Kaiser: December HCR Opinion Looks Like August

12/18/2009 12:01 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The Kaiser Family Foundation has just released its latest tracking survey. Although a majority (54%) still say it "is more important than ever to take on health care reform now (41% choose the alternative, "we cannot afford to take on health care reform now), the December survey shows a "dip on several measures" of health care reform:

The number of Americans who say they personally will be better off if reform passes fell to 35 percent in December, down from 42 percent last month. Meanwhile, 27 percent say they will be worse off, and 32 percent said they don't expect to see much of a difference. Similarly, 45 percent say the country would be better off if health care reform passes down from 54 percent in November. This compares to 31 percent who say the country will be worse off and 17 percent who see no impact. Public opinion in December looks more like it did in August, the last time this debate became so contentious.


In addition to their usual tracking measures, this month's survey also includes open-ended questions asking respondents to offer the "main ways" that their families would be better or worse off if health reform passes (see the toplines for coded results). Their summary of key findings (which includes selected verbatim responses from those open-ends) is well worth the click).