AAN Seniors National Health Care Survey - February 2014

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AAN Seniors National Health Care Survey - February 2014

  1. 1. A National Survey of 65+ Voter Attitudes February 16-20, 2014 #14136
  2. 2. February 16-20, 2014 / N=800 registered “likely” 65+ voters / ±3.5% M.O.E. Respondent age 42% 65-70 23% 71-75 15% 76-80 14% 80+ Refused 7%
  3. 3. February 16-20, 2014 / N=800 registered “likely” 65+ voters / ±3.5% M.O.E. Health Insurance Type 26% Private Plan 57% Medicare Other Unsure 10% 8%
  4. 4. February 16-20, 2014 / N=800 registered “likely” 65+ voters / ±3.5% M.O.E. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President? 57% 36% 7% Approve Unsure Disapprove Q1
  5. 5. February 16-20, 2014 / N=800 registered “likely” 65+ voters / ±3.5% M.O.E. If the election for Congress were being held today, and you had to make a choice, would you be voting for the Republican candidate or the Democrat candidate in your district? Democrat 38% Republican 47% Undecided 15% Q2
  6. 6. February 16-20, 2014 / N=800 registered “likely” 65+ voters / ±3.5% M.O.E. Now I would like to read you the names of several government programs that have been mentioned in the news recently. For each one, please tell me whether you have heard of that program and if so, whether you have a favorable or an unfavorable impression of that program. If you do not recognize the name, just say so. 86% Medicare Medicare Part D - the part of Medicare that provides a prescription drug plan Medicare Advantage - the part of Medicare administered by private health insurance companies Favorable Unfavorable 8%5% 1% 73% 10% 14% 3% 48% 22% 19% No opinion 12% Never heard of Q3-5
  7. 7. February 16-20, 2014 / N=800 registered “likely” 65+ voters / ±3.5% M.O.E. Who do you trust more when it comes to the issue of healthcare the Republicans in Congress, or President Obama and the Democrats in Congress? 42% GOP Both Equal 0% 16% Neither 37% Obama-DEM Unsure 5% Q50
  8. 8. February 16-20, 2014 / N=800 registered “likely” 65+ voters / ±3.5% M.O.E. Do you approve or disapprove of the healthcare reform law better known as ObamaCare? 57% 35% 8% Approve Unsure Disapprove Q6
  9. 9. February 16-20, 2014 / N=800 registered “likely” 65+ voters / ±3.5% M.O.E. And, being as specific as you can, what would you say is the single most important reason why you approve of this new law as it relates to you, personally? (If Values 1-2 in Q6, Asked of N= 279 Respondents, or 34.7% of Sample) Q7-1 Open-Ended Responses Percent (%) Everyone needs/should have healthcare 45.9% Doesn't impact me personally 17.6% Covers pre-existing conditions 11.9% Will lower costs/Provide better services 9.0% Gives me/my family coverage 8.3% Unsure/Refused 5.3% Other 2.0% Q7-1
  10. 10. February 16-20, 2014 / N=800 registered “likely” 65+ voters / ±3.5% M.O.E. And, being as specific as you can, what would you say is the single biggest worry or concern you have about this new law, based on what you have seen, read, or heard? (If Value 3 in Q6, Asked of N= 68 Respondents, or 8.4% of Sample) Q7-2 Open-Ended Responses Percent (%) Don't know enough 39.4% Too expensive 26.2% Might not work 15.5% Unsure/Refused 7.3% Other 6.8% Too politicized 4.8% Q7-2
  11. 11. February 16-20, 2014 / N=800 registered “likely” 65+ voters / ±3.5% M.O.E. And, being as specific as you can, what would you say is the single most important reason why you disapprove of this new law, as it relates to you personally? (If Values 4-5 in Q6, Asked of N=459 Respondents, or 56.9% of Sample) Q7-3 Open-Ended Responses Percent (%) Government takeover / control 18.4% Increases premiums / individual costs 16.1% Cancellations / can't keep what they have 10.5% Doesn't help or affect me 10.0% Don't think will work 8.5% Costs too much/Hurts Economy 6.8% Unsure/Refused 6.7% Have to buy insurance/ Deal with Insurance 5.9% Law forced on us / not passed properly 5.5% Limits Choices/Services 5.1% Increases dependency / giveaways 3.9% Other 2.5% Q7-3
