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Interviews with 1,014 adult Americans, including 928 registered voters, conducted by telephone by Opinion Research Corporation on November 13-15, 2009. The margin of sampling error for results based on the total sample is plus or minus 3 percentage points and for registered voters is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

FOR RELEASE: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18 AT 6 AM

14. Now thinking specifically about the health insurance plans available to most Americans, would you favor or oppose creating a public health insurance option administered by the federal government that would compete with plans offered by private health insurance companies?

Nov. 13-15 Oct. 30-Nov. 1 Oct. 16-18 Aug. 28-31

2009 2009 2009 2009

Favor 56% 55% 61% 55%

Oppose 42% 44% 38% 41%

No opinion 2% 1% 1% 4%

15. Would you favor or oppose that plan if state governments were able to decide that the public health insurance option administered by the federal government would not apply to all people living in those states?

Nov. 13-15

2009

Favor 28%

Oppose 66%

No opinion 5%

16. Now here are a few provisions in the health care bill passed by the U.S. House. Please tell me whether you favor or oppose each one. (RANDOM ORDER) (ASKED OF HALF SAMPLE. RESULTS BASED ON 501 INTERVIEWS IN VERSION A. SAMPLING ERROR: +/- 4.5 PERCENTAGE POINTS.)

Favor Oppose No Opinion

Requiring all Americans who do not have

health insurance to get it

November 13-15, 2009 49% 49% 1%

Requiring all large and mid-sized

businesses to provide health insurance

for their employees

November 13-15, 2009 73% 25% 2%

Reducing federal spending on Medicare

managed care programs

November 13-15, 2009 30% 66% 3%

Preventing health insurance companies from

dropping coverage for people who

become seriously ill

November 13-15, 2009 60% 39% *

Providing subsidies to families that make

less than $88,000 a year

to help them purchase health insurance

November 13-15, 2009 67% 32% 1%

16. Now here are a few provisions in the health care bill passed by the U.S. House. Please tell me whether you favor or oppose each one. (RANDOM ORDER) (ASKED OF HALF SAMPLE. RESULTS BASED ON 513 INTERVIEWS IN VERSION B. SAMPLING ERROR: +/- 4.5 PERCENTAGE POINTS.)

Favor Oppose No Opinion

Preventing health insurance companies from

denying coverage to people with

pre-existing conditions

November 13-15, 2009 60% 40% 1%

Expanding the federal program known

as Medicaid to provide health care to

more low-income Americans

November 13-15, 2009 75% 25% *

Raising taxes on individuals who make more

than $500,000 dollars a year or

families that make more than one million

dollars a year to pay for providing health

care to low-income Americans

November 13-15, 2009 67% 32% 1%

Prevent illegal immigrants from receiving

any federal money to purchase

health insurance.

November 13-15, 2009 70% 30% 1%

17. As you may know, the filibuster is a Senate procedure which has been used to prevent the Senate from passing controversial legislation or confirming controversial appointments by the President, even if a majority of senators support that action. A vote of at least sixty senators out of one hundred is needed to end a filibuster. Do you favor or oppose the use of the filibuster in the U.S. Senate?

Nov. 13-15

2009

Favor 56%

Oppose 39%

No opinion 5%

CNN/USA TODAY/GALLUP TREND


Favor

Oppose

Not sure




Apr 29-May 1, 2005

52

40

8

20. As you may know, nearly every Republican in the U.S. House voted against the health care bill which recently passed. Do you think that is mostly an indication that there is something wrong with the bill or mostly an indication that there is something wrong with the Republican Party's approach to health care legislation?

Nov. 13-15

2009

Something wrong with the health care bill 46%

Something wrong with the Rep ublican approach to health care 49%

Both equal (vol.) 3%

No opinion 1%

35. Do you think abortion should be legal under any circumstances, legal under only certain circumstances, or illegal in all circumstances?

36. (IF ONLY CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES:) Do you think abortion should be legal in most circumstances or only a few circumstances?

