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NYT Poll: 69% Worry About Obama-Care

From an unsettled New York Times:

President Obama took his appeal for support of a health care overhaul on the road Wednesday, speaking (and snacking) at a Kroger grocery store in Bristol, Va.

New Poll Finds Growing Unease on Health Plan

By ADAM NAGOURNEY and MEGAN THEE-BRENAN

July 30, 2009

President Obama’s ability to shape the debate on health care appears to be eroding as opponents aggressively portray his overhaul plan as a government takeover that could limit Americans’ ability to choose their doctors and course of treatment, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

Americans are concerned that revamping the health care system would reduce the quality of their care, increase their out-of-pocket health costs and tax bills, and limit their options in choosing doctors, treatments and tests, the poll found. The percentage who describe health care costs as a serious threat to the American economy — a central argument made by Mr. Obama — has dropped over the past month…

The changes in the public’s attitude over the past month, even if not huge, suggest one reason Mr. Obama sought so hard to get Congress to vote on some version of an overhaul before heading home…

The national poll was conducted by telephone starting on Friday and ending on Tuesday. It involved 1,050 adults, and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.

Mr. Obama’s job approval rating has dropped 10 points, to 58 percent, from a high point in April.

And despite his efforts — in speeches, news conferences, town-hall-style meetings and other forums — to address public misgivings, 69 percent of respondents in the poll said they were concerned that the quality of their own care would decline if the government created a program that covers everyone.

Still, Mr. Obama remains the dominant figure in the debate, both because he continues to enjoy relatively high levels of public support even after seeing his approval ratings dip, and because there appears to be a strong desire to get something done: 49 percent said they supported fundamental changes, and 33 percent said the health care system needed to be completely rebuilt.

The poll found 66 percent of respondents were concerned that they might eventually lose their insurance if the government did not create a new health care system, and 80 percent said they were concerned that the percentage of Americans without health care would continue to rise if Congress did not act.

By 55 percent to 26 percent, respondents said Mr. Obama had better ideas about how to change health care than Republicans in Congress did.

There is overwhelming support for a bipartisan agreement on health care, and here again, Mr. Obama appears in the stronger position: 59 percent said that he was making an effort to work with Congressional Republicans, while just 33 percent said Republicans were trying to work with him on the issue.

Over all, the poll portrays a nation torn by conflicting impulses and confusion.

In one finding, 75 percent of respondents said they were concerned that the cost of their own health care would eventually go up if the government did not create a system of providing health care for all Americans. But in another finding, 77 percent said they were concerned that the cost of health care would go up if the government did create such a system.

In typical fashion, the New York Times weighted their respondents to try to get the results they wanted:

How the Poll Was Conducted

July 29, 2009

The latest New York Times/CBS News poll is based on telephone interviews conducted July 24 through July 28 with 1,050 adults throughout the United States…

The combined results have been weighted to adjust for variation in the sample relating to geographic region, sex, race, Hispanic origin, marital status, age and education

And again, as is their wont, The Times over-sampled Democrats and so-called Independents:

Generally speaking, do you usually consider yourself a Republican, a Democrat, an Independent, or what?

Republican: 20%

Democrat: 34%

Independent: 39%

And yet, even all of that manipulation, the New York Times has to admit that “69 percent of respondents in the poll said they were concerned that the quality of their own care would decline if the government created a program that covers everyone.”

A detail very artfully buried in the 17th paragraph of the article.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, July 30th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “NYT Poll: 69% Worry About Obama-Care”

  1. U NO HOO says:

    Please, copy, paste, email to your senators and representative.

    Thanx.

  2. MinnesotaRush says:

    “NYT Poll: 69% Worry About Obama-Care”

    Amd if the NYT admitted to 69%, the real number was likely 96%!

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    Social Medicine is not Health Care Reform!!

    You want to see Socialized medicine in action? Go to your nearest VA Hospital and talk to the Veterans. Look around and if your lucky, talk to a administrator. You want to talk about inefficiency ….. bureaucrats and endless paperwork!

    This veteran is not pleased at all and you won’t see this fanny anywhere near a VA Hospital again!!

  4. Trogdor says:

    We need to get a clarion call out for “Tort Reform!” first and foremost. Knock the slimy liberal lawyers down a notch or 3.

  5. Right of the People says:

    It’s probably the first time in a long time the Won has been in a supermarket or any store for that matter. He probably thinks food and other stuff is free for the taking.

    Even worse than a VA hospital, (this vet hopes he’ll never have to use that particular bennie) go to a Canadian ER sometime. It is positively third world. You’ll think you’re in Calcutta or Darfor.

  6. canary says:

    Wonder how long that Obama photo shoot took. Or was it imprompt and he didn’t even wash the apple off. YO mama Obama didn’t teach you? As much as he picks his nose, I hope they washed those apples.

  7. cbs2nd says:

    “Health Care Reform” is a thinly disguised attempt to build the base of the democratic party. The elderly mainly vote republican, so let’s take away their health care, make them decide how to die, and thus remove them from the voter pool. Then take tax funds to promote “healthy sexual decision” programs in conservative areas, telling good real American teenagers that it is okay, safe and legal abort their children, again reducing the potential conservative voters for future elections. A truly sick plot, but one clearly on the minds of the socialists in power.

  8. cbs2nd says:

    Just for honesty, as a comical social experiment I have been floating the above “exterminate conservative voters” theory to many conservative “real American” blogs, but they all saw it for what it was; a bogus theory written only to inflame the base passions of nutcase republicans. Even Fox Nation rejected it as ridiculous and didn’t post it. But you have posted it at the top of your “Buzz” column. I guess I reached the gullible base blog I was looking for.

  9. TheChicagoWay says:

    The first paragraph of this NYT spinfest points to the ridiculous lengths the press will go to cover for Obama and the left’s agenda. For example:

    “Opponents aggressively portray his overhaul plan as a government takeover that could limit Americans’ ability to choose their doctors”.

    Opponents are not “portraying” anything here…. They are simply reading the FACTS that are RIGHT THERE in black and white for everyone to see…Something that neither our first amendment protected press nor our elected officials are bothering to do… I am sick and tired of political coverage that is not about the laws being passed or debated, but how successful “the One” is in getting his agenda for America in place.. Now that the bubble is burst, perhaps we can get some reporting on the FACTS of the absurd cap and tax bill that has already been passed by the House, along with that fount of corruption known as “Stimulus” that is already law…..

    WAKE UP PRESS! Are you there? Hello? Hello? (Crickets chirping….)


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