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Healthcare System

Trend: Is It the Federal Government's Responsibility to Make Sure All Americans Have Healthcare Coverage?

Trend: Image of the U.S. Healthcare Industry

Trend: Image of the U.S. Healthcare Industry

Trend: Do you generally approve or disapprove of the Affordable Care Act?

Trend: In the long run, how do you think the healthcare law will affect your family's healthcare situation?

Trend: So far, has the law -- helped the healthcare situation in the U.S., not had an effect, or has it hurt the healthcare situation in the U.S.?

Trend: In the long run, how do you think the healthcare law will affect your family's healthcare situation? Will it make things better, not make much difference, or will it make things worse?

Trend: In the long run, how do you think the healthcare law will affect the healthcare situation in the U.S.? Will it make things better, not make much difference, or will it make things worse?

Trend: Now I am going to read you a list of institutions in American society. Please tell me how much confidence you, yourself, have in each one -- a great deal, quite a lot, some, or very little? The medical system

Trend: How much do you worry about the availability and affordability of healthcare?

Trend: Next, we’d like to know how you feel about the state of the nation in each of the following areas. For each one, please say whether you are -- very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied. If you don’t have enough information about a particular subject to rate it, just say so. How about the availability of affordable healthcare?

Trend: Next, we’d like to know how you feel about the state of the nation in each of the following areas. For each one, please say whether you are -- very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied. If you don’t have enough information about a particular subject to rate it, just say so. How about the quality of medical care in the nation?

Trend: What would you say is the most urgent health problem facing this country at the present time?

Trend: How would you rate the quality of healthcare/healthcare coverage in this country?

Trend: Are you generally satisfied or dissatisfied with the total cost of healthcare in this country?

Trend: Which best describes the U.S. healthcare system today -- it is in a state of crisis, it has major problems, it has minor problems, or it does not have any problems?

Trend: Is It the Federal Government's Responsibility to Make Sure All Americans Have Healthcare Coverage?

Trend: Which do you prefer -- a government-run healthcare system, or a system based mostly on private health insurance?

Trend: Who pays the cost of premiums on your health insurance?

Trend: Over the past year, has the amount you paid for your family's health insurance gone up a lot, gone up a little, not changed, gone down a little, or gone down a lot?

Trend: Within the last 12 months, have you or a family member put off medical treatment because of cost? (If yes) Was this for a condition that was serious or not serious?

(Asked of those who put off medical treatment due to cost) And when you put off medical treatment, was it for you, another family member or both?

Trend: How would you rate the quality of healthcare you receive/your healthcare coverage?

Trend: Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with your healthcare costs?

Trend: How familiar are you with the healthcare law?

Trend: According to the Affordable Care Act, most Americans will be required to have health insurance or pay a fine. Were you aware of this before now, or not? Asked of uninsured adults

Trend: How familiar are you with the health insurance exchanges?

Americans without health insurance will either have to get health insurance or pay a fine. Given what you know, as of right now, would you say you are -- [ROTATED: more likely to get health insurance (or) more likely to pay the fine]?

Trend: Do you plan to get/Have you gotten health insurance for 2014 specifically through a state or federal health insurance exchange, or not?

Do you think it would be justified or unjustified to set higher health insurance rates for people who smoke?

Do you think it would be justified or unjustified to set higher health insurance rates for people who are significantly overweight?

Trend: What would you like to see Congress do with the healthcare law -- [ROTATED: keep the healthcare law in place as it is, make minor changes to the healthcare law, make major changes to the healthcare law, (or) repeal the healthcare law entirely]?

(Asked of those who think major or minor changes should be made to the healthcare law) Would you like to see changes to the healthcare law that -- [ROTATED: expands what the law does (or) scales back what the law does]?

Trend: What are some of the reasons why you approve of the 2010 healthcare law?

Trend: What are some of the reasons why you disapprove of the 2010 healthcare law?

