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Health Care and the 2012 Election

Health Care and the 2012 Election

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In commentary on its September 2012 poll, surveyors at the Kaiser Family Foundation wrote “[the poll finds the public as divided as ever about the health reform law overall, with 45 percent saying they had a favorable opinion of it in September and 40 percent an unfavorable one.” (Their October poll on the law was 38 percent favorable, 43 percent unfavorable.) In the CBS News/New York Times poll from September, 42 percent approved and 46 percent disapproved of it. We agree that the division of opinion in recent months has been a close one.

Recent polls on the President’s handling of health care show opinions tilt towards disapproval. When pollsters ask about whether Republicans or Democrats would better handle the issue, Democrats lead the Republicans, although there are not many recent questions on this. Recent polls of registered voters show the country divided on whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney would do a better job handling the issue, although Obama appears to have a slight edge.

The economy and jobs tend to be the top issues of concern to Americans, but health care often ranks third in terms of concern. In the latest National Journal poll from September 2012, people said the country would be better off under the Obama health care plan. They were less sure about themselves and their families: 43 percent said they would be better off and 40 percent worse off under the plan.

As for what to do with the law now, the September 2012 CBS/New York Times survey shows that around 37 percent want to either expand the law or keep it, while 46 percent want to either repeal just the mandate or the law entirely.
In commentary on its September 2012 poll, surveyors at the Kaiser Family Foundation wrote “[the poll finds the public as divided as ever about the health reform law overall, with 45 percent saying they had a favorable opinion of it in September and 40 percent an unfavorable one.” (Their October poll on the law was 38 percent favorable, 43 percent unfavorable.) In the CBS News/New York Times poll from September, 42 percent approved and 46 percent disapproved of it. We agree that the division of opinion in recent months has been a close one.

Recent polls on the President’s handling of health care show opinions tilt towards disapproval. When pollsters ask about whether Republicans or Democrats would better handle the issue, Democrats lead the Republicans, although there are not many recent questions on this. Recent polls of registered voters show the country divided on whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney would do a better job handling the issue, although Obama appears to have a slight edge.

The economy and jobs tend to be the top issues of concern to Americans, but health care often ranks third in terms of concern. In the latest National Journal poll from September 2012, people said the country would be better off under the Obama health care plan. They were less sure about themselves and their families: 43 percent said they would be better off and 40 percent worse off under the plan.

As for what to do with the law now, the September 2012 CBS/New York Times survey shows that around 37 percent want to either expand the law or keep it, while 46 percent want to either repeal just the mandate or the law entirely.

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Published by: American Enterprise Institute on Oct 31, 2012
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Karlyn Bowman and Andrew Rugg
In commentary on its September 2012 poll, surveyors at the Kaiser Family Foundation wrote “
[the poll finds thepublic as divided as ever about the health reform law overall, with 45 percent saying they had a favorable opinionof it in September and 40 percent an unfavorable one.
(Their October poll on the law was 38 percent favorable, 43percent unfavorable.) In the CBS News/ 
 New York Times
poll from September, 42 percent approved and 46 percentdisapproved of it. We agree that the division of opinion in recent months has been a close one.R
ecent polls on the President’s handling of health care
show opinions tilt towards disapproval. When pollsters ask about whether Republicans or Democrats would better handle the issue, Democrats lead the Republicans, althoughthere are not many recent questions on this. Recent polls of registered voters show the country divided on whetherBarack Obama or Mitt Romney would do a better job handling the issue, although Obama appears to have a slightedge.The economy and jobs tend to be the top issues of concern to Americans, but health care often ranks third in termsof concern. In the latest
 National Journal
poll from September 2012, people said the country would be better off under the Obama health care plan. They were less sure about themselves and their families: 43 percent said theywould be better off and 40 percent worse off under the plan.As for what to do with the law now, the September 2012 CBS/ 
 New York Times
survey shows that around 37percent want to either expand the law or keep it, while 46 percent want to either repeal just the mandate or the lawentirely.Full wording of the questions at the beginning of the document appear on pages 15 through 17.
AEI Special Poll Report: Health Care and the 2012 Election
(November 2012)
 
