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Majority of Americans Approve of President Obama's Handling of Afghanistan and National Security But Disapprove of Handling of Economic Issues, Per Franklin & Marshall College Poll With Hearst Television
Date:2/12/2010

d availability of health insurance coverage were significant problems for many adults during the past year. Nearly one in four (23%) adults report skipping a recommended test or medical treatment because of the cost, and one in five (21%) did not fill a medical prescription because of the cost. About one in five (19%) respondents say they were without health insurance coverage at some point during the previous 12 months.
  • Three in four (75%) Americans believe the country's healthcare system is in need of reform (compared to 79% in September 2009), and half (47%) of these respondents believe the system is in need of major reform. This equates to about one in three (35%) Americans who feel the nation's healthcare system needs major reform–about the same proportion as in September (37%).
  • A majority (59%) of Americans believes the bills being considered by the House and Senate would make major changes to the country's healthcare system. Americans are evenly split about whether they are satisfied (45%) or dissatisfied (45%) that healthcare reform has not yet passed.

  • The survey findings presented in this release are based on the results of interviews conducted February 2-8, 2010. The interviews were conducted at the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College under the direction of the poll's Director, G. Terry Madonna, PhD, Head Methodologist Berwood Yost, and Project Manager Jennifer Harding. The data included in this release represent the responses of 920 adults in the United States, and 767 of them are registered to vote. Telephone numbers for the survey were generated using random digit dialing, and respondents were randomly selected from within each household. Survey results were weighted (age, education, race, region, and
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