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Confusion Declines, but Remains Widespread in KFF May Tracking Poll

Confusion over the new health reform law declined but remains widespread, with 44 percent of the public saying they were confused in May, compared to 55 percent in April. Moreover, more than a third of Americans (35%) say they do not understand what the impact of the law will be on themselves and their families, while 61 percent report feeling they do understand what that impact will be. Americans continue to report getting information about health reform from a wide variety of sources, including the news media, friends and medical professionals. More than half report having gotten information from friends and family (68%), or from cable (63%) or broadcast news programs (55%). Further breaking down those getting health reform information from cable news, 25 percent of Americans indicated their main cable source on this topic was FOX News, 22 percent named CNN and 6 percent MSNBC.”

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Americans continue to report getting information about health reform from a wide variety of sources, including the news media, friends and medical professionals. More than half report having gotten information from friends and family (68%), or from cable (63%) or broadcast news programs (55%). Further breaking down those getting health reform information from cable news, 25 percent of Americans indicated their main cable source on this topic was FOX News, 22 percent named CNN and 6 percent MSNBC.