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July 12, 2012

New poll finds mixed messages from public on health care

The public is sending mixed messages about its views of the 2010 federal health care law--making the potential impact on the November election hard to judge.

By a 55-36 percent margin, people think the law has a tax increase, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday. Most people have to obtain coverage by 2014 or face a penalty--or a tax, depending on one's point of view.

At the same time, voters said, by a 48-45 percent margin, they agreed with the June 28 Supreme Court ruling upholding the law.

Yet by 49-43 percent, they want it repealed. The House of Representatives Wednesday voted for repeal on a largely party line vote. The Democratic-run Senate is not expected to go along.

55 percent said a presidential candidate's views on health care matter. 59 percent said the court's decision will not affect their vote. But 27 percent said it would make them less likely to vote for President Barack Obama, while 12 percent said an Obama vote was more likely.

Obama is a strong supporter of the law; Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney wants it repealed.

More mixed messages: People split 48-47 percent on whether coverage should be compulsory.

"The big question," said assistant poll director Peter Brown, "is whether the Republicans can sell the idea to voters that the president's Affordable Care Act breaks his promise not to raise taxes on those who make less than $250,000. That's why what voters believe on this issue matters."

From July 1 - 8, Quinnipiac University surveyed 2,722 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 1.9 percentage points.  Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.


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James Bowen

Instead of constantly repeating poll numbers why not make an effort to get out the facts of the legislation? Wouldn't that be surprising? Most folks would finally understand that they are misinformed and victims of a campaign of distortions and lies.


What is wrong with the American people don't they think don't they use there brains for anything more than a hat rack. Obamacare is nothing but a Tax and the Government does not pay a dime of the cost at anytime now or a hundred years from now. People think a little the US Government operates from the Taxes that every citizen in this country pays. The Government has not gotten one penny of there own money every penny they have was given to them from the tax payers. When Obama tells you the Government will bare the full cost for the next year or ten years are you people so stupid that you do not know where that money is coming from. The number of new Taxes that are being created and the number of taxes on the books now are going up so use your brain for jest a minute and you will see that the Government is getting every penny they have from all of us.

Sharon Dillon

The polls are often skewed due to more members of one party being surveyed than the other. I have been surveyed a number of times and have been asked whether I was a Democrat or a Republican. When I stated that I was an independent, they hung up.

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