Poll: 41% in Western WA say health reform goes too far

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by KING5.com

NWCN.com

Posted on March 22, 2010 at 4:40 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 22 at 5:13 PM

SEATTLE – A new KING 5 News poll finds most people in Western Washington think Congress went too far on health care reform and that they believe it will cost individuals more.

SurveyUSA polled 500 adults in KING-TV's viewing area.

Fourteen percent say health care should have been left alone. Forty-one percent say they wanted a change to health care, but that Congress went too far. Twenty-four percent say Congress didn't go far enough. Eighteen percent support Congress on the bill.

Asked whether they think the quality of health care they receive will change, 43 percent say it will get worse. Seventeen percent say it will get better while 35 percent say it will be about the same.

As for cost, 45 percent believe their own health care will cost more. Ten percent say it will decrease and 36 percent say it will stay about the same.

Fifty-three percent of those polled believe America is headed down the wrong track while 39 percent think the country is headed in the right direction.

More people approve of Pres. Barack Obama's job performance - 49 percent to 45 percent - but only 24 percent approve of the job Congress is doing. Seventy percent disapprove.

The margin of error on all the questions except for the job approval of Congress was ± 4.5 percent. The error margin on Congress' job approval was ± 4.1 percent.

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