Polls and Statistics

Only 21% Say U.S. Government Has Consent of the Governed

Originally Posted At InformationClearingHouse.com
By Rasmussen Reports 
February 19, 2010

"Rasmussen Reports " ---- The founding document of the United States, the Declaration of Independence, states that governments derive “their just powers from the consent of the governed.” Today, however, just 21% of voters nationwide believe that the federal government enjoys the consent of the governed.

CNN poll: 52% say Obama doesn't deserve reelection in 2012

Originally Posted At The Hill
By Michael O'Brien
February 16, 2010

52 percent of Americans said President Barack Obama doesn't deserve reelection in 2012, according to a new poll.

44 percent of all Americans said they would vote to reelect the president in two and a half years, less than the slight majority who said they would prefer to elect someone else.

Seniors Most Skeptical Of Healthcare Reform
More seniors think reform law would be harmful, not beneficial, to them

Originally Posted At Gullup.com
By Lydia Saad
July 31, 2009

PRINCETON, NJ -- Seniors are the least likely of all age groups in the U.S. to say that healthcare reform will benefit their personal healthcare situation. By a margin of three to one, 36% to 12%, adults 65 and older are more likely to believe healthcare reform will reduce rather than expand their access to healthcare. And by 39% to 20%, they are more likely to say their own medical care will worsen rather than improve.

Poll: Regroup on health care, most say

Originally Posted At USA Today
January 22, 2010

WASHINGTON — A majority of Americans say President Obama and congressional Democrats should suspend work on the health care bill that has been on the verge of passage and consider alternatives that would draw more Republican support, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds.

Fear of Losing Private Health Insurance Trumps 'Public Option'

Originally Posted At The Rasmussen Report
October 4, 2009

 Sixty-three percent (63%) of voters nationwide say guaranteeing that no one is forced to change their healthinsurance coverage is a higher priority than giving consumers the choice of a "public option" health insurance company. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 29% take the opposite view. They say it’s more important to give people a government-sponsored non-profit health insurance option. Most liberal voters say giving people the choice of a public option is more important.

Support for Health Care Plan Hits New Low

Originally Posted At Rasmussen Reports
September 28, 2009

Just 41% of voters nationwide now favor the health care reform proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats. That’s down two points from a week ago and the lowest level of support yet measured. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 56% are opposed to the plan. Senior citizens are less supportive of the plan than younger voters. In the latest survey, just 33% of seniors favor the plan while 59% are opposed. The intensity gap among seniors is significant. Only 16% of the over-65 crowd Strongly Favors the legislation while 46% are Strongly Opposed.

Montanans Not Backing Baucus' Work On Health Care

Originally Posted At The Huffington Post
By Sam Stein
August 22, 2009

Montanans are not terribly keen on the job that home state Senator Max Baucus is doing on health care reform, according to a new Daily Kos/Research 2000 poll. Only 42 percent of Montana residents -- and 34 percent of Democrats -- said they favored the work Baucus had done in shepherding health care legislation through the Senate Finance Committee. Forty-four percent of respondents said they disapproved, according to the poll of more than 600 people in the state.

President Obama’s Approval Rating Sinks

Originally Posted At Red-State
By Dan Perrin
August 18, 2009


President Obama’s approval ratings have taken a further downward swing, among likely voters, not among “adults” that the national media uses to inflate the polling results in President Obama’s favor. What is also interesting is that 54% of Americans — among likely voters — believe it would be better if Congress did nothing at all on health reform.

Poll: Seniors Oppose Obamacare Plans

Originally Posted At News Max
By Dan Weil
August 11, 2009 

Senior citizens – one of the groups that President Obama’s healthcare reform is supposed to help the most – are overwhelmingly opposed to his plan. A lower percentage of seniors expect the reform plan to benefit them personally than any other age group, according to a recent Gallup poll.

WRAPUP 2-Obama vows to pass U.S. healthcare reform

Originally Posted At Reuters India
By John Whitesides and Donna Smith 
August 6, 2009

* Polls show growing doubt about healthcare plans
* Obama says will consider dropping bipartisan push
* Senate Finance negotiators meet again (Adds Baucus quote)
WASHINGTON, Aug 5 (Reuters) - Despite polls showing growing public doubts about his healthcare overhaul, U.S. President Barack Obama vowed on Wednesday to get a reform bill through Congress this year even without Republicans on board.


Americans on Healthcare Reform: Top 10 Takeaways
Key findings from Gallup surveys

Originally Posted At Gallup
By Frank Newport

PRINCETON, NJ -- A review of public opinion research on healthcare reform reveals that Americans may have hit the slowdown button. One primary cause for this appears to be public concerns about cost, but there are a number of additional elements involved. The bottom line is a sense that, while Americans apparently favor some type of healthcare reform in the long term, they are in no hurry to see healthcare reform legislation passed in the short-term on a rushed schedule.

49% Oppose Health Care Reform Plan, 46% Favor It

Originally Posted At Ramussen Report
July 13, 2009

Forty-nine percent (49%) of U.S. voters now at least somewhat oppose the healthcare reform plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats, while 46% at least somewhat favor it, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Just two weeks ago, 50% were for the reform plan, and 45% were opposed. The “nays” also continue to have the edge in terms of intensity. While 22% strongly favor the Democrats’ health care reform plan, 38% strongly oppose it, up four points from the previous survey.


Public Wary of Deficit, Economic Intervention

Originally Posted At The Wall Street Journal
By Laura Meckler
June 18, 2009

WASHINGTON -- After a fairly smooth opening, President Barack Obama faces new concerns among the American public about the budget deficit and government intervention in the economy as he works to enact ambitious health and energy legislation, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds.

Census Bureau Presents Latest Facts about Senior Citizens for Older Americans Month

Originally Posted At Senior Journal
May 29, 2009

A meeting with the National Council of Senior Citizens resulted in President John F. Kennedy designating May 1963 as Senior Citizens Month, encouraging the nation to pay tribute in some way to older people across the country. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter’s proclamation changed the name to Older Americans Month, a time to celebrate those 65 and older through ceremonies, events and public recognition. 37.9 million; The number of people 65 and older in the United States on July 1, 2007. This age group accounted for 13 percent of the total population. Between 2006 and 2007, this age group increased by 635,000 people.

Survey: Average Wait for a Doctor Appointment Over Two Months in Some Cities
Waits Longest in Boston, Shortest in Atlanta

Originally Posted At PR News Wire 
May 6, 2009

IRVING, Texas, May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Need to see a family physician, dermatologist or an ob/gyn? Get in line, because it could take months to schedule an appointment, according to a new survey. Conducted by Merritt Hawkins & Associates, a national physician search and consulting firm and an AMN Healthcare company, the survey of 1,162 medical offices tracks the average time needed to schedule a doctor appointment in 15 large metropolitan areas. The survey reports average doctor appointment wait times in five different medical specialties: cardiology, dermatology, obstetrics/gynecology, orthopedic surgery and family practice...

55% of Americans Are Populist, 7% Support the Political Class

Originally Posted on Rasmussen Report
Friday, March 20, 2009 

There has been a lot of talk recently about populist outrage at the corporate and political shenanigans surrounding the financial bailout. As a result, Rasmussen Reports created a tool to measure the differing views of the Political Class and Mainstream America...


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