The latest edition of the People Speak poll finds Milwaukee area citizens are concerned about health care costs in general, as well as the costs of the new health care reform law.
- The 64% of respondents in favor of requiring all Americans to have at least minimum health insurance includes 80% of Democrats and 55% of Republicans.
- While 67% of respondents overall agree that states should be allowed to opt out of the federal health care reform law and devise their own health care coverage systems, 92% of Republicans and 42% of Democrats agree.
- Almost half (48%) of respondents favor guaranteeing health care for every American, even if it doesn't do much to control health care costs.
- On the whole, however, health care is not at the top of people's minds when asked to name the most important issue facing the Milwaukee region. Just 2% said "health" or "health care" is the top issue, while 47% said "jobs" or "unemployment" is most important.
The People Speak poll is a tracking poll conducted three times per year in partnership with the Center for Urban Initiatives and Research at the University of Milwaukee and The Business Journal Serving Greater Milwaukee. Full results of the November 2011 poll and all previous polls can be found at the People Speak website.