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Health News Index: October 2004

Now I’m going to read you a list of some stories covered by news organizations in the last month or so.  As I read each one, tell me if you happened to follow this news story very closely, fairly closely, not too closely, or not at all closely.  (First,) how closely did you follow this story…?

 

 

Total Closely

Very Closely

Fairly Closely

Total Not  Closely

Not too Closely

Not at all Closely

DK/ Ref.

Military action and peace keeping efforts in Iraq

 

88

63

26

11

6

5

*

Campaigns for the 2004 U.S. Presidential Election

 

78

48

29

22

13

9

*

The recent hurricanes that hit Florida and other states in the Southeast

 

92

65

27

8

6

2

*

An FDA study on the link between antidepressants and the risk of suicide in children

 

52

27

25

47

18

29

1

Reports of former President Bill Clinton’s heart bypass surgery

 

46

17

29

53

28

26

1

The start of a federal racketeering trial against large tobacco companies

 

28

12

17

71

25

46

1

A survey reporting an increase in the cost of employer-sponsored health insurance premiums

 

51

25

27

47

21

26

1

Stories about the 2004 U.S. presidential candidates’ proposals for making health care more available and more affordable

 

70

36

35

29

17

13

*

Reports on the debate over the importation of lower cost drugs from Canada and other countries

 

67

34

33

33

19

14

*

The withdrawal of the drug Vioxx from the market because of a study finding it increased the risk of heart attack and stroke

 

60

34

27

39

19

20

1

The nationwide shortage of flu vaccine

 

81

53

28

18

11

7

*

 

 

Survey by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Harvard School of Public Health. Methodology: Fieldwork conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates, October 14-17, 2004 and based on telephone interviews with a national adult sample of 1,202. 

 

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