Healthcare Polling

       

Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll. Aug. 10-15, 2011. N=1,201 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

“As you may know, a health reform bill was signed into law early last year. Given what you know about the health reform law, do you have a generally favorable or generally unfavorable opinion of it?” Options rotated
2010: “As you may know, a new health reform bill was signed into law earlier this year. Given what you know about the new health reform law, do you have a generally favorable or generally unfavorable opinion of it?”

 
    Favorable Unfavorable Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

8/10-15/11

39 44 17    
 

7/13-18/11

42 43 15    
 

6/9-14/11

42 46 12    
 

5/12-17/11

42 44 14    
 

4/7-12/11

41 41 18    
 

3/8-13/11

42 46 13    
 

2/8-13/11

43 48 8    
 

1/4-14/11

41 50 9    
 

12/1-6/10

42 41 18    
 
 

11/3-6/10

42 40 18    
 

Midterm voters

42 49 10    
 
 

10/5-10/10

42 44 15    
 

9/14-19/10

49 40 11    
 

8/16-22/10

43 45 12    
 

7/8-13/10

50 35 14    
 

6/17-22/10

48 41 10    
 

5/11-16/10

41 44 14    

“Do you think [see below] will be better off or worse off under the health reform law, or don’t you think it will make much difference?”
2010: “Do you think [see below] will be better off or worse off under the new health reform law, or don’t you think it will make much difference?”

 
    Better off Worse off Not much
difference
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 
 

“You and your family”

 

8/10-15/11

24 33 37 6  
 

7/13-18/11

27 29 39 5  
 

6/9-14/11

24 34 35 7  
 

5/12-17/11

28 28 38 6  
 

4/7-12/11

27 28 37 8  
 

3/8-13/11

26 30 39 5  
 

2/8-13/11

28 31 38 3  
 

1/4-14/11

20 32 44 4  
 

12/1-6/10

32 33 28 7  
 

11/3-6/10

25 31 34 9  
 

10/5-10/10

31 29 32 7  
 

9/14-19/10

32 28 33 7  
 

8/16-22/10

29 30 36 5  
 

7/8-13/10

32 29 33 6  
 

6/17-22/10

28 28 39 5  
 

5/11-16/10

29 30 32 8  
 

4/9-14/10

31 32 30 8  
 

“The country as a whole”

 

8/10-15/11

33 37 21 9  
 

7/13-18/11

39 35 20 6  
 

6/9-14/11

35 39 20 6  
 

5/12-17/11

37 38 19 6  
 

4/7-12/11

39 35 18 9  
 

3/8-13/11

38 35 19 7  
 

2/8-13/11

37 39 19 5  
 

1/4-14/11

34 38 22 5  
 

12/1-6/10

40 37 15 8  
 

11/3-6/10

38 36 16 10  
 

10/5-10/10

39 34 18 9  
 

9/14-19/10

42 34 15 9  
 

8/16-22/10

39 37 18 6  
 

7/8-13/10

43 35 15 7  
 

6/17-22/10

42 32 19 6  
 

5/11-16/10

43 35 13 9  
 

4/9-14/10

45 35 11 9  
 

“The uninsured”

 

8/10-15/11

49 20 22 9  
 

5/12-17/11

55 25 15 5  
 

9/14-19/10

57 20 15 8  
 

4/9-14/10

67 15 10 8  
 

“People who currently get health insurance through an employer”

 

8/10-15/11

24 35 30 11  

“In general, do you support or oppose the new federal requirement that private health insurance plans cover the full cost of birth control and other preventive services for their female patients?”

 
    Support Oppose Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

8/10-15/11

66 24 10    

 

Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll. July 13-18, 2011. N=1,201 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

“Do you think [see below] will be better off or worse off under the health reform law, or don’t you think it will make much difference?”
2010: “Do you think [see below] will be better off or worse off under the new health reform law, or don’t you think it will make much difference?”

