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New Poll: Americans Still Confused by President Obama's Health Care Plan -- Siegel+Gale Survey Finds Dramatic Lack of Understanding of Basic Points in Plan, Even Among Democrats
Date:9/18/2009

s that Obama mentioned - fines to be levied on large companies that don't offer health insurance to their employees
  • Almost 20% of respondents answered that funding would come from a fine levied against wealthy individuals - an answer included in the survey questions that has never even been discussed
  • While health activists - online consumer health opinion leaders - were significantly more accurate than the average consumer on most points, the majority also reported a low understanding of the President's plan
  • Online health activists also confirmed that typical consumers they encountered online had a poor comprehension of the Obama health care plan
  • Taking the nation's temperature

    Conducted on the weekend following the President's September 9th speech, the Siegel+Gale survey asked respondents whether they understood the proposal, and inquired about its details based on President Obama's speech. Among the general population, just 36.9% said that they understood the President's plan. Of those who actually watched the September 9th address to Congress, the number was higher: 57.9% claimed to understand it. Yet even these respondents provided incorrect answers with surprising frequency.

    The Siegel+Gale poll reveals that many aspects of the proposal - particularly the impact it will have on the U.S. deficit - are widely misunderstood or not believed.

    Perhaps the most significant conclusion of the survey is that only 32.4% of the public actually supports the President's proposal at this time. Even among WEGO Health's health care activists - a group that leans predominantly Democratic according to the survey - fewer than hal
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