Poll: Many Californians support health care reform
June 3, 2010
LOS ANGELES (AP) – About half of California voters say they support the nation’s new health care law to some degree, but say it’s only a first of many necessary changes.
In 1,522 telephone surveys of registered voters conducted in April, Field Poll director Mark DiCamillo says 30 percent strongly support the nation’s new health care law, and another 22 percent somewhat support it. Compared to previous national polls, the new law is more popular in California than the rest of the country.
Forty percent say the economy will be weakened by the new law, while 30 percent say it will strengthen it and 22 percent say it will have no effect.
Fifty-eight percent say the new law is an “important first step but many more changes still need to be made,” according to the poll.
Respondents were evenly split, at 46 percent each, on whether the new law would help control rising costs.
Nonpartisan and independent, the Field Poll receives funding from the California Wellness Foundation, a health care advocacy nonprofit.
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Of the 1,522 polled, 690 were white, 463 were Asian or Pacific Islander, 259 were Hispanic, 110 were African Americans.
Asians only comprise about 8 percent of the voting population, so the study oversampled registered voters with typical Asian last names to provide “a more precise view of Asian American voters,” said DiCamillo.
New America Media, an ethnic journalism collaborative and advocacy group, requested the focus after providing a grant to The Field Poll.
The findings from the ethnic populations were then re-weighted to represent their actual proportion of the voter population.
Statewide findings have a sampling error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level.