What would you say is the main reason you don’t have health insurance? Any other reasons? [OPEN-ENDED]

Trend: Now I am going to read you a list of institutions in American society. Please tell me how much confidence you, yourself, have in each one -- a great deal, quite a lot, some, or very little? Health Maintenance Organizations, HMOs

In general, would you say that the 2010 healthcare law recently upheld by the Supreme Court will make things better or worse for each of the following? How about ...

Trend: As you may know, two years ago, Congress passed a law that restructures the nation’s healthcare system. All in all, do you think it is a good thing or a bad thing that Congress passed this law?

As you may know, the Supreme Court will hear arguments next month concerning a requirement in the healthcare law that every American must buy health insurance or pay a fine. Regardless of whether you favor or oppose the law, do you think this requirement is constitutional or unconstitutional?

If a Republican is elected president in this November’s election, would you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose him repealing the healthcare law when he takes office?

Now thinking about the healthcare overhaul bill passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama last year,

If you had to choose, do you think the healthcare law -- [ROTATED: should be kept in place (or) should be repealed]?

Kept in place

Repealed

No opinion

%

%

%

2011 Nov 3-6

42

47

11

When your doctor gives you important medical advice, which comes closer to your view -- [ROTATED: you usually feel confident in the accuracy of your doctor's advice, (or) you usually feel it is necessary to check for second opinions or do your own research on the subject]?

Confident in
accuracy of
advice

Necessary
to check/
do own research

No
opinion

%

%

%

2010 Nov 4-7 ^

70

29

1

2002 Nov 11-14

64

34

2

^ Asked of a half sample

Next, we'd like to read a list of several aspects of the U.S. healthcare system. For each, please tell me if you think the medical care or medical services they provide are generally excellent, good, only fair, or poor? How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

A. Hospitals

Excellent

Good

Only fair

Poor

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

2010 Nov 4-7 ^

16

56

20

7

1

2003 Nov 3-5

14

56

22

7

1

^ Asked of a half sample

B. Physicians

Excellent

Good

Only fair

Poor

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

2010 Nov 4-7 ^

26

58

11

4

1

2003 Nov 3-5

19

62

15

4

*

^ Asked of a half sample

C. Nurses

Excellent

Good

Only fair

Poor

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

2010 Nov 4-7 ^

31

57

11

1

1

2003 Nov 3-5

26

59

12

1

2

^ Asked of a half sample

D. Nursing homes

Excellent

Good

Only fair

Poor

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

2010 Nov 4-7 ^

3

30

33

16

18

2003 Nov 3-5

3

26

39

20

12

^ Asked of a half sample

E. Pharmaceutical or drug companies

Excellent

Good

Only fair

Poor

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

2010 Nov 4-7 ^

12

42

26

18

2

2003 Nov 3-5

10

43

30

15

2

^ Asked of a half sample

F. Health insurance companies

Excellent

Good

Only fair

Poor

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

2010 Nov 4-7 ^

6

36

32

24

2

2003 Nov 3-5

3

30

44

21

2

^ Asked of a half sample

G. Hospital emergency rooms

Excellent

Good

Only fair

Poor

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

2010 Nov 4-7 ^

17

43

27

10

3

2003 Nov 3-5

15

47

24

12

2

^ Asked of a half sample

H. Walk-in clinics

Excellent

Good

Only fair

Poor

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

2010 Nov 4-7 ^

9

45

25

7

15

2003 Nov 3-5

6

45

27

8

14

^ Asked of a half sample

Turning now to the healthcare overhaul passed by Congress in March of this year, taking everything into account, do you think the new healthcare law -- [ROTATED: goes too far, is about right, (or) does not go far enough]?

(Asked of those who say healthcare law goes too far) Would you like to see Congress -- [ROTATED: keep the healthcare law in place but scale it back considerably, repeal the healthcare law and start work on a new healthcare bill, (or) repeal the healthcare law and NOT pass a new healthcare bill]?

