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New SHNS/Suffolk Poll -- Slender Support for Individual Mandate

New SHNS/Suffolk Poll -- Slender Support for Individual Mandate

January 16, 2008

New State House News/Suffolk Poll out today on a host of political issues, one of them -- Do you support or oppose the provision of the state's health insurance law that imposes a fine on people who can afford to buy health insurance for themselves, but don't do so?
Support: 49.8
Oppose: 45.5
Don’t Know: 3.5
Refused: 1.2

Men oppose 46.3 to 48.5%, and women support 53.1 to 42.7%. All age cohorts support by slender margins, younger folks (18-39) the most, 51.5 to 46.1%. Higher education equals higher level of support.

Dems support 56.0 to 37.6%; Independents oppose 43.8 to 51.5%; Republicans support 50.0 to 47.5%.

Here’s the fun part: Hillary Clinton (who includes an individual mandate on adults in her health reform plan) backers barely support 47.4 to 47.1%; Barack Obama (who does not include an individual mandate – on adults – in his health reform plan) backers support 61.2 to 35.6. Go figure.