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ZEUS poll- U.S. Health Care and the Economy- RSR- the most accurate public opinion pollster in the World
  Aug 10, 2009

ZEUS poll-A random telephone sample of 1,520 respondents throughout the continental United States between August 2-8, 2009. MOE (2.0%). RSR-"The most accurate public opinion pollster in the World".

Question #1
Do you agree or disagree with this statement: “The U.S. economy is inching away from recession and inching toward recovery?”
Agree    44.50 %
Disagree    33.50 %
Question #2
From the following response choices offered to you, who do you trust most to properly deliver responsible health care to more Americans at a reasonable cost?
U.S. President Barack Obama    48.50 %
Private Insurance companies and the Free Market    28.00 %
Question #3
In your opinion does an American citizen who is eligible for public health care-- have the “constitutional right” to refuse to participate in the Washington D.C. government universal health care proposal?
Yes    35.50 %
No    42.00 %
Question #4
In your opinion should an eligible American citizen who-- refuses to participate in a universal health care system—be REFUSED medical treatment when they need it, like after a car accident—if they cannot pay for it?
Yes    29.00 %
No    54.00 %
Question #5
In your opinion should a “Made in the United States Universal Health Care” system provide ‘on demand’ abortion services for women?
Yes    44.50 %
No    37.50 %
Question #6
(Entertainment question) Michael Jackson is dead. In your opinion is his contribution and relevance to music and entertainment history going to be equal to Elvis Presley’s?
Yes    36 %
No    31 %
Commentary
(57%) of (decided) U.S. respondents in this ZEUS poll – “Agree” with this statement: “The U.S. economy is inching away from recession and inching toward recovery? Americans are moving forward—slowly—on the economy. This number suggests a very different perspective on U.S. respondents from the recent Gallup poll of general respondents -- on the economy a week ago.
Can Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper help president Obama with his Ronald Reagan ‘economic moves’? Wel-l-l ---we’ll see when they meet in September. At a recent barbecue for the PM, (attended by gpr) ---PM Harper said Canada’s economy will come out of the recession ‘better than other developed countries in the G8’ (which includes the United States). There is some question whether or not—the economy will turn around in Canada by the time the next general federal election is called in that country.
(We’ll be sure to let our American friends know what we decide prior to any Canadian election).
Affirmative success-- on health care for Barack Obama is equal to the “Moonwalk” by Michael Jackson in dance culture-looks like he’ll get the economic recovery -sometime in his first term-//barring the unforeseen “We” say -next year. If Obama’s health plan is adopted and the economy turns around—he won’t need the White House—he can stand in his underpants---and tell everyone what to do—the people will follow. President Obama’s enemies have to kill health or alternatively scuff up Obama’s version of it badly enough—so that the noise of that giant failure--the death—the crash—the enormity of the fall---as much pure volume as the Twin Towers---will drown out the better economic news he’ll happily pronounce.
Do peace and prosperity go hand in hand? If this bears out—what of the military budget?
The Chicago Illinois-- U.S. President Barack Obama dominates question #2 like a powerful animal over a pitiful one—“Private Insurance companies and the Free Market”.
Obama’s health care strategy is fraught with obstacles—but we believe Americans won’t let this opportunity--/ pass because of private insurance lobby or free market –renderings /--to change something. The difficulty is: “What are we changing---What is staying the same?” “What in fact is the plan?”
An enormous (47%) of decided respondents (Q#3)—are of the opinion that Americans have a “constitutional right” to refuse to participate in the Washington D.C. government universal health care proposal.” Does the use of “Washington D.C. government” (a city known primarily for politics—over a nation)—and describing the universal health care emanating from the capital city as a “proposal” invite more Americans to answer “Yes” to this question?
There is a correlation between those respondents who answered “Yes” to constitutional right (Q#3) and “Yes” to ‘no insurance no care’ in (Q#4). Anecdotally, we believe some respondents were sticking to their principles or “Guns” (Bloomberg moment)—or alternatively were able to rationalize their way into the response—“A car has insurance”---“Private car insurance right”? Lovely.