COMBINED RESULTS: BASED ON NATIONAL ADULTS

2010 Nov 4-7

%

Goes too far

42

(Should keep in place but scale back considerably)

(7)

(Should repeal and work on new bill)

(25)

(Should repeal and not pass a new law)

(10)

(Unspecified)

(*)

Is about right

20

Does not go far enough

29

No opinion

8

* Less than 0.5%

As you may know, earlier this year Congress passed legislation that restructures the nation's healthcare system. All in all, do you think it is a good thing or a bad thing that Congress passed this legislation?

Good thing

Bad thing

No opinion

%

%

%

2010 Jun 11-13

49

46

5

2010 Apr 8-11 ^

45

49

6

2010 Mar 26-28 †

47

50

3

^ WORDING: As you may know, Congress recently passed legislation that restructures the nation's healthcare system. All in all, do you think it is a good thing or a bad thing that Congress passed this legislation?

† WORDING: As you may know, this past week Congress passed legislation that restructures the nation's healthcare system. All in all, do you think it is a good thing or a bad thing that Congress passed this legislation?

Taking everything into account, do you think in the long run the new healthcare bill will make the U.S. healthcare system [ROTATED: better, would it not make much difference, (or make it) worse] -- than it is now?


Better

Not much
difference

Worse

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

2010 Mar 26-28

42

11

45

2

2009 Nov 5-8 ^†

41

14

40

5

^ Asked of a half sample

† WORDING: Taking everything into account, if a new healthcare bill becomes law, do you think in the long run it will make the U.S. healthcare system -- [ROTATED: better, would it not make much difference, (or make it) worse] -- than it is now?

Taking everything into account, do you think in the long run the new healthcare bill will make your own healthcare situation -- [ROTATED: better, would it not make much difference, (or make it) worse] -- than it is now?


Better

Not much
difference

Worse

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

2010 Mar 26-28

22

35

40

3

2009 Nov 5-8 ^†

26

31

36

7

^ Asked of a half sample

† WORDING: Taking everything into account, if a new healthcare bill becomes law, do you think in the long run it will make your own healthcare situation -- [ROTATED: better, would it not make much difference, (or make it) worse] -- than it is now?

Now, thinking more specifically about how the healthcare bill will affect you and your family, do you think -- [RANDOM ORDER] -- will get better, will not change, or will get worse than if no healthcare bill passed?

A. The quality of healthcare you and your family receive

Get better

Not change

Get worse

No opinion

%

%

%

%

2010 Mar 26-28

21

42

35

2

2009 Oct 16-19 ^

19

40

39

2

2009 Sep 11-13 ^†

18

48

33

1

^ WORDING: Suppose a healthcare bill passes this year. Do you think -- [RANDOM ORDER] -- would get better, would not change, or would get worse than if no healthcare bill passes?

† Asked of a half sample

B. The costs you and your family pay for healthcare

Get better

Not change

Get worse

No opinion

%

%

%

%

2010 Mar 26-28

21

27

50

2

2009 Oct 16-19 ^

22

27

49

3

2009 Sep 11-13 ^†

22

32

42

4

C. The healthcare coverage you and your family receive

Get better

Not change

Get worse

No opinion

%

%

%

%

2010 Mar 26-28

24

40

34

2

2009 Oct 16-19 ^

20

40

37

2

2009 Sep 11-13 ^†

22

41

33

4

D. You and your family's overall health

Get better

Not change

Get worse

No opinion

%

%

%

%

2010 Mar 26-28

20

58

19

2

Now, thinking more specifically about how the healthcare bill will affect conditions in the United States, do you think -- [RANDOM ORDER] -- will get better, will not change, or will get worse than if no healthcare bill passed?

A. The overall quality of healthcare in the U.S.

Get better

Not change

Get worse

No opinion

%

%

%

%

2010 Mar 26-28

34

20

44

2

2009 Sep 11-13 ^†

30

26

41

2

^ WORDING: Suppose a healthcare bill passes this year. Do you think -- [RANDOM ORDER] -- would get better, would not change, or would get worse than if no healthcare bill passes?

