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Survey finds deep partisan rift on healthcare and great uncertainty about future of Social Security and Medicare

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UTICA, New York - As Congress heads into its annual August recess without having achieved a consensus on healthcare reform, a new Zogby Interactive survey finds a majority of Americans are evenly split on the basic structure of proposed reform. 

Respondents were presented with two statements describing different universal healthcare plans and asked whether they agree or disagree with each: 

Universal Plan A - "Do you agree or disagree with a universal healthcare plan that would require everyone in the U.S. to have health insurance with federal help for those who cannot pay the premiums?" 

Universal Plan B - "Do you agree or disagree with a universal healthcare plan where the government would provide health insurance for everyone in the U.S. under a single-payer plan, similar to everyone having Medicare?" 

Plan A

 

Overall

Democrats

Independents

Republicans

Agree

49

86

43

11

Disagree

48

11

53

86

Not Sure

3

3

3

2

*Numbers may not add to 100% due to rounding

Plan B

 

Overall

Democrats

Independents

Republicans

Agree

44

81

39

7

Disagree

52

15

57

91

Not Sure

4

5

4

2

*Numbers may not add to 100% due to rounding

A plurality of respondents (49%) agreed with Plan A, which most closely resembles the current reform proposals, while 48% disagreed.  Plan B received slightly less support with only 44% agreeing to a potential "Medicare for all" system.  The partisan split between Republicans and Democrats is significant and currently a majority of political independents disagree with both proposed reforms. 

The survey also included questions about the upcoming challenges facing the Baby Boomer generation as they entire retirement.  Less than half of all respondents (42%) believe that Social Security will be available for them, while 50% believe Medicare will be available.  The survey shows far fewer believe that either program will be available for their children. This Zogby Interactive survey of 4,811 adults nationwide was conducted July 15-20, 2009 and carries a margin of error of +/- 1.4 percentage points. The survey results were presented by John Zogby, Saturday, July 25, as part of the Aspen Health Forum in Aspen, CO, where he was a featured panelist. 

Believe Social Security Will Be There For . . .

 

Overall

18-29

30-49

50-64

65+

 

You

Your

Children

You

Your

Children

You

Your

Children

You

Your

Children

You

Your

Children

Yes

42

18

18

23

23

10

62

18

89

29

No

35

54

62

63

47

67

16

45

4

26

Not Sure

22

29

21

14

30

23

22

37

8

45

*Numbers may not add to 100% due to rounding

Believe Medicare Will Be There For . . .

 

Overall

18-29

30-49

50-64

65+

 

You

Your

Children

You

Your

Children

You

Your

Children

You

Your

Children

You

Your

Children

Yes

50

18

39

20

33

15

60

17

89

24

No

23

45

31

47

34

55

13

41

2

25

Not Sure

26

37

30

33

32

31

27

43

9

51

This survey follows on the heels of a larger healthcare poll conducted by Zogby International and the University of Texas , that found a similar split among the American public on proposed health care reform.

For a complete methodological statement on this survey, please visit:

http://www.zogby.com/methodology/readmeth.cfm?ID=1407

Please click the link below to view the full news release:
http://www.zogby.com/news/ReadNews.cfm?ID=1727


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