A majority of Americans report that the economy and personal finances are the most important problems their families face, with health-care-related issues a distant second, according to a Franklin & Marshall College Poll released Feb. 12.
The poll finds that three in four of Americans (75 percent) who have health insurance rate their coverage as either “very good” or “good.” Meanwhile, three in four Americans (75 percent) believe that the country’s health-care system is in need of reform. A majority of citizens (59 percent) believe the health-reform bills being considered by Congress will make major changes to the country’s health-care system.
More registered Americans believe that President Barack Obama has better ideas for reforming health care (37 percent) than do Republicans in Congress (33 percent). In the September 2009 Franklin & Marshall College Poll, 47 percent of registered respondents believed the president had better ideas for health-care reform, while 21 percent felt Republicans did.
In other findings:
The interviews were conducted Feb. 2-8 at the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College and were overseen by Director G. Terry Madonna, Head Methodologist Berwood Yost and Project Manager Jennifer Harding. The data represent the responses of 920 adults in the United States—767 of them registered to vote. The sample error is plus or minus 3.2 percentage points for adults and plus or minus 3.5 percentage points for registered adults.
This is the second national Franklin & Marshall College Poll to focus on health-care policy, an area of academic strength for the College. Contributors to the poll included Senior Associate Dean of the Faculty, Vice Provost for Planning and Institutional Research and Professor of Economics Alan Caniglia; Professor of Economics Sean Flaherty; and The Honorable and Mrs. John C. Kunkel Professor of Government Joseph Karlesky.
For complete results, go to: www.fandm.edu/fandmpoll