  12. 12. February 16-20, 2014 / N=800 registered “likely” 65+ voters / ±3.5% M.O.E. So far, would you say that you and your immediate family have personally benefited from, or been negatively affected by the ObamaCare healthcare law? 49% 27% 15% 9% Benefited from No Impact Negatively affected Unsure Q8
  13. 13. February 16-20, 2014 / N=800 registered “likely” 65+ voters / ±3.5% M.O.E. Which of the following would you say is your biggest worry or concern about the impact of President Obama’s health care law? Would you say it is… Losing current health insurance 3% 15% Forced to pay higher premiums 12% Not able to keep/find doctor Cuts to Medicare/ Medicare Advantage 10% IRS responsible 10% 20% Combo/All Other 3% 17% None Unsure 11% Q9
  14. 14. February 16-20, 2014 / N=800 registered “likely” 65+ voters / ±3.5% M.O.E. Medicare Advantage is a type of Medicare health plan offered by private companies that provide additional health benefits. As you may or may not know, the Obama Administration plans to cut Medicare Advantage payment rates again. Thinking about this issue, I'd like to read you two viewpoints. Please tell me which one comes closest to your own. Some people say that the Obama Administration is correct to cut Medicare Advantage payment rates. Medicare Advantage plans are overpaid by the federal government, and these plans are gouging taxpayers. This will force them to better control costs. Other people say that the Obama Administration is wrong to cut Medicare Advantage. It will result in higher costs, fewer benefits, and loss of healthcare choices for seniors, and the Obama Administration is only making these cuts to help pay for ObamaCare. 54% 25% Correct decision Wrong decision Q21
  15. 15. February 16-20, 2014 / N=800 registered “likely” 65+ voters / ±3.5% M.O.E. Medicare Advantage is a type of Medicare health plan offered by private companies that provide additional health benefits. As you may or may not know, the Obama Administration plans to cut Medicare Advantage payment rates again. Thinking about this issue, I'd like to read you two viewpoints. Please tell me which one comes closest to your own. Correct to Cut M.A. Payment Rates Wrong to Cut M.A. Overall 25% 54% Men 24% 55% Women 26% 53% Republican 12% 74% Independent 14% 59% Democrat 47% 28% Democratic Senator up for Re-Election 23% 54% Have Private Plan (Advantage) 22% 63% Have Medicare 24% 53% Q21
  16. 16. February 16-20, 2014 / N=800 registered “likely” 65+ voters / ±3.5% M.O.E. Now, thinking about your views on the ObamaCare law overall -- I'd like to read you two viewpoints. Please tell me which one comes closest to your own. Republicans say that the ObamaCare law is a disaster. Over 7 million Americans will lose their employer based insurance, it will cause companies to cut 2 million jobs, and the law will not do anything to change the number of uninsured in the country. Republicans want to start over and create a healthcare plan that lowers healthcare costs by enabling small…* Democrats say that they are upset about the problems with the ObamaCare law, and we need to fix what is wrong with it, but it is the right thing to do because it will make healthcare available to all Americans, eliminate discrimination for pre-existing conditions, and expand health insurance coverage for an additional 32 million Americans. The Republicans…* 52% 40% Republican view *=see questionnaire for wording Democrat view Q23
  17. 17. February 16-20, 2014 / N=800 registered “likely” 65+ voters / ±3.5% M.O.E. Now I would like to read you a list of characteristics or issue positions that many Democratic Senators and Members of Congress, as well as Democratic candidates for the Senate and Congress have taken. Please listen as I read this list and tell me, for each one, whether knowing about this characteristic or issue position would make you more likely or less likely to vote for that Democratic Senator, Member of Congress or candidate for Congress. A Democratic candidate for Congress supported ObamaCare despite the fact that it cuts Medicare Advantage, which nearly 15 million seniors rely on for healthcare, by $156 billion dollars. More likely Unsure 26% 12% 4% No difference 59% Less likely Q26
