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Little Support for GOP Plan to Privatize Medicare: Poll
Date:6/13/2011

le)Total%Political AffiliationRep.Dem.Ind.%%%Oppose

28

18

38

29Favor

25

32

19

26Not sure

47

50

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45TABLE 4BFAVOR/OPPOSE PROPOSAL FOR MEDICARE VOUCHER (WHEN DESCRIBED AS REPUBLICAN PROPOSAL)"The Republicans in the House of Representatives have proposed to change the Medicare program so that the government would provide everyone who is eligible with a voucher that they could use to buy their own policies from private health insurance companies.  Would you favor or oppose this idea?"Base: All Adults (Split Sample)Total%Political AffiliationRep.Dem.Ind.%%%Oppose

35

14

52

36Favor

25

44

11

27Not sure

40

42

37

37TABLE 5PREFERRED ROLES OF GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE INSURANCE IN MEDICARE PROGRAM"In general, which one of the following options do you think would be best for the American people?"Base:  All AdultsTotalPolitical AffiliationPeople Aged 50 and OverRep.Dem.Ind.50-6465+%%

%

%

%

%The Medicare program we have now, where people can choose the government run program or a plan from a private health insurance company

48

48

53

45

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64A Medicare program solely run by private insurance companies

13

22

4

17

10

13A Medicare program solely provided by government

12

4

17

13

10

6Not sure

28

26

26

25

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17Percentages may not add up exactly to 100% due to roundingTABLE 6FAVOR/OPPOSE 8 PROPOSALS FOR SLOWING GROWTH OF MEDICARE SPENDING"Many experts believe that we will need to make some tough decisions to pay for, or at least slow down the rate of growth of Medicare costs in the future.  Would you favor or oppose each of the following proposals for doing this?"Base:  All AdultsFavorOpposeNot SureCutting the pr
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