Public Opinion on Health Care Reform

Andrew Gelman 1 , Daniel Lee 2  and Yair Ghitza 3
  • 1 Columbia University
  • 2 Columbia University
  • 3 Columbia University

We use multilevel modeling to estimate support for health-care reform by age, income, and state. Opposition to reform is concentrated among higher-income voters and those over 65. Attitudes do not vary much by state. Unfortunately, our poll data only go to 2004, but we suspect that much can be learned from the relative positions of different demographic groups and different states, despite swings in national opinion. We speculate on the political implications of these findings.

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