Health insurance is one of the biggest issues in the campaign and with President Bush just vetoing the latest health care bill sent by Congress. It could become even more of an issue.
A poll from Zogby takes a look at how the American people feel about the issue and the results show that 42% would be willing to pay higher taxes if it would mean that everyone would have health insurance. When the question was asked about all children having health insurance, 51% said they would be willing to pay higher taxes and those with the lowest income, came in with the most support.
When they asked if the U.S. government should ensure that everyone has health coverage, 53% said yes, but with those whose income was less than $25,000, the number jumps to 76%.
Those with the lowest incomes are also more likely to agree to paying more taxes with 61% saying so. On the other end of the scale, of those with incomes of more than $75,000, the number drops to 38%.
Even though the ones in the highest income groups give the least support to paying higher taxes, 14% of those whose income is over $100,000 said they cannot get medical care that they or their family members needed.
There is a big discrepancy if the figures from the different political parties with 92% of the Democrats saying they are in favor of health care for all. The independents have 52% who say the same and the Republicans 14%.
The results were very similar when they asked about being willing to pay higher taxes for the coverage with 79% of the Democrats being willing to pay if everyone was covered and 83% saying they would if it meant all children would be covered.
On the Republican side, 8% said they would be willing if it meant everyone was covered and 21% said they would be willing if it meant all children were.
On the issue of embryonic stem cell research, 93% of the Democrats are in favor with the independents coming in with 61% and the Republicans 35%. When it comes to the question of whether or not the federal government should be involved in funding the embryotic stem cell research, 88% of the Democrats support it, with 20% of the Republicans saying the same.
On the question of whether or not girls should be required to have the human papillomavirus immunization 63% of the Democrats say yes, as do 38% of the independents and 24% of the Republicans.
There is one health question that the Republicans have a higher percentage on and that is the question on whether or not the government has the right to restrict the movement of patients who have contagious diseases. The Republicans have 84% who say yes, the independents have 74% and the Democrats 69%.
There are 25% who think they will live to be more than 90, 41% who think they will live to be between 80 and 90 and 28% who do not think they will live to be 80.
Also, 56% say they have signed up to be an organ donor. Of the 43% who are not donors, 32% are not comfortable with donating organs and 21% never considered it, 13% say they will, but have not signed the card yet and 11% say they cannot because of medical reasons.
On the question of what is the most pressing health issue of the day, 46% say it is obesity, 23% say it is cancer and 12% say heart disease.
Spource: Zogby http://www.zogby.com/