Single-payer advocates are forever producing opinion polls that purport to show how the public or the medical community support some version of nationalized health care.  Invariably, such surveys turn out to have been conducted using tendentious methodology.

Oddly, legitimate surveys using reputable methods always seem to produce different results. A good example is the latest Rasmussen poll. That survey of 1,000 adults shows considerable ambivalence about government-run health care:

Twenty-nine percent (29%) of American adults favor a national health insurance program overseen by the Federal Government … 39% oppose such a government-led initiative while 31% are not sure.

The survey also reveals considerable public concern about the quality and cost of government-run health care:

The survey also found that 46% believe the quality of care would decrease under a national health insurance program while … 42% believe the cost of health care would increase.

The results of  this poll are particularly interesting considering that the electorate has been subjected to incessant propaganda in favor of nationalized health care. It would appear that hoi polloi aren’t quite as dumb as single-payer advocates and the media believe them to be.

[HT GruntDoc]

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