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Survey of Americans on Health Policy

Kaiser Family Foundation, Harvard University, Princeton Survey Research Associates, Health Policy Survey

Questionnaire and National Toplines
July 30, 1996

Final Topline

July 30, 1996

Methodology

The Kaiser/Harvard/PSRA survey was a national random sample conducted by telephone with 1,011 adults between June 20 and July 9, 1996. The margin of error is plus or minus 3 percent.

1. Looking ahead to the presidential election in November, what issue will be most important to you in deciding who to vote for?
(Record verbatim response for up to two mentions. Probe once, if necessary, for a 2nd mention)

Is there another issue that will be almost as important to you?

Total Republicans Democrats Independents 14% 13% 17% 14% Economy/Jobs 11% 17% 9% 10% Candidate characteristics 10% 6% 15% 9% Health care (excluding Medicare) 8% 10% 7% 7% Deficit/Government spending 8% 10% 6% 8% Taxes 6% 8% 5% 6% Abortion 5% 3% 6% 6% Crime/Guns/Violence 5% 2% 6% 3% Medicare 4% 4% 6% 4% Education 4% 6% 3% 4% Welfare 4% 2% 5% 5% Social Security 4% 5% 4% 4% Other issues 6% 5% 7% 5% None 32% 26% 29% 36% Don’t know/Don’t plan to vote
Note: Adds to more than 100% due to multiple responses.

2. Now thinking only about issues relating to health care (excluding Medicare), what specific issue, if any, will be of most concern to you in deciding who to vote for?
(Record verbatim response for up to two mentions. Probe once, if necessary, for an additional mention)

Is there any other specific health care problem that will matter almost as much in your voting decision?

Total mentions of those saying “Health Care in Q1”

Total Of Those Saying
“Health Care” in Q1 27% 25% Medicare 15% 18% Health care cost/Health insurance cost 14% 17% Health care availability/Access/Universal coverage 2% 7% Health care for children 4% 6% Government interference in choosing health care coverage (doctors) 12% 20% Other specific issues 3% 3% Health care in general 8% 4% None 26% 17% Don’t know/Don’t plan to vote
3. Do you think the health care system in this country is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same?

Total Republicans Democrats Independents 12% 15% 9% 15% Better 49 42 54 50 Worse 34 39 33 31 Same 4 3 4 3 Don’t know 100 4. Now, on another subject… I’m going to read you a list of concerns some people have. As I read each one, please tell me how much, if at all, it concerns you. (First/next), how concerned are you about…
(insert–read and rotate)

very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned, or not at all concerned?

Very
Concerned Somewhat
Concerned Not Too
Concerned Not At All
Concerned DK/
Refused a. Being unable to save enough money to put a child through college 48% 18% 10% 22% 2% =100 b. Losing your job or taking a cut in pay 39% 16% 15% 28% 2% =100 c. Being unable to afford mental health care if you or a family member needs help 43% 28% 16% 13% * =100 d. Becoming a victim of crime 41% 32% 19% 7% 1% =100 e. Your taxes getting too high 65% 25% 7% 2% 1% =100 f. Being unable to afford necessary health care when a family member gets sick 61% 18% 13% 8% * =100 g. Life for our children not being better than it has been for us 71% 20% 5% 3% 1% =100 h. Being unable to take care of your parents, grandparents, or spouse if they need long-term care 59% 21% 7% 10% 3% =100 i. You or your spouse losing your health insurance coverage 53% 16% 15% 13% 3% =100 j. Government interfering too much in your life 46% 29% 18% 6% 1% =100 k. Being unable to get adequate health insurance if you change jobs 56% 15% 11% 12% 6% =100 l. Your family’s income not keeping up with the cost of living 58% 25% 11% 5% 1% =100 5. Next, I’m going to read you some words and phrases and ask you to describe your overall feelings toward each one. If I name something you’re not familiar with, please say so. (First,) how would describe your overall feelings toward …
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very positive, somewhat positive, neutral, somewhat negative, or very negative? Next, how about…

Very
Positive Somewhat
Positive Neutral Somewhat
Negative Very
Negative Not
Familiar
With
Term DK/
Refused a. Health care reform 26% 21% 21% 20% 8% 2% 2% =100 b. Medicaid 20% 22% 26% 16% 9% 5% 2% =100 c. Welfare 11% 13% 17% 32% 25% 0% 2% =100 d. A balanced budget for the federal government 30% 17% 19% 16% 14% 1% 3% =100 e. Medicare 29% 21% 26% 15% 7% 1% 1% =100 f. Managed care 8% 16% 26% 14% 7% 25% 4% =100 g. Medical savings account 14% 17% 20% 6% 6% 35% 2% =100 h. For-profit health care 8% 16% 26% 15% 8% 24% 3% =100 i. Universal health care coverage 18% 24% 19% 14% 7% 16% 2% =100 j. Health Maintenance Organization or H-M-O 12% 25% 23% 19% 9% 9% 3% =100

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