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Results From Pre-Election Surveys Published in NEJM Show Deep Concerns About State of Health Care With McCain and Obama Supporters Differing Sharply on Directions for New Administration
Date:10/30/2008

Opinion and Survey Research Mollyann Brodie, Ph.D.; Harvard Opinion Research Program Assistant Director Tami Buhr, A.M.; Kaiser Associate Director of Public Opinion and Survey Research Claudia Deane, M.A.; and Kaiser Public Opinion and Survey Research staff Sasha Buscho. A link to the article and the previous article in the series is available at http://www.kff.org/kaiserpolls/posr103008pkg.cfm, along with full results from the Kaiser/Harvard survey.

Methodology

Data for the NEJM article were drawn from a public opinion survey of registered voters designed and analyzed by researchers at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and Harvard School of Public Health. The survey of a nationwide sample of 1,622 self-described registered voters was conducted by telephone from September 10-21, 2008. The margin of sampling error for all registered voters is plus or minus three percentage points and plus or minus four percentage points for McCain and Obama voters. For results based on smaller subsets of respondents the margin of sampling error is somewhat higher. Note that sampling error is only one of many potential sources of error in this or any other public opinion poll. The findings also draw on the results of five surveys conducted with representative samples of the general public between February and September 2008 and five national election exit poll surveys of randomly selected voters conducted on presidential election days in 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004 by media organizations.

The Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit private operating foundation, based in Menlo Park, California, dedicated to producing and communicating the best possible information, research and analysis on health issues.

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