 
    Better off Worse off Not much
difference
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 
 

“Seniors, that is, those ages 65 and older”

 

7/13-18/11

34 37 19 10  
 

6/9-14/11

31 41 19 9  
 

5/12-17/11

35 36 22 8  
 

2/8-13/11

31 42 22 5  
 

1/4-14/11

32 39 21 8  
 

9/14-19/10

38 35 18 9  
 

7/8-13/10

36 36 18 10  
 

4/9-14/10

36 33 20 12  
 

“The Medicare Program”

 

7/13-18/11

27 37 21 15  
 

6/9-14/11

26 37 24 14  
 

4/7-12/11

28 31 21 20  
 

3/8-13/11

26 33 22 19  
 

2/8-13/11

24 35 29 12  
 

1/4-14/11

24 36 25 15  
 

12/1-6/10

28 34 19 19  
 

10/5-10/10

31 32 19 18  
 

9/14-19/10

31 33 22 14  
 

7/8-13/10

33 30 22 15  

“What would you like to see Congress do when it comes to the health care law? They should expand the law. They should keep the law as is. They should repeal the law and replace it with a Republican-sponsored alternative. They should repeal the law and not replace it.” Options rotated

 
    Expand Keep as is Replace with
GOP law
Repeal and
not replace
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

7/13-18/11

33 20 16 21 10
 

6/9-14/11

31 20 19 19 12
 

5/12-17/11

30 21 19 19 10
 

4/7-12/11

33 19 15 20 14
 

3/8-13/11

30 21 18 21 10
 

2/8-13/11

30 20 19 20 10
 

1/4-14/11

28 19 23 20 10

“As far as you know, will the health reform law increase the federal budget deficit over the next ten years, decrease the deficit over the next ten years, or is it not expected to have much impact on the deficit?”

 
    Increase Decrease Not much
impact
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

7/13-18/11

51 15 25 10  
 

1/4-14/11

60 11 23 6  

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. July 5-11, 2011. N=2,311 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error ± 2.

“Who do you trust to do a better job handling Medicare, which is the government program which pays for health care for the elderly: President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?”

 
    President
Obama
Republicans
in Congress
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/5-11/11

50 37 13    
 

5/31 – 6/6/11

44 40 16    

 

Bloomberg Poll conducted by Selzer & Company. June 17-20, 2011. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.1.

“Turning to the health care law passed last year, what is your opinion of the law? It should be repealed. It may need small modifications, but we should see how it works. It should be left alone.”

 
    Should be
repealed
See how
it works
Should be
left alone
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/17-20/11

35 51 11 3  

“In order to preserve Medicare in largely its current state, some changes might need to be made. For each of the following, please tell me if you would favor or oppose the change. . . .”Options rotated

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 
 

“New limits on medical services that would be covered by Medicare”

 

6/17-20/11

49 47 4    
 

“Higher payroll taxes than employees and employers currently pay so that the Medicare system has more money”

 

6/17-20/11

41 56 3    
 

“Means-testing for Medicare benefits which would reduce coverage for wealthy Americans”

 

6/17-20/11

67 28 5    

“One proposal currently being debated in Congress is to replace traditional Medicare so that individuals buy their own private insurance with the help of government subsidies. Do you think you would be better off or worse off under this proposed system for Medicare?”

 
    Better off Worse off Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/17-20/11

34 57 9    

“In general, which party do you think is doing a better job of dealing with Medicare: the Republicans or the Democrats?”

 
    Republicans Democrats Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/17-20/11

34 43 23    

 

AP-GfK Poll conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Corporate Communications. June 16-20, 2011. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 4.1. Trend includes surveys conducted with CNBC.

“In general, do you support, oppose or neither support nor oppose the health care reforms that were passed by Congress in March of 2010?”
3/10 & earlier: “In general, do you support, oppose or neither support nor oppose the health care reform plans being discussed in Congress?”

 
    Support Oppose Neither Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/16-20/11

36 46 15 3  
 

3/24-28/11

35 45 17 2  
 

1/5-10/11

40 41 16 3  
 

11/3-8/10

38 47 12 4  
 

10/13-18/10

40 45 11 3  
 

9/8-13/10

41 46 12 1  
 

6/9-14/10

45 42 13 1  
 

5/7-11/10

39 46 14 1  
 

4/7-12/10

39 50 10 1  
 
 

3/3-8/10

41 43 12 4  
 

1/12-17/10

42 42 14 2  
 

12/10-14/09

36 44 18 2  
 

11/5-9/09

39 45 14 3  
 

10/1-5/09

40 40 17 3  
 

9/3-8/09

34 49 15 2  

 

Pew Research Center. June 15-19, 2011. N=1,502 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.5.

