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TABLES

Table 1: Medicare
Percent in each category who say Medicare is … An important government program Important for you and your family Working well for most seniors
Very important government program Not very important government program Very/Somewhat personally important Not personally important Yes, working well No, not working well Don’t know
TOTAL 77% 21% 76% 23% 60% 30% 10%
Party identification              
Democrat 89% 10% 83% 15% 67% 24% 8%
Independent 72% 26% 73% 27% 59% 32% 9%
Republican 69% 32% 71% 28% 59% 32% 9%
Annual household income              
Less than $30,000 84% 13% 87% 12% 60% 30% 9%
$30,000 to less than$75,000 76% 23% 76% 23% 59% 31% 9%
$75,000 or more 71% 29% 63% 36% 60% 29% 11%
Self-reported disability              
Disability 87% 11% 88% 12% 56% 37% 7%
No disability 74% 25% 72% 27% 61% 28% 11%
Self-reported health status              
Excellent/very good/good health 75% 25% 73% 27% 61% 29% 10%
Fair/poor health 84% 14% 84% 14% 57% 34% 8%
Insurance coverage              
Covered by Medicaid
(incl. duals)
86% 12% 88% 10% 62% 31% 6%
Covered by Medicare
(incl. duals)
91% 9% 95% 4% 75% 22% 3%
Uninsured
(age 18-64)
81% 16% 83% 16% 56% 29% 14%
Employer-sponsored insurance
(age 18-64)
70% 29% 64% 35% 57% 32% 11%
Age              
Age 18-64 74% 25% 72% 28% 57% 33% 11%
Age 65+ 89% 11% 93% 7% 76% 18% 6%
Education              
High school or less 81% 17% 85% 14% 62% 29% 9%
Some college 77% 20% 72% 27% 60% 31% 10%
College or more 69% 30% 65% 34% 58% 30% 11%
Note: Don’t know/Refused not shown for questions on national or personal importance
Table 2: Medicaid
Percent in each category who say Medicaid is … An important government program Important for you and your family Working well for most low-income people
Very important government program Not very important government program Very/ Somewhat personally important Not personally important Yes, working well No, not working well Don’t know
Total 63% 34% 51% 47% 50% 33% 16%
Party identification              
Democrat 78% 20% 61% 39% 55% 30% 14%
Independent 62% 36% 53% 46% 49% 35% 15%
Republican 47% 49% 35% 63% 49% 34% 17%
Annual household income              
Less than $30,000 72% 22% 73% 23% 56% 32% 12%
$30,000 to less than $75,000 60% 38% 50% 49% 51% 33% 16%
$75,000 or more 59% 39% 31% 69% 45% 37% 19%
Self-reported disability              
Disability 72% 23% 64% 33% 47% 37% 15%
No disability 60% 36% 48% 51% 51% 32% 16%
Self-reported health status              
Excellent/very good/good health 60% 37% 46% 52% 50% 33% 16%
Fair/poor health 73% 22% 69% 28% 51% 35% 14%
Insurance coverage              
Covered by Medicaid (incl. duals) 82% 16% 95% 5% 65% 28% 7%
Covered by Medicare
(incl. duals)
60% 35% 49% 48% 50% 30% 20%
Uninsured
(age 18-64)
74% 23% 71% 26% 54% 37% 9%
Employer-sponsored insurance
(age 18-64)
60% 38% 39% 60% 47% 36% 17%
Age              
Age 18-64 64% 33% 53% 46% 51% 35% 14%
Age 65+ 57% 37% 44% 53% 48% 27% 26%
Education              
High school or less 67% 29% 68% 31% 56% 31% 13%
Some college 61% 35% 45% 52% 52% 33% 15%
College or more 59% 38% 33% 66% 41% 38% 20%
Connection with Medicaid              
Any connection with Medicaid (including self, child, friends, family) 70% 29% 64% 35% 57% 32% 11%
No connection with Medicaid 51% 43% 29% 69% 39% 35% 25%
Personal experience with Medicaid              
Ever personally on Medicaid 80% 18% 83% 16% 64% 29% 7%
Never personally on Medicaid 57% 40% 40% 59% 45% 35% 19%
Note: Don’t know/Refused not shown for questions on national or personal importance
Table 3: Views On Federal Spending For Medicare and Medicaid
  Thinking about the federal budget, do you want to see the president and Congress increase spending on Medicare decrease spending, or keep it about the same?
Percent in each group who say… Increase spending Decrease spending Keep it about the same
Party identification      
Democrat 54% 3% 41%
Independent 38% 9% 49%
Republican 25% 13% 61%
Insurance coverage      
Covered by Medicaid (incl. duals) 49% 5% 44%
Covered by Medicare (incl. duals) 41% 4% 52%
Uninsured (age 18-64) 49% 5% 43%
Employer-sponsored insurance
(age 18-64)
38% 10% 48%
Thinking about the federal budget, do you want to see the president and Congress increase spending on Medicaid decrease spending, or keep it about the same?
Percent in each group who say… Increase spending Decrease spending Keep it about the same
Party identification      
Democrat 53% 2% 43%
Independent 34% 16% 48%
Republican 22% 22% 54%
Insurance coverage      
Covered by Medicaid (incl. duals) 45% 5% 49%
Covered by Medicare (incl. duals) 35% 10% 49%
Uninsured (age 18-64) 44% 8% 45%
Employer-sponsored insurance
(age 18-64)
36% 16% 46%
Connection with Medicaid
Any connection with Medicaid (including self, child, friends, family) 42% 10% 47%
No connection with Medicaid 28% 18% 49%
Personal experience with Medicaid
Ever personally on Medicaid 46% 7% 46%
Never personally on Medicaid 34% 15% 48%
Note: Don’t know/Refused not shown
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