Poll results (part 1)

The Newsday/News 12 Long Island/Siena Research Institute poll on health care. See parts 2 and 3 here. Scroll to the bottom for complete methodology.

Q26. Now turning to one specific issue, how closely have you been following the recent national debate over health care in the United States? Would you say you have been following it:
    Party Gender County Race Age Religion
  Total Dem Rep Ind M F Nas Suf White AA/Blk Hisp 18-34 35-54 55+ Cath Jew Prot Oth
Very closely 39% 36% 40% 39% 43% 35% 43% 35% 39% 36% 26% 21% 36% 49% 37% 57% 31% 40%
Somewhat closely 47% 48% 49% 45% 45% 49% 46% 49% 49% 43% 49% 51% 50% 43% 48% 40% 51% 47%
Not very closely 12% 14% 9% 13% 11% 14% 9% 15% 11% 16% 21% 25% 12% 6% 13% 3% 15% 12%
Not at all closely 2% 2% 1% 2% 2% 2% 2% 1% 2% 5% 4% 3% 2% 1% 3% 0% 2% 1%
Don't know/No opinion 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
                                     
Q27-Q32. For each of the following issues some have raised about our health care system, indicate whether you think it is a serious problem, a small problem, not very much of a problem or not a problem at all.
Q27. The cost of health care insurance.
    Party Gender County Race Age Religion
  Total Dem Rep Ind M F Nas Suf White AA/Blk Hisp 18-34 35-54 55+ Cath Jew Prot Oth
Serious problem 82% 90% 77% 78% 77% 87% 80% 84% 81% 90% 86% 75% 85% 81% 83% 80% 80% 82%
Small problem 12% 8% 13% 15% 16% 8% 13% 11% 12% 6% 14% 22% 11% 9% 10% 16% 13% 15%
Not very much of a problem 3% 1% 5% 4% 4% 3% 3% 3% 4% 2% 0% 3% 2% 5% 3% 2% 5% 2%
Not a problem at all 2% 1% 4% 2% 2% 2% 3% 2% 3% 0% 0% 0% 2% 4% 3% 1% 2% 1%
Don't know/No opinion 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 0% 1% 0% 1% 2% 0% 0% 1% 1% 1% 1% 0% 1%
 
Q28. The quality of care available to us on Long lsland.
    Party Gender County Race Age Religion
  Total Dem Rep Ind M F Nas Suf White AA/Blk Hisp 18-34 35-54 55+ Cath Jew Prot Oth
Serious problem 33% 43% 27% 28% 29% 38% 33% 33% 30% 57% 44% 42% 28% 36% 34% 32% 30% 37%
Small problem 18% 21% 16% 17% 16% 20% 17% 19% 17% 16% 28% 23% 17% 16% 18% 18% 21% 14%
Not very much of a problem 25% 23% 28% 26% 26% 24% 25% 26% 28% 20% 13% 17% 29% 25% 24% 26% 27% 27%
Not a problem at all 22% 12% 28% 28% 28% 16% 24% 20% 24% 5% 12% 16% 24% 22% 23% 23% 21% 20%
Don't know/No opinion 2% 2% 2% 1% 1% 2% 2% 2% 1% 2% 2% 1% 2% 1% 2% 0% 1% 2%
 
Q29. The number of people that do not have health insurance.
    Party Gender County Race Age Religion
  Total Dem Rep Ind M F Nas Suf White AA/Blk Hisp 18-34 35-54 55+ Cath Jew Prot Oth
Serious problem 69% 84% 56% 64% 58% 78% 67% 71% 66% 90% 88% 72% 68% 69% 67% 66% 68% 78%
Small problem 19% 11% 28% 19% 26% 12% 19% 19% 22% 2% 3% 19% 20% 18% 22% 21% 14% 16%
Not very much of a problem 6% 2% 8% 9% 6% 6% 7% 6% 6% 6% 7% 7% 5% 7% 5% 8% 10% 4%
Not a problem at all 4% 1% 6% 7% 7% 2% 5% 4% 4% 0% 3% 1% 5% 5% 5% 4% 4% 2%
Don't know/No opinion 2% 1% 2% 2% 2% 1% 2% 1% 2% 2% 0% 0% 2% 2% 2% 1% 4% 1%
 
Q30. The effect that health care costs are having on our economy.
    Party Gender County Race Age Religion
  Total Dem Rep Ind M F Nas Suf White AA/Blk Hisp 18-34 35-54 55+ Cath Jew Prot Oth
Serious problem 75% 82% 70% 71% 67% 82% 75% 74% 74% 83% 75% 73% 74% 76% 75% 69% 76% 73%
Small problem 17% 13% 19% 18% 24% 10% 16% 17% 17% 12% 11% 22% 17% 15% 17% 22% 13% 18%
Not very much of a problem 5% 2% 9% 5% 6% 5% 5% 5% 5% 3% 6% 3% 7% 4% 5% 7% 6% 5%
Not a problem at all 2% 0% 2% 3% 3% 1% 2% 2% 2% 0% 6% 3% 1% 2% 2% 1% 1% 2%
Don't know/No opinion 2% 2% 0% 3% 1% 2% 2% 1% 1% 2% 2% 0% 1% 3% 1% 2% 3% 2%
 
Q31. The profits that health care insurance companies realize.
    Party Gender County Race Age Religion
  Total Dem Rep Ind M F Nas Suf White AA/Blk Hisp 18-34 35-54 55+ Cath Jew Prot Oth
Serious problem 65% 75% 58% 58% 55% 73% 64% 65% 64% 70% 73% 58% 62% 71% 66% 64% 58% 66%
Small problem 19% 16% 23% 20% 23% 16% 20% 19% 20% 17% 16% 25% 22% 14% 19% 20% 18% 20%
Not very much of a problem 8% 5% 10% 8% 11% 5% 7% 8% 8% 8% 11% 12% 6% 7% 6% 7% 16% 5%
Not a problem at all 5% 1% 6% 8% 8% 2% 6% 4% 5% 1% 0% 2% 6% 4% 5% 7% 4% 3%
Don't know/No opinion 3% 2% 3% 5% 4% 3% 3% 4% 3% 5% 0% 3% 3% 4% 3% 1% 4% 6%
 
Q32. The practice of denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.
    Party Gender County Race Age Religion
  Total Dem Rep Ind M F Nas Suf White AA/Blk Hisp 18-34 35-54 55+ Cath Jew Prot Oth
Serious problem 81% 88% 76% 80% 77% 86% 82% 81% 81% 87% 87% 79% 80% 84% 81% 85% 74% 86%
Small problem 12% 9% 17% 11% 15% 10% 11% 14% 13% 7% 11% 16% 14% 9% 14% 9% 18% 6%
Not very much of a problem 3% 2% 3% 4% 5% 1% 4% 2% 3% 6% 0% 4% 3% 3% 2% 4% 5% 4%
Not a problem at all 2% 0% 2% 4% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 0% 0% 0% 2% 2% 2% 2% 1% 1%
Don't know/No opinion 1% 1% 2% 1% 1% 2% 1% 1% 1% 1% 2% 1% 1% 2% 1% 0% 2% 3%
 
Q33. Which is the single largest problem in your opinion that our health care system currently faces?
    Party Gender County Race Age Religion
  Total Dem Rep Ind M F Nas Suf White AA/Blk Hisp 18-34 35-54 55+ Cath Jew Prot Oth
The cost of health care insurance 36% 32% 41% 35% 37% 34% 36% 36% 38% 24% 27% 37% 38% 33% 39% 35% 30% 31%
The quality of care available to us on Long lsland 3% 3% 4% 3% 3% 4% 4% 2% 3% 5% 11% 3% 3% 4% 3% 5% 2% 4%
The number of people that do not have health insurance 23% 30% 19% 18% 20% 26% 22% 23% 20% 45% 42% 33% 21% 21% 22% 16% 25% 30%
The effect that health care costs are having on our economy 12% 12% 9% 14% 13% 11% 11% 12% 12% 11% 0% 8% 11% 13% 10% 18% 16% 7%
The profits that health care insurance companies realize 9% 9% 9% 9% 9% 9% 6% 11% 9% 1% 7% 2% 10% 10% 7% 12% 8% 13%
The practice of denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions 13% 12% 14% 14% 13% 12% 15% 10% 13% 12% 13% 15% 13% 12% 13% 12% 13% 12%
Don't know/No opinion 5% 3% 4% 7% 5% 5% 5% 5% 4% 2% 0% 1% 4% 7% 5% 2% 5% 3%
 
Q34. Overall, do you support or oppose health care reform legislation that is based upon the proposals outlined by President Obama?
    Party Gender County Race Age Religion
  Total Dem Rep Ind M F Nas Suf White AA/Blk Hisp 18-34 35-54 55+ Cath Jew Prot Oth
Support 47% 72% 22% 45% 44% 49% 47% 46% 41% 79% 63% 56% 45% 44% 39% 63% 48% 60%
Oppose 43% 18% 68% 45% 50% 37% 42% 45% 49% 7% 20% 33% 44% 47% 50% 33% 41% 30%
Don't know 10% 10% 11% 9% 6% 14% 11% 9% 9% 14% 17% 12% 10% 9% 11% 4% 11% 10%
 
Q35. Which of the following two positions more closely fits with your view?
    Party Gender County Race Age Religion
  Total Dem Rep Ind M F Nas Suf White AA/Blk Hisp 18-34 35-54 55+ Cath Jew Prot Oth
In order to fix health care in the United States, the government must get more involved in managing the health care system. 45% 68% 24% 42% 43% 47% 48% 43% 40% 75% 68% 63% 43% 41% 36% 63% 48% 61%
I believe the free market system is the best way to solve problems in our country. We need to promote competition and choice in the health care market place and keep the government out of health care as much as possible. 51% 29% 73% 53% 55% 48% 50% 53% 56% 24% 32% 37% 52% 56% 59% 35% 50% 36%
Don't know 3% 3% 3% 5% 2% 5% 2% 4% 4% 1% 0% 0% 5% 3% 4% 2% 1% 3%
 

The Newsday/News 12 Long Island/Siena Research Institute poll of 1,037 registered voters in Nassau and Suffolk was conducted Sept. 29-Oct. 7. The overall margin of error is +/- 3 percent. The margins of error are higher for individual minority groups because of their smaller numbers in the survey. For blacks, who constitute 10 percent of the total sample, the margin of error is +/- 9.6 percent; for Hispanics, who are 4 percent of the sample, the margin of error is 16 percent. Asians make up 1 percent of the sample, while whites constitute 77 percent of all the respondents.