  18. 18. February 16-20, 2014 / N=800 registered “likely” 65+ voters / ±3.5% M.O.E. Now I would like to read you a list of characteristics or issue positions that many Democratic Senators and Members of Congress, as well as Democratic candidates for the Senate and Congress have taken. Please listen as I read this list and tell me, for each one, whether knowing about this characteristic or issue position would make you more likely or less likely to vote for that Democratic Senator, Member of Congress or candidate for Congress. A Democratic candidate for Congress who supports ObamaCare’s additional cuts to Medicare Advantage, despite the fact that nearly 15 million seniors rely on Medicare Advantage for their healthcare coverage. More likely Unsure 31% No difference 9% 4% 56% Less likely Q27
  19. 19. February 16-20, 2014 / N=800 registered “likely” 65+ voters / ±3.5% M.O.E. Now I would like to read you a list of characteristics or issue positions that many Democratic Senators and Members of Congress, as well as Democratic candidates for the Senate and Congress have taken. Please listen as I read this list and tell me, for each one, whether knowing about this characteristic or issue position would make you more likely or less likely to vote for that Democratic Senator, Member of Congress or candidate for Congress. More than 500,000 seniors have already had their Medicare Advantage plans cancelled, and millions more could lose their coverage next year due to cuts in ObamaCare. A DEM Candidate still supports the law, and has voted to keep it in place without changes. More likely Unsure 29% No difference 12% 3% 56% Less likely Q32
  20. 20. February 16-20, 2014 / N=800 registered “likely” 65+ voters / ±3.5% M.O.E. Now I would like to read you a list of characteristics or issue positions that many Democratic Senators and Members of Congress, as well as Democratic candidates for the Senate and Congress have taken. Please listen as I read this list and tell me, for each one, whether knowing about this characteristic or issue position would make you more likely or less likely to vote for that Democratic Senator, Member of Congress or candidate for Congress. Democrat Senators and Members of Congress cut hundreds of billions of dollars in Medicare funding to pay for the new healthcare law. More likely Unsure 26% 11% 4% No difference 60% Less likely Q36
  21. 21. February 16-20, 2014 / N=800 registered “likely” 65+ voters / ±3.5% M.O.E. “…tell me, for each one, whether knowing about this characteristic or issue position would make you more likely or less likely to vote for that Democratic Senator, Member of Congress or candidate for Congress. ” *** LESS LIKELY *** Democratic Strongly Have All Senator Up for Men Women Independents Less Likely Medicare Re-Elect 26. A Dem. cand. supported OCare despite the fact that it cuts Medicare Advantage, which nearly 15 million seniors rely on for healthcare, by $156 billion dollars. 27. A Dem. cand. who supports OCare’s additional cuts to Medicare Advantage, despite the fact that nearly 15 million seniors rely on Medicare Advantage for their healthcare coverage. 32. More than 500,000 seniors have already had their Medicare Advantage plans cancelled, & millions more could lose their coverage next year due to cuts in OCare. A Dem. Cand. still supports the law, & has voted to keep it in place without any changes. 36. Dem. Senators & Members of Congress cut hundreds of billions of dollars in Medicare funding to pay for the new healthcare law. 59% 46% 65% 62% 57% 59% 57% 56% 46% 63% 55% 56% 57% 51% 56% 46% 61% 56% 57% 55% 56% 60% 48% 64% 60% 59% 58% 56%

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