Behind the Numbers: Health care

Posted at 08:28 AM ET, 05/16/2012

Romney’s tax, health-care proposals draw partisan reaction

Public overall tilts positive on proposal for 20-percent income tax cut.

By Scott Clement  |  08:28 AM ET, 05/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 04/02/2012

Political fallout: High court showdown hurts health care law, and justices

Few change their views of the health law or Supreme Court following oral arguments, but those who do split along partisan lines.

By Jon Cohen, Peyton M. Craighill and Scott Clement  |  03:00 PM ET, 04/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:44 AM ET, 03/26/2012

Americans want Supreme Court arguments televised

The Supreme Court will hear arguments today on the health reform law, but the general public will have to settle for audio recordings and color sketches. Americans aren’t thrilled about the arrangement, and appear to have turned sharply against the practice in the past decade.

By Scott Clement  |  09:44 AM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 12/01/2011

Poll watcher: Republicans split on global warming; health-care reform and GOP intensity

A new poll reveals a growing internal divide within the GOP between conservatives and moderates, as well as between tea party and non-tea party Republicans.

By Scott Clement  |  03:25 PM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:07 PM ET, 11/16/2011

Poll watcher: Is Paul the strongest candidate in Iowa?

A new Bloomberg News survey shows Ron Paul with comparatively few flaws in the eyes of likely Iowa Caucus participants.

By Scott Clement  |  05:07 PM ET, 11/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 11/14/2011

Poll watcher: How popular is health care mandate? Gingrich up, Cain down and the supercommittee

A CNN poll released Monday finds a 52 percent majority of Americans support the law’s provision that “all Americans who do not have health insurance get it,” up from 44 percent in June. But polls show much lower support when surveys explicitly mention a “fine” for those who remain uninsured.

By Scott Clement  |  01:24 PM ET, 11/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 10/28/2011

Poll watch: Record low support for health reform, Obama economic ratings and the scariest polls

Today’s top polls: record low support for health care reform, ratings for President Obama and our scariest poll findings…

By Scott Clement  |  12:33 PM ET, 10/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 09/23/2011

#Pollwatch: How rich is “rich”? Who trusts the media? And what about pre-existing conditions?

How do Americans define “rich”? Two Fox News polls show wildly different answers to this question.

By Scott Clement  |  03:37 PM ET, 09/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 09/08/2011

Republican debate, the public opinion angle

The feisty Republican debate Wednesday night allowed the candidates to lay out their visions on a variety of hot-button issues. Here’s a roundup of public opinion on some of last night’s topics.

By Peyton M. Craighill  |  01:23 PM ET, 09/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 07/01/2011

Poll watchers: Less concern over death panels, Millennials need history lesson and Bachmann polls

Some 31 percent of Americans continue to mistakenly believe the health-care law passed last years allows government panels to make decisions about end-of-life care.

By Scott Clement  |  11:53 AM ET, 07/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 06/21/2011

D.C. poll: Racial and class divides on health care

Black and white Washington residents report vastly differing experiences in health-care access in a new poll from The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation.

By Peyton M. Craighill  |  10:36 AM ET, 06/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 05/26/2011

Poll Watchers: The changing GOP field, New Hampshire primary, Florida warms to Obama, Medicaid and politics

A summary of daily polling.

By Scott Clement  |  11:31 AM ET, 05/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 04/25/2011

Poll Watchers: How many Americans support Medicare cuts?

Two polls last week reported very different public reactions to cutting spending on Medicare. In one released Friday by CBS News and The New York Times, less than half — 45 percent — said they were unwilling to cut Medicare to reduce the deficit. But a Washington Post-ABC News poll earlier in the week showed 78 percent opposed to “cutting spending on Medicare” for a similar purpose. What gives?

By Peyton M. Craighill  |  10:40 AM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 04/11/2011

Poll Watchers: Obama and the budget debate, health care reform

A daily round-up of public polling.

By Peyton M. Craighill  |  10:57 AM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 12/13/2010

Public support for components of health care law

The key provision of the health-care reform law struck down today by a federal judge in Virginia is also the one that's the least popular with the public. The requirement that individuals get health insurance, or face penalties, has long been among the most divisive parts of the legislation, even...

By Jon Cohen  |  02:46 PM ET, 12/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 07/29/2010

Seniors see negatives for Medicare in health care law

A new poll out Thursday from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that senior citizens remain more negative than younger adults toward the health care overhaul passed earlier this year and are more apt to say that the bill will have a negative effect on Medicare and those in their age...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  11:57 AM ET, 07/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 02/10/2010

Health care reform: Wanted? Dead or alive?

Americans are evenly split on whether comprehensive health care reform has a chance of passing this year, according to the new Washington Post-ABC News poll, with supporters of the plan optimistic about its chances and opponents sure of its defeat. Among those who say its time has passed, there's little...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  08:45 AM ET, 02/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:25 PM ET, 08/28/2009

Seniors' Negative Turn on Health Care Reform

Of the several demographic and political groups whose views on health care reform have become more negative over the summer, seniors stand out for both a dramatic shift against reform and the strength of their opposition. In the most recent Washington Post-ABC News poll on health care, those age 65...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  06:25 PM ET, 08/28/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 08/03/2009

Gallup: Three in 10 Already Covered by Government

With members of the House and Senate debating the merits of a government-financed "public-option" for health insurance, newly released data from Gallup show that while the vast majority of Americans get their health insurance through their employers, private purchase or some other way, a sizable number of adults already get...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  06:00 AM ET, 08/03/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 07/29/2009

Blue Dogs on Health Care: Why So Blue?

The House's Blue Dog Democrats have voiced loud objections to the costs of health care reform efforts working their way through several committees, ultimately causing President Obama and their party's congressional leadership to pull back on the deadline they had set for passing a plan. As Chris Cillizza pointed out...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  10:11 AM ET, 07/29/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 07/16/2009

Health Care Reform Circa 1965: Polling on Medicare

The political battle lasted for years. After one young Democratic president's attempt to change the way some Americans get their health care failed, the fight was revived following the election of another Democrat a few years later. Some favored a government run program. Others backed a plan operated by private...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  12:01 PM ET, 07/16/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)