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Independent Voters Remain Worried about Health Care
Date:2/8/2008

than Democrats (37 percent to 32 percent).

Almost two-thirds (65 percent) of those surveyed said they find the current health care system lacking, down from 70 percent in September. Democrats (44 percent) are twice as likely as Republicans to rate the system as poor or very poor, though figures fell somewhat on that question for both parties. Among those most likely to rate the system as poor or very poor are minorities (47 percent) and the less affluent (39 percent with household incomes less than $50,000.

Significantly more Democrats, however, expressed satisfaction with presidential candidates' health care proposals in the second survey, rising from 34 percent to 47 percent. Republicans expressing satisfaction with their candidates on health care remained steady at 32 percent, but those dissatisfied rose to 49 percent, from 45 percent. Independents expressing dissatisfaction rose slightly, to 47 percent.

Respondents asked to rank candidates on the basis of their health care proposals alone continued to rank Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York first (20 percent, vs. 23 percent in September). Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois was second, rising from 8 percent to 11 percent. None of the Republican candidates reached the double digits or emerged clearly ahead of the others.

When survey respondents were asked which presidential candidate they would rather have assume a number of different roles, on the Democratic side, Senator Clinton took the top spot in all categories. The respondents were asked: Which presidential candidate would you rather have:

-- Overseeing their personal care if they needed an operation

(Clinton: 18%)

-- Keeping them company if they were in the hospital (Clinton: 18%)

-- Acting as their personal advocate in a dispute with an insurance

company (Clinton: 24%)

-- Leading the coordination of recovery after a natural disaster

(Clinton: 18%)

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