30     41     43      8     27     65
Hvn't hrd enough      8      7      9     11      4      5      5     10      7
REFUSED               -      3      3      2      2      1      1      3      2
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Favorable            51%    57%    33%    37%    48%    47%
Unfavorable          37     38     56     51     42     41
Hvn't hrd enough     10      4      8      9      8     11
REFUSED               3      2      3      3      2      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Barack Obama favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                             High    Low
                     Oct 8   July 2  Apr 29  Apr 1   Nov 12  Nov 12  Feb 21
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2008    2008    2007
 
Favorable            53      58      58      59      67      67      44
Unfavorable          37      30      27      26      19      19      14
Hvn't hrd enough      8      10      11      13      11      11      40
REFUSED               2       2       3       2       3       3       1
 
 
12. 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            38%     9%    73%    29%    33%    43%    32%    71%    52%
Unfavorable          46     80     12     52     54     38     53      8     29
Hvn't hrd enough     13     10     12     16     10     16     13     18     17
REFUSED               3      1      2      4      3      3      3      3      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Favorable            39%    41%    36%    40%    38%    39%    71%    43%    15%
Unfavorable          43     45     49     38     53     54     15     39     73
Hvn't hrd enough     16     12     13     19      7      6     12     14     10
REFUSED               2      3      3      4      1      1      1      4      2
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Favorable            38%    41%    23%    26%    36%    35%
Unfavorable          43     51     61     59     48     50
Hvn't hrd enough     16      7     13     14     13     12
REFUSED               3      2      2      2      3      4
 
TREND: Is your opinion of the Democratic Party favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about it?
                     Oct 8   July 2  Apr 29  Apr 1   Nov 12
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2008
 
Favorable            38      42      43      41      55
Unfavorable          46      42      41      42      35
Hvn't hrd enough     13      13      13      13       6
REFUSED               3       3       3       3       4
 
 
13. 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            25%    61%     8%    19%    26%    24%    28%    12%    27%
Unfavorable          53     26     68     55     55     51     53     55     45
Hvn't hrd enough     18     11     21     21     14     22     16     30     26
REFUSED               4      2      3      5      5      3      4      3      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Favorable            29%    25%    21%    21%    27%    30%    13%    20%    39%
Unfavorable          46     53     58     49     58     59     69     55     42
Hvn't hrd enough     24     18     16     25     13      9     16     21     15
REFUSED               1      4      4      5      2      2      2      4      3
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Favorable            24%    27%    36%    33%    28%    22%
Unfavorable          50     61     44     47     49     58
Hvn't hrd enough     22      9     16     17     18     17
REFUSED               4      3      3      2      5      3
 
TREND: Is your opinion of the Republican Party favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about it?
                     Oct 8   July 2  Apr 29  Apr 1   Nov 12
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2008
 
Favorable            25      25      27      27      36
Unfavorable          53      52      51      52      52
Hvn't hrd enough     18      20      17      17       7
REFUSED               4       3       5       4       5
 
 
14. Do you support or oppose President Obama's health care reform plan?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Support              40%     9%    71%    35%    37%    43%    33%    79%    61%
Oppose               47     83     15     52     52     43     55     10     29
DK/NA                12      8     14     13     11     13     13     11     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Support              47%    39%    38%    45%    40%    38%    71%    46%    17%
Oppose               42     50     47     43     51     51     16     39     77
DK/NA                11     10     15     13      9     11     12     15      7
 
                     Insurance Type......               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Support              51%    51%    38%    40%    42%    20%    25%    35%    37%
Oppose               37     35     51     47     47     67     63     53     42
DK/NA                12     14     11     13     11     14     12     12     21
 
 
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      47%     9%    83%    41%    44%    50%    39%    91%    59%
Reps in Congress     31     71      5     30     36     27     38      2     24
DK/NA                21     21     12     29     20     23     23      7     17
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
President Obama      55%    45%    45%    52%    47%    46%    82%    54%    19%
Reps in Congress     29     34     31     27     36     35      9     21     58
DK/NA                16     21     24     21     17     19      9     25     23
 
                     Insurance Type......               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
President Obama      55%    59%    45%    46%    49%    25%    30%    43%    48%
Reps in Congress     25     22     35     31     33     49     45     35     33
DK/NA                20     20     21     23     18     25     25     22     19
 
TREND: Who do you trust to do a better job handling health care - President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Oct 8   Aug 5   July 1
                     2009    2009    2009
 
President Obama      47      46      53
Reps in Congress     31      37      33
DK/NA                21      16      14
 