“Now thinking about the way some things work in this country, do you think the Medicare system in this country works pretty well and requires only MINOR CHANGES, do you think it needs MAJOR CHANGES, or do you think it needs to be COMPLETELY REBUILT?”

 
    Minor
changes
Major
changes
Completely
rebuilt
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

6/15-19/11

38 33 21 8  
 

2/06

26 42 28 4  

“Now thinking about the way some things work in this country, do you think the Medicaid system, which provides health and long-term care to low-income people in this country, works pretty well and requires only MINOR CHANGES, do you think it needs MAJOR CHANGES, or do you think it needs to be COMPLETELY REBUILT?”

 
    Minor
changes
Major
changes
Completely
rebuilt
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

6/15-19/11

39 37 17 8  

“From what you know, how good a job does each of the following do serving the people it covers? Does [see below] do an excellent, good, only fair, or poor job serving the people it covers?” If respondent says they are not covered by the program: “Just your impression from what you know about it.”

 
    Excellent Good Only fair Poor Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %

 

 

“Medicare, which provides health care to seniors and people with permanent disabilities”

 

6/15-19/11

7 34 40 13 6
 

“Medicaid, which provides health and long-term care to low-income people”

 

6/15-19/11

6 30 40 14 10
 

“Private health insurance”

 

6/15-19/11

5 31 37 20 7

“And from what you know about its financial condition, is Medicare in excellent, good, only fair, or poor shape financially?”

 
    Excellent Good Only fair Poor Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

6/15-19/11

2 16 38 36 8

“And from what you know about its financial condition, is Medicaid in excellent, good, only fair, or poor shape financially?”

 
    Excellent Good Only fair Poor Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

6/15-19/11

2 13 35 37 13

“What is more important: taking steps to reduce the budget deficit, or keeping Social Security and Medicare benefits as they are?”

 
    Reducing
the budget
deficit
Keeping
benefits as
they are
Both
equally (vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

6/15-19/11

32 60 4 5  
 

2/95

24 70 2 4  

“From what you know about the Medicare program that provides health care for seniors and people with permanent disabilities, does the program make it too easy to get medical care and treatments that may not be necessary, too difficult to get medical care and treatments that may be necessary, or is Medicare coverage about right?”

 
    Too easy to
get care that’s
not necessary
Too difficult to
get care that’s
necessary
About right Other/Mixed
(vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

6/15-19/11

16 32 40 1 11

“Which comes closer to your view, even if neither is exactly right? People on Medicare need to be responsible for more of the costs of their health care in order to keep the program financially secure. People on Medicare already pay enough of the cost of their health care.”

 
    Need to
pay more
Already
pay enough
Neither (vol.) Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

6/15-19/11

31 61 1 6  

“And one question about a current debate over the MEDICAID program for low-income people. Which comes closer to your view? States should be able to cut back on who is eligible for Medicaid in order to deal with budget problems. Low-income people should not have their Medicaid benefits taken away.”

 
    States should
be able to
cut back
People should
not have
benefits
taken away
Neither (vol.) Other (vol.) Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

6/15-19/11

37 58 1 1 2

 

CBS News Poll. June 3-7, 2011. N=1,024 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

“Overall, do you think the benefits from Medicare are worth the cost of the program for taxpayers, or are they not worth the cost?”

 
    Worth it Not worth it Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/3-7/11

68 21 11    
 

4/15-20/11

61 29 10    

“From what you’ve heard or read, do you approve or disapprove of the health care law that was enacted last year?” If approve: “Do you strongly approve or somewhat approve?” If Disapprove:“Do you somewhat disapprove or strongly disapprove?”
7/10 through 2/11: “From what you’ve heard or read, do you approve or disapprove of the health care law that was enacted last March? …”
3/29 – 4/1/10: “From what you’ve heard or read, do you approve or disapprove of the new health care reform bill? …”
3/18-21/10: “From what you’ve heard or read, do you approve or disapprove of the current health care reform bill? …”

