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Poll: Stupid People Support Public Option

From those push-pullers at Reuters:

Thomson Reuters Survey: Most Americans Support Public Option in Healthcare Reform Legislation but Are Skeptical Healthcare Will Improve in 2010

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ — A majority of Americans support a "public option" in healthcare reform legislation, but most lack confidence that the cost, quality, value or accessibility of medical care will improve in the next year, according to a survey released today by Thomson Reuters.

Sixty percent of survey respondents said they believe a public option should be included in final healthcare reform legislation. Only about one in five, however, believes the cost, quality or value of care will improve in the next 12 months. Twenty-three percent said they expect access to care to improve.

The results are from a telephone survey of 2,999 households conducted from November 9-17 — a segment of the Thomson Reuters PULSE Healthcare Survey, the largest and longest-running survey of its kind. Each year, PULSE polls more than 100,000 U.S. households about healthcare behaviors, attitudes and utilization.

Here are the key findings:

  • 18 percent of survey respondents said they expect to spend less on healthcare a year from now.
  • 21 percent believe the quality of care will improve in the next 12 months.
  • 18 percent believe the value of care delivered will be better in a year.
  • 23 percent believe it will be easier for people to receive the care they need a year from now.
  • 60 percent of Americans believe a public option should be included in final healthcare legislation. There are sharp divisions, however, along party lines: 86 percent of Democrats support the public option versus 57 percent of Independents and 33 percent of Republicans.

The survey is nationally representative and the margin of error is 1.8 percent.

How can anyone who has been sitting up and taking notice for any of the last fifty years believe that anything would be cheaper, better and easier once the government takes it over?

And why should we care what such amazingly uninformed people think?

All this poll shows is that most obdurately stupid people want the government to take care of them.

What else is new?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, December 3rd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

16 Responses to “Poll: Stupid People Support Public Option”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Maybe they should stop taking their surveys at Shoney’s and Walmart.

  2. U NO HOO says:

    Again, one half of “any” population is below the average and/or mean.

  3. proreason says:

    Don’t believe any poll that asks a question more sophisticated than do you prever Mr. X over Mr. Y.

    They can get any result they want by the way they word the question.

    They poll test the questions before they take the polls.

  4. TerryAnne says:

    How can 77-82 percent of those polled say that this whole health care plan will make things worse, but then almost 50 percent of those “naysayers” turn around and say that the public option is where it’s at?

    Do these editors not read over their “findings” and see how dumb it looks? Or is this another scientific smudging?

  5. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Pollster at the mall to Joe Bag O’Donuts.

    “Do you like paying medical bills or do you have trouble meeting those costs because it’s all Bush’s fault?”

    Kind of those, “Do you walk to school or carry your lunch?” type of questions.

    • U NO HOO says:

      You sound like my deceased father-in-law.

      Were you born in this country or Philadelphia?

      “Do you walk to school or carry your lunch?””

      Uphill both ways thru 3 feet of snow without shoes or socks.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Nah, just parroting things I’ve heard in the past. I spent a year in Philadelphia one afternoon. Suffice to say it tainted me for life…never want to go back….for anything.

      The point I think I was trying to make is the leading and pre-contexted questions they were probably asking in these polls. Given that a good sampling of what happens can be observed with Jay Leno’s “Jay-walking” exploits, you can easily find those who are uninformed, self-absorbed and with a cellphone glued to their thumbs for text-messaging.

      Much as I hate to admit it, the libs have a captive audience and for conservatives to thrive, work is required whereas the dems are quite happy to let themselves be told what to do, when to do it, how, etc…and even why. Independent thought is what scares them the most and history has shown them already that when you get a majority to think a certain way, even if it’s totally dead wrong, things happen. Thus the push to make every crisis of religious proportions from AGW, healthcare, etc etc etc….and then they have a crapload of zealots who just obey to the whims of the thought-masters.

