Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Majority Supports Obama Health Plan

From Jonathan Singer at MyDD here.

Well isn't this surprising. While the good folks at MSNBC's First Read don't mention it in their "First Thoughts," which kick off their day's coverage, the NBC News poll (.pdf) released yesterday indicates that a majority of the country supports the President's healthcare plan.

Now I am going to tell you more about the health care plan that President Obama supports and please tell me whether you would favor or oppose it.

The plan requires that health insurance companies cover people with pre-existing medical conditions. It also requires all but the smallest employers to provide health coverage for their employees, or pay a percentage of their payroll to help fund coverage for the uninsured. Families and individuals with lower- and middle- incomes would receive tax credits to help them afford insurance coverage. Some of the funding for this plan would come from raising taxes on wealthier Americans.

Do you favor or oppose this plan? And do you strongly or only somewhat (favor/oppose) this plan?

Favor: 53 percent (35 percent strongly + 18 percent somewhat)
Oppose: 43 percent (29 percent strongly + 14 percent somewhat)

Might it be worth a mention that when the public hears about President Obama's plan in language crafted by one Democratic pollster (Hart Research Associates) and one Republican pollster (Public Opinion Strategies), they support it by a fairly healthy margin?

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