 
    Strongly
approve
Somewhat
approve
Somewhat disapprove Strongly
disapprove
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

6/3-7/11

14 23 15 33 15
 

2/11-14/11

14 19 17 34 16
 

10/1-5/10

16 23 16 27 18
 

9/10-14/10

15 22 15 34 14
 

7/9-12/10

17 19 16 33 15
 

3/29 – 4/1/10

16 16 14 39 15
 

3/18-21/10

13 24 15 33 15

“Which of the following three statements comes closest to expressing your overall view of Medicare? (1) On the whole, Medicare works pretty well and only minor changes are necessary to make it work better. (2) There are some good things about Medicare, but fundamental changes are needed. (3) Medicare has so much wrong with it that we need to completely rebuild it.”

 
    Make minor
changes
Make
fundamental
changes
Rebuild it Don’t make
any changes
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

6/3-7/11

27 53 13 2 5
 

8/27-31/09

25 52 16 1 6

“Which of the following do you think is the best way for the Medicare program to be set up in the future? Should the Medicare program continue the way it is set up now, as a program that pays the doctors and hospitals that treat senior citizens; OR, change the way it is set up, and instead become a program that gives senior citizens payments towards the purchase of private insurance?”

 
    Continue the
way it is
Change Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/3-7/11

58 31 11    

“How much have you heard or read about the changes to the Medicare system recently proposed by Congressman Paul Ryan and passed by House Republicans: a lot , some, not much, or nothing at all?”

 
    A lot Some Not much Nothing at all Unsure
    % % % % %
 

6/3-7/11

11 27 28 31 3

“Do you feel you have a good understanding of how the proposed Medicare changes would work or is it confusing to you?”

 
    Have a good
understanding
Confused Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/3-7/11

19 67 14    

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. June 3-7, 2011. N=1,015 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

“As you may know, a bill that makes major changes to the country’s health care system became law last year. Based on what you have read or heard about that legislation, do you generally favor or generally oppose it?”
8/10 & 12/10: “As you may know, a bill that makes major changes to the country’s health care system became law earlier this year. …”
3/10: “As you may know, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate are trying to pass final legislation that would make major changes in the country’s health care system. …”

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/3-7/11

39 56 5    
 

3/11-13/11

37 59 5    
 

12/17-19/10

43 54 3    
 

8/6-10/10

40 56 4    
 

3/19-21/10

39 59 2    

“As you may know, a bill that makes major changes to the country’s health care system became law last year. Based on what you have read or heard about that legislation, do you generally favor or generally oppose it?” If oppose: “Do you oppose that legislation because you think its approach toward health care is too liberal, or because you think it is not liberal enough?” Combined responses
8/10 & 12/10: “As you may know, a bill that makes major changes to the country’s health care system became law earlier this year. …”
3/10: “As you may know, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate are trying to pass final legislation that would make major changes in the country’s health care system. …”

 
    Favor Oppose:
Too liberal
Oppose:
Not liberal
enough
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/3-7/11

39 36 14 10  
 

3/11-13/11

37 43 13 7  
 

12/17-19/10

43 37 13 7  
 

8/6-10/10

40 41 13 6  
 

3/19-21/10

39 43 13 5  

“As you may know, that legislation included a provision that will require all Americans who do not have health insurance to get it. Do you favor or oppose that provision?”

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/3-7/11

44 54 2    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. June 2-5, 2011. N=1,002 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.5.

“Who do you trust to do a better job protecting the Medicare system: Obama or the Republicans in Congress?” Options rotated

 
    Obama Republicans
in Congress
Both (vol.) Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

6/2-5/11

49 35 2 10 4

“Republicans in the House of Representatives approved a budget plan that would change Medicare, the government health insurance program for the elderly. These changes would affect Americans currently under age 55. From what you’ve heard about it, do you support or oppose this new plan for Medicare?”

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/2-5/11

32 49 19    

“Is it your impression that this new plan would require future generations of Medicare recipients — that is, those who are currently under age 55 — to pay more, less, or about the same amount for their health insurance than they would pay under the Medicare program as it works now?”

 
    More Less About the
same
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/2-5/11

49 10 27 13

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