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
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