Friday, September 30, 2011

New Health Care Poll

Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post's "The Fix" blog wrote a post today on the Supreme Court and the Affordable Healthcare Act ("The Supreme Court and the politics of health care ").

In it he points to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll taken this month, Sept. 2011. The poll is a 7 page pdf and the full questions and methodology is linked if you want to follow up on the details. The 7 page poll results have some interesting results.

For example, on the health care law:

And as has been the case since the beginning of this year, more than half (52 percent) want Congress to keep the law as is (19 percent) or expand it (33 percent), while fewer than four in ten (37 percent) want it repealed and replaced with a Republican‐sponsored alternative (16 percent) or repealed outright (21 percent).

In answer to the question How much do you trust each of the following to make the right recommendations about ways to reduce the federal budget deficit?
For Pres. Obama 23% said a great deal, 29% said a fair amount
Democrats in Congress, 13%, and 30%
the Super Committee 5% and 28%
and Republicans in Congress 8% and 23%
The President's approval rating isn't great but it's significantly higher than any of the other three groups.

There are other questions about the social contract programs, such as Social Security and Medicare, as well as questions about what should be changed to cut the budget deficit.

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