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Subject: qotd: Rasmussen survey shows split on single payer
Date: Mon, 24 Dec 2012 11:29:41 -0800
From: Don McCanne <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Quote-of-the-Day <email@example.com>
December 17, 2012
40% Favor Single-Payer Health Care System, 44% Oppose
Forty percent (40%) of Likely U.S. Voters favor a single-payer system,
according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.
Forty-four percent (44%) oppose the creation of such a system. Sixteen
percent (16%) are undecided.
The question asked:
Do you favor or oppose a single-payer health care system where the
federal government provides coverage for everyone?
(Conducted December 10-11, 2012. Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3
percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.)
Comment: Rasmussen telephone surveys are noted for results
demonstrating right-wing bias. Understanding that, it is interesting
that the results of this poll demonstrated a near even split in public
support for single payer.
Several surveys from other sources have demonstrated closer to sixty
percent support for single payer. Considering the likely bias in this
poll, there does not seem to be any significant decline in support for
single payer even though the Affordable Care Act is already being
As people observe how many will be left uninsured and how ineffective
the plans will be in protecting personal finances, it can be anticipated
that support for single payer will continue to grow until it reaches a
threshold where it finally becomes a political imperative.