† Asked of a half sample

B. The overall costs of healthcare in the U.S.

Get better

Not change

Get worse

No opinion

%

%

%

%

2010 Mar 26-28

29

14

55

2

2009 Sep 11-13 ^†

34

23

40

2

C. Healthcare coverage in the U.S.

Get better

Not change

Get worse

No opinion

%

%

%

%

2010 Mar 26-28

44

13

40

3

2009 Sep 11-13 ^†

40

20

37

2

D. The overall health of Americans

Get better

Not change

Get worse

No opinion

%

%

%

%

2010 Mar 26-28

40

24

35

2

E. The federal budget deficit

Get better

Not change

Get worse

No opinion

%

%

%

%

2010 Mar 26-28

23

14

61

2

F. The U.S. economy

Get better

Not change

Get worse

No opinion

%

%

%

%

2010 Mar 26-28

35

17

46

2

In the next five years, do you think Congress will or will not vote on additional, major legislation to either expand or cut back on the healthcare legislation passed this week?

Yes, will vote on

No, will not

No opinion

%

%

%

2010 Mar 26-28

76

18

6

And, in the next five years, do you, personally, want Congress to vote on additional major healthcare legislation to either expand or cut back on the healthcare legislation passed this week, or not?

Yes, want
Congress to
vote on

No, do not
want Congress
to vote on


No
opinion

%

%

%

2010 Mar 26-28

76

18

6

(Asked of those who want Congress to vote on additional healthcare legislation in the next five years) Would you like Congress to -- [ROTATED: pass bills to expand the government's role in the healthcare system beyond what the bills passed this year do, (or would you like Congress to) pass bills to repeal all or much of what Congress passed this year]?

COMBINED RESULTS: BASED ON NATIONAL ADULTS

2010 Mar 26-28

%

Want Congress to vote on additional healthcare legislation

76

(Pass bill to expand on recent legislation)

(32)

(Pass bill to repeal all or much of recent legislation)

(40)

(Unspecified)

(4)

Do not want Congress to vote on additional healthcare legislation

18

No opinion

6

Based on what you know or have read about the healthcare legislation Congress passed this past week, do you, personally, think each of the following applies or does not apply to that legislation? How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

2010 Mar 26-28
(sorted by "applies")

Yes,
applies

No, does
not apply

No
opinion

%

%

%

It will expand the government's role in the healthcare system too much

65

33

2

It will cost the government too much

64

33

3

It does not do enough to deal with rising healthcare costs

58

36

6

It should include a government-run insurance plan, also called a public option

52

43

5

It does not go far enough in regulating the healthcare industry

51

41

8

Would you advise your representative in Congress to vote for or against a healthcare reform bill similar to the one proposed by President Obama?

(Asked of those who would advise their member to vote against a bill) Which would you rather see Congress do -- [ROTATED: start over and work to pass different healthcare legislation (or) not work on healthcare legislation at this time]?

COMBINED RESULTS: BASED ON NATIONAL ADULTS

2010 Mar 4-7

%

Favor bill similar to one proposed by Obama

45

Oppose bill similar to one proposed by Obama

48

(Prefer Congress start over on different legislation)

(30)

(Prefer Congress not work on healthcare legislation at this time)

(18)

(Unspecified)

(*)

No opinion

7

(Asked of those who would advise their member to vote for a bill) What is the main reason you favor such a healthcare bill? [OPEN-ENDED]

BASED ON THOSE WHO WOULD ADVISE THEIR MEMBER OF CONGRESS TO VOTE FOR A HEALTHCARE BILL

2010
Mar 4-7

2009
Sep 11-13

%

%

People need health insurance/Too many uninsured

29

36

System is broken/Needs to be fixed

18

16

Costs are out of control/Would help control costs

12

8

Moral responsibility to provide/Obligation/Fair

12

6

Would make healthcare more affordable

10

11

Don't trust insurance companies

5

4

Respondent or family member currently lacks coverage

4

7

To help senior citizens

4

3

To help the poor

3

4

Other

1

1

No reason in particular (vol.)