There is a powerful minority of Americans who simply reject the prospect of ‘forced’ government health care, we believe at least one in four----hard. Some of these are driven by the Constitution-still others concerned with more Faustian aspects of ‘Big Brother’ proliferation—and there are some who are concerned about new taxation—. It is this latter group that may be least tied to the others—many of them go lite Obama or moderate undecided in question #2. These grass roots conservatives “May not be rich but I never got a handout like these big companies”.
Can a powerful minority turn the politics of the country sufficiently to knock Barack Obama off balance and turn his ‘quiet majority’ of support into pudding? Republicans are in a great position—they have nothing to lose---. Didn’t Obama run for president like he has nothing to lose?
When you lead—the solution to problems starts with the man/woman in the mirror.
Obama still has the majority of Americans with him---but there is one serious caveat to this—his majority (currently) may be reliant on the factor of a negative view of his enemies/opponents—namely Republicans, big business, religion—the right wing—and not on what it ought to be—(51% including undecided)—. His enemies/opponents may be using this opportunity to ‘look bigger than they are’, hoping to turn public opinion against the Obama health plan through a mixture of fear, partisan reasoning—bi-partisan explanations (spin)—creating a bandwagon effect. If this succeeds—Barack Obama’s opponents/enemies will drill down on the (true) influence of stimulus monies on economic recovery---claiming victory if they can prove that the recovery came about when it did—not because of government intervention—but because of natural market forces.
Proponents of the invisible hand want to win both health AND the economy by defeating or frustrating the president’s efforts on health (confusion) and the economy (‘true’ factors of success/repair), hoping to retrieve the White House back for their next leader—a proponent of the free market.
President Obama’s political opponents know how large this health care undertaking is—Communication efforts from all sides, within this broad ‘spectacle’ is inconsistent-- owing to ideological disagreement raked within an ocean of (mis)interpretation, spin, truth and lies---—sufficient --despite the President’s popularity-- to create enough political opportunities to put the good ship Obama’s Ark on the teeter.
This battle over health could be perceived by some as a little diabolical when you consider the U.S. economy is just now crawling back from the dead. Have any U.S. insurance companies involved with medical insurance-benefitted from any bail-out monies? If this connection is hot—who will require the most political-medical help?
Folks, the closest response ‘splits’ and lowest undecided in these ZEUS questions--are more closely related to the subject of citizen’s rights and abortion-then to the main question themes of the economy and health care. This ‘yanks’ the U.S. health care argument closer to the U.S. Constitution and matters of law than---/- to it’s initial premise-- promoting the proliferation of universal health care for all U.S. citizens—concurrent with dogged efforts to escape the flesh ripping shackles of economic recession.
How do you push a big wagon like health care up the hill—when no-one is quite sure what direction up that hill is the best one—and when your enemies are able to exploit the lingering fears of economic uneasiness and natural inclination towards “the devil they know”---rather than moving toward change which requires tremendous effort in the face of doubts and fear? The promise of change may be comforting to some---but change involving ‘the people’ in a level 1 democracy doesn’t occur without politics of a different construct—one which motivates them. How can Obama the former presidential candidate motivate Americans over health—the way he motivated them during the presidential campaign to adopt Him as the leadership symbol for change? As President of the United States—Barack Obama is no longer the outsider wanting to take the country back for the people—he is immersed in the spectacle that is Washington politics hoping to connect the American people to his vision of health care—while in this ‘new’ role.
If questions #’s 3 and 4 don’t provide evidence of the potential distractions faced by the White House’s desire to implement health care reform and universal health care-question #5—suggests from where some of the current political turbulence may otherwise be sourced---namely, Sonia Sotomayor’s “Easy” appointment—to Associate Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States--and many conservative’s (and others) fervent desire to overturn Roe vs. Wade—any way it can----Fearing universal abortion in the United States---------- is coming their way.
I’m of the opinion that the term “On demand” will always provoke a few respondents to get off the fence and go against abortion---but America—here is a major element of the truth of the matter—on health care--“Warts and All”//real cost, freedom of choice, coverage for all Americans, constitutional rights---abortion. A much bigger debate than Americans can digest with the economy moving away from recession at a snail’s pace.
