Poll: Most people have little to no knowledge of what's in health bill

Poll: Most people have little to no knowledge of what's in health bill

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Marcelas Owens, 11, from Seattle, watches as President Barack Obama signs the health care bill, Tuesday, March 23, 2010, in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

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by KING5.com Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on March 23, 2010 at 4:34 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 23 at 5:51 PM

SEATTLE – More than two-thirds of Washington residents have moderate to no knowledge of what's in the health care bill that was signed into law Tuesday, according to a new KING 5 News poll, while 30 percent say they have moderate to strong knowledge.

The poll of 500 adults conducted statewide by SurveyUSA also found that 44 percent of Washington adults want the state to sue to repeal the part of the law that forces Americans to buy health insurance. Forty percent say the state should not sue. But, the margin of error of 4.5 percent means it could go either way.

Respondents were asked to rank on a scale from 1 to 10 their understanding of the new law, with 10 meaning "you understand what is in the new law completely" and 1 meaning "you have absolutely no idea what is in the new law." Here are the results:

  • 1 – 29 percent
  • 2 – 14 percent
  • 3 – 10 percent
  • 4 – 6 percent
  • 5 – 11 percent
  • 6 – 7 percent
  • 7 – 4 percent
  • 8 – 5 percent
  • 9 – 9 percent
  • 10 – 5 percent

To break that down further, 54 percent make up the 1-3 group and 70 percent make up the 1-5 group. 30 percent make up the 6-10 group. The average was 4.1.

For a complete breakdown of this poll, including age, income, education and party affiliation, click here.

Respondents were also asked to rank the quality of the health care they have now, with 10 being best possible and 1 being worst possible.

  • 1 – 16 percent
  • 2 – 4 percent
  • 3 – 4 percent
  • 4 – 4 percent
  • 5 – 13 percent
  • 6 – 10 percent
  • 7 – 10 percent
  • 8 – 17 percent
  • 9 – 12 percent
  • 10 – 10 percent

So, 59 percent say they have health care ranking from moderate to the best possible while 41 percent say they have moderate to the worst possible health care. The average was 5.9.

Finally, those polled were asked to rank the quality of health care that they think will be available to them under the new law, with 10 being the best possible and 1 being the worst possible.

  • 1 – 20 percent
  • 2 – 10 percent
  • 3 – 9 percent
  • 4 – 5 percent
  • 5 – 19 percent
  • 6 – 5 percent
  • 7 – 5 percent
  • 8 – 11 percent
  • 9 – 9 percent
  • 10 – 8 percent

This one breaks down to just about even, with the average at 4.9. That's mostly because about one-third of those polled rank their expected health care to be somewhere in the middle, betwen 4 and 7.

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