1

3

No opinion

*

2

* Less than 0.5%

(vol.) = Volunteered response

(Asked of those who would advise their member to vote against a bill) What is the main reason you oppose a healthcare bill? [OPEN-ENDED]

BASED ON THOSE WHO WOULD ADVISE THEIR MEMBER OF CONGRESS TO VOTE AGAINST A HEALTHCARE BILL

2010
Mar 4-7

2009
Sep 11-13

%

%

Will raise costs of insurance/Make it less affordable

20

9

Does not address real problems

19

10

Need more information/clarity on how system would work

8

14

Against big government/Too much government involvement (general)

8

17

Government should not be involved in healthcare

7

11

Healthcare is a privilege, not an entitlement

6

1

Would cost government too much/Too much spending/Increase the deficit

5

8

People should not be required to buy health insurance

5

2

Will affect respondent's current health insurance

4

4

Socialism/Socialized medicine

4

3

Oppose the "public option" proposal

3

4

Rushing it through process/Should take more time

3

4

Would hurt senior citizens/Medicare

3

4

Would pay for abortions

2

1

Has not worked in other countries

1

1

Illegal immigrants would benefit

--

2

Other

1

1

No reason in particular (vol.)

--

1

No opinion

1

3

(vol.) = Volunteered response

Would you advise your member of Congress to vote for or against a healthcare bill this year, or do you not have an opinion?

Vote for

Vote against

No opinion

%

%

%

2010 Jan 8-10

37

41

22

2009 Dec 11-13

36

43

21

2009 Nov 20-22

35

42

22

2009 Nov 5-8

29

38

33

2009 Oct 1-4

40

36

25

2009 Sep 11-13

38

40

22

2009 Aug 31-Sep 2 ^

37

39

24

2009 Aug 6-9 ^

35

36

29

^ WORDING: Would you advise your member of Congress to vote for or against a healthcare reform bill when they return to Washington in September, or do you not have an opinion?

(Asked of those with no opinion on healthcare bill) As of today, would you say you lean more toward advising your member of Congress to vote for a healthcare bill, or lean more toward advising your member of Congress to vote against a healthcare bill?

COMBINED RESPONSES: BASED ON NATIONAL ADULTS

Vote for/
Lean vote for

Vote against/
Lean vote
against

No
opinion

%

%

%

2010 Jan 8-10

49

46

6

2009 Dec 11-13

46

48

6

2009 Nov 20-22

44

49

7

2009 Nov 5-8

43

48

9

2009 Oct 1-4

51

41

8

2009 Sep 11-13

50

47

3

Regardless of whether you favor or oppose healthcare legislation, what are some of the concerns you would have if a new healthcare measure is passed into law? [OPEN-ENDED]

2009 Nov 5-8

%

Net: Costs

24

(Costs to individuals, businesses; affordability/higher premiums)

(13)

(Costs -- nonspecific)

(6)

(Overall costs to government, taxpayers)

(5)

Government-run healthcare/Bureaucracy/
Government takeover/Socialized medicine

18

Making sure everyone is covered/Has access

12

Effect on quality of care

7

Government plan/Public option

6

Ability to get needed treatments/Rationing care/Wait times for care

5

Unclear how plan would work

5

Effect on senior citizens/Medicare

4

Increased taxes

3

Would provide coverage to illegal immigrants

3

Being able to see current doctors

2

Forcing people to have insurance/Fines for not having

2

How it will be paid for

2

Being able to keep current plan, benefits

2

Would pay for abortions

2

Coverage for prescriptions

1

Other

2

None/Nothing (vol.)

9

No opinion

8

(vol.) = Volunteered response

Percentages total more than 100% due to multiple responses

If Congress is going to reform the healthcare system, should Congress deal with healthcare reform on a gradual basis over several years, or should Congress try to pass a comprehensive healthcare reform plan this year?