U.S. President Barack Obama has general base support of (46.70%) (RAW) through these ZEUS questions, based on a (79.40%) rate average decided—this is a general rating to the positive of (58.82%). Even if the undecided average is allocated to the negative side of –Obama—and the up and down is averaged the president sits to the good at (52.76%).
It’s our hypothesis from this ZEUS poll that U.S. President Obama’s support on health care is more similar to the support he garners in personal popularity—perhaps (3-4%) less. But this 3-4% difference turns a clear majority into a very blurred one—and in American politics history proves it is often a slippery slope downward from 50%.
*Most Americans-particularly those in families with children are willing to change if it is certain to benefit them and their families. On health care who wouldn’t? How productive can any citizen be if afraid all of the time—afraid of losing their job—of losing their house—losing a loved one? I want to keep hope alive—but at the end of the day—a lot of people have ‘had it’ with being afraid. As Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young say “What have you got to lose?” These people are willing to do what they have to support the President.
*Some of their southern cousins may be fearful—but they are fearful of government—of a loss of freedom. They cling to the United States Constitution—and fear is more easily persuaded into anger. Political organization and money can easily exploit this fear-because Americans don’t quite know where all of the boundaries are in the health care debate.
*There is another group of Americans who may be relatively more secure than the ‘afraid’ group. They have some equity in their homes, possibly other investments, and a secure job. They may not have the college dollars—for their children—or if they are older they have already helped their children and want to relax just a little. The lower and middle strata of this demographic are looking at all options---but to a larger extent—can except the necessity of health care reform and universality of the system.
The United States is number one at many things—politically number one country in the world. I don’t recall ever hearing number one for the U.S. on health care.
This ZEUS poll suggests that most Americans have a clear opinion on a clear question (Q#1) regarding their opinion of the U.S. economy. Americans obviously trust Barack Obama over private insurance and the free market. Where Americans in this ZEUS poll may get side tracked is on the question of whether or not a citizen should have ‘government insurance’ forced upon them—// (the “constitutional right” to refuse to participate in the Washington D.C. government universal health care proposal?)
This ZEUS poll is loaded with fodder for miscommunication and other generic political muckrake—underpinned however by question #1—a very conservative solid question. This provides some rather abstract insight into the size, complexity and lack of consistent information regarding the health care issue which we believe supports our theory that the health care issue in the United States may politically be more zero sum than collaborative.
Most Americans get the basics of the economy—jobs—interest rates, house and car sales—increase or decrease—but many are running around like keystone cops on health care.
In a political gunfight—if you had to choose from the best—who wouldn’t pick Hillary and Bill Clinton—for support first? Amazing depth.
That is how a democracy functions. Imperfectly—but certainly far-far better than Iran’s currently is. Many Iranians love the American lifestyle—which is not the current Iranian government’s world view. The protestors should dress up like 1960’s hippies—meditating—holding hands—peace etc.—just like Woodstock.
If Iran goes past what is acceptable to right thinking world citizens—put the players together to deal with it. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is talking to allies—obviously—the politics of Iran factors Afghanistan. If the regime is killing off it’s citizens—for protesting—the civilized world has to respond in vigorous and orderly condemnation. Otherwise, the current Iranian regime will be generally misperceived by the average citizen in modern nations as simply a very crude democracy—going through growing pains like the U.S. and other modern countries have---rather than the “Eternal Recurrence” of backward totalitarian regimes historically featured in the Middle East.
Are you surprised by Michael Jackson? Obama-government supporters in this poll go a little harder for Michael Jackson, and a good mix and contradiction of respondents supports Elvis-the King---. ZEUS is going on the record to suggest-that Michael Jackson’s annual revenues will eventually top $500 million. Elvis was a man---and an image of male perfection and imperfection—great singer—entertainer—Michael Jackson was a man—and an image of both imperfection and perfection—great singer—entertainer. There are two Kings in America now-----embrace them both-because Barack Obama’s shooting for God—and he has a long way to go and not all the time in the world to get there.
Who is more popular in Iran—Michael or Mahmoud?

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