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Voters Hold Less Fear of Government Health Care Decisions

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Voters for the first time are slightly less fearful of having their health care decisions made by the federal government than by private insurers.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 41% of Likely U.S. Voters now fear the federal government more than private insurance companies when it comes to health care decisions. But that’s down from 51% when Rasmussen Reports first asked the question in August 2009 and 48% this past June.

Slightly more voters (45%) now fear private insurance companies more than the government when it comes to health care decision-making. That compares to 41% in August 2009. Fourteen percent (14%) are not sure which they fear more. (To see survey question wording, click here.

The House is expected to vote to repeal the health care law this coming week. Voters overwhelmingly want to see the law changed, but there is substantial disagreement about how best to do it.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on January 11-12, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.


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