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Toplines - Public Option - August 17-18, 2009

National Survey of 1,000 Likely Voters
Conducted August 17-18, 2009

By Rasmussen Reports

1* How closely have you followed recent news stories about the public option in the health care debate?

58% Very closely
32% Somewhat closely
8% Not very closely
0% Not at all

2% Not sure

2* Suppose the President and Congressional Democrats decide not to include the public option in the final health care legislation. Would that make the legislation better, worse, or have no impact?

22% Better
41% Worse
19% No impact
18% Not sure

3* Think about the health care reform legislation currently being considered in Congress and suppose that the public option is dropped from the plan. Would you strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose, or strongly oppose the Congressional health care reform bill without a public option?

9% Strongly support

25% Somewhat support

30% Somewhat oppose

27% Strongly oppose

9% Not sure

4* Have you or a member of your family ever been turned down for coverage by a health insurance company because of a pre-existing illness or condition?

28% Yes
68% No
4% Not sure

NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.