Poll: N. Carolinians want healthcare reform

March 19, 2010 3:52:41 PM PDT
As the big showdown in Washington over healthcare reform drags on, Elon University asked North Carolinians what they think.

A poll done between March 14 - 17 shows the majority believe the nation's healthcare system is in need of change:

  • Is in need of reform: 78 percent
  • Fine the way it is: 15 percent
  • Needs something done, just not by the government: 6 percent

Those who favor reform were given three choices on the direction of reform. Almost half favored more government involvement:

  • Government isn’t going far enough: 48 percent
  • Government is going too far: 23 percent
  • Health insurance is a private sector issue: 17 percent
  • None of these: 12 percent

Elon said North Carolinians are evenly split on whether there should be a national insurance plan paid for by the federal government that pays most medical and hospital costs for all citizens.

When asked if the federal government should offer a public insurance plan option, more than half (53 percent) supported it, while 37 percent opposed.

For more information on this poll, visit www.elon.edu/elonpoll

The poll had a sample size of 579 North Carolina residents with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.

CIVITAS poll says voters oppose current bill

Meanwhile, a separate poll released Friday by the conservative leaning Civitas Institute says North Carolina voters don't like the current health reform bill now in Congress.

It says it polled 600 North Carolinians a month ago.

50 percent of voters said they were opposed to the current health care plan being proposed.

39 percent of voters said they support the proposal

Eleven percent of voters were unsure.

Click here for full results

The Civitas poll was conducted Feb. 16-18 by Tel Opinion Research of Alexandria, Virginia. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percent.

PPP poll gets similar results

And a more recently done poll by the left leaning Public Policy Polling shows similar results.

Its poll done March 17-18 found 58 percent of voters oppose the current health care bill. Just 35 percent approve.

Complete results can be found at www.publicpolicypolling.com.

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