Thursday, November 29, 2012

Majority of Americans now say they don't want government involved in healthcare, Gallup Poll, 11/15-11/18/12

11/28/12, "In U.S., Majority Now Against Gov't Healthcare Guarantee," Gallup Poll

"For the first time in Gallup trends since 2000, a majority of Americans say it is not the federal government's responsibility to make sure all Americans have healthcare coverage. Prior to 2009, a majority always felt the government should ensure healthcare coverage for all, though Americans' views have become more divided in recent years.

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The current results are based on Gallup's annual Health and Healthcare poll, conducted Nov. 15-18 this year.

The shift away from the view that the government should ensure healthcare coverage for all began shortly after President Barack Obama's election and has continued the past several years during the discussions and ultimate passage of the Affordable Care Act in March 2010. Americans are divided on that legislation today -- 48% approve and 45% disapprove -- as they have been over the last several years.

Republicans, including Republican-leaning independents, are mostly responsible for the drop since 2007 in Americans' support for government ensuring universal health coverage. In 2007, 38% of Republicans thought the government should do so; now, 12% do. Among Democrats and Democratic leaners there has been a much smaller drop, from 81% saying the government should make sure all Americans are covered in 2007 to 71% now.

One thing that has not changed is that Americans still widely prefer a system based on private insurance to one run by the government. Currently, 57% prefer a private system and 36% a government-run system, essentially the same as in 2010 and 2011. Prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, the percentage of Americans in favor of a government-run system ranged from 32% to 41%."...via Rush Limbaugh


In April 2012 Obama campaign manager Axelrod complained publicly about Gallup methodology that showed Romney ahead. After Gallup declined to change its methods, Obama DOJ sued Gallup on another matter.The election's over but there's a negative poll on ObamaCare, per above, and a new attack on Gallup by the White House:

11/28/12, "Gallup accused of bilking government," Washington Post, S. Horwitz

"The Justice Department accused the Gallup
Organization on Wednesday of bilking federal agencies out of millions of dollars by routinely inflating prices for contracts.

The 57-page civil complaint says that Gallup, the world’s best-known polling organization, inflated estimates for the number of hours that it would take to perform its polling services for the Treasury and State departments. The Justice Department accused Gallup of submitting false invoices totaling $13 million."...


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