QUESTION 35 ONLY

Legal Legal

under under Illegal

any certain in all No

circumstances circumstances circumstances Opinion

November 13-15, 2009 26% 50% 23% 1%

June 26-29, 2008 25% 51% 22% 1%

Oct. 12-14, 2007 23% 54% 22% 1%

Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2006 24% 50% 24% 2%

QUESTION 35 AND 36 COMBINED

Legal Legal Legal

under in in a Illegal

any most few in all No

circumstances circumstances circumstances circumstances Opinion

November 13-15, 2009 26% 10% 40% 23% 1%

June 26-29, 2008 25% 12% 39% 22% 2%

Oct. 12-14, 2007 23% 13% 40% 22% 2%

Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2006 24% 10% 40% 24% 2%

(CNN/USA TODAY/GALLUP TRENDS ON NEXT PAGE)

CNN/USA TODAY/GALLUP TRENDS


Legal
under any circumstances

Legal only
under certain circumstances


Illegal in all circumstances


No
opinion





2005 Nov 11-13

26

56

16

2

2005 Jun 24-26

24

55

20

1

2005 May 2-5

23

53

22

2

2005 Mar 21-23

23

55

20

2

2004 May 2-4

24

56

19

1

2003 Oct 24-26

26

55

17

2

2003 May 5-7

23

57

19

1

2003 Jan 10-12

24

57

18

1

2002 May 6-9

25

51

22

2

2002 Mar 22-24

27

53

19

1

2002 Feb 8-10

26

54

18

2

2001 Aug 10-12

26

56

17

1

2001 May 10-14

26

58

15

1

2001 Mar 26-28

26

51

18

5

2000 Mar 30-Apr 2

28

51

19

2

2000 Jan 13-16

26

56

15

3

1999 Apr 30-May 2

27

55

16

2

1998 Jan 16-18

23

59

17

1

1997 Nov 6-9

26

55

17

2

1997 Aug 12-13

22

61

15

2

1996 Sep 20-22*

24

52

17

7

1996 Jul 25-28

25

58

15

2

1995 Sep 22-24

31

54

12

3

1995 Feb 24-26

33

50

15

2

1994 Sep 6-7

33

52

13

2

1994 Mar 28-30

31

51

15

3

1993 Mar 12-14

32

51

13

4

1992 Jan 16-19

31

53

14

2

1991 Sep 5-8

33

49

14

4

1991 May 30-Jun 2

32

50

17

1

1990 Apr 5-20

31

53

12

4

1989 Jul 6-9

29

51

17

3

1989 Jul 6-7

29

51

17

3

1988 Sep 25-Oct 1

24

57

17

2

1985 Jan 3-4 †

21

55

21

3

1983 Jun 24-27

23

58

16

3

1981 May 8-11

23

52

21

4

1980 Jul 11-14

25

53

18

4

1979 Feb 23-26

22

54

19

5

1977 Dec 9-12

22

55

19

4

1975 Apr 4-7

21

54

22

3

* Based on reg. voters





Legal
under any circumstances

Legal
under most circumstances

Legal only
in a few circumstances

Illegal
in all circumstances


No
opinion






2005 Nov 11-13

26

16

39

16

3

2005 Jun 24-26

24

15

40

20

1

2005 May 2-5

23

12

40

22

3

2005 Mar 21-23

23

14

39

20

4

2004 May 2-4

24

13

42

19

2

2003 Oct 24-26

26

14

40

17

3

2003 May 5-7

23

15

42

19

1

2003 Jan 10-12

24

14

42

18

2

2002 May 6-9

25

12

39

22

2

2002 Mar 22-24

27

12

40

19

2

2001 Aug 10-12

26

12

43

17

2

2001 May 10-14

26

15

41

15

3

2001 Mar 26-28

26

13

38

18

5

2000 Mar 30-Apr 2

28

11

38

19

4

2000 Jan 13-16

26

17

39

15

3

1999 Apr 30-May 2

27

12

42

16

3

1998 Jan 16-18

23

16

42

17

2

1997 Nov 6-9

26

15

40

17

2

1997 Aug 12-13

22

12

48

15

3

1996 Jul 25-28

25

13

43

15

4

1995 Sep 22-24

31

14

39

12

4

1995 Feb 24-26

32

9

41

15

3

1994 Sep 6-7

33

13

38

13

3

37. Generally speaking, are you in favor of using public funds for abortions when the woman cannot afford it, or are you opposed to that?

Nov. 13-15

2009

Favor 37%

Oppose 61%

Indifferent (vol.) 2%

No opinion 1%

LOS ANGELES TIMES POLL






Favor

Oppose

Indifferent (vol.)

No opinon

2000 June 8-13

37

54

2

7

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