Monday, August 3, 2009

Confidence in US Health Care System High

Rasmussen has a new poll showing confidence in the US health care system growing. The current discussions over health care reform must have led people to reconsider what they like about their own health care. Currently 80% who have health care insurance rate it is as excellent. This is up from 70% in May. Overall 48% of voters rate their care as good or excellent. In May just 35% rated the health care system as good or excellent.

There is a huge partisan divide in perceptions of US health care:
There is a huge partisan gap on perceptions of the U.S. health care system. Seven-out-of-10 Republicans rate it as good or excellent, but only one-of-four Democrats agree. Among those not affiliated with either major political party, 53% rate the current system as good or excellent while just 18% say it’s poor.

Over the past few months, as the health care reform debate has raged, confidence in the current system has increased significantly among Republicans and unaffiliated voters. There has been little change among Democrats.
One figure that has shown little change, however, is only 28% say they are willing to pay new taxes for health care, with 60% opposed to new taxes. Overall 78% believe that passage of health care reform will result in higher taxes on the middle class.

Hat Tip: Hot Air

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