 
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--ABC/WP-- --Pew-- -CBS/NYT- CNN/ORC ---Fox--- AP/GfK --Kaiser-- NBC/WSJSup Opp Fav Opp App Dis Fav Opp Fav Opp Sup Opp Fav Unfav Good BadJul. 2009 - - 38% 44% - - - - 36% 47% - - - - 36% 42%Aug. 2009 45% 50% 39 46 - - - - 34 49 - - - - 36 42Sep. 2009 46 48 42 44 - - - - 33 53 34% 49% - - 39 41Oct. 2009 48 48 34 47 - - - - 35 54 40 40 - - 38 42Nov. 2009 48 49 42 39 40% 45% 46% 49% 35 51 39 45 - - - -Dec. 2009 44 51 35 48 - - - - 34 57 36 44 - - 32 47Jan. 2010 44 51 39 48 - - 38 58 39 51 42 42 - - 31 48Feb. 2010 47 49 38 50 - - - - - - - - - - - -Mar. 2010 48 49 40 47 37 48 39 59 35 55 41 43 - - 36 48Apr. 2010 49 49 40 44 - - - 39 54 39 50 46% 40% -May 2010 - - - - 43 47 43 56 - - 39 46 41 44 38 44Jun. 2010 - - - - - - - - - - 45 42 48 41 38 46Jul. 2010 45 50 35 47 36 49 - - - - - - 50 35 - -Aug. 2010 - - 44 46 - - 40 56 - - - - 43 45 - -Sep. 2010 - - 38 45 37 49 - - - - 41 46 49 40 - -Oct. 2010 47 48 - - 39 43 - - - - 40 45 42 44 36 46Nov. 2010 - - 43 47 - - - - - - 38 47 42 40 - -Dec. 2010 43 52 - - - - 43 54 - - - - 42 41 - -Jan. 2011 45 50 41 48 36 50 - - - - 40 41 41 50 39 39Feb. 2011 - - - - 33 51 - - - - - - 43 48 - -Mar. 2011 - - - - - - 37 59 - - 35 45 42 46 - -May 2011 - - - - - - - - - - - - 42 44 - -Jun. 2011 - - - - 37 48 39 56 - - 36 46 42 46 - -Aug. 2011 - - - - - - - - - - - - 39 44 - -Sep. 2011 - - - - - - - - - - - - 41 43 - -Nov. 2011 - - - - - - 38 56 - - - - 37 44 - -Dec. 2011 - - - - 35 51 - - - - 29 49 41 43 34 41Jan. 2012 - - - - - - - - - - - - 37 44 - -Feb. 2012 - - - - - - - - - - 35 47 42 43 - -Mar. 2012 41 52 47 45 - - 43 50 - - - - 41 40 - -Apr. 2012 39 53 41 49 39 47 - - 40 53 - - 42 43 36 45May 2012 - - - - 34 48 43 51 - - - - 37 44 - -
 
3 |Page --ABC/WP-- --Pew-- -CBS/NYT- CNN/ORC ---Fox--- -AP/GfK- --Kaiser-- NBC/WSJSup Opp Fav Opp App Dis Fav Opp Fav Opp Sup Opp Fav Unfav Good BadJun. 2012 - - - - - - 39 49 - - - - 41 41 35 41Jul. 2012 47 47 - - 36 50 - - - - - - 38 44 - -Aug. 2012 - - - - - - - - - - - - 38 43 - -Sep. 2012 - - - - 42 46 - - - - - - 45 40 - -Oct. 2012 - - - - - - - - - - - - 38 43 - -
How is President Obama Handling Health Care?
---Gallup--- --ABC/ 
WP
-- Quinnipiac -CBS/ 
 NYT-
---Fox--- -CNN/ORC- -AP/GfK- EconomistApp Dis App Dis App Dis App Dis App Dis App Dis App Dis App DisJuly 2009 44% 50% 49% 44% 46% 42% 46% 38% 43% 45% - - 50% 43% - -Aug. 2009 43 49 46 50 39 52 40 47 - - 44% 53% - - - -Sep. 2009 43 52 47 48 41 51 47 45 44 48 51 47 42 52 - -Oct. 2009 - - 48 48 - - 47 42 42 50 42 57 48 47 - -Nov. 2009 40 53 47 49 41 53 44 48 - - - - 49 46 - -Dec. 2009 - - 44 53 38 56 42 50 39 54 - - 49 46 - -Jan. 2010 37 58 45 52 35 58 40 54 - - 40 59 48 48 37% 55%Feb. 2010 36 60 43 54 35 58 35 55 37 56 - - - - 40 52Mar. 2010 42 54 48 49 44 50** 47 48 - - 45 54 49 46 44 48Apr. 2010 - - 49 49 40 55 41 51 40 53 - - 44 52 43 50May 2010 - - - - 44 51 42 52 - - - - 45 51 41 51Jun. 2010 - - - - - - - - - - - - 49 46 40 52Jul. 2010 - - 46 50 - - - - 41 55 44 54 - - 41 50Aug. 2010 40 57 - - - - - - - - - - 45 53 39 53Sep. 2010 - - - - - - - - - - - - 50 50 39 55Oct. 2010 - - - - - - 46 37 39 55 - - 47 53 40 54Nov. 2010 - - - - - - - - - - - - 48 51 39 55Dec. 2010 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 40 53Jan. 2011 - - 43 52 44 51 - - - - 44 55 51 49 47 39Feb. 2011 40 56 - - 40 56 - - - - - - - - 38 54Mar. 2011 40 56 - - - - - - - - 41 58 52 48 37 54May 2011 - - - - - - - - 42 56 40 57 54 46 38 55

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