March 29, 2012
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Civitas Poll Shows 7 of 10 Want Control of Care Decisions
Raleigh, N.C. – On Wednesday, March 28, the John W. Pope Civitas Institute released its latest health care poll data at the Obamacare Lunch & Learn. The poll clearly demonstrates that health care is an important issue to North Carolinians and that they want to be in charge of their health decisions, not the government.
When asked how important health care reform is when voting for the next president, 89 percent stated it was important whereas only 9 percent stated it was not important.
While health care reform is important to them, voters have mixed views on which party could handle health care reform better. Of the respondents, 33 percent thought Republicans could better handle health reform, 36 percent thought Democrats would do a better job, but 17 percent thought neither party could handle health care reform successfully.
North Carolina voters also strongly oppose the individual mandate provision of Obamacare, with 64 percent opposed to the individual mandate while only 29 percent supported it.
Voters clearly believe that individuals should remain in control of health care decisions, with 69 percent saying decisions about an individual’s health care and how they pay for it should be determined by the individual, while 15 percent said the decision should be at the federal level and 9 percent said at the state level.
“With the conclusion of the oral arguments and the U.S. Supreme Court decision looming, North Carolinians are more closely following the healthcare debate,” Civitas Director of Legislative Affairs Karen Duquette said. “While they aren’t convinced that either party can do the best job when it comes to health care reform, North Carolina voters overwhelmingly agree that health care decisions should be made by individuals and not the government.”
The Civitas Poll is the only regular live-caller poll of critical issues facing North Carolina. For more information on Civitas polling, see http://www.nccivitas.org/category/poll/.
Full text of questions:
As you may know, Obamacare includes a provision that will require all Americans who do not have health insurance to purchase it. If they choose to not get health insurance they will incur a penalty. Do you support or oppose that provision?
29% Total Support
64% Total Oppose
17% Strongly Support
12% Somewhat Support
14% Somewhat Oppose
50% Strongly Oppose
6% Don’t Know/ No Opinion
To the extent possible, do you think decisions about an individual’s healthcare and how they pay for healthcare, should be determined by…
69% The individual
9% The state level
15% The federal level
7% Don’t Know
Which party do you believe could handle health care reform better?
33% The Republican party
36% The Democratic party
9% Don’t Know
And when voting for our next president, how important is their view on healthcare reform to your overall decision to vote for them?
89% Very/ Somewhat Important
9% Not Very/ At All Important
55% Very Important
34% Somewhat Important
6% Not Very Important
3% Not at all Important
2% Don’t Know
For the full results and crosstabs, click here. This poll of 600 registered 2012 general election voters in North Carolina was conducted March 22-25, 2012 by National Research, Inc. of Holmdel, NJ. All respondents were part of a fully representative sample of registered 2012 general election voters in North Carolina. For purposes of this study, voters interviewed had to have voted in at least one of the past three general elections (2006, 2008, 2010) or be newly registered to vote since November 2, 2010.
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 at least one of the past three general elections or is newly registered since November 2, 2010.