Raleigh, N.C. – Sixty-three percent of North Carolina voters support legislation to protect their right to opt out of the federal health care law, according to a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute.
Sixty-three percent of voters think the North Carolina Legislature should pass a law to protect patients’ rights and prohibit forcing them into participating in a health insurance plan. Twenty-five percent said such a law should not be passed, and 11 percent said they do not know.
“The legislation proposed by Republicans in the North Carolina House is very popular,” said Civitas Institute President Francis De Luca. “Voters want to retain their freedom to choose when it comes to health care insurance and health care decisions.”
Looking at party registration, there is unanimous support as Republican (72 percent yes-17 percent no) and Democratic voters (58 percent yes-30 percent no) said the state Legislature should pass a law to protect patients’ rights. Unaffiliated voters also agree by a 56 percent-29 percent margin.
Fifty percent of voters said they have a generally unfavorable opinion of the new health care law given what they know about it. Forty-one percent said their opinion is favorable, and 6 percent said they have no opinion.
“Even with the passage of time voters still have an unfavorable view of the federal health care legislation passed last year,” added De Luca. “Citizens of North Carolina have consistently rejected this intrusive and overreaching piece of legislation.”
The Civitas Poll is the only monthly live-caller poll of critical issues facing North Carolina. For more information on Civitas polling see www.nccivitas.org/media/poll-results/.
Full text of questions:
“As you may know, the new federal health care reform bill was signed into law last year. Given what you know about the new health care law, do you have a generally favorable or unfavorable opinion of it?”
Total Favorable – 41%
Total Unfavorable – 50%
Very Favorable – 19%
Somewhat Favorable – 22%
Somewhat Unfavorable – 12%
Very Unfavorable – 38%
No Opinion – 6%
Do Not Know – 2%
“A number of state legislatures have passed or are considering laws to protect the rights of patients to pay directly for medical services, and prohibit forcing citizens into participating in a health insurance plan. Should the North Carolina Legislature pass such a law to protect the rights of North Carolina citizens?”
Yes – 63%
No – 25%
Do Not Know – 11%
This poll of 600 registered general election voters in North Carolina was conducted January 19-20 by National Research, Inc. of Holmdel, NJ. All respondents were part of a fully representative sample of registered voters in North Carolina. For purposes of this study, voters interviewed had to have voted in two of the past four general elections or were newly registered to vote since 2008.
The confidence interval associated with a sample of this size is such that: 95 percent of the time, results from 600 interviews (registered voters) will be within +-4% of the “True Values.” True Values refer to the results obtained if it were possible to interview every person in North Carolina who had voted in two of the past four general elections or were newly registered to vote since 2008.