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Claudia DeaneAssociate DirectorPublic Opinion and Media ResearchKaiser Family Foundation

February 2008

Public Opinion: Health Care and Election’08


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Tutorial Overview

  • Public opinion about health care in the U.S.

  • Trends and current priorities for the 2008 election.

  • The role of health care in the election.


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Majorities of Insured Satisfied with Own Situation

Among those with health care coverage, percent who…

Note: Data for this question was not collected in 1994Sources: ABC News Poll (Jul. 1994, Nov. 1995, Aug. 1997), ABC News/Washington Post Poll (Oct. 2003), ABC News/Kaiser Family Foundation/USA Today Poll (Sept. 2006)


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Insecure About Costs, Losing Coverage

Percent saying they are VERY worried about the following…

41%

Source: Kaiser Family Foundation Health Poll Report


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Problems Paying Medical Bills

In the past 12 months, did you or another family member in your household have any problems paying medical bills, or not?

Health insurance status among the 25% who reported problems paying medical bills…

Uninsured

Yes

No

25%

75%

Insured

Source: ABC News/Kaiser Family Foundation/USA Today Health in America Survey (conducted September 7-12, 2006)


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Looking Back: Health Care as a Voting Issue National Exit Polls

2004

2006

Moral values

Corruption/ethics

Economy/Jobs

Economy

Terrorism

Terrorism

Iraq

Traditional values

Health care

Iraq

Taxes

Illegal immigration

Saddam Hussein verdict

Education

Source: 2004 Presidential & 2006 Congressional election exit polls by Edison/Mitofsky for the National Election Pool


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Is Health Care Breaking Through as a Political Issue?

Thinking about the campaign for the presidential election in 2008, what two issues would you most like to hear the presidential candidates talk about? (open-ended)

2008

Iraq

Health care

Economy

Immigration

Taxes

Gas prices/Energy

Note: Adds up to more than 100% due to multiple responses.

Source: Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: Election 2008 (conducted November 28-December 9, 2007)


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Is Health Care Breaking Through as a Political Issue?

Thinking about the campaign for the presidential election in 2008, what two issues would you most like to hear the presidential candidates talk about? (open-ended, top 4 responses shown)

Note: Adds up to more than 100% due to multiple responses.

Source: Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: Election 2008


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Interest in Health Care by Party Identification

Thinking about the campaign for the presidential election in 2008, what two issues would you most like to hear the presidential candidates talk about? (open-ended)

Republicans

Democrats

Independents

Iraq

Health care

Economy

Immigration

Taxes

Gas prices/Energy

Note: Adds up to more than 100% due to multiple responses.

Source: Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: Election 2008 (conducted November 28-December 9, 2007)


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Interest in Cost vs. Coverage

Which ONE of the following health care issues would you most like to hear the presidential candidates talk about?

Reducing the costs of health care and health insurance

Expanding health insurance coverage for the uninsured

Total

Improving the quality of careand reducing medical errors

Republicans

Democrats

Independents

Reducing spending on government programs like Medicare and Medicaid

Source: Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: Election 2008 (conducted November 28-December 9, 2007)


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Preferences for Health Care Reform Proposals

Thinking ahead to the presidential election in 2008, which ONE of the following three things would you like to see in a health care reform proposal from a candidate?

Major expansion – Higher Cost

A new health plan that would make a major effort to provide insurance for nearly all of the uninsured and would involve a substantial increase in spending

Limited expansion – Lower Cost

A new health plan that is more limited and would cover only some uninsured groups, but would involve less spending

Status Quo

A health plan that would keep things basically as they are

Note: “Don’t know/refused” responses not shown

Source: Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: Election 2008 (conducted November 28-December 9, 2007)


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Though Public May Support Coverage Goal…

Do you favor or oppose the federal government doing more to help provide health insurance for more Americans?

Favor

Oppose

85%

14%

1%

Don’t know/ Refused

Source: KFF/HSPH The Public’s Health Care Agenda for the New Congress and Presidential Campaign (conducted November 9-19, 2006)


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No Agreement on Best Solution

When forced to choose…

Percent who say “MOST preferred option”

Percent who FAVOR

Tax credits for businesses

Expanding state government programs such as Medicaid

Expanding Medicare to people under age 65

Tax credits for uninsured individuals

Requiring businesses to offer insurance to employees

National single-payer plan

Source: Kaiser Family Foundation/Harvard Health Care Agenda for the New Congress Survey November, 2004


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The Uninsured and Voting

Percent saying they voted in 2000 presidential election

Percent saying they voted in 2002 congressional election

Percent saying they are registered to vote

Total

Uninsured under age 65

Insured under age 65

Ages 65 and over

Source:Kaiser Family Foundation Health Poll Report (combined surveys from Dec. 2003 and February 2004)


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Issues Are Only One Part of What Determines Votes

Overall, which of the following will be MOST important when you decide who to vote for?

Perceptions of the candidates’ leadership abilities, character, values, and experience

The candidates’

stands on the issues

45%

46%

10%

Don’t know/ Refused

Source: Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: Election 2008 (conducted November 28-December 9, 2007)


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www.kff.org/kaiserpolls

www.health08.org

www.kaiseredu.org/tutorials_index.asp#PublicOpinion1

www.newsu.org/polling

www.aapor.org

www.ncpp.org

www.washingtonpost.com/polls

www.abcnews.go.com/pollingunit

www.pewresearch.org

www.pollster.com

Places to Turn for More Information


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