Reform on
gradual basis

Pass
comprehensive
reform this year

No
opinion

%

%

%

2009 Oct 16-19

58

38

4

1994 Aug 8-9

68

28

5

1994 Jul 15-17

63

32

5

1994 Jun 25-28

62

33

5

1994 Jun 11-12 ^

55

39

7

1994 Apr 16-18 ^

59

37

4

^ WORDING: Do you think Congress should deal with healthcare reform on a gradual basis over several years, or should Congress try to pass a comprehensive healthcare reform plan this year?

If Congress passes a healthcare bill, do you think it should or should not include a public, government-run insurance plan to compete with plans offered by private insurance companies?

Yes, should
include

No,
should not

No
opinion

2009 Oct 16-19

50%

46

4

Next, please tell me whether you favor or oppose each of the following as a way to pay for the healthcare bill. How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

A. Reducing payments to Medicare providers, such as hospitals and doctors

Favor

Oppose

No opinion

2009 Oct 16-19

36%

61

3

B. Imposing a surcharge on federal income taxes for individuals with annual incomes over $280,000 and families with incomes over $350,000

Favor

Oppose

No opinion

2009 Oct 16-19

59%

38

3

C. Imposing a tax on insurance plans that have the most expensive benefit packages

Favor

Oppose

No opinion

2009 Oct 16-19

34%

61

4

When it comes to making changes to the healthcare system, how much trust do you have in each of the following -- a great deal, a fair amount, not much, or none at all? How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

A. President Obama

Great
deal

Fair
amount

Not
much

None
at all

No
opinion

2009 Oct 16-19

23%

32

21

24

*

* Less than 0.5%

B. The Democrats in Congress

Great
deal

Fair
amount

Not
much

None
at all

No
opinion

2009 Oct 16-19

10%

38

27

25

1

C. The Republicans in Congress

Great
deal

Fair
amount

Not
much

None
at all

No
opinion

2009 Oct 16-19

4%

33

38

24

1

What do you, personally, see as the biggest problem with healthcare in the United States today? [OPEN-ENDED]

2009 Sep 11-13

%

Cost/Unaffordable

38

Too many uninsured

15

Insurance companies/Insurance company greed

13

Lack of availability/accessibility

8

Too many frivolous lawsuits/Medical malpractice

5

Too much bureaucracy/Government involvement

5

Overcharging/Excessive charges for medical procedures

3

Drug companies/Drug company greed

3

Problems with Medicaid/Medicare

3

Doctor/Hospital greed

3

Lack of portability of insurance

3

Illegal immigrants getting healthcare

2

Waste and fraud in the system

2

Cannot get insurance if have pre-existing condition

1

Other

2

Nothing (vol.)

3

No opinion

5

(vol.) = Volunteered response

Percentages total more than 100% due to multiple responses

If you had to choose, which goal would you say is more important in terms of healthcare -- [ROTATED: expanding healthcare coverage to include nearly all Americans (or) controlling rising healthcare costs in the U.S. today]?

Expanding
coverage

Controlling
costs

Neither
(vol.)

No
opinion

2009 Sep 11-13

39%

59

1

1

(vol.) = Volunteered response

How satisfied are you with -- [RANDOM ORDER] -- [ROTATED: very satisfied, satisfied, dissatisfied (or) very dissatisfied]?