      I was always taught to be skeptical; Even of something I want to be true in the most powerful way. That, in fact, was the time to be the MOST skeptical.

      Hopefully, critical thinking will again rise and become the cornerstone of this nation. But it’ll take some time.

  6. Thomson Reuters Survey: let me guess, they polled Obama voters?

  7. eaglewingz08 says:

    Since none of the changes in the system would happen for FOUR YEARS, how anyone could believe anything would get BETTER in ONE year is completely out of the loop on the details of the legislation. Indeed, since the massive taxes would start IMMEDIATELY, only thing that would happen would be increased costs for health insurance and taxes to fund the foreseeably absent health deformation plan. Second, this poll is from Reuters so it is an immediate trash bin poll. Everything coming from Reuters is so far left in orientation that it is not a credible source for anything.

  8. GetBackJack says:

    Here’s how obdurately stupid these people are …

    Everyone’s arguing over how to make “insurance” affordable.

    No one’s arguing for making the product itself – medical care – as affordable as a cell phone or laptop.

    Computers are not necessary. Medical services are. Computers were once the reigning kings of cost, so costly, so vastly expensive to build and operate that only Governments could afford to do so. Then only the largest corporations. Then only the largest university systems. Then only the biggest colleges. As each year passed and more competition arrived the cost of computers steadily declined even as their productivity and accessibility vastly increased.

    Until today … the horsepower in this laptop Powerbook is beyond the wildest imaginations of men whom I knew (as a grade schooler) who built and installed the first IBM series 7000(s). So large and twitchy entire climate conditioned rooms had to be built to house them.

    If something so complex as a computer and associated software – which is not necessary for your survival, whereas an emergency gallbladder removal is – can be cost engineered down to the level of any ghetto dummy can get their hands on one …


    It’s not insurance we should be debating.

    It’s the cost of the damned product itself.

    • proreason says:

      The problem IS insurance.

      It masks the cost of the product (i.e., medical services, facilities, equipment and medicine).

      Turn Health Insurance from an entitlement back into insurance (like insuring your house or your life), and you get a major cost benefit.

      But the bigger benefit is that without insurance standing in the way, the costs of medicine are revealed.

      And then, as you say GetBack, the prices would fall like rocks.

      Ms. Reason recently had back surgery. I could write a book, but here are a few salient facts:

      – Despite weeks of effort, I was unable to determine up-front what any element of the price would be. (and i’m not used to taking ‘we don’t know’ for an answer).
      – The gross price, once the bills came in was eye-popping. Ms Reason would have had to be one breath away from death for me to have agreed to pay it myself.
      – The final price paid, was 22% of what the gross price was stated as. Mind-boggling. The most extreme example was a $17,000 bill that was paid off at $300 by the insurance company. Mind-boggling.

      In short, every element of the price of the surgery was a black box, it was impossible to figure it out, and each element was a fantasy anyway.

      There was zero connection to reality.

      There is zero chance for cost reform unless that is solved.

      And of course, Obamy’s Health Scare bill doesn’t address the real problem in any way.

  9. VMAN says:

    1000 men were asked “Do you still beat your wife” 1000 men said “NO” the conclusion is, of course, that 100% of men beat their wife. I gotta ask what the questions were? If you want to put a knot in their shorts just say that you don’t agree with the premise of there question. If you’re taking a survey in person you’ll get a “Deer in the head lights” look and if it’s on the phone you will probably get a long silence followed by “CLICK”

  10. Right of the People says:

    To quote that famous academic mind, Forrest Gump:

    “Stupid is as stupid does.”

    Apply, rinse, repeat.

  11. Tater Salad says:

    This poll sounds a “little fishy” because I live just 7 miles from Ann Arbor and most of the people around me believe that the public option is wrong for America. Healthcare insurance reform is needed but it should not include any type of government intervention. Keep it private and competition across state lines and tort reform will do the trick to bring costs down.


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