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New NPR/Kaiser/Harvard Poll Examines Public’s Views of the Role of Health Care Interest Groups in the Health Care Debate

This survey conducted jointly by NPR, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and the Harvard School of Public Health examines the public’s views and opinions of the role of health care interest groups in the ongoing federal health care debate. The survey examines whether people feel their views are represented in the ongoing legislative process and their level of trust in different groups.

The survey is part of a series of projects about health-related issues by NPR, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, and the Harvard School of Public Health. Representatives of the three organizations worked together to develop the survey questionnaire and to analyze the results, with NPR maintaining editorial control over its broadcasts on the surveys.

The survey was conducted in the midst of the federal health care debate from August 27 through September 13, 2009. A nationally representative sample of 1,278 adults were interviewed by landline (858) and cell phone (420, including 154 who had no landline telephone). The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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