A. The quality of medical care available to you and your family

Very
satisfied

Satisfied

Dissatisfied

Very
dissatisfied

No
opinion

2009 Sep 11-13

39%

41

14

5

1

B. The cost of medical care for you and your family

Very
satisfied

Satisfied

Dissatisfied

Very
dissatisfied

No
opinion

2009 Sep 11-13

20%

41

26

12

1

Please say whether each of the following is a major problem, a minor problem, or not a problem for you, personally? How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

Rising healthcare costs, including costs such as insurance premiums and out-of-pocket expenses

Major
problem

Minor
problem

Not a
problem

No
opinion

2009 Sep 11-13

46%

31

22

--

(Asked of those with health insurance) Reductions in what your insurance plan covers, including coverage such as which doctors you can see

COMBINED RESULTS: BASED ON NATIONAL ADULTS

Major
problem

Minor
problem

Not a
problem

Do not have
insurance

No
opinion

2009 Sep 11-13

21%

21

43

15

*

* Less than 0.5%

(Asked of those with health insurance) Insurance company paperwork or other requirements for getting certain medical treatments covered

COMBINED RESULTS: BASED ON NATIONAL ADULTS

Major
problem

Minor
problem

Not a
problem

Do not have
insurance

No
opinion

2009 Sep 11-13

15

26

44

15

*

* Less than 0.5%

As you may know, President Obama is proposing a healthcare plan that is designed to expand coverage to nearly all Americans without raising taxes on the middle class or lowering the quality of healthcare. If Obama's plan is passed, do you think it would or would not be able to accomplish all of these goals?

Yes, would
be able to

No, would
not be

No
opinion

2009 Sep 11-13

38%

60

2

How confident are you that most of the cost of President Obama's healthcare plan can be paid for through cost savings in Medicare and other parts of the existing healthcare system -- very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not confident at all?

Very
confident

Somewhat
confident

Not too
confident

Not confident
at all

No
opinion

2009 Sep 11-13

11%

32

19

37

1

As you may know, Congress is considering a bill that would increase the number of children eligible for government subsidized health insurance, but the Democrats in Congress and President Bush disagree on how much to increase the program. How closely have you been following the news about this -- very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?

Very
closely

Somewhat
closely

Not too
closely

Not
at all

No
opinion

2007 Oct 12-14

17%

34

30

19

*

* Less than 0.5%

(Asked of a half sample) Based on what you have heard or read about this bill, who do you have more confidence in to handle this issue -- [ROTATED: George W. Bush (or) the Democrats in Congress]?

Bush

Democrats

Neither (vol.)

No opinion

2007 Oct 12-14

32%

52

10

5

(vol.) = Volunteered response

(Asked of a half sample) As you may know, the Democrats want to allow a family of four earning about $62,000 to qualify for the program. President Bush wants most of the increases to go to families earning less than $41,000. Whose side do you favor?

Bush

Democrats

Neither (vol.)

No opinion

2007 Oct 12-14

52%

40

3

4

(vol.) = Volunteered response

(Asked of a half sample) How concerned are you that expanding this program would create an incentive for middle class Americans to drop private health insurance for a public program, which some consider to be a step toward socialized medicine? Are you -- very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned, or not concerned at all?

Very
concerned

Somewhat
concerned

Not too
concerned

Not
concerned
at all

No
opinion

2007 Oct 12-14

22%

33

25

17

2

For each of the following health conditions, please say whether you think it is a very serious problem around the world, a somewhat serious problem, or not a serious problem? How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

ASKED OF A HALF SAMPLE

A. HIV or AIDS

Very
serious

Somewhat
serious

Not
serious

No
opinion

2007 Jun 11-14

82%

16

2

*

2006 Dec 8-10

89%

10

1

*

* Less than 0.5%

B. Cancer

Very
serious

Somewhat
serious

Not
serious

No
opinion

2007 Jun 11-14

79%

20

1

1

2006 Dec 8-10

87%

11

1

--

C. Tuberculosis

Very
serious

Somewhat
serious

Not
serious

No
opinion

2007 Jun 11-14

24%

51

23

2

2006 Dec 8-10

31%

48

17

3

D. Malaria

Very
serious

Somewhat
serious

Not
serious

No
opinion

2007 Jun 11-14

24%

50

22

3

2006 Dec 8-10

28%

47

20

4

E. Poor nutrition

Very
serious

Somewhat
serious

Not
serious

No
opinion

2007 Jun 11-14

75%

22

3

1

2006 Dec 8-10

80%

18

1

1

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