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Published:October 9th, 2009 16:00 EST
Health Care: Battleground or Common Ground?

Health Care: Battleground or Common Ground?

By SOP newswire2

A new survey of American attitudes toward health care reform will be released at 2PM today in an event at the Brookings Institution. The survey of 1400 Americans was conducted by (WPO), a public opinion project managed by the University of Maryland`s Program on International Policy Attitudes, in cooperation with the Brookings Institution.

The data present a new and complex portrait of how Americans view health care reform and the policy debate surrounding this polarizing issue.

"Our research illustrates that the current partisan debate is fracturing the public consensus on the role of government in health care and alienating many Americans. The good news, however, is that among the American public, Republicans and Democrats alike, is still able to find common ground on specific reforms, including a limited public option," said Steven Kull, director of WPO said.

William Galston, senior fellow in Governance Studies at Brookings, observes that "while many Americans support specific reform proposals, this support is compromised by an underlying lack of confidence in government."

The poll of 1400 Americans was fielded from September 26, 2009 to October 5, 2009 by Knowledge Networks, a polling, social science, and market research firm in Menlo Park, Calif., with a stratified random sample of its large-scale nationwide research panel. This panel itself has been randomly recruited from the national population of households having telephones; households without internet access are subsequently provided with free web access and an internet appliance. Thus the panel is not limited to those who already have home internet access.  [Read More...]