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Poll: 54 percent oppose health care reform in Missouri

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A majority of likely voters in Missouri oppose federal health care reform, a new survey finds.

54 percent said that they do not support the federal health care reform law, according to the survey results released by the Missouri Foundation for Health.

The opposition softened to 49 percent, however, when the likely voters heard specific provisions contained in the law, according to the largest nongovernmental funder of community health activities in Missouri.

The foundation hired Lake Research Partners to conduct the survey. The public opinion and political strategy research firm polled 800 likely general election voters across Missouri in late August.

The poll’s margin of error is plus-or-minus 4 percent.

Nearly three-out-of-five likely voters, or 59 percent, said they view the issue of health insurance affordability with “a great deal of concern,” up from 2008 when the figure was only about half, according to the survey results.

When it comes to reform, 48 percent of respondents in Missouri said they are more concerned about changing the system too much, while 29 percent said they are more concerned about keeping things the same.

The main supporters of health care reform in Missouri are almost exclusively Democrats, according to the research. Republicans, meanwhile, are united in their opposition, as are many independent voters.

By Brian R. Hookbrhook@missouriwatchdog.org, (314) 482-7944

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Brian formerly served as staff reporter for Watchdog.org.

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    Why that so many people are having not been in favor of this health reform? If the percentage of opposition is so high, there must be an obvious reason for this.