 
16. Do you support or oppose requiring people to have health insurance?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Support              50%    34%    71%    46%    44%    55%    46%    73%    65%
Oppose               45     64     25     50     52     39     50     22     31
DK/NA                 4      3      5      5      3      6      4      5      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Support              54%    47%    51%    53%    47%    49%    69%    54%    35%
Oppose               43     50     42     42     49     48     27     42     61
DK/NA                 3      3      7      4      3      3      4      5      4
 
                     Insurance Type......               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Support              47%    63%    48%    51%    49%    38%    41%    52%    51%
Oppose               49     33     49     45     47     58     55     43     45
DK/NA                 3      5      4      5      4      4      3      5      4
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose requiring people to have health insurance?
                     Oct 8   July 1
                     2009    2009
 
Support              50      44
Oppose               45      51
DK/NA                 4       5
 
 
17. Do you support or oppose requiring businesses to help pay the cost of health insurance for their employees?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Support              73%    62%    85%    71%    68%    77%    71%    88%    84%
Oppose               23     34     10     25     28     18     25      9     13
DK/NA                 5      4      5      5      4      5      5      4      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Support              73%    72%    74%    78%    70%    65%    85%    78%    60%
Oppose               23     25     19     17     28     31     11     18     36
DK/NA                 4      3      6      5      2      3      5      4      5
 
                     Insurance Type......               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Support              78%    81%    69%    75%    66%    71%    68%    72%    71%
Oppose               15     14     27     20     30     26     27     25     26
DK/NA                 6      5      4      5      4      4      5      4      3
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose requiring businesses to help pay the cost of health insurance for their employees?
                     Oct 8   July 1
                     2009    2009
 
Support              73      73
Oppose               23      24
DK/NA                 5       3
 
 
18. 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              61%    36%    81%    59%    56%    64%    56%    75%    76%
Oppose               34     58     11     37     40     28     38     17     22
DK/NA                 6      6      7      4      4      8      6      8      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Support              71%    62%    54%    65%    62%    57%    84%    69%    38%
Oppose               26     35     37     29     35     41     12     26     56
DK/NA                 3      3      9      6      3      2      4      6      6
 
                     Insurance Type......               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Support              73%    65%    60%    60%    63%    51%    49%    59%    62%
Oppose               24     27     36     33     34     43     44     36     37
DK/NA                 2      8      4      7      3      6      7      5      1
 
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?
                     Oct 8   Aug 5   July 1
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Support              61      62      69
Oppose               34      32      26
DK/NA                 6       6       5
 
 
19. 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                37%     9%    63%    32%    35%    39%    31%    67%    52%
Disagree             57     88     29     62     60     54     63     27     44
DK/NA                 6      3      8      5      4      7      6      6      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Agree                38%    36%    38%    41%    34%    39%    68%    40%    16%
Disagree             60     59     53     52     64     58     29     54     79
DK/NA                 3      5      9      7      2      3      4      6      5
 
                     Insurance Type......               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Agree                48%    45%    34%    36%    41%    22%    24%    30%    47%
Disagree             48     47     62     57     56     72     70     63     50
DK/NA                 4      8      4      7      3      7      6      7      3
 
TREND: Do you agree or disagree with the following: Congress should approve a health care overhaul plan even if only Democrats support it.
                     Oct 8   Aug 5
                     2009    2009
 
Agree                37      36
Disagree             57      59
DK/NA                 6       5
 
 
20. 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
 
Yes/Making effort    29%    46%    16%    28%    33%    25%    31%    15%    27%
No/Not mkg effort    59     39     74     59     59     59     56     74     61
DK/NA                12     14     10     13      9     15     13     11     12
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes/Making effort    29%    28%    30%    26%    30%    28%    13%    25%    44%
No/Not mkg effort    58     60     59     60     60     63     79     62     45
DK/NA                13     12     11     13     10      8      8     13     11
 
                     Insurance Type......               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Yes/Making effort    28%    33%    28%    29%    28%    36%    34%    34%    40%
No/Not mkg effort    58     54     61     57     63     48     52     55     44
DK/NA                14     13     11     14      9     16     14     10     16
 
 
21. 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
 
Yes/Making effort    41%    18%    69%    34%    38%    45%    36%    67%    55%
No/Not mkg effort    46     73     16     53     53     39     52     12     34
DK/NA                13      9     14     13      9     16     12     21     11
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes/Making effort    44%    42%    40%    46%    38%    39%    69%    46%    21%
No/Not mkg effort    42     47     48     40     53     50     22     39     69
DK/NA                15     12     12     14     10     11      9     15      9
 
                     Insurance Type......               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Yes/Making effort    54%    52%    39%    40%    45%    27%    29%    40%    34%
No/Not mkg effort    34     35     50     45     48     58     59     50     51
DK/NA                12     14     11     15      8     14     12     10     15
 
 
22. 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    19%     5%    32%    18%    18%    21%    16%    43%    17%
Will add to deficit  71     93     50     75     77     66     77     35     70
DK/NA                 9      2     17      7      6     13      7     22     13
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Will keep promise    26%    16%    18%    24%    18%    15%    35%    19%    11%
Will add to deficit  67     76     69     66     76     78     54     71     84
DK/NA                 7      8     13     10      6      7     10     11      5
 
                     Insurance Type......               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Will keep promise    32%    29%    16%    19%    19%    12%    10%    17%    14%
Will add to deficit  57     57     78     70     74     81     82     75     75
DK/NA                11     15      6     11      7      7      7      7     12
 
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?
                     Oct 8   Aug 5
                     2009    2009
 
Will keep promise    19      21
Will add to deficit  71      72
DK/NA                 9       7
 
 
23. Are you now covered by any form of health insurance or health plan?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  89%    91%    88%    88%    88%    89%    91%    81%    83%
No                   11      9     11     12     12     10      9     19     16
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  81%    89%    94%    81%    96%    99%    87%    89%    90%
No                   19     11      5     19      4      1     13     10     10
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Yes                  86%    95%    88%    92%    97%    92%
No                   13      5     12      8      3      8
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -
 
TREND: Are you now covered by any form of health insurance or health plan?
                     Oct 8   Aug 5   July 1
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Yes                  89      89      88
No                   11      11      11
DK/NA                 -       -       -
 
 
24. (If yes q23) Is your health insurance plan Medicare, Medicaid, or a private health insurance plan?
                     YES Q23....................................................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Medicare             10%    10%    13%     9%     9%    11%    10%    14%     8%
Medicaid              3      2      4      3      3      3      2     17      -
Private plan         67     71     63     68     72     63     67     59     81
COMB OF PLANS(VOL)   16     14     17     17     12     20     19     10      5
DK/NA                 3      2      3      3      3      3      3      -      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Medicare              5%     3%    21%    17%     3%     2%    12%     9%    10%
Medicaid              6      3      2      6      -      1      3      4      2
Private plan         82     88     36     48     89     89     70     68     67
COMBOF PLANS(VOL)     3      3     39     25      7      5     13     14     18
DK/NA                 5      2      2      4      1      3      2      4      2
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Medicare             13%     5%    12%    13%    10%    17%
Medicaid              5      -      2      2      1      -
Private plan         60     84     59     58     73     76
COMB OF PLANS(VOL)   19     10     24     24     15      5
DK/NA                 3      2      3      2      1      1
 
TREND: (If Covered) Is your health insurance plan Medicare, Medicaid, or a private health insurance plan?
                     COVERED...............
                     Oct 8   Aug 5   July 1
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Medicare             10       9      10
Medicaid              3       4       3
Private plan         67      68      68
COMB OF PLANS(VOL)   16      16      16
DK/NA                 3       3       2
 
 
25. (If yes q23) How satisfied are you with your health insurance plan - very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     YES Q23....................................................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Very satisfied       54%    64%    47%    53%    54%    53%    57%    44%    44%
Smwht satisfied      34     28     39     33     32     36     31     44     41
Smwht dissatisfied    8      3      9      9      9      7      8      6      6
Very dissatisfied     3      2      4      3      3      4      3      6      9
DK/NA                 1      2      1      1      2      1      2      -      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Very satisfied       48%    48%    62%    51%    55%    59%    42%    53%    61%
Smwht satisfied      38     37     29     34     34     31     39     36     30
Smwht dissatisfied    9     10      5      9      8      6     12      8      5
Very dissatisfied     3      4      3      5      3      2      4      2      3
DK/NA                 2      1      1      2      -      2      1      2      1
 
                     Insurance Type......               WHITE.............
                     NoHlth M'care/       NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     Insure M'caid Prvate Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew
 
Very satisfied        -     52%    51%    53%    55%    61%    60%    62%    62%
Smwht satisfied       -     31     36     34     34     30     30     28     27
Smwht dissatisfied    -      7      9      8      7      6      6      7      9
Very dissatisfied     -      6      3      4      3      2      3      1      1
DK/NA                 -      3      -      2      1      2      1      2      -
 
TREND:(If Covered) How satisfied are you with your health insurance plan - very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     COVERED.......
                     Oct 8   July 1
                     2009    2009
 
Very satisfied       54      49
Smwht satisfied      34      36
Smwht dissatisfied    8      10
Very dissatisfied     3       4
DK/NA                 1       1