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More Poll Numbers on Massachusetts Health Care

More Poll Numbers on Massachusetts Health Care

June 19, 2005

University of Mass. poll (6/6 to 6/12/05) for MassInsight: (a little squirrel gave them to us.)

How much responsibility do you think state government has for keeping the state's health care system financially stable?
A lot: 47%; Some: 37%; Not Much: 9%; None: 4%

One proposal to increase access to healthcare coverage for the uninsured required increasing the cigarette tax by 50 cents a pack. How strongly would you support such a proposal?
Very Strongly: 63%; Somewhat Strongly: 13%; Not Very Strongly: 5%; Not at All: 17%

Today, many companies like Stop & Shop, CVS, and Home Depot do not offer health insurance to their part time workers. When these employees become ill, they use hospital emergency rooms and the state pays the bill. How strongly would you support the state assessing a tax on companies which do not offer health insurance for those employees who use the state's Free Care Pool?
Very Strongly: 55%; Somewhat Strongly: 26%; Not Very Strongly: 